Sing to follow Christ
By Israel Martínez
Music is one of the best means of expression and prayer. When we sing, we lose our inhibitions and can pronounce words, desires, and sentiments that perhaps we did not know. This is why it is a good vehicle for vocational reflection, as it invites you to consider the call from Christ. At the beginning of 2012, as part of the work being developed by the Spirituality Committee of La Red, the National Catholic Network of Pastoral Juvenil came up with the idea of convening a national contest on vocational singing. The goal is to invite young Hispanics to create songs that call toward an awareness and promotion of the Christian vocations of marriage, consecrated life, priesthood, and single life.
The project has the endorsement of La Red’s episcopal moderator, Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles, and of the Committee on the Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). We are also promoting it with different Catholic associations on a national level and continue looking for benefactors to provide additional funding.
One of the characteristics of this event is that it will be a virtual one. This means that instead of participants traveling to the host city, the contest will be produced and transmitted via Internet, with an interactive page on Facebook. We are still exploring how to integrate other social media. This is the first time that la Red launches this competition in a virtual format. Young volunteers and professionals are helping with the production’s logistical details.
Calls for participants will begin on the first Sunday of Advent 2012 and closes the fourth Sunday of Easter in 2013. The contest will be held on the feast of the Assumption of Mary on August 15, 2013.
Contest guidelines and rules can be obtained online at www.cantovocacional.org. Videos are also being created to pro¬mote the competition.
Have you ever heard a song that made you think about something more? Did you think it was communicating something to you personally?