Kathy Troccoli - "Love One Another"
Ms. Troccoli's Inspirational Music
Kathy Troccoli is a Christian artist who writes and sings songs that truly reach the core of all people. She has written songs about being a sinner and how God’s faith and love never falter even when ours does. I relate to her music, and it picks me up when I am down and strengthens me.
Meeting Kathy Troccoli
I had the pleasure of meeting her once. I was traveling to New York City to visit my brother back in 1997. I sat down next to this gorgeous lady who had a yellow legal pad that she was filling up with her list of things to do at an amazing rate. I thought, “She looks so familiar.”
This was a time when the airlines still served drinks and meals, and the flight attendant came by to take our choice of meal. She said, “And you would like the chicken, Ms. Troccoli?”
My ears perked up because Kathy Troccoli had been my favorite Christian artist for years. I sat there for a good 30 minutes before I got the nerve to ask, “Are you Kathy Troccoli?”
She said, “Yes, I am,” and smiled at me. I must have been glowing, and I was trying to “play it cool,” because I did not want to be that pesky fan.
Trying Not to Make a Fool of Myself
Then, it just rolled out of me, “You are my favorite artist. I have your music in my checked bags. I carry it everywhere and share it with everyone.”
She was so gracious. She said, “Thank you. That is a wonderful compliment.” She looked down at the Frank Perreti novel that I was reading, and continued, “I just took a Christian cruise with him. He gave a wonderful presentation.”
Still star-struck, I asked, “I can’t get to your tapes for you to sign, but would you sign my book?” She did and we both laughed.
Visiting with Kathy Troccoli
She asked me if I was married, if I had children, and if I went to church. I told her I was married and had children and we went to our town’s Southern Baptist church.
She looked at me and asked, “And I am your favorite artist?” You see, she is Catholic and many people do not recognize Catholics as Christians.
I said, “Absolutely! God speaks to me through your music. I know that you believe that Christ is the only way, and that is what is important, not Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, or any of the other denominations. It is our belief in Christ that holds us together.”
Learning About the "Love One Another" Project
She said, “Ya know, I am pleased to hear you say that. I have had some doors closed in the Christian music industry because I am Catholic. I did have a very positive experience, though.”
“What?” I asked.
“Well, I had this idea to bring several top Christian artists together to sing a song to benefit people with AIDS. People like Amy Grant and Carmen were invited. Because of negative response to my Catholicism in the past, I didn’t know if anyone would show up.”
“Did they?” I asked, thinking how could anyone doubt this woman’s dedication to Christ.
“Yes, they did. We recorded ‘Love One Another’ a few months ago and it is on my Love and Mercy album. All proceeds for the single go to helping people with AIDS.”
Again, my star struck heart jumped. “I just bought that album, and the radio station back home plays ‘Love One Another’ all the time. I love it. It speaks of Christ's unconditional love for us.”
A Short Flight but an Amazing Lesson
She and I visited as if we were old friends for a while. To me it was an amazing day. I am sure she has forgotten it by now because of her busy schedule. I learned that her perseverance in her faith in Christ had made her successful and she was the most unassuming lady. She gave all credit to Christ for every word she has written and sung.
It also confirmed my belief in Christ loving everyone with unconditional love, and He will make Himself known when He knows He is needed. Just as He did when Ms. Troccoli feared no one would show up for the recording session. He was faithful through her doubts because He knew how important the project was to many people around the world. So many times He has been there for me.
Enjoy the music and listen to the wonderful message.
"Love One Another" Lyrics by Kathy Troccoli (video performance below)
Look around the world today
There is anger there is hate
Losing hope we're broken and in need
And I Know that it grieves his heart
When his people stand apart
Cause we're the only Jesus they will see
Love one another
And live as one in his name
Love one another
We can tear down walls by his grace
Love is patient, love is kind
Love is faithful, all of the time
It is never proud and never rude
Doesn't envy, doesn't boast
Doesn't seek its own you know
It rejoices humbly in the truth
If we all forgive each other
Love, love one another
As I've loved you
We are one in the spirit
We are one in the Lord
They'll know we are Christians
By our love
Kathy Troccoli's "Love One Another"
© 2011 Susan Holland