ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD (2005)
Reflection: When I lost my sight at the age of twenty-five, it was a terrible tragedy for me. Overcoming challenges and obstacles was a regular part of my life since I was legally blind from birth. But the loss of the remainder of my vision was an obstacle that seemed insurmountable. My hopes and dreams for the future were dashed. I could not find joy in a life I no longer could see. And my value and self-worth were totally diminished since I could not do things I once did.
When we give the Lord our tragedies, He transforms them into gifts. That’s what He has done for me. My blindness has become my greatest gift. I now see that my value does not come from myself and what I do, but from the Lord our God and who I become in Him. As I give up my own hopes and dreams in exchange for the Lord’s will, He uses my life in ways that are far beyond any imagining. Yes, I am blind, but God is giving me eyes to see. What joy that is!
1. O God, You Search Me
O Lord I Am Not Worthy
2. Isaiah 49
I Have Loved You
3. Be Not Afraid
4. You Are Near
5. Ubi Caritas
Your Words Are Spirit And Life
6. Salve Regina
7. Holy Is His Name
Holy God We Praise Thy Name
8. On Eagle’s Wings
Like A Shepherd
10. Adoro Te Devote (Godhead Here In Hiding)
11. Jesus My Lord, My God,
My All Beautiful Savior
ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, Volume II (2006)
Reflection: One of the Lord’s greatest gifts to me in my blindness is the ability to play piano by ear. It is a gift that brings both joy and challenge at the same time.
In order to play by ear it is critical to know the words of a song as well as the melody so that I can then play the melody to the words that I have learned. In the recording of these CDs, I have found it quite challenging to learn the words for so many songs. In the process, though, something quite incredible happens. As I ask the Lord to teach me the words, He teaches not only my mind but my heart and soul, too. Then, He draws me to Himself and opens my eyes more fully to see who He is. What treasures and surprises God brings through the challenges of life.
My prayer is that the Lord will draw you more fully to Himself through this music, and abundantly bless you through the many challenges of your life.
1. Morning Has Broken
Holy, Holy, Holy
2. How Lovely Is Your Dwelling Place
3. Eye Has Not Seen
4. Here I Am Lord
5. You Are Mine
6. I Want To Walk As A Child Of The Light
7. Where There Is Love
8. The Church’s One Foundation
9. One In Body, Heart And Mind
10. Lord, Who At Thy First Eucharist
11. Soul Of My Savior
12. Only In God
13. Sing Of Mary
14. O Salutaris Hostia, O Saving Victim
15. Panis Angelicus
16. Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven
ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, Volume III (2007)
Reflection: It has been almost two years since my first CD, All For The Glory Of God, was released. I continue to be in awe of the enormous growth that has taken place. Already tens of thousands of dollars have been raised and donated to parishes, priestly ministry, and priestly formation. Obviously, the Lord is at work. What is most incredible, though, is the Lord’s peace and comfort that so many people experience when listening. How humbling it is and how blessed I am to be a part of this work of God.
My deepest desire for this ministry is that God be glorified, and the hearts of His people be drawn to Him. That is why each time I prepare a song for recording, I pray for the grace to both arrange and play according to the Lord’s will so that I might become as the Christ-child: weak, dependent, meek and tender-hearted. What a gift and joy it is to see the power of God at work when I seek His will rather than my own. I’m beginning to understand what it means to be a servant of the Lord.
Lord Jesus, grant each of us the grace, during this season, to seek more fully your will rather than our own, to prepare for your coming in our daily lives, and to look forward to your return in glory so we can know more fully the joy of serving the new born King.
1. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
2. Creator Of The Stars Of Night
3. My Soul In Stillness Waits
4. The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came
5. Hail Mary: Gentle Woman
6. The Whole World Is Waiting For Love
8. The Coming Of Our God
9. Wonderful Counselor
10. Child Of The Poor
What Child Is This
11. Away In A Manger
12. Silent Night
13. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
14. The First Nowell
15. Angels We Have Heard On High
O Come, All Ye Faithful
ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, Volume IV (2008)
Reflection: For many years after I lost the remainder of my sight, I both viewed and experienced my loss as a very heavy and painful cross. Discouragement over what no longer could be, and hopelessness for what my future might be, filled my days. Even though I knew that each of us is called to take up our cross daily and follow Christ, I did not understand what it meant to take up my cross in the way that Christ did.
He prayed for the will of the Father rather than His own. Then He took up His cross without anger or bitterness. Even though He stumbled and fell many times, He got up without complaint, knowing that new life and resurrection would outweigh it all.
As I learn Christ’s way of the cross in my blindness, I have come to know some of the joys and blessings that God has in store through it. ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD is one of those many blessings. It is through this cross of blindness that our ministry was born. How glorious is the cross of Christ! May God grant each of us the grace to learn Christ’s way of the cross in our daily lives.
1. Only This I Want
2. Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days
3. Led By The Spirit
4. Glory In The Cross
5. In These Days of Lenten Journey
6. Turn To Me
7. Psalm 103: Loving And Forgiving
8. Beyond The Days
10. Where Charity And Love Prevail
11. O Sacred Head, Surrounded
12. Pange Lingua Gloriosi
13. Behold The Wood
14. My God And My All
15. Holy Darkness
ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD, Volume V (2009)
Reflection: God so loved the world that He gave us His only Son. How blessed and holy the woman who shared in His coming. Mary was chosen from among all women, sanctified, filled completely with God’s grace and called to be Virgin Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. She suffered the pain and anguish of our Lord’s crucifixion, shared the joys and mystery of His rising from the dead, and reigns with Him now as Queen of heaven and earth, and Mother of us all.
Lord Jesus, teach us to honor and cherish your Mother as you do, and to call upon her as advocate and intercessor in all that we do. Grace us, as you did her, with humility, obedience to your Word, and total surrender to your will. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
1. Immaculate Mary
2. There Is Nothing Told
3. O Sanctissima/O Most Holy One
4. Holy Is His Name (Magnificat)
5. On This Day, O Beautiful Mother
6. Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly
7. Salve Regina
8. Hail Mary: Gentle Woman
9. Mother Dearest, Mother Fairest
10. Regina Caeli
11. Mother Dear, O Pray For Me
12. Bring Flowers of the Rarest
13. Mother, At Your Feet Is Kneeling
14. Our Lady of Fatima
15. Ave Maria (Gounod)
16. Hail, Holy Queen