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Emily Byrd Starr
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I am first and foremost a Catholic, heart, mind, body and soul, a defender of Catholicism and a pursuer of all that is true, good, and beautiful. St. Catherine of Siena said, "If you are who you should be, you will set the world on fire." God has called me to serve Him through music - particularly in the divine liturgy - to help heal the souls just as a physician heals the body. As a wise man once told me, music isn't just "pretty stuff, but a matter of life and death." A bit much, you might say? I disagree. True beauty has the ability to sooth and heal the soul. Just as a doctor is charged with healing the body, the artist is charged with healing the soul through the creation of beauty. Beauty also helps awaken the heart to the truth. Truth speaks to the mind, but beauty speaks to the heart, thus they must be presented together, especially in the liturgy. As the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI once said, "I think that the great music born within the Church is an audible and perceptible rendering of the truth of our faith. In listening to sacred music -suddenly we feel: it is true!" For this reason, it is my responsibility to perfect my talents as a musician, not for myself, but for what I can give to others through my music. Thus do I hope to bring about the salvation of souls for His honor and glory.

Favourite Visual Artist
Caravaggio, Bouguereau
Favourite Movies
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Rigoletto, Amazing Grace
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Johann Sebastian Bach, William Byrd, Gabriel Faure, Herbert Howells, Benjamin Britten
Favourite Books
Crime and Punishment, The Spirit of the Liturgy, The Rhythm of Life
Favourite Writers
G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Matthew Kelly
Tools of the Trade
Pipe Organ
Other Interests
First Truth, Dominicans, Music, People
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Saying Goodbye to a Papal Kindred Spirit

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Have you ever had a day where you acted upon an impulse, uncertain if maybe it was the smartest or the most sensible thing to do, only to have it actually turn out even better than you thought? I definitely had one of those days today! After my sacred choral repertoire class today, I decided I wanted to do some window shopping. As you might expect, it turned into the usual female shopping excursion where the woman begins with no particular inclination to buy anything, but she returns home with less money in her pocket than when she left. I started by going to a couple boutiques, but not needing anything in particular clothing-wise, I decided
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The Sacred Music Program at Franciscan University

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As a graduate of the class of 2012 from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music with a concentration in organ, I was recently asked to share a few words on the quality of the University's Sacred Music Program and how it has prepared me for the future. It was difficult to sum up my experiences within the Sacred Music Program in only a few words as these past four years within the program have been filled with invaluable, life-changing opportunities for me as a musician. Where do I even begin? And I am sure I will still receive numerous benefits and insights from my time here many years after my graduation.
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Thank you for fav' :)
thanks for the +fav :) (Smile)
Happy Birthday!

God Bless you!
Oops! I forgot to add that I think you have a lovely gallery, too.:D
Thank you for +fav my Nativity. I also love thrift stores and rescue sacramentals and I love old prayer books. I also love Pope Benedict XVI. My daughter wrote him a letter right before he retired and he answered her! It's one of her treasures. She's 11 and it really meant a lot to her. God bless you and have a wonderful Christmas!Hug 
Thank you so much for the fav! Glad you liked Window Above the Trumpets cloudstreaker.deviantart.com/a…
God bless!