“To sing is to pray twice.”
Music causes great division and judgement among Catholics. But considering that it is a form of prayer, a very special way of interacting with God, should it not be a source of unity? Throughout my life, I have encountered various preferences and opinions regarding what music ought to be used for Catholic liturgies (be that Mass, Adoration, or even what is appropriate to be listened to outside of church). But there is one similar theme which appears in every one of these viewpoints, and that is defensiveness. When we hear of an opinion on Catholic music which is contrary to our personal preferences, we tend to become defensive, as if the opposing view is attacking us personally or condemning our ideas. There seems to be a consistent assumption that when someone disagrees with us, we must be enemies.
But this is only what the devil wants us to believe! He is remarkably good at taking something good and beautiful and turning it into trouble. In the Catholic Church, music is a prime place for the devil to stir up division. It is central to the liturgies and is such a human experience that it is often a source of deep and personal connection to faith. Music is a bridge which connects humanity to the divine mysteries of our Catholic faith. There is a tremendous difference between what music we prefer to have at Mass and what music is irreverent. Too often, we confuse preference with reverence.
It hurts my heart to see the division among Catholics over something that is meant to bring us together to praise God. If there is anything that I can do to reunite people who are torn apart by Catholic music, I will. To start, I am putting together this website, where I will discuss the history of liturgical music as well as the common arguments and conversations I have with a variety of people and opinions. Join me in trying to understand where others are coming from so that we can reunite this universal family which is being broken by Catholic music.