In an effort to evangelize through authentic beauty, our collaborative projects stem from the desire to connect with people in a real, tangible way. Each project began as a simple idea — which, through God’s grace, grew and unfolded in exciting, unexpected ways.
Goal: To give SEEK attendees an experience of encountering Christ through Beauty; fostering creativity among attendees to inspire a new renaissance in the Church, and equipping winners with mentorship opportunities to be launched into lifelong Catholic mission.
Who: SEEK attendees, Papercastle Records, Love Good, and FOCUS
“Origin” is a response to the call to share the gospel with our entire lives. After personally experiencing how music transforms hearts through an anointed time of worship together at SEEK2015, the FOCUS Collective and Papercastle Records gathered for five days in the mountains of Colorado for a time of prayer and recording.
This collaboration is the first project for “A Beauty Initiative within FOCUS” to explore how beauty can inspire people to know Jesus Christ, Who is the source of all beauty. Our hope is that “Origin” inspires people to create art that allows others to encounter Christ through the power of beauty, as the Church has done through Her rich tradition of promoting the arts.
The songs on this album are often sung at FOCUS events: hymns for the Sacred Liturgy (“O God Beyond All Praising,” “Come Thou Fount,” “Let All Mortal Flesh,” “For the Beauty of the Earth”) and devotional songs for Eucharistic adoration (“Sing My Love,” “Like An Avalanche”). The ablum also includes a new version of the old gospel classic “I’ll Fly Away.” In addition, there are four new songs composed by missionaries within FOCUS: Jessy Kaufman (“Be With Me”), JohnMarch Skoch (“Help My Unbelief”) and Shaun Garrison (“God Alone,” “Consuming Fire”).
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“Even our soul itself becomes more beautiful when beauty meets us, takes holds of us, and fires us with enthusiasm.” – Dietrich von Hildebrand
“Awaken” grew from a desire to give participants at SEEK
(our national FOCUS conference) a chance to see beauty as a bridge to the
Divine. In collaboration with Papercastle
Records and Love Good, Awaken
encourages those with creative talent to use their gifts to glorify God and
take their unique place in the Church.
Prior to each SEEK conference, creative college students submit music, writing, and visual art entries for a chance for their work to be showcased at SEEK. The finalists in each category have their work featured at SEEK for all conference attendees to experience the mystery of Christ through Beauty. Winners in each category are awarded mentorships and publishing opportunities in their respective mediums.