Franciscan Free Song: Movement 2 Hungry for Heaven by David Gomez Sanz, Alberto Ayuso Domingo and Richard Schletty

by Sister Julie Ann on March 1, 2016

This Lent Franciscan Sisters collaborate with David Gomez Sanz, Alberto Ayuso Domingo and Richard Schletty to offer a free download of Movement #2 Pour It Out from Hungry for Heaven Opus. Morning St. Francis by Brendan Wroblewski OFM

As poet, St. Francis also sought to express his relationship with our Most High, all good God.  Listen to this modern day verse.  Be inspired to continue your own heart-felt conversion. Come back later in the month as we highlight another recently refreshed dynamic movement for Easter. (Photo: Brendan Wroblewski OFM, Assumption BVM Provinc

“Hungry for Heaven” is a journey of the human being through basic and primitive questions. The searching for the answers beyond our physical existence.  The silence of God, man facing death, life after life. Once a man is aware of his finitude, does everything reach a meaning?

Some people are blessed with the Grace of Joy. While others are still looking for a light in the darkness. Some people find strength in the pain while others find sharks in a pool. The incomprehensible reasons of our suffering are washed away in the Cross of Jesus Christ. Our pain is the pain of God. And He cures the scars of ours souls. He embraces our perfect imperfections. Hungry For Heaven is about our claim to the sky, our cry to the infinite horizon. In our hunger, can we come to feel His presence.

– David Gómez Sanz

Click here to read Richard Schletty’s poem “Hungry for Heaven” which was the beginning of writing lyrics for the 11 movements of the project.

About Hungry for Heaven

This concept album is an internet collaboration of David Gómez Sanz (Segovia, Spain), Alberto Ayuso Domingo (Segovia, Spain) and Richard Cecil Schletty (St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A.). Hungry For Heaven is an hour-long concept album which deals with evil, suffering, the silence of God, the restless spirit, faith, salvation, selfless love, Christian discipleship, and the necessity of right relationships with the hierarchy of creation.Hungry for Heaven David Gomez Sanz Alberto Ayuso Domingo Richard Schletty March 2016

Music styling ranges from classic orchestral to acoustic folk to celestial to progressive rock. The vocal stylings, spanning bass to tenor registers, are gritty yet soothing (like wet sand in the palm of your hand). Sometimes folk-like, sometimes operatic, always engaging. Words can be understood.

To listen to more of Hungry for Heaven, click here.

To read lyrics for Movement #2 Pour It Out, click here.

To read lyrics for Movement #5 The Joy of Grace, click here.


9 thoughts on “Franciscan Free Song: Movement 2 Hungry for Heaven by David Gomez Sanz, Alberto Ayuso Domingo and Richard Schletty”

  1. Sister Elaine says:

    Thank you for putting into word and song what I believe is in the heart of everyone…a yearning for what is beyond our life here on earth. Each one of us must come face-to-face with the struggles, the joys, the unknowns, etc., of life. Conversion is often a slow process, and always a lifelong growing.

  2. sister renee mirkes says:

    Bravo! I resonated immediately with the ostinato-like melody of Hungry for Heaven. It seemed to capture a human person’s visceral reaction to one of her basic human aspirations: to be a part of something or Someone bigger than one’s self.

  3. Richard says:

    Thank you all for your kind remarks. Indeed, our approach has been quite visceral – more “affective” than “discursive.” Words flowed from my heart without rigorous structure or alignment with Biblical verses. The entire cycle of 11 songs begs for a unifying libretto or storyline. A stage play? An opera or aria? I would love to add lead female singers. As it is now, it is something like a rectitative-chant soliloquy by one male singer with several voice stylings. Suggestions and criticisms are welcome.

  4. Sister Marsaia says:

    I must say that it is a very, very powerful set of lyrics and a musical score that truly fits to be part of a larger work called
    Hungry for Heaven. The intensity of longing is almost unbearable in this music. The rhythms, tortuous harmonies, orchestration, and piano, backup the spoken lyrics-spoken lyrics but very dramatic in pitch changes and drama. The longing for God and the longing to know and experience God’s answer, God’s reassuring presence, creates a very unsettling effect; indeed a terrible restlessness which all of us at times experience.
    This song needs the resolution offered in the following song, “Knock Upon Your Door.”

  5. Sister Nancy Kinate says:

    “Pour It Out” passionately melds word and music and grabbed not only my attention but also my heart. The lyrics of urgent petition and ardent faith are accentuated so powerfully by the pulsating and escalating instrumental accompaniment that I was urged to pray the lyrics not only listen to them. “Hungry for Heaven” in its entirety is aesthetically and spiritually profound.

    In response to Richard: These eleven songs may be more reflective of the human journey without a unifying libretto or story line. I could imagine them staged and set in a dramatic sequence with alternating male soloist( songs 1,3,5,7,and 9) then female soloist (songs 2,4,6,8, and 10) with a duet for song 11. Thank you for sharing your talents in this wonderful work.

  6. Sister Nancy, thanks for your thoughtful review and suggestions. I do think adding female voices will add a lot to the songs. We are very heartened to know that you prayed along with the music and words.

  7. And than you, Sister Marsaia, for conveying your experience of listening to the songs. The longing and restlessness you mentioned is expressed well in an excerpt from Teilhard de Chardin which is at the top of page of my poetry at

    “All of us, Lord, from the moment we are born, feel within us this disturbing mixture of remoteness and nearness; and in our heritage of sorrow and hope, passed down to us through the ages, there is no yearning more desolate than that which makes us weep with vexation and desire as we stand in the midst of the Presence which hovers above us nameless and impalpable and is indwelling in all things.” – from Hymn of the Universe by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

  8. annemarielom says:

    What a powerful piece of music and engaging lyrics. I shared it on my Facebook page hoping to sharing this experience with others. Thank you for this reflective piece especially as we observe Holy Week!

  9. Sr. Hannah says:

    These two songs are soooooo Franciscan! They are beautiful! I love how they both express the desire we have for intimacy with God and that God has for intimacy with us. Can we walk each day pouring out our hearts to Christ and his people while letting Christ pour out his grace into our hearts. That is joy; Christ fully working in us. That is what Francis did. He let Christ fully work in him.

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