Thanks – Again – to Danielle Rose

Sometimes, it takes a while to figure out our vocation. I am thankful for the earnest searching a young musician has pursued in an effort to find her true calling.

A year ago in this space, I wrote a post praising Danielle Rose Skorich, a Catholic folk musician known professionally as Danielle Rose. What struck me about her music was its mix of orthodoxy and soulful folksiness. After a brief career as a musician of international renown, Danielle Rose Skorich (pictured at left) entered a Charismatic and Franciscan community near Amarillo, Texas, forsaking her musical career for a lifetime of prayer and missionary work.

In August 2008, she was accepted as a novice and received the religious name Sister Rose Therese. And that was that. Or so I thought.

What I didn’t realize when I wrote that post is that Danielle Rose had left the convent. Her updated website (which features this photograph) tells us she has determined the life of a religious is not her calling.

After more than two years of formation in the convent (it’s a six to ten-year process of discernment before final vows), Danielle came to a successful discernment with her community: the Lord was calling her to follow Him in a different way. Seeking at every turn only to heed His voice and to do His will, Danielle left the convent in November 2009.

This journey of surrender and obedience taught her more deeply than ever that loving God and doing His will is more important than anything else. With this new understanding, Danielle has joyfully accepted Jesus’ invitation to continue sharing His Song for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

So, what does it mean to discern a vocation? A beautiful website called Paths of Love tells us: “Love alone gives meaning to life and vocation…The Catholic Church teaches that the primary vocation of every person is the vocation to holiness, to the perfection of love.”

It takes a brave heart, a heart open to the overwhelming love God has for us, to follow His call where it leads us.

  • Mouse

    Hi Allison…I'm just curious whether you have heard Danielle's latest song, called "The Saint That Is Just Me". For some reason, it is not mentioned on her website – only WLP, iTunes, Amazon and other music retailers. Check it out at http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-saint-that-is-just-me/id404373231. View the lyrics at http://issuu.com/wlpmusic/docs/saintdanielle.There is no place to contact Danielle or her management listed on the site. I'm having trouble with the meaning/intent of the fifth verse. If you've heard it, I'd like to hear your interpretation. "You saw that I was perfectly imperfect.O happy fault, the sin of Adam’s pride!That’s the reason that you became man And bore the New Eve from your wounded side…"I thought the New Eve was normally interpreted as Mary, or should be. Christ, obviously, couldn't follow those words literally! Who could she mean?Thanks for your time. I look forward to becoming enlightened.

  • Katie H

    Hi Mouse!The Office of Readings from Good Friday explains this much better than I. It's from St. John Chrysostom:"Since the symbols of baptism and the Eucharist flowed from his side, it was from his side that Christ fashioned the Church, as he had fashioned Eve from the side of Adam. Moses gives a hint of this when he tells the story of the first man and makes him exclaim: 'Bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh!' As God then took a rib from Adam’s side to fashion a woman, so Christ has given us blood and water from his side to fashion the Church. God took the rib when Adam was in a deep sleep, and in the same way Christ gave us the blood and the water after his own death."p.s. Also check out Lumen Gentium #63 and #64 on Mary and the Church: http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19641121_lumen-gentium_en.html

  • Mouse

    Thanks Katie! I just found your reply now and will check out those documents.


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