“Sister sister! You’ve never seen a nun shut it down like this one,” As noted by the Huffington Post. If Pope Francis is the New Church of love, here is his best ambassador ever!
The judges of singing competition “The Voice of Italy” couldn’t believe their ears when they heard Sister Cristina Scuccia belting out Alicia Keys’ “No One,” but they were in for a greater shock when they saw what Scuccia looked like. Judges begin the show with their backs to the stage, and if they like what they hear they can swivel their chairs around– but none of them were prepared for the sight of 25-year-old Scuccia, a member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family, delivering a jaw-droppingly good performance in her black habit and silver cross. As the crowd cheered, her fellow sisters jumped up and down in delight.
The shocked and impressed judges asked her if she was really a nun, to which she replied, “Yes, I am truly, truly, a sister.”
A native of Sicily, she arrived at the show accompanied by four sisters from her community as well as her parents. “I came here because I have a gift and I want to share that gift. I am here to evangelize,” she said, reports Catholic News Agency.
“If I had found you at Mass I would always be in church,” said J-Ax, an Italian rapper who is one of the judges. “You and me are like the devil and holy water.”
She trended on Twitter after her unbelievable performance, with many Italians showing their love for “#suorcristina.”
The judges asked her what the Vatican would think of her singing, to which she replied, “I hope that Pope Francis will call me now,” according to NY Daily News.
We can’t wait to see more of this sister act!
Also… Do me a favor (after you stop crying over this nun and he love of life that is….
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How to Create Beauty, Give Love and Find Peace
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Caught between the beauty of his grandchildren and grief over a friend’s death, Frank Schaeffer finds himself simultaneously believing and not believing in God—an atheist who prays. Schaeffer wrestles with faith and disbelief, sharing his innermost thoughts with the lyricism that only great writers of literary nonfiction achieve. Schaeffer writes as an imperfect son, husband and grandfather whose love for his family, art and life trumps the ugly theologies of an angry God and the atheist vision of a cold, meaningless universe. Schaeffer writes that only when we abandon our hunt for certainty do we become free to create beauty, give love and find peace.
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