Rosanne Cash Surrenders to Grief
--and Love

In an exclusive video meditation, plus an interview and music, the singer-songwriter shares her journey through grief and faith.


10/27/2006 01:42:17 AM

What a profound, wonderful meditation on Ms. Cash's truly mystical experience in mourning the death of her parents. How sad that some commentators seem to feel it necessary to evangelize or bash a faith, especially one of which they are not a part, in response. We need to recognize that our agendas more often than not get in the way of our experience of the Holy - not facilitate it!


10/26/2006 11:26:30 AM

I agree with everybody who believe in one God and one humanity.


10/26/2006 12:49:58 AM

How nice! Beliefnet finally lets someone speak who doesn't have a disneyfied or trite view of spirituality. Her maturity and soberness of thought are absolutely refreshing!


03/14/2006 07:11:50 PM

How nice for you. Plenty of others get a fine understanding of God through scriptures other than the Bible, and other than Christianity...


03/05/2006 03:55:46 AM

I believe in the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. I also believe that it is impossible for a person to live a meaningful and fulfilled life without God. I also believe that a person cannot become a "person of God" without God! If anyone understood the Bible in a commonsense way they would understand life more fully and get a better understanding who God is and what his love and grace is all about.


03/02/2006 04:16:50 PM

Believing ANY way is the "only" way is ignorant and outmoded. God is bigger than any one religion, and I for one am glad. And what about all the people in the world who lived and died long before Jesus was born? Or later people who, through no "fault" of their own, never heard of him? I've never heard a Christian who claims exclusive salvation be able to answer that adequately..... Anyone who says that, say, the Dalai Lama is damned because he's not a Christian loses my ear immediately....


03/02/2006 08:02:48 AM

I have wrestled with the same concept that Shanti wrote about. . .how devisive it is for Christians to believe there is only one way to heaven. I just don't know what to do with John 14:6 Jesus speaking: "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father but through me." And that there was only one door in the ark, one way to escape the plague of the death angel that swept through Egypt. Only one consequence of the forbidden fruit, man is a creator of options. But, God, has always been a creator with only one way. If there were several ways to get to Heaven, then Jesus's appeal in the Garden of Gethsemme for the cup to pass, would have been answered. He died because it was the only way. By one man sin entered, by one man sin is forgiven. Why is it so hard to accept what is freely given? It is seemingly exclusive, but not really. John 3:16 "...that whosoever believes in Him shall have everlasting life." The one way thing,is written throughout the old and new testaments.


02/27/2006 04:03:14 PM

I hope so too, but I don't think that we have to define her true calling and spiritual well-being by how closely her life mirrors her Dad's life. It's possible that she may find spiritual well-being in a non-Chrisitian religion. It might be that she finds it on another path. Her name's not Johnny. Her name's Roseanne.


02/27/2006 02:58:10 PM

Like her Dad before her; I hope Rosanne finds her true calling in life and her spiritualwell being.


02/27/2006 02:44:08 PM

The glory of Christ's message is that the Universe (as in God) can also forgive us, if we admit our failings, our guilt, and move on. Christ taught us then to forgive others so that they can also move on out of their guilt to healthy relationships. Christ's story is of the forgiveness of sinners, not the condemnaton of them.


02/27/2006 02:42:42 PM

"Why do people think of themselves as sinners? What sense does that make? You live with internal guilt and shame. That can't be good." Shanti: I guess the sense comes from admitting that all of us fall short of the the total, pure agape love God asks us to show each other. Admitting that we can all be wrong, we can all be selfish, we can all be "evil" at times, actually HELPS us get rid of the shame. Only misplaced or undeserved guilt is bad for you. I mean, if we have hurt someone or cheated or whatever, we SHOULD feel guilty. That guilt is from our unconscious as it attempts to pull us back around to healthy relationships. Of course, after we ask for forgiveness, the memory of that guilt should be the impetus for us to avoid behaving in that particular harmful way again.


02/27/2006 02:28:51 PM

Apparently, June was not Roseanne's mother, but actually her stepmom. I think the Catholic mother Roseanne was talking about was Johnny's previous wife.


02/27/2006 09:36:27 AM

I have been a fan of Johnny and June Cash for probably somewhere around 40 years. I know that Johnny went through a very destructive period in his early years when he was married to Roseann's mother and after marrying June he eventually got his life turned around. His folks were church-goers (Pentecostal, I think) and I remember hearing Johnny talk about growing up in the church but then straying away from God. June can be credited with getting him turned around, I did not know that June was a Catholic. I have nothing against them but like Roseann says some of their rules are hard to follow. I won't go into that any deeper. Like many country music fans, I was sorry to see June go and then Johnny but I'm sure it was a blessing for the family because they didn't have to see Momma and Daddy suffer any longer with their illnesses.


02/27/2006 07:56:40 AM

I believe the mourning process is a life long experience. I lost my oldest brother Jimmy, My father Floyd then my brother Paul all within 9 months, at the time of loss I was 18 yrs. old and am now 41 I have yet to get over the tragic loss but I strive each day to remember them as they were still here, Death can be a devastating experience for people. I guess being as young as I was at the time of two brothers being murdered, and losing my dad to cancer had alot to do with it. I guess i just can't to this day figure it all out. I hope Rosanne can feel better about Death than I can.


02/26/2006 01:08:01 PM

God bless this woman!


02/25/2006 03:04:23 PM

I could relate to most of what Rosanne Cash said. I feel like I've struggled with the same questions and have come to similar conclusions. I've never understood how certain Christians can believe that God would only find one way of worshipping him and seeking him to be acceptable. They always point to the Bible. That just makes the Bible appear to contain things that are not credible. When I experience what I believe to be God I feel that my heart and mind are aligned with something outside of myself that is good, warm, strong, and right. It can happen when I read the Bible. It can happen in church. It happens the most when I'm driving. It never happens when I'm reading about sin.


02/25/2006 01:38:32 PM

I have a very difficult time with the fundementalist Christians who say thier way is the "only" way. This is tha source of so much harm. It divides people, creates an "us" and "them" senerio, and is a justification to force an agenda to other peace loving people who see it differently. Fundementalist Islam is much the same. The belief system is rigid and anything outside that comfort zone is a threat that needs defending. When you have fundementalist so bent on "thier way" then war is envitable. Mytics rely on a personal experience of spirituality rather than a book or what a group tells you. That is what Cash is talking about. You cannot share that reality with anyone since it is subjective. Can you tell a blind man what the color green looks like? Same with spiritual experiences. Why are fundementalists so bent on thinking thier version fits for everyone when my truth (and Cash) is the ultimate truth to follow. If people respect that, we can have peace in this world.


02/25/2006 01:02:28 PM

I can fully erlated how catholic's church to hung on the rules almost like old jewish lws system they missing the point about God.


02/25/2006 01:01:35 PM

the buddist tradtion is very powerful and meaning full with many souls. I do not want to be little that faith, but as Christian. I just sadly since she was raise a catholic she would reject Jesus that is all. A dusscion on sinners wou7ld be good discussing group. I think I start one up all who who interested can do it.


02/25/2006 11:28:45 AM

p.s. i know that Johnny and June sang alot at Billy Graham crusades, and being from the South, i know that Mama Maybelle Carter was a "no nonsense" type of good Christian woman..and i sincerely hope that Roseann will walk in the tradition of her loved ones...with no false teachings activated on her life....


02/25/2006 11:05:04 AM

i believe that there are far too many wayward doctrines being taught and i hope that Miss Roseann has not fallen into one of them...with all my studies in the word, i know that if there is a God, and there is, then that means the Bible is the true word of God..easy..and whom the Son sets free, is free indeed...His words not mine. Religion is man's idea, RELATIONSHIP IS GOD'S! Grace, and mercy are His gifts, they cannot be earned.


02/24/2006 11:58:46 PM

I wasn't going to reply, but couldn't help it. Why do people think of themselves as sinners? What sense does that make? You live with internal guilt and shame. That can't be good. It obstructs the beauty within you. How can you feel close to God with all that baggage? You will say "we are all sinners and need forgiveness". I've heard it a thousand times. Then forgive yourself, and don't keep piling on more guilt and giving a label unworthy of who you are. I was brought up Catholic and every week we had to say "Lord I am not worthy". What?? I am worthy! My worthyness makes me a better person more able to love myself and others and more able to do Gods work. Living in shame and guilt does nobody any good. I think Cash understands this.


02/24/2006 11:13:04 PM

I this ms cash has irght to her view, but I believe in Christah tradtion. I love her father work in music and his deep faith. I think were all just trying to do what is best. I hope in what ever she feel it give her peace. I am not judge anyone since i am sinner myself.


02/24/2006 10:22:37 PM

I enjoyed reading the interview with Roseann Cash. I have one of her CD's. It is the one where she sings with her father about approaching death. The first time I heard it, I had tears. I saw Walk the Line and felt like I understood the family and her upbringing. I resonate with the things she says in the article about spirituality (not religion). It boils down ro ones personal experience - not a dogma of words and ritual. However, if the words and ritual provide you with a spiritual experience , then blessings for you. I find most all my spirituality in silence, nature, and those I love.