One Voice, Many Rhythms
Juan J. Sosa, Pbro.
It addresses the role of liturgy, spirituality and popular piety in culturally diverse Catholic assemblies.
An authoritative guide on multicultural ministries
Father Juan Sosa understands the challenges of ministering in a multicultural parish. A priest and composer in the Archdiocese of Miami, he's served immigrant communities in South Florida for many years. Inspired by first-hand experiences, his new book is an authoritative and encouraging guide for fellow priests, musicians and other pastoral ministers.
Addresses the role of liturgy, spirituality and popular piety
One Voice, Many Rhythms addresses the role of liturgy, spirituality and popular piety in culturally diverse Catholic assemblies. Drawn from his extensive work with parishes around the country, the reflections cover the future of liturgical texts in Spanish, the unifying power of music and the sacraments, and more.
"Accept one another as a 'communion of believers'"
"I am delighted to see this dialogue among the many cultures that shape the multicultural reality of this nation," he states in the conclusion. "The exploration of a true, authentic inculturation, however, cannot take place unless the local communities accept one another as a 'communion of believers.'" That communion is Father Sosa's ultimate goal.
Closes with a charming anecdote
The book closes with a charming anecdote. About ten years ago, he was assigned as a chaplain on a Caribbean cruise. After visiting a priest friend in Venezuela, at a port of call, he returned to the dock only to see the ship on the horizon, sailing away.
"Stranded, undocumented, at the mercy of others"
For two days, he was "stranded, undocumented, at the mercy of others, dependent upon [the] Church." The incident expanded his awareness of -- and compassion for -- those who face similar challenges on a daily basis in our country. From that moment on," he could not ignore anyone who knocks at the door.
Scholarly yet accessible, One Voice, Many Rhythms makes enlightening reading for all who serve and worship in multilingual parishes in the U.S.
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"Father Sosa provides an objective, theory-based, theologically supported work that encompasses the topic of Hispanic spirituality while addressing the specificities of some of the more prevalent Hispanic groups. As a noted expert on the topics of Hispanic spirituality and devotions, and as one who has shared in the misunderstandings that some Hispanic people have experienced for the sake of their devotional practices, Father Sosa offers wise reflections on the consideration of the blessings that Hispanic spirituality and cultural devotions bring to the broader context of the universal Church. This work illustrates Father Sosa's years of experience and love both of his Hispanic culture and of the rites of the Catholic Church. While addressing the particular devotional practices in Hispanic groups, Father Sosa repeatedly reminds readers of the Catholic Christian call to search for unity within this diversity. His book serves as a source of meditation to all who look to serve in the increasingly multicultural Catholic Church in the United States. It is a treasure for those who are privileged to be called to offer pastoral service in Hispanic communities."
— Linda Marie Sariego, OSF, Pastoral Music
"...What binds them [the essays] together is an inside knowledge of Hispanic communities in the US, his own experience as a pastor in a multicultural parish, and his love and respect for the devotional and liturgical practices of various cultures (but especially his own Cuban-Hispanic heritage). For those well versed in popular religiosity and multicultural liturgy and piety, this book offers thoughtful insights and a concise overview of the vastness of this critical area of liturgics. For those new to this area, Fr. Sosa's book serves as a great overview of the issues and tensions, blessings and cautions. He reminds us several times of what is central to liturgy, no matter the language and culture: Jesus Christ and his paschal mystery. This is explicitly mentioned in at least three of the reflections, but it is a thread that continually runs through all of the reflections. This is a well balanced, conversational book that addresses competently, honestly, and pastorally what I think remains a primary concern in our country: inculturation of our liturgy. This work surely carries the conversation forward."
—Joyce Zimmerman, Liturgical Ministry