The Story Behind “Refuge”


This last winter, just after Christmas, I had sought to run off to the Monastery for a couple of days. I was hoping to catch my breath and to center myself for the upcoming year. Well as blessings would fall so abundantly at Christmas, we were blessed with a baby and found that leaving for an indulgent weekend was not an option. We where overwhelmed with learning how to be instant parents and how to keep ourselves balanced in the process. That story I will share shortly in an upcoming blog post.

Anyway, in the midst of our new found chaos I was lamenting that the peace and solitude of the monastery would be great right now and that I would be neat if it were more accessible. My husband lightly said, “since your can’t go to the monastery right now, why don’t you bring the experience to you.” This gave me the idea of using theater of the mind to create a little bit of that peaceful experience. That is where the concept of Refuge was born.

It was a huge feat. The walking sound effect was actually me walking though Immaculate Conception Church. I was pushing the stroller and holding a microphone. Then there was the music itself. The singers are Andrea (me), my sister Sara, my dad and brother, my husband and the entire 9:30 choir. We had so much fun creating this audio experience that it had good energy.

The main line, ‘Oh Lord, My God, In you I take refuge” is an excerpt from Psalm 7. The Latin “Donna Nobis Pacem,” means grant us peace. The section Sara sings was actually written by her to help tie it all together.Β  All of these elements were carefully positioned to help create a profound audio experience.

I hope you enjoy it as well. Please check it out and let us know your thoughts. This link will allow you to add it to your cart. The little sample is just a taste. The piece is actually 5 and a half minutes long. Well worth the $1.50. πŸ™‚

Many Blessings,

Andrea Santos

Refuge Artwork

Refuge – Shanti Shanti Meditation


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  1. Thank you again Andrea. So often I finding myself doing the same with your music, taking refuge. May our Lord forever bless you with the gift of showing us that heaven isn’t a place far, far away.

  2. Hi,
    Congratulations on your first born. Coincidentally, at the age of 67 I became a father for the first time yesterday of three girls ages 10, 11 and 13. πŸ™‚

    Love your music.

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