Here is a good article on Sister Mary of the Holy Spirit who is celebrating her 86th birthday and 60th year o religious life as a Dominican contemplative nun.
In a lilting soprano voice, Sister of the Holy Spirit begins singing one of the secular songs:
“With a song in my heart, I behold your adorable face. Just a song at the start, but it soon is a hymn to your grace.”
She marvels at how “the words fit so beautifully, can you believe it? Who else has such an adorable face?”
She is speaking of God, for whom she’s carried a song in her heart ever since her Catholic girlhood in Mount Vernon, N.Y. — especially since 1944, after she wrote to her fianc�, Joe, overseas in the Navy, that she was leaving him “not for another Joe — but for God.”
Aida Rita Martignetti, who had dreamed of being a singer, became Sister Mary of the Holy Spirit in the order and entered into silence.
“I, with my great love for gorgeous clothes — to cut off my beautiful hair,” she writes in her self-published autobiography “Memoirs of a Nutty Nun.”
“Jesus was really serious about wanting to know if I loved Him more than my singing. . . . But the joy He gave me was a song beyond the melodies of the Earth,” she writes.
Amid this devotional silence, her creativity found voice in painting, writing and photography. “I hold the camera,” she says, “and God snaps the picture.”
…This devotion to doing God’s work, she says, is the true song in her heart.
She has a web site where she sells an album she recorded in 2002 and will display some award winning photos she’s taken. There is a link to artist direct which has two of her songs. One of them being an unintentional recording of her singing Ave Maria with Canary. The canary does a pretty good job of singing along.
The article also mentions that she had written a biography called “Memoirs of a Nutty Nun.” She also mentions on her site that when she went to her priest to get instructions on preparing for marriage, that the priest asked her if she had ever considered being a nun. Wow, some priests will do anything to get out of doing a wedding. But seriously that is a question that the majority of Catholics are just never asked.