Defining Beauty

God Is

(Exodus 3:14)
A meditation on the infinite nature of God, who cannot be summarized with mortal words, yet whose presence is revealed through truth and beauty in the the Body of Christ.

You want to know me?
You want to see my face?
I do not age with time
I do not fit into a space
I transcend the capacity of your eye, so who am I?
It is the question of the moment
It is the question for all time
I am you, and you are mine

I am the beginning in the end
I am the faith in your believing
I am the color of truth
I am the dreamer of your dreams
I am the falling in your love
I am the words of a prayer
I am the silence in the music
I am the music in the silence

I am your father
I am your mother
I am the man who cannot cry
I am the story in your eyes
I am the orphan of war
I am the leper begging on the corner
I am the black slave in chains
I am the Muslim bride who cannot show her face
I'm the cross you carry again

I'm all you have forgotten
I am all that you have not been
I am in you--all of this is within you
Let the journey begin, Amen
I am in you, Amen

Music and lyrics written by Danielle Rose, March 2000. Copyright © 2001 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com. All rights reserved.

Defining Beauty

(Wisdom of Solomon 8:2)
This song is about falling in love with God, for in that love we begin to understand the truth that defines what is beautiful.

Kiss me with truth
I'll follow you 'till the sun stops shining
I've fallen in love
We'll dance on the clouds
And you'll clothe me in rainbows
Kiss me with truth

With you in my life, Lord,
There is a different light—it shines upon everything.
I see the world through different eyes,
And it is all because I believe.

I have undressed my soul for you,
Revealing my weakness.
I dress myself in silence.
This is all I am—will you still love me?

Though I cannot see your face,
You define what is beautiful.
I want to stay forever in your arms.

Music and lyrics written by Danielle Rose, June 1998. Copyright © 2001 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com. All rights reserved.

Shine Through Me

(Matthew 5:14-16)
We are called to be messengers of Christ’s light, to open ourselves fully to God so that His light shines through us. Lord, let my soul become so radiant with your love that others see no longer me, O Lord, but you!

You stand before the mirror in my soul
Let the whole world look up and see
The reflection of your love shining through me.

Let your presence within me
Bring a brightness to the day,
Like the light thatÕs reflected
When sunlight hits the rain.

For those who need to see to believe,
I will shine your light.
I will blind the world with brightness.
The SpiritÕs eyes grant perfect sight.

Your radiant, glowing starlight
Now is seeping from my skin,
Shining from the deepest part of me.
Your brilliant light comes from within.

Music and lyrics written by Danielle Rose, spring 1998 . Copyright 2001 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com. All rights reserved.

Black Hole of Truth

(I humbly ask your forgiveness regarding the theological errors contained in the lyrics of this song, ‘Black Hole of Truth,’ which I wrote in 1997 at age 17 after a painful debate with a friend who sought to convert me to Islam. Since that time, Jesus has brought a deeper conversion in my soul to allow for a fuller understanding of the Church’s teaching regarding inter-religious dialogue. I deeply regret that the lyrics of this song do not fully reflect the truth of our Catholic Christian faith. But I pray that even my imperfection may glorify God by giving witness to the possibility of conversion in the ongoing journey of faith. Come, Holy Spirit!)

Well, you think you've got it all straight,
That you're heading in the right direction?
By the time you figure out that you're holding the map upside down,
You're more lost than you've ever been.

What if truth to you isn't truth to me?
Is God on your side? Am I just naïve?
Can you squish religion into your black hole of truth,
Sucking spirituality, rationality, humanity
Into a single point of view?

My faith is getting tossed around
Like a paper bag blowing across the road.
You cruise along your unquestionable highway of truth,
But let me tell you—There are no roads without bumps.
I can see a mountain up ahead—It's either crash or climb:
Neither's easy, but you've got to make up your mind.

Well, there's not an answer to every question
Unless, of course, you're on line with God's mind.
Just take a bite of this apple, dear,
And you'll have blue prints to the universe.
Is that what you're trying to find?

Music and lyrics written by Danielle Rose, December 1997. Copyright © 2001 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com. All rights reserved.

Shelter Your Name

(2 Corinthians 5:16-20)
Although Jesus has taught us that we must forgive our neighbors, it is often much more difficult to accept the loving mercy of God, and to forgive ourselves. I wrote this song for the Jubilee Year of reconciliation and renewal in order to address the need for self- forgiveness. For how can we fully love God when we do not love ourselves?

You are all I am not
You are all that I am
Break down these walls
Take all my brokenness
Rebuild me to shelter your name

Help me forgive myself
Help me to lift the cross
I've laid upon my soul
Help me to look at myself
Through your eyes
To see all I am
And still be satisfied
Help me forgive myself

Within my secrets, Jesus,
There you reside
And I need you to reconcile
To renew all that's inside
For if I want to love you
Then with your love, Jesus,
I must love myself humbly too

Music and lyrics written by Danielle Rose, March 2000. Copyright 2001 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com. All rights reserved.

Sonrise

(John 14:7)
Through the image of the sunrise, God revealed the importance of Jesus in my faith journey. All along, it was Christ who allowed me to see God’s presence in my life. Without the Son’s light, I would not know the Father; I would have no faith in God without Christ.

If I am the ocean, and you are the sky
Must I reach like waves to see you touch my life?
The waves I make upon myself are crashing down
In my struggle to reach you, I need not drown

The sun slips over the horizon, making you and I one
Dark becomes light with the coming of your Son
I look up to the sky and now I finally can see
What I'm reaching for already touches me

The sun rises above—my salty tears become dry
And all around me I see reflections of your light
The glittering of truth of your presence I can see
The Son takes upon himself all the pain that's in me

I need not see the air nor take the sun from the sky
Heaven melts into earth in the sunrise
Close my eyes, feel the sky within me as I breathe
Though the Son seems so far away, he shines on me

Touching this unsettled ocean of me
You are always there, oh endless sky
Your hand lifts the sun in silent beauty
The dawning of my faith within me

Music and lyrics written by Danielle Rose, November 1999. Copyright 2001 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com. All rights reserved.

Lullaby for My Savior

(Psalm 104:33-34)
My relationship with Jesus was transformed as I began to contemplate the mystery of Christ as a newborn baby. As I am learning to entrust myself to God, Baby Jesus entrusts Himself to me, that I might hold Him. He depends on me to care for Him! I want to sing a lullaby to Baby Jesus at all times, so that He might always hear of my love for Him.

I don't know what to say to you, Baby,
As I hold you in my arms.
I have not the voice of heaven
Worthy to sing for my Savior.
But the words don't matter to you, Baby,
So here's the story of my life.
These are the secrets of my heart.
This is your lullaby.

How beautiful it is to be trusted by you
So weak you are, but so much weaker am I
I will never leave you alone
I will not let you fall down
Now I know, Baby, that you need me by your side.

And when I tell you that I love you
Baby, just close your eyes and sleep
I am rocking you in my soul's embrace
Sweet dreams, Baby Jesus
I will hold you forever by my side
I will sing to you a lullaby

Your eyes look at me each time for the first time
Gazing at me with an innocence that takes away my pain
If I could only love you more
If I could only give back to you
If I could only love you more
And give back all that you gave to me

Music and lyrics written by Danielle Rose, March 2000. Copyright 2001 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com. All rights reserved.

One Day Love Came To Me

(Luke 1:26-38)
Like Mary, we are called to be faithful disciples in order to give birth to Christ in the world. Here I am, Lord. ‘Let it be done to me according to your word.’

One day love came to ask me if I would carry a song.
She said, "Do not be afraid--I will be your voice.
The time has come: the Lord has chosen you
To carry a song of truth within your womb."

So I closed my eyes
And gave myself away
To the Spirit who carried me on her wings
To receive your grace

Your will, not my own
I embrace the changes
I unravel your joy
Your will is my dream a thousand-fold
Your will, not my own

"The melody will grow within you--nurture it with your love.
But though it comes from within you, it is a gift from above.
Sing a song of love so the world may believe.
It has been planted within you because you were willing to receive."

I am humbled by the gift
I cannot do this alone
Why did you choose me?
This grace is not my own

The song is our child--hold her in your arms
The song is our child--let us do her no harm
Accept the gift of life and share it with others
To let the child inside be discovered

Music and lyrics written by Danielle Rose, October 2000. Copyright 2001 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com. All rights reserved.

No Greater Love

(John 15:12-13)
We say to ourselves, “I need peace, I need strength,” but has it not already been given to us? When Jesus gave His life for us, He gave us God, and in God there is everything! In this song, Jesus speaks to us, calling us to receive His love with open arms just as He surrendered Himself in love on the cross.

Jesus says,
There is nothing I can give you
To show more love
For with arms outstretched
I embrace you
In giving my life to you
I have given God

My gift of life is a buried treasure in your soul
Open yourself and discover what is hidden deep within
Endless gifts, boundless blessings
You will find all that you need

I have given you all there is to give
You shall never die if you believe in me
You will live
There is no greater gift than my life
There is no greater love

All I ask of you is that you believe in me
Oh, the glorious wonders you will see
I will remove the shroud that covers your eyes
And reveal the greatness of my glory!

Music and lyrics written by Danielle Rose, February 1999. Copyright © 2001 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com. All rights reserved.

Let Me Be Your Bethlehem

(Luke 2:6-7)
When Jesus is born into the manger of our heart, we are to become like His Mother. This song is a prayer that Christ might always find in us a loving place to dwell.

Is there no room in this world for you?
Oh, let me be your Bethlehem
It's cold outside—see, I've opened up my door
Let my life be your Bethlehem
Unto my life may you be born

Is there no place for you to lay your head?
Oh, let me be your manger.
Rest in me and I will rest in you
Rest in me, oh child my Savior
Rest in me, Lord my Savior

Born in a stable with the angels close at hand
Strength became weakness that we might understand
A God who is hungry, a king without a throne
Emmanuel, a child is born

Is there no one who will hold you, Lord?
Oh, let me be your mother
Heaven cannot hold your glory, Lord
Yet I hold you in my arms!

Music and lyrics written by Danielle Rose, December 2000. Copyright © 2001 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com. All rights reserved.

Bleed to Heal

(Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:25-26)
There is so much suffering that seems to separate us from Christ and from one another. But Christ heals us through His wounds. Through His Body and Blood in the Eucharist, we are made whole again. We, in turn, become vessels of healing through our love for the suffering members of the Body of Christ. In this song, Christ speaks to us about how He knows our suffering, for it became His suffering when He entered into our humanity.

A thousand steps
A thousand stones
A thousand secrets between us
A thousand tears
Two thousand years
A thousand fears to separate us

One body, one offering, one cross to prove
So that thousands upon thousands
Can find endless love

This blood from my hands
And this wound from my side
I am bleeding to heal the wounds in your life
All the broken hope and broken homes and dreams torn apart
The blood that I shed
Is straight from the beat of your broken heart

Love with each step
Love with each breath
Love with each moment
Love the despairing
Love the pain that comes
Love the persecution
Love and be loved

One body, one offering, one cross to prove
So that thousands upon thousands
Will find…

Love and be loved.

Music and lyrics written by Danielle Rose, October 2000. Copyright © 2001 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com. All rights reserved.

Give and Take

(Romans 8:38-39)
This song follows the journey of discovering the incomprehensible generosity of Christ’s love. In surrendering our entire lives to Jesus, we discover that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

If you had to take away my voice, and I could no longer sing
If I no longer had the words to say anything
And if you had to take away all music from my ears
And I could no longer hear the sounds of the earth…

If this is what you had to do
So that I could be close to you
I would praise you for the silence
I'd give everything up
For I want nothing to stand between our love

And if you had to take away my sight
And I no longer could see the beauty of the sunrise,
Nor the eyes of a child, nor the brightness of the night,
Nor the color of the sky in the morning light…

If this is what you had to do
So that I could be close to you
I would praise you for the darkness
I'd give everything up
For I want nothing to stand between our love

And if you had to take away my name
And I no longer knew who I was
Or how I had changed
If you took away my breath, or the beating of my heart
If you took away my destiny
If you took my world apart…

If this is what you had to do
So that I could be close to you
I would praise you for the brokenness
I'd give everything up
For I want nothing to stand between our love

But you, Jesus, you take me as I am
I have nothing to give
Yet you kiss my empty hands
You took it all upon yourself
Taking nothing from me
You gave up your life
That's what it took to set me free…

And this is what you chose to do
So that I could be close to you
And I praise you for your love
You gave everything up
So that nothing could stand
Oh, nothing
Not even death can stand between our love

Music and lyrics written by Danielle Rose, May 2000. Copyright © 2001 Danielle Rose Skorich, published by World Library Publications, www.wlpmusic.com. All rights reserved.

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