Music and the Gospel: “Simplify,” Young The Giant

This week’s SPIRIT asks us what will happen if we unplug from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and just slowed down. What will we see and hear without distractions vying for our attention?  The teens of St. Clement’s Church take this question to heart and embark on a pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago. The pilgrimage connects the teens with the physical world around them and wakes up their spiritual consciousness. The song “Simplify” is about shedding the distractions of the modern world and opening our eyes to the people and world around us.

Key Lyrics: Stressing over this, stressing over that, we’re falling / Like the whole world is banging on the door calling / Are we gonna lose? Is it gonna last? / Worry about the future, worry about the past / Filter out the noise, focus on my voice and fall in / …Everything simplifies / All we need is nothing more / When everything simplifies / You and I need nothing more / Everything simplifies

Questions: When have you taken a faith journey or pilgrimage? What did you carry with you? What did you learn from it? In what ways did it help you simplify your life? Where do you see the face of God?