Franciscan New Year Song: Children of the Sun by Sean Michael Showalter

by Sister Julie Ann on January 1, 2014

As 2014 offers the opportunity for a vibrant spirit of joy, peace and delight in simple things, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity unite with Sean Michael Showalter to offer Children of the Sun as a special New Year ‘free music download’. You’ll want to listen and pray the lyrics for our whole world. (St. Francis would like this song and sing along. Better yet, he’d sing it in fraternity.)

Franciscan Sisters follow in the footsteps of JesusIn his recent Gospel of Joy, Pope Francis also invites “all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed  personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him  encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should  think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since ‘no one is  excluded from the joy brought by the Lord’. The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step  towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with  open arms.”

What a perfect resolution that promises radical growth in goodness and love and the blessing of unity!

From Sean Michael Showalter

Sean Michael ShowalterI wrote Children of the Sun to promote brotherly love and to look beyond the walls our egos have built up. We are all souls or spirits living in fleshly bodies, and what truly separates us is our subjective perception of reality.  Even I, a reborn Christian, has to admit that my beliefs are a result of my collective life experience and my perception of reality. My faith is my “best guess” as to why I am here , who God is, how the Universe came to be and any other questions I may have on the subject of reality.  In the end, what a person chooses to believe is between that person and God. I am called by Jesus to not judge others and to practice tolerance and kindness in this world. Through the Holy Spirit I am capable of loving everyone today; even my enemies. But your heart, mind and soul is your own and you are free to choose what you believe. I hope my song will help us look beyond the differences in religions and ideologies that separate us; that it can help us practice love and tolerance for one another in-spite of our disagreements; that we are all God’s children , brothers and sisters, or Children of the Sun.

Thank you so much for listening!

-Sean Michael Showalter

Lyrics: Click here.

About Sean Michael Showalter

Sean Michael Showalter grew up in Maryland just outside of Southeast DC. He was born with a gift of singing and was creating little songs on the playground as early as he can remember. His earliest influences include The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Stevie Wonder. Shortly after high school, LW began singing at blues jams.

Currently he also plays with Red Street, a mix of Gospel, Blues, Funk, Soul, Rock & Jazz.  The band exists to promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and to help heal the world through music.

Where to find Sean Michael Showalter’s music…

iTunes &
His EP “Troubled Mind” can be found on iTunes and for purchase. It should be listed under Sean Michael Showalter.


Also, is another site where you can download his entire album for free.  However, the little link for download always says implies you have to purchase it, but you can put 0 in the donation/price field and get it for free.  Just FYI…


He also has a Christian project that he is building at the moment named “Red Street” where you can find Children of the Sun and the rest of EP Troubled Mind for free.  That is on Reverb Nation at



Band Website (under construction)
Finally, there is a Red Street website, but it is under construction:

32 thoughts on “Franciscan New Year Song: Children of the Sun by Sean Michael Showalter”

  1. SW says:

    We need to connect with God more because our generation isn’t as close as it use to be…

  2. AT says:

    We should be closer to God!

  3. KD says:

    We need to work together…have courage…do more in our lives!

  4. CL says:

    Together we are one…we can learn from music as we listen to it.

  5. AB says:

    Unity among people (especially families) is falling apart. Love creates harmony and that is what the next generation needs.

  6. MN says:

    Like the Christians before us, we should never be afraid to ‘take a share what we believe…so we can share in harmony.

  7. MN says:

    Love for God helps us every day and will help us with our tomorrows.

  8. AM says:

    Unconditional love
    Stand up for each other
    God loving everyone so much

  9. BD says:

    I like it!
    Has good meaning in it
    Take a stand for yourself and for others

  10. B. says:

    Music makes you feel a certain way so that you want to do the message it tells you.

  11. MN says:

    It is comforting, simple, expressive and another of God’s many gifts He gave to us!

  12. B. says:

    My favorite part…we are children of the sun

  13. BNE says:

    The message (I like it)

  14. C says:

    Music…acts on how we should act around people

  15. NM says:

    Music…exciting, fun to sing!

  16. JK says:

    I like that he’s trying to bring people together. He makes a good point about war separating us.

  17. Z says:

    God helps touch our hearts, because he reminds us of what other people’s lives are like.

  18. W says:

    Sadness in this song…people are in poverty

  19. X says:

    It’s true.
    People should care for each other more.

  20. KZ says:

    People in poverty and me have no difference. We have God in common.

  21. Sister Julie Ann says:

    Thanks for taking the time to comment on Sean’s music. May the Lord bless you and all of us as we seek to unite together in living our faith.

  22. AM says:

    The most important thing is God’s love and faith.

  23. AK says:

    Christ wants us to be together (united) under God. He wants all of us to live together in harmony.

  24. AK says:

    Music can inspire us to live our lives for God.

  25. GD says:

    We need to love ourselves like God loves us-need to get along with others in order to be happy.

  26. A says:

    Helping the poor
    Love everyone
    Caring about people
    Reminds me about the right thing to do

  27. K says:

    Music makes us realize the importance of caring.

  28. SK says:

    We are all connected through God. We should all get along.

  29. CM says:

    Music makes you forget about everything else and makes you feel closer to God.

  30. KS says:

    Becoming one
    coming together
    No differences but your image
    Music tells us what God wants us to do for Him

  31. JM says:

    Sometimes during the week you forget about God with everything going on and then you hear a song that reminds you He is always here…

  32. Sean Showalter says:

    Thanks so much for the nice comments. God bless!

    -Sean 🙂

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