If you’re active online (and you most probably are), you’ve probably already seen this video of Suor Cristina i.e. Sister Cristina Scuccia on The Voice Italy. She wowed all four judges and the audience with her rendition of Alicia Keys’ track “No One,” and even brought one judge to tears! If you haven’t seen the video, here it is: (And you MUST see the judges interview her after her performance — for English subtitles, make sure the “Captions” setting is “On” — if you can’t find it below, watch the video on YouTube):
I was in tears after watching the video actually… Sister Cristina’s energy and joy is SO inspiring! I love what she said, too, about why she auditioned for The Voice:
“I have a gift and I am giving it to you… shouldn’t it be this way?” I don’t know how accurate the subtitles/captions on YouTube are but in this article, it says her reply was:
“I came here because I have a gift and I want to share that gift, I am here to evangelize.”
When she was asked what the Vatican had to say about her auditioning for the voice, she gamely answered:
This may be just the idealist in me speaking, but I think all the judges and everyone watching the show were moved by Sister Cristina’s performance and her answers to the judges’ questions. I know I was! (And still am!) This is the New Evangelization at work!
You know what’s even more inspiring? Sister Cristina used to not be a believer! In this article on Liberty Voice, it says:
The Voice of Italy’s biography of Sister Scuccia says that she had always wanted to become a singer, that it was her “childhood dream.” As of 2008, Sister Cristina Scuccia was a “non-believer, and against the Church.”
Cristina Scuccia, seemingly by chance, found herself in a music hall which the Sisters of the Ursuline Holy Order had organized. While in attendance there, Cristina felt moved by the Spirit of God, and that led to her decision to become a nun.
Our takeaway from all of this:
You have a gift and God wants you to use it. Sometimes, He will speak to you about it in the strangest places, just to get His message across. When He does, your life will probably never be the same again.
As it says in 1 Peter 4:10:
So this week and beyond.. I urge you, dear friend… GO! Use your God-given gift! Don’t be afraid of what the world will say — God will lead you every step of the way!
Thank you, Sister Cristina, for reminding us of the real reason why we’re here on Earth. 🙂