Q: Can you give any help on how to learn to praise God? I enjoy going to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and would really like to learn how to praise Him. I don’t feel my words are adequately expressing the praise I really would like to give. Thanksgiving is easier, but I would be grateful for some advice on the praise side.
The answers from Fr. John Bartunek were outstanding:
Read more: http://rcspiritualdirection.com/blog/2011/05/02/more-on-learning-to-praise-god-part-i-of-ii#ixzz1No4SD0mc
I enjoy praising by singing. I listen to KLOVE, or my rather extensive, for a 43 year old, Christian Music library. Well, I don't just listen, like I said, I sing. I love to sing. I sing while bike riding wearing my new Nano, I sing for as long as I have breath while running, I sing in my car the most, even when driving with my kids, and with their friends. It helps that they attend a Christian school where they sing many of the same songs in chapel. I imagine it would be a little awkward if we sent them to one of the Catholic high schools.
Or would it?
Are there any Catholics out there that are listening and singing to Christian praise music? If so, please leave a comment!
Not all the music is praise music, of course, as some of it is meant to reach us in our sadness, disappointment, and frustration. Some of it is about conversion. Some is thanksgiving, some just offering love. Maybe I'll have posts in the future with some of the non-praise music as there are some great, great songs.
There is at least one Catholic that gets play time, and concert time on the Christian music circuit. His name is Matt Maher, and some of you are probably familiar with him. I love his music and his witness. He has a blog on his site where he writes his reflections on each Sunday's readings. I happened across his first one where he was explaining the Lectionary to an audience that would not be that familiar with a Lectionary. Although he does have quite a following among Catholics as well, and plays a number of Catholic events during the year
This post is about Praising God, though and here are a few of my favorite songs that do just that, along with the lyrics so we can sing and praise together. First 2 are by Chris Tomlin who is probably the #1 performer of Praise and Worship music at this time.
Well this one doesn't have lyrics but, still great song. Listen 2-3 times you'll have the words, it is Song of Love praising the three persons in the Glorious Holy Trinity performed by Rebecca St. James.Finally Matt Maher puts the praise in the Our Father to music, and it doesn't sound like the Perry Como version: