Sister Christina Shows Talents Are For Evangelization Too. By Father Anand Muttungal


A Catholic Nun has proved that the gifts and talents are not just to use for self gain but to evangelize the world too. On 5th June 2014 the history of the Catholic Church had a new chapter added with the stunning victory of Sister Cristina Scuccia, a 25 year old Nun belonging to the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family from Milan, Italy. “The Voice of Italy” is a musical reality show akin to "American Idol" or "Britain’s Got Talent”. She presented herself in modest manner, in religious habit and a simple shoe, but with a warm and powerful voice. It has exemplified the recent call of Pope Francis to witness the Gospel among the people by using all talents. Even after grant victory she is quoted as saying that she would leave it up to her superiors to decide whether a career in show businesses was an appropriate activity for a nun. "I would also be very happy to go back to singing with the children in parish churches," she reportedly said.
A few months back while talking about new evangelization Pope Francis said that ‘we must be open to the action of the Spirit of God, without fear of what He asks us or where He leads us. Let us entrust ourselves to Him! He enables us to live and bear witness to our faith, and enlighten the hearts of those we meet. The Spirit also instils the strength needed to bear courageous witness to the Risen Christ; he is the spirit of mission and evangelization. Let us renew each day our trust in the working of the Holy Spirit, open our hearts to his inspiration and gifts, and strive to be signs of unity and communion with God in the midst of our human family.’
It is a natural question that comes to our mind; how does Sister Cristina evangelize through this particular programme? It is a fact that some of the traditional Catholics have been angered of a Nun taking part in a musical reality show but we need to go a bit deeper to understand the role of Holy Spirit worked through her. In usual sense in such reality shows the victory movement is witnessed by tears, tantrums, and tediously long speeches by the stars and gusts but never the Lord's Prayer recited. The media quotes that when her victory was confirmed – at 62% it was even more of a landslide than Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's showing in the European elections, and possibly more heartfelt – she smiled and gave a cheerful thumbs up. "The last word of thanks, the most important, goes of course to him in heaven," she said, moments before. "And my dream is to recite a Padre Nostro together … I want Jesus to enter into this." Then, standing in her habit next to the bemused hosts, she started to recite the Lord's Prayer.
Further, when she got selected to participate in the show the show's panel questioned her on whether she was a real nun to which she answered absolutely true. Then they asked why she wanted to do this and she said it's a way of evangelizing and reaching out to masses. She said Pope Francis said to make noise and this is what she's doing. The show demonstrates that she definitely touched something in the hearts of the most professional judges along with millions across the world. The judges with one voice say that they were mesmerized by the voice and words she sang we could see one was holding back the tears of emotions. It was also emotional to see her fellow sisters on the sidelined cheering her on plus her parents and probably her Mother Superior, who at the end of Sr. Cristina's singing wiped away tears from her eyes. This was one of the most powerful ways she evangelized million saying that it is time to return to the Lord. Sister Cristina said the lyrics she sung are her inspirations that she received in prayer. Yes today we need the religious to come in the forefront to reach out using different means to turn people to God.
I am sure that Sister Cristina will continue to inspire millions to use their talents to proclaim the message of Jesus. It also makes us to meditate on the talents God has given to each of us. God has given us unique abilities, talents, and spiritual gifts. If we think that our talents are simply for us to make a lot of money, retire, and die, then we have missed the point of your life. The Bible says, “Each of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10). We can conclude it with the parable of the ten talents in St. Luke 19, if we don’t use what God has given us, he will take it away and give it to someone else who will. But if we use our talents wisely, God will give us more. If we use our energy wisely, God will give us more energy. If we use our influence wisely, God will increase our influence. God will bless all levels of our faithfulness and willingness to evangelize or proclaim, ‘God is love’.
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