Singing Our Praises

Singing Our Praises

How many of us stay through the end of Mass and sing the closing song? Do you listen to the final song even if you don’t like to sing?

I enjoy singing the last song. It’s usually something upbeat and joyful. So I personally made a conscience effort to try and get my 13-year-old boy to join in song. I know he can sing. I’m sure I’ve heard him sing at home, but I never hear him at church.  He says he’s singing, but I swear even when I’m standing right next to him I never see his lips moving, and no matter how hard I try, I don’t hear anything coming from his mouth.

But after looking up in his direction a couple of times during the song with that, “really, you call that singing?” look, I decided that my singing would have to be enough. Because when it comes down to it, it’s my actions and example that I control. It’s not about me making him sing and do exactly what I do.

Learning By Example

Singing may not be his thing. But if he can see real joy in my heart because I like to sing to the Lord, that should be enough. He can learn from my example. And there are other days I learn from him, like when he was running out the door, late for school, but swiftly returned to give me a hug and a kiss, and said, “Have a great day, Mom!” before rushing back out the door. To me, that’s what makes the domestic Church, the family, such a great place to learn about your faith.

I think we can all agree that we learn more about the Christian way of life through example and by observing each other’s strengths and weaknesses, than by any sermon or great book we’ve ever read.


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About the Author

Judy Zarick is a producer in the Media department at Franciscan Media. She has worked in both video and radio production, where she has produced music videos, faith-formation programs for video, and the popular "Lenten Radio Retreat" and "Advent Radio Retreat" programs for radio. Her primary jobs are as a wife and as a mother to her four children.