Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Catholic Defender: Eric Genuis Live

On 9 November 2011, Eric Genuis performed live at Holy Family Catholic Church in Copperas Cove Texas.

It had been a project in the making and what an event this was.

We had a great response from the Parish as we had a really good crowd of people at the concert.

Ephesians 5:18 states, "And do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks always and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father".

What an evening this was as Eric Genuis and his group including a violinist, cello, singer and piano.

I have known Eric Genuis for a number of years and he is truly committed to serving the Lord and playing music to reach a high level of praise through art and music.

He is a true composer of art. About 15 months ago, I was able to bring Eric to Fort Hood where he gave his first concert in the area.

Since I have retired from the Army, I began to look into bringing him to Copperas Cove Holy Family Catholic Church.

At both events, many of the people to include Father Downey (Chaplain of deepertruth) were not expecting the impact that Eric Genuis has on audiences through his testimony and music.

I am reminded of this passage from the Psalms, "Praise God in his holy sanctuary, give praise in the mighty dome of heaven. Give praise for his mighty deeds, praise him for his great majesty. Give praise with the blasts upon the horn, praise him with the harp and the lyre. Give praise with tambourines and dance, praise him with flutes and strings. Give praise with crashing cymbals, praise him with sounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath give praise to the Lord! Hallelujah!" (Psalms 150:1-6). Music is to glorify the Lord.

At Last weekend Masses, Fr. Downey promoted the concert explaining the importance of praising God in art.

This was part of our Catholic heritage. Eric Genuis really confirmed Father's words in word and deed.

Eric has a most reverant expression in word describing the intent of each number.

He would speak of the importance of recognizing the presence of the Lord in the tabernacle.

He would give a testimony of his special needs child who brought the attention of showing love to people through hugs.

There were points during the concert that you couldn't help but have tears of joy for the presentation offered. Other times you inspired as the talent of the musicians is outstanding.

These are accomplished musicians who come together to share their story in music honoring the Lord in this most powerful expression.

I am again reminded of the rebellion of King Saul.

1 Samuel 16:23 says, "the spirit from God seized Saul, David would take the harp and play, and Saul would be relieved and feel better, for the evil spirit would leave him".

What an important message this passage offers! People coming to the Eric Genius concert might have all kinds of worries, concerns, issues related to jobs, bills, or simply tormented like King Saul.

When you listen to the music, you are captivated and many times transformed as you leave after the concert. Music can sooth the soul.

As I said my final goodbyes to Eric and his group before leaving Holy Family, they were on their way to Houston Texas for another concert.

They will be going to several prisons to include San Quentin and I am sure to bring peace to the troubles soul.

St. John writes, "I heard a sound from heaven like the sound of rushing water or a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. They were singing a new hymn before the throne, before the four living creatures and the elders" (Revelation 14:2-3).

St. John also says, "On the sea of glass were standing those who had won the victory over the beast and its image and the number that signified its name. They were holding God's harps, and the sang the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb: Great and wonderful are your works, Lord God almighty. Just and true are your ways, O king of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord, or glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All the nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed" (Revelation 15:2-4).

Eric Genuis will play one of my favorite songs of his called "Joseph's Song".

This song has always touched my heart and I know that my co-host John Benko of deepertruth, can agree with me.

This impacts many people and can be a healing for those carrying much pain.

Many of us have experienced the loss of a loved one and regardless of how, this song is such a great inspiration.

"Joseph's Song" is Eric's own story of holding his little son Joseph who died not long after. Now Joseph sees God along with Joseph and Mary and all the Saints.

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