Matt Maher - Alive Again

I've been listening to Matt Maher's new CD this past week and thoroughly enjoying his inspirational music! Here's the title track from the CD... You can visit his website to hear more from this artist who is currently on tour with Michael W. Smith!

Steven Curtis Chapman - Beauty Will Rise

Steven Curtis Chapman's latest album comes out Nov. 3rd - the first since the loss of his sweet daughter Maria Sue.
“It is weird for me to even call this a record because it is just my personal psalms from this journey that we have been on,” says Steven. “After we lost Maria, I did not know if I would ever write anymore songs or if I would ever sing again. The last thing I wanted to do is turn any of this into a song. Then you realize ‘God, this is what has happened to us and now what would You have me to do with it?’ Slowly songs began to just come out as ways for me to try to process what I was thinking and feeling and what my family and I were walking through.”
One of the most affecting, affirming songs on the record is “SEE.” In the hours after Maria left to be with Jesus, Steven fervently prayed for a sign that she was okay, pleading with God just to let him see. “I remember just saying, ‘We know it is true. We know she is with Jesus. She is safe in the arms of the God who made her. We know she is okay. We know it, but could we just see something?’” Steven recalls asking. “The next morning we went back to our house to get some clothes for the memorial service. We were not going to stay there and it was really hard to even go in the house because of the memories. We were walking through with friends who were holding on to us as we were going from room to room.”

“I walked into the kitchen and there is this little art table that Maria and Stevey Joy would sit at for hours. She loved crafts. She would cut out pictures. Scissors and glue were her favorite things. She would just cut and paste and draw for hours, and she often created cards for us. She would write the words she knew, ‘I love mom’ and ‘I love dad’ and then she would sign her name ‘Maria.’”

“Everything was cleaned up at the table but there was one little piece of notebook paper lying on her side of the art table. It was a flower, a six-petal flower that was kind of her signature flower that she would draw all the time. Only one petal was colored in blue, and the rest of it was just the outline of the petals. It had a little stem and it had a little orange center of the flower and it had little leaves at the bottom of the stem. I had noticed something else kind of bleeding through the back of the paper where she had written something and I turned it over and it was a little butterfly and then she had written the letters S-E-E. She had never written that word before. All that she had ever written as far as we knew was ‘I love Mom,’ ‘I love Dad’ and her name. Out of all the words that she could have written that day before the accident, she had written the word ‘see.’ I was already weeping uncontrollably and at that moment I just really, really believed that God gave us that sign and that was the gift that Maria left us to say ‘I know you are wanting to see something, but see I am okay and I am where you said. It is okay.’ That flower became so precious to us. It was my wife that looked at it and realized what we thought was an unfinished flower, was finished. Only one flower petal of the six was colored in. Then we realized we have six children there is only one that is colored in; there is one that is whole and the rest of us are still waiting for our color. It just became such a gift to us.”??

It’s everything you said that it would be
And even better than you would believe ?
And I’m counting down the days until you’re here with me
And finally you’ll see?
(from song ”SEE”?)

Listen to the first single from his album "Heaven is the Face"
and hear Steven Curtis Chapman talks about the song ""Heaven Is The Face

Click here to listen to Cinderella, the song inspired by his daughters
(I love this song!)
Below Chapman talks about how the song came about...

Communion of Saints

As we prepare to celebrate another Halloween, I dread how all the imagery around me seems to focus on evil spirits and monsters.

Instead, I am in awe of the holy men and women who have gone before us and lived their lives following Christ, so that we now call them saints. November 1st is All Saints Day where we honour the saints, known and unknown. It is called the Solemnity of All Saints or All Hallows, thereby making Oct. 31 "All Hallowed Eve" (or Halloween). It is a time of great celebration, a time to rejoice and be inspired by those who have fought the good fight! It is followed by All Souls Day, on Nov. 2, where we recall friends and family who have passed away and pray for them.

A Day at the Office

This brought a smile...!
(Coworkers lipsynching to Backstreet Boys...I'm not even a fan of BB, but still thought this was fun.)

Massive Worship

NET Ministries (National Evangelization Teams)

"are Catholic Missionaries who share Jesus' gospel message with young people in a team format. NET Ministries of Canada challenge young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church. NET Canada recruits and trains teams to evangelize to over 28,000 youth every year in churches, schools, dioceses, and school boards across Canada and Ireland."

I just met someone who is part of Massive Worship, an initiative of NET ministries and they are preparing to travel to cities in Ontario and Quebec to give workshops and retreats to other musicians to equip them in music ministry.

Massive Worship is "committed to the ministry of "Evangelization through Music" by hosting live out-reach concerts, promoting the development of Catholic music and musicians, and equipping musicians with quality training and resources for use in furthering the Church's mission of evangelization."

(As someone who has always loved music, I can say that I was very inspired by their music at a celebration mass for CCO and I'm excited for them to be able to share their gifts with other musicians.)

Letter from God

Short and sweet.
A message for those of us who start the day looking like this...?


Coat of Many Colors, Lord of All

Thomas Blackshear describes his painting (one of my very favourites):
"According to the Word of God, Jesus was born into the Jewish race. Jesus Christ is now the Risen Lord. We can have no concept of how He actually looks; therefore, I have not clearly indicated His features in Coat of Many Colors, Lord of All. Because He is Lord, He represents all the people of the world. On His coat are flags of the nations and fabrics of the cultures of the world. Al the colors of the coat represent the sin that He took on Himself on our behalf. The white robe under the coat represents His pureness, His being totally without sin. The golden sash is referred to in Scripture as bieng worn by royalty. He is truly Lord of All!"

The C. S. Lewis Song - lyrics

If I find in myself desires nothing in this world can satisfy,
I can only conclude that I was not made for here
If the flesh that I fight is at best only light and momentary,
then of course I'll feel nude when to where I'm destined I'm compared

Speak to me in the light of the dawn
Mercy c
omes with the morning
I will sigh and with all creation groan as I wait for hope to come for me

Am I lost or just less found? On the straight or on the roundabout of the wrong way?
is this a soul that stirs in me, is it breaking free, wanting to come alive?
'Cause my comfort would prefer for me to be numb
An avoid the impending birth of who I was born to become


For we, we are not long here
Our time is but a breath, so we better breathe it
And I, I was made to live, I was made to love, I was made to know you
Hope is coming for me
Hope, He's coming

One of my favourites by Brooke Fraser
song on side playlist...

World Air Traffic Map over 24 Hours

I found this fascinating and reminded me of just how small we are...

"It is a 24 hour observation of all of the large aircraft flights in the world, condensed down to about 2 minutes. You can tell it was summer time in the north by the sun's footprint over the planet. You could see that it didn't quite set in the extreme north and it didn't quite rise in the extreme south.
Notice that as evening approaches, the traffic is predominantly from the US to Europe and when daylight comes, the traffic switches and it is predominantly from Europe to the US."

What is That??

Here's a 4 minute film that reminds us of the important things in life...

Faith & Science Conference - Ricardo Castanon Ph.D.

I received part of this man's talk in an email and was fascinated and found his entire presentation here. Dr. CastaƱon was an atheist but after years of studies on the human brain, Eucharistic miracles, apparitions and seers began to find the relationship between faith and reason.

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