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New CD Project: Mary, My Mother and Queen
May 14, 2016
After Mass this morning I was moved to go to our parish Perpetual Adoration Chapel with my daughter--something I haven't made time for in too long.Â As I prayed with the day's scripture readings, I heard deep in the recesses of my heart, "It's time."
For a couple of years now I've been telling people that my next CD will be all about Mary, as a token of love and appreciation for all that she has done for me as a spiritual mother over the course of my life (and usually without thanks or recognition).Â I just haven't felt like the timing was right for me to begin the hard work of creating a new CD, at least not until today.
It makes sense that my instruction would come today on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, as next year at this time we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of her first apparition in Fatima, Portugal, in which she gave urgent messages for our times.Â Many have speculated on the significance of this centennial.Â All I know is that I have been given a mandate, and I feel called to give the CD to Lighthouse Catholic Media to manufacture and sell at a bare bones price ($2-3/CD) should they choose do so.
Will you help me honor Our Lady of Fatima on her 100th anniversary?
For just $500, you can dedicate one of the songs listed below to someone special in your life, and you can include others in your sponsorship to split the cost.Â Your dedicationÂ (up to 20 words) will appear in the liner notes of every CD we make, and I will send you five CD's as soon as we're done.Â My goal is to have this CD fully funded in the next few weeks and to have it ready to go well before Christmas.Â You may note that $500 is much less than we have asked for in the past, but this CD will be much simpler to make.Â In fact, four of the songs are already recorded!
If you are interested in dedicating a particular song (listed below), please send an email to me ASAP (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your top three choices. I will give out the dedications in the order in which I receive them.Â If you don't see a Marian hymn on the list that you want, please let me know.*Â Finally, please pray that I can make a beautiful gift for Our Lady!Â I can't wait to share this with you when we're done.
Thanks and blessings,
MARY CD SONG LIST
Ave Maria (Schubert)
Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod)
Ave Maria (Caccini)
Ave Maria (Arcadelt)
Ave Maria (Gregorian chant)
Ave Maris Stella
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, Queen of Heaven
O Mary, We Crown Thee (Bring Flowers of the Fairest)
Sing of Mary
Stabat Mater (At the cross her station keeping)
* The ones I've listed are all in the public domain.Â To add songs that need to be licensed (e.g. Holy Is His Name; As I Kneel; Hail Mary, Gentle Woman), it would cost a good bit more and Lighthouse wouldn't be able to do it, but we could make it happen for $1,000/song on my own Mary CD (I can still give the public domain songs to Lighthouse).Â Please let me know if you're interested.
April 28, 2016
As I prepare to celebrate a big milestone birthday in September, and as I note the growing aches, pains and waistline that accompany it, a death of sorts is happening in me.Â I saw a time-lapse video this morning of the life cycle of a dandelion (it essentially blooms twice!), and it reminded me of the joyful hope we have in the promises of Christ.Â May our many deaths in this life bear the seeds of new life and abundant fruit, both in our lives now and in the Kingdom to come.