Love has a Song: freedom and fullness in Audrey Assad

Love has a Song: freedom and fullness in Audrey Assad

“Reason speaks in words alone, but love has a song.” – Joseph de Maistre With these words philosopher and theologian Joseph Pieper prefaces his slim yet dense volume Only the Lover Sings, and I believe that this intuition rings true in the artistry of Audrey Assad. In a popular music market where too often excess and superficiality gratify but leave souls unsatisfied, this singer-songwriter refreshes with a disarming simplicity and depth. Assad graces the Christian music scene with a profoundly Catholic vision of reality and of God which surpasses certain contemporary worship trends that at times fail to transcend mere human sentimentalism. By rooting her lyrics in the mysterious logic of the Incarnation, Assad succeeds in expressing both the deepest of...

Sweet memories

Sweet memories

“How do I know that I didn’t fail as a parent? My kids have left the Church, and they seem to be moving away from everything we as parents have taught them”. How often have I heard this complaint, this anxious cry from men and women of deep faith, who cannot find peace with their adult children leaving the practice of the Sacraments? This is certainly a very legitimate concern, one that hits home with most of us, whether because our own children have abandoned an active Catholic life, or because we have friends or family members who have done so. I wonder if this is what Jessica and Katie’s parents also struggled with when thinking about their daughters. These two women didn’t know each other, but they both had, in their own way, walked away from a good Catholic...