Faith and Music
Good News recently intereviewed Monica Ursino, a young Catholic singer from Boston, Massachusetts.
by Good News Staff Writer | Source:
Q: What brought you to the faith? Was there a specific incident?
Monica: My grandmother's death in particular. The sorrow initially had a destructive effect on me and caused much rebellion, confusion, and almost a loss of faith. I lost touch with what I had been taught and was persuaded particularly in high school and my early college years by the culture of the time.
I do recall, however, missing the protection and safety I felt while attending Catholic grammar school, and my soul yearned for forgiveness. I began to visit St. Joseph's Parish near my university (located in Boston, Massachusetts). With prayer and adoration each day after classes, a miraculous journey started. My mother's immense faith and love for God and her constant prayers certainly were also a decisive factor.
I started attending healing services, and at one in particular, at the Fatima Shrine in Hollaston (also in Massachusetts) a miracle did take place – I cried out and God heard.
Q: How does your faith continue to affect your career as a singer?
Monica: At first getting into the arts was a selfish thing, a worldly aspiration. Only after deep reflection and spiritual signs, my goals changed – I wanted to sing for God and bring a message through music that would awaken the sleeping souls of our present day youth.
It seems that they are often fed, as I used to be, the wrong messages through music, "the language of the youth." It can be so destructive and yet, through God’s gift of music to me, I put this gentle yet powerful means at his service.
A variety of my songs demonstrate what I am talking about. The Way is written in defense of traditional marriage, under attack in the world over. Two Tablets in defense of the Ten Commandments. Also my first Italian single, Dove Sei? asks the constant question of humanity: In the midst of our trials and tribulations, “Where are you, God?” This song wants to tell us that God is always there. The real question is, “Where, where are we?”
My faith directs, inspires, fuels and forms my music.
Q: What advice would you give young people on how to live their faith in today's world?
Monica: Don’t despair! Jesus said, "I am the Truth, the Way, and The Light.” Each day, desperately seek Jesus and you will truly live. Although we are all sinners, we can seek and find refuge and forgiveness in him. He refreshes us, and in the end, it's all about him. In these moments when the world is often against us remember the verse from the Gospel of John, 16:33, where Jesus says to all of us,
"In me, you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
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