Catholic Vitamin O: Obedience

Danielle Rose

I hope you are able to listen to our show on Obedience. And we couldn’t have asked a better teacher and mentor to be our guest. She is Catholic singer and songwriter, Daniel Rose. She is a 2002 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she received undergraduate degrees in music and theology. On the show, you’ll hear Danielle tell how, at the age of 17, she traveled to Delhi, India to volunteer with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. This experience gave her a desire to serve the poorest of the poor by offering her gift of music as a means of alleviating the spiritual poverty of America. Her debut album, Defining Beauty, was released in 2001 by World Library Publications.

After graduating from Notre Dame, Danielle Rose began traveling the globe as a music missionary in order to spread the Gospel through a joyful witness of story and song. Whether she was ministering to one million people at World Youth Day in Toronto, or twenty teenagers in her hometown of Duluth, Minnesota, Danielle encouraged and challenged every soul to form a relationship with the Eucharistic Presence of Jesus through the heart of Mary.

In 2004, Danielle received the personal blessing of Pope John Paul II when she presented him with her second album, Mysteries, a collection of meditations upon the twenty mysteries of the rosary. (Listen to her song inspired by the 2nd Joyful Mystery, Jesus WithIn You on the podcast.) She promised John Paul II, “I am your messenger to the young people to take up the rosary once again.”

She received a Unity Award from the United Catholic Music and Video Association (UCMVA) as Female Vocalist of the Year in 2005. One year later she recorded her third album, I Thirst, a musical tribute to the life and work of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

In mid 2007, Danielle responded to what seemed like a call from God to give up her music ministry (and livelihood by the way) and to enter a convent to discern a religious vocation. Immediately before her entrance, Danielle recorded her fourth album, Pursue Me, which describes the journey of accepting the call to discernment. You may wonder if it’s possible that you made a mistake in a career choice in your life. Maybe it wasn’t a mistake, but rather a time of purification and clarity given to you by the Lord. So too with Danielle. After more than two years of formation in the convent, she came to a discernment: Jesus was calling her to follow Him in a different way.

Seeking at every turn only to heed His voice and to do His will, Danielle left the convent in November 2009. This journey of surrender and obedience taught her more deeply than ever that loving God and doing His will is more important than anything else. With this new understanding, Danielle has joyfully accepted Jesus’┬áinvitation to continue sharing His Song for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

We played three songs by Danielle — permission granted courtesy of World Library Publications. All of Danielle’s music is available through her website or the links provided below.

Danielle’s website address is www.daniellerose.com

Her music is also available for purchase from wlpmusic.com, iTunes, Amazon.com, and other music sellers. You can reach wlpmusic at 800-566-6150. For more information or to arrange to have Danielle visit your parish or organization contact Raquel Hernandez at hernandezr@jspaluch.com or 847-233-2774

In addition to Danielle – we want to recognize our other contributors to Catholic Vitamins. They include:

Cheryl Dickow, author of Our Jewish Roots and president of Bezalel Books at www.bezalelbooks.com

Peggy Bowes, author of the Rosary Workout Book, available through Bezalel Books or through Peggy’s website: www.rosaryworkout.com

Justin Stroh, evangelist, speaker, composer and musician. His website is: www.justinstroh.webs.com/

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