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Why Is This Not the Theme Song for the Year of Mercy?

Alanna-Marie Boudreau - published on 06/08/16

"Controlled Burn"

I ache when I see all the nothing that could have been something…that should have been you.

We’ve featured a number of great mercy-themed songs here at Cecilia: an entire divine mercy playlist,Matt Maher’s merciful revamp of an old gospel hit,and a Brazilian hymn to mercy,among others. And of course there is the official song for the Year of Mercy: “Misericordes Sicut Pater.”

We would like to throw another hat into the ring: Alanna Boudreau’s newly released “Controlled Burn.” The song, from her latest album Champion is a new leaf for the young artist, revealing her depth and maturity. And though (we’re pretty sure) he hasn’t heard it before, we think Pope Francis would agree with our choice. In fact, Alanna’s lyrics are a beautiful echo of his words in Lumen Fidei:

Humanity renounced the search for a great light, Truth itself, in order to be content with smaller lights which illumine the fleeting moment yet prove incapable of showing the way (n. 3).

We realize that a great love has been offered us…the Holy Spirit transforms us, lights up our way to the future and enables us joyfully to advance along that way on wings of hope (n. 7).

This is the Good News: God brings good out of evil. We make mistakes; we seek the wrong things. Or sometimes we seek the right things, and yet it all comes crashing down. And yet, in Alanna’s own words:

“There is redemption behind the razing. Out of that place of destruction comes forth new life: a new wave of life, straining ever up and onward, more lush, verdant, and vibrant than it ever was before…We are made aware of the paradoxical fact that sometimes a greater good can come out of a place of anguish than if that anguish had never happened.”

The album Champion is currently available to patrons of Love Good Music,and will soon be available on other platforms.

To keep up with the latest from your favorite artists and to discover new music every day, follow Cecilia on Facebook.

Libby Reichert

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CeciliaChristian MusicPracticing Mercy
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