Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jorge Rivera and Saint Bernard

Wednesday greetings from the Midwest, where the weather is warming up for a late summer heat wave.

Each year at the J.S. Paluch Vocations Conference, a WLP artist presents a one-hour concert to the participants. Last night, Jorge Rivera and his band were the performers.

Jorge is the director of Hispanic ministry for the Diocese of Joliet here in Illinois. He has three albums with WLP, Ha Llegado Tiempo, Entra, and Reinventando el Amor. I enjoyed the concert so much. Jorge told the story of his own faith journey as the concert unfolded. His work with Hispanic young people has been at the center of his ministry for years. He is engaging and genuine. Watch how some of the attendees at the conference were enjoying Jorge and his band last night.

Some of the musicians/editors here at WLP were the music ministers for the two morning Masses for the conference. This morning's Collect for the Memorial of Saint Bernard struck me as beautiful and so apt for a conference on vocations:

O God, who made of the Abbot Saint Bernard
a man consumed with zeal for your house
and a light shining and burning in your Church,
grant, through his intercession,
that we may be on fire with the same spirit
and walk always as children of light.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Praying today that we will all be on fire with that same spirit and walk as children of the light.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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