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How can I keep from singing?

While on my 30 day Spiritual Exercises retreat as a novice, there was a recurring theme song whose refrain would surface in my head: “How can I keep from singing?” It seems when I really felt God’s closeness and had moments of Christ-centered clarity, joyful singing was one of the most appropriate responses. To be honest, there was one moment when I went back behind some trees on a hike and had a joyful dance session. That’s my problem, though. Even when the joy of the Gospel breaks into my life, I find it counterbalanced by my own self-consciousness. I’m afraid of what people looking on may think about me. I pray I can have the abandon King David showed in front of all of Israel. After all, “if Love is Lord of heaven and Earth, how can I keep from singing?”

—Br. Mark Mackey, SJ, is a Jesuit Brother of the Midwest Province in First Studies at Loyola University Chicago.

 

 

 

 

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St. Ignatius’s First Principle and Foundation says “The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into us without limit.” One of the ways in which we respond to the love God has given us is through prayer, not only personal prayer but community prayer as well. The Pastoral Ministry Center invites members of our Strake Jesuit Community to share their prayers with us: their concerns, joys, thanksgivings, so that we may walk with them in all these times of their lives.





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How can I keep from singing?

While on my 30 day Spiritual Exercises retreat as a novice, there was a recurring theme song whose refrain would surface in my head: “How can I keep from singing?” It seems when I really felt God’s closeness and had moments of Christ-centered clarity, joyful singing was one of the most appropriate responses. To be honest, there was one moment when I went back behind some trees on a hike and had a joyful dance session. That’s my problem, though. Even when the joy of the Gospel breaks into my life, I find it counterbalanced by my own self-consciousness. I’m afraid of what people looking on may think about me. I pray I can have the abandon King David showed in front of all of Israel. After all, “if Love is Lord of heaven and Earth, how can I keep from singing?”

—Br. Mark Mackey, SJ, is a Jesuit Brother of the Midwest Province in First Studies at Loyola University Chicago.

 

 

 

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!