Publishing music, prayer, and initiation resources for the Church is an exciting and challenging endeavor. Many people on our staff are parish musicians as well. We bring a breadth of hands-on pastoral experience to our work here at WLP.
As for me, because of my travel schedule, I am not able to make a regular commitment to a parish as a musician. I must admit that I do miss making music on a regular basis. However, at this point in my own life and spiritual journey, I need simply to be in the pew. After having ministered full-time as a director of liturgy and music for many years, a time came when I realized that I needed to be the one to be ministered to, at least for awhile. My heart is filled with gratitude that my parish's music director, Jeff, is a sensitive and talented musician who feeds my soul every week.
This past weekend—at the Preparation of the Gifts at Mass—Jeff began playing a meditative piece and it deeply touched my heart. I closed my eyes and, through that piano music, I felt very close to the Lord. I am glad that the liturgy affords us opportunities to listen and be formed by good instrumental music. I guess this is what makes being a music publisher so gratifying. I don't want to make this sound like a marketing ploy (so I won't even name the collection), but when I asked Jeff about the piece he played during that moment at Mass, it happened to be from a collection that was recently published by WLP. I like to let our staff know that the work they do here—reviewing, editing, music engraving, layout, design, artwork, marketing, customer care—really does make a difference in the faith lives of those who hear our music in their parishes. This happened to me this past Sunday. And I think this is what makes music publishing for the Church such a joy. I hope that our music touches your heart. Gotta sing. Gotta pray.