I bet some people were wondering if I was going to write about Sr. Cristina, huh?
Everyone else seems to have posted on her debut on the Italian version of The Voice. (I don't watch the American version either.)
She was good. She sang Alicia Keys really, really well. When Sr. Cristina was highlighted on CBS News I think they commented on her shoes. Nun shoes. Sensible shoes. Kind of like running shoes. She wore her habit. You always hear complaints about nuns not wearing habits - she wore her habit.
I do not have one word of criticism. She covered it well. She was sweet and her sisters in the wings were full of joy over her making a splash on television in the recognition of her God given talent, as well as her witness to the Gospel - taking a romantic song and singing it to Christ, her Spouse. What a novel witness. The judges and the audience were deeply moved.
Singing nuns aren't new, however. Monastic communities make albums. The Daughters of St. Paul sing the Beatles. Then when I was little, there was the Singing Nun - the Dominican who became famous for "Dominique" - later played by Debbie Reynolds in the film. Who can forget Sr. Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act - that could be true.
Not a nun, but a friar, Fr. Stan Fortuna, CFR makes music - he's famous for Catholic hip hop. Then there is the Rapping Padre.
Unfortunately some people didn't like it. I agree with Deacon Kandra who wrote:
Many of us have hearts tightly sewn shut—almost incapable of moving, let alone mustering anything resembling a beat. - On that singing nun and the “acid bath of ingratitude”
Song for this post here.