If you feel far from God, examine yourself. If you feel distant from family and friends, examine yourself. If you feel passed up by life, examine yourself.
Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that God is with you – always; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.
God told Habakkuk the just shall live by faith, which answered a lament to God about evil and injustice in the land. It seems the whole world is going through the same kind of lament today. It seems like there are more wars, genocides, persecutions, murders, robberies, hacking, and crime every day. Where is God? The answer today is the same as it was in Habakkuk’s time.
Faith comes from hearing God’s word. But how does faith come from hearing God’s word? Does God force it down our throats? Does God implant it in us like a tracking chip? How can we find the answer to these questions? As always, the best way to find the answer to a Biblical question, is to search the scriptures with an honest and prayerful heart because God has promised to satisfy the hungry soul. For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. (Psalm 107:9)
Join Marian and Dominic as they explore the psalms of Faith.
Marian is a native of Carlow. Her piano tuition began through the RIAM; she is also an accomplished traditional musician. She began her organ studies at Carlow Cathedral under the late Dr. Karl Seeldrayers and continued with Prof. Gerard Gillen. Marian started out as Organist/Accompanist at the Cathedral under Fr. Liam Lawton and features on several of his earlier recordings. She has travelled and worked with Liam throughout Ireland, Europe and the US as Pianist and Musical Director.
In 2000, Marian succeeded Fr. Liam as Director of Music at the Cathedral. Since then, her primary focus has been on the development of a vibrant musical ministry team and ensuring the highest possible standards in music and liturgy. Marian is a graduate of NUI Maynooth, and holds a Diploma in Arts (Church Music). She studied singing and choral conducting with ABCD (Association British Choral Directors) London, the Estill Voice System and C.M.E. (Choral Music Experience). She also works as a Clinician for the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin, presenting Choir and Song Leadership Programmes. She further works as an outreach Music Educator for primary education, and designs and facilitates music programmes through her own “Musicgym” enterprise. Marian is also Musical & Artistic Director of the Carlow based choir “Cormiosa”.
Mr. Dominic Finn comes from Cobh, which is a parish of the Diocese of Cloyne. He is currently the Director of Music at St. Colman’s Cathedral Cobh, and has worked in the Parish there since 1993.
Dominic studied a Degree in Arts & Music at UCC, followed by a Higher Diploma in Sacred Music at NUI Maynooth. Dominic also works as a secondary school teacher in Colaiste Muire, Cobh where he teaches Geography and Music.
Dominic works extensively throughout the Diocese of Cloyne promoting good Liturgical music.
His choirs of St. Colman’s Cathedral have done many broadcasts and recordings over the years, and have also worked with several composers such as Philip Stopford and Liam lawton to name just a few.
Dominic has travelled extensively with his choirs from the Cathedral. Some noted liturgical music services include St. Stephen’s Cathedral Vienna, Westminster Cathedral London, St. James’s Church Spanish Place London, along with St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, Rome where they were invited to sing for the 500th anniversary of the choir of the Basilica.
St Colman’s Cathedral continues to provide and promote good liturgical music on a weekly basis, and has continued to Live Stream services during Covid-19.