Saturday, September 7, 2013

And I Will Raise You Up!!

Associate Catholic studies professor the Rev. Jan Michael Joncas will be the 54th recipient of the Franciscan International Award for his lifetime achievements Thursday, May 10, in Eagan, Minn. (Courtesy of St. Thomas)

On Eagle's Wings is one of my favorite songs!  God is indeed our refuge!!!  Whether, in life or in death, His Faithfulness is certainly our shield and our help!  Seek God, and He will not disappoint you!

On Eagle's Wings was composed in 1979 by Fr. Michael Joncas, a priest, liturgical theologian, and composer.  On Eagle's Wings is probably the composition he is most known for.  Many people are familiar with this song, whether they are Catholic or not! 

Did you know that in 2003 Fr. Joncas was very ill with Guillain-Barre syndrome.  He became paralyzed and found himself on the receiving end of ministry!  He has now regained the use of his arms and legs, although he still lives with pain in his hands and feet.  He can no longer play the guitar.  He has gained many insights into his life through his suffering.  Read more about his experience in an article by The Catholic Review.  

Fr. Joncas was ordained in 1980 and has been a professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul for over 20 years.  Last May he received the prestigious Franciscan International Award for his lifetime achievements.  This award recognizes an individual or organization that demonstrates the ideals and values of St. Francis of Assisi. Past recipients include the Rev. Billy Graham, Sister Helen Prejan, Archbishop Emeritus Harry Flynn, Habitat for Humanity and CaringBridge.