See This Priest’s Amazing Surprise That Stunned a Wedding and Left the Bride in Tears (VIDEO)

SonLight Music Ministry had just finished what sounded like a beautiful rendition of “Be Thou My Vision” when Father Ray Kelly again took the mic at the wedding of Chris and Leah O’Kane. But instead of closing the ceremony as planned, the priest unleashed a big surprise for the couple that’s destined for the pantheon of wedding viral videos.


It’s not a joke or a slip-up, but a performance of epic proportions. A backing track mysteriously begins and Father Kelly launches into a rewritten version of Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah,” customized just for the new married couple. And this priest has pipes, belting out the melody with ease and even raising the key a whole step.

By the end, the stunned bride is left in tears while members of the audience offer a standing ovation. Father Kelly’s sweet and skillful gesture certainly deserved it.




If you live in America, should you speak English?


Why are people so scared of different languages? Not so long ago I saw a verbal war on an online garage sale blog because two people had a conversation in Spanish. It went back and forth and of course, just like most things that deal with culture, it got nasty. 

I was born in El Paso, a border town. I spent half of my life there. I am ashamed to say my Spanish is very remedial. When you grow up in a border town, hearing Spanish is a daily event. El Paso was extra special because it also has a military base, Ft. Hood, within its county. I was exposed to so many different cultures and languages. Speaking a different language was an everyday occurrence.

© 2014, MaLu Bradford Beyonce  During the Super Bowl there was a lot of controversy about the song, “America the Beautiful,” being sung in several languages other than English. I didn’t comment on this controversy because I still to this day haven’t seen the commercial. I can’t have an unbiased opinion because I heard of the controversy before I saw the commercial. 

I am on the fence about whether or not the United States of America should have some sort of standardized language. My brother’s first language is Spanish. I’m jealous of him. He speaks both English and Spanish. However, when he was about 8 or 9, I had to literally force him to speak English. Now, he thanks me for pushing him to speak English. I would tell him, he is in America and you need to speak English.

Of course I have nothing against Spanish speakers. My grandma’s first language was Spanish. It just seemed unnatural to live in Texas and not speak English at the time. I have to fight my thoughts of people who are so against Spanish speakers as being racist. They could have different valid reasons, that have nothing to do with race. The main reason I think you should do your best to speak and read English is because of feasibility. It cost so much more to print everything twice in two languages. To me, it just make economical sense. Now to my Spanish speakers, I am not against you. I am myself part Mexican and proud of it. I know there are some Spanish speakers that resist speaking English. Some of my own family belongs to this group. My maternal grandmother didn’t speak English at all. I have cousins that I am close to that do not speak English; however, they live in Juarez, Mexico. They are perfectly happy coming over to El Paso and can manage quite well without speaking English. A couple of them even work in El Paso but yet have not mastered the English language. I constantly debate with them, sometimes in Spanish, as to why it is important to not only know English but to speak English. 

From multiple debates with friends and family, here are the top reasons I found as to why native Spanish speakers, choose to not speak English: 1. They simply don’t know it and don’t think they can learn it, 2. They are uncomfortable to the point of embarrassment when they try to speak English, 3. It’s a habit; they are so use to speaking Spanish, it is just natural to do so. 4. They don’t want to forget their culture and their language is one of the best ways to hold on to it. 5. It makes them feel good to speak Spanish even when they know English because they know a lot of people only speak one language. Yes, it makes them feel superior to know two languages. Let’s talk about point number five. I know alot of people don’t like it when people speak a different language in front of them because sometimes we immediately think they are doing it to talk about us or to deceive us in some way. I can understand that because it does happen. However, I have this motto. If I don’t say something to your face it is because I respect you. For example, if I tell my husband, man I don’t like her haircut but to your face tell you I think it is nice, it is out of respect. There are a lot of things we all say but would never say it to their face or want them to know we said it.

Same goes when something is said in a different language. I think there are more pressing matters in this country to have debates about that have more weight than different languages being used in America. I find it kind of ironic that a Super Bowl commercial sparked so much controversy. I wish I spoke Spanish better. I don’t know why my grandma didn’t teach us better. She was very fluent in both English and Spanish. As her Alzheimer’s got worse, she forgot how to speak English. I think that says a lot. When you grow up speaking Spanish or whatever is your first language, that is what you hold on to no matter where you are living. It is who you are and why would anyone want to deny that.

© 2014, MaLu Bradford Beyonce

Escribe a Tommy Torres para que le ayude a conquistar a su chica, y el músico le contestó… Alejandro Sanz Ricky Martin Ricardo Arjona Querido Tommy

Juan Francisco Jiménez Jacinto

Un fastidio o una oportunidad: todos abrimos el correo electrónico y, a veces, tenemos que hacer frente a muchas peticiones o comentarios, algunos pueden molestarnos por el esfuerzo que nos demandan y que nos querríamos ahorrar.
Ahora imaginemos los mensajes que reciben personalidades públicas: políticos, deportistas, presentadores… y cantantes. Cabe suponer que muchos, muchísimos. Pues el compositor Tommy Torres decidió convertir algo que podría suponer un fastidio en una oportunidad.
Tommy, músico y compositor, ha producido para Alejandro Sanz, Ricky Martin o Ricardo Arjona, entre otros, canciones como: ‘Quién ’, ‘Acompáñame a estar solo ’, ‘Cómo Duele ’ de Arjona o ‘Tu recuerdo ’ de Ricky Martin. Todas son suyas y le han llevado a estar muy considerado en el mundo musical.
Pero un día este cantante recibió la petición de ayuda de un fan. Paco, como se llama, pedía al músico que le ayudara a conquistar una chica que amaba. Y entre los cientos de mensajes que Tommy recibía decidió escribir una canción para ayudarle. Pero no cualquier canción, una canción muy especial.

“Dile que la amas y nada más”

Y es que el compositor puertorriqueño no hizo otra cosa que poner música al correo que Paco le había escrito y que, al no recibir respuesta, escribió un segundo mensaje mostrándole su decepción y recriminándole que le había considerado “buena gente”. El texto es el siguiente:
Entonces el compositor decidió hacer alquimia con el correo de Paco, que sin saberlo, se vio convertido en todo un poeta. Tommy solamente le puso música a sus palabras y obró la transformación. Un hecho que destaca el valor humano de este músico que como buen maestro alquímico también convirtió una recriminación, que podría haberle supuesto un fastidio, en una oportunidad de hacer el bien y de crear un éxito.

Hay historias que no deberían ser olvidadas y, aunque ya hace un año del regalo que Tommy Torres le hizo a su fan, esta es una de ellas. El resto hay que dejar que lo acabe diciendo la música:

LANGUAGE SKILLS: English Instruction A Priority – Studies show ten-percent of students in US schools are still learning to speak English. But just one-percent of teachers are qualified to instruct them.

November 19, 2013, by Courtney Johns

Mind that this is an article published in the States. You will notice that the use of the English language is poor, and that the word “math” contains an error (missing “s”) and a mistake (no capital M). Thus, the form proofs the content.

Whether it’s a doctor, firefighter, or a baseball player, most kids have an idea of what they want to be when they grow up. David Aregbe didn’t. Last year, his dream was learning how to communicate with his fellow fourth graders.
But there was one subject Aregbe did get, math. It’s a subject with its own universal language.
ELL instructors like Magdalena Mujica Voy use other universal ideas like pictures to help English learners.
She says speaking a different language isn’t the challenge. Mujica Voy says, “Even though they can speak doesn’t mean when they read that they’re comprehending.
That takes five to seven years of working with students in small groups.
Des Moines classrooms have more students learning English every year. Since 2000 the Des Moines school District ELL population has doubled.
At 43 percent, Monroe Elementary has one of the largest ELL populations in the district. Which is why Principal Cindy Wissler made it a goal to someday have all her teachers ELL certified.
Wissler says her certified instructors use more visual and vocabulary based methods. This means ELL students like Aregbe get to spend most of the day in a classroom with their peers.
Aregbe may not have mastered English yet, but his teacher says in many ways he’s ahead of the curve. Aregbe’s teacher Lynnette Wall says, “David is a hard worker. He likes to achieve. He’s very smart in math. He’s very excelled in math.
And he’ll need those math skills since he’s now planning on becoming an engineer. Aregbe says, “You build an aircraft and like hover boards and everything.
He’s got a lot of work ahead of him. But considering he moved to America less than 2 years ago and reads fifth grade level books during his free time, his future is looking brighter than ever.