Jubilee of Mercy Free Song: Mercy Flows by Mary Castner

by Sister Julie Ann on February 1, 2016

In this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity collaborate with Mary Castner to offer the free song “Mercy Flows”.  Pope Francis reminds us that ‘Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy…let us allow God to surprise us. He never tires of casting open the doors of his heart and of repeating that he loves us and wants to share his love with us.”

Brendan Wroblewski OFM OREGON 2013 284I am now utterly convinced that on judgment day, the Lord Jesus is going to ask each of us one question and only one question, ‘Did you believe that I loved you?‘…The real believers there will answer, ‘Yes, Jesus, I believed in Your love, and I tried to shape my life in response to it.’. . . . Jesus Christ in this moment comes right to your seat and says, ‘I have a word for you. I know your whole life story. I know every skeleton in your closet. I know every moment of sin, shame, dishonesty and degraded love that has darkened your past. Right now I know your shallow faith, your feeble prayer life, your inconsistent discipleship. And my word is this: I dare you to trust that I love you just as you are, and not as you should be – because you’re never going to be as you should be.’ (excerpt from a sermon by Brennan Manning).

How easily we forget that His love comes FIRST!  “We love because He first loved us!” For the better part of my life, so much of my time and energy had been wasted trying to earn God’s love and mercy.  It took a series of painful events (the passing of my grandfather and a series of heartbreaks) for me to realize that I had been working myself to death to earn what I already had! It was out of this realization that I experienced a freedom unlike ever before.  The very thing I was working so hard to earn (God’s mercy) was already freely given to me.  It did not need to be earned, but recognized, received, and experienced.  This experience so profoundly impacted my life that I desired to share it with others, and what better way to draw hearts into an experience of the freedom of God’s mercy than through song? As we enter this Year of Mercy, I pray that through this song, hearts might come to know the free gift of mercy that the Lord desires to pour into every life.  That He loves you as you are, not as you should be – for it is He who first loved us!

-Mary Castner

(Photo: Fr. Brendan Wroblewski, Assumption BVM Province)

About Mary Castner

Franciscan Sisters feature Mary Castner's Mercy FlowsBorn on Thanksgiving Day of 1988, Mary Castner has followed the calling to be a contemporary Christian music artist. Her Roman Catholic upbringing caused her to develop a deep love, not only for the Lord, but also for Christian music. She received great encouragement from her father, Fred Castner, who has worked extensively in the music industry as a guitar luthier at C.F. Martin Guitar Company. During his career he has repaired guitars for such acclaimed musicians as Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, John Mayer, and Sting…just to name a few. At age 14, after seeing Phil Keaggy in concert and hearing his witness, Mary felt inspired to take up guitar and piano.

Not long after, her passion for music overflowed into song writing and recording. With the encouragement of friends and mentors, Mary began sharing her music for the glory of God. While attending Franciscan University of Steubenville, the university selected her as the 2010-2011 head of Music Ministry. As the leader of over 100 liturgical musicians, Mary successfully organized one of the nation’s largest music ministry programs. From 2012 to 2016 Mary has helped coordinate both the Music and Youth Ministry Programs at Christ the King Catholic Church in Mesa, Arizona.  She is currently the Coordinator of Youth Evangelization for St. Theresa Catholic Church in Phoenix, AZ.

Links

www.marycastnermusic.com

Twitter: @marycastnermusic

Instagram: marycastnernusic

Booking

Music and full “By Faith” Album available for download on iTunes, Amazon.com, Google Play, and Spotify

 

26 thoughts on “Jubilee of Mercy Free Song: Mercy Flows by Mary Castner”

  1. Sister Marsaia says:

    “Mercy Flows” by Mary Castner: What a beautiful song and message! I love it, Mary, that you took the time to give a written testimony to the Lord’s working in your life.
    And the precious details about your life struck home with me. I, also a musician, was born at Thanksgiving time (a number of years before you!) How exciting that your father has worked as a guitar “luthier”; a” luthier” being a maker of stringed instruments. Your deeply Catholic background and education at Franciscan University show through in this very beautiful song.
    The music itself: the keyboard sounds like flowing rivers, and the guitar and violin are voices that enter serenely into our consciousness, saying clearly and strongly “Do not ever be afraid again. You are mine. All that you have experienced will assist you to bring mercy to those around you.”

  2. Shelah Bellis Hockman says:

    Your song is beautiful and I am sure the words are edifying but…
    it is too high for congregational participation and the words are not clear. The lyrics published would be nice. I do congratulate you on the song.

  3. Franciscan Sisters says:

    Click here for the music and lyrics to the song: http://www.marycastnermusic.com/#!music-page/cwmo

  4. Elisa says:

    This song really touches my heart because of the way it is written and sung. It has a beautiful tone and it was very peaceful.

  5. A.E. says:

    When we get older, our problems seem to get harder, stronger and bigger. It’s like our problems pull us down and we can’t get up. When you feel this, stop THINK, GOD is NOT dead, He is surely ALIVE. This means His mercy and love is alive, too. Give Him your ‘cross’ and He will carry it for you. Amen!

  6. A.M.A. says:

    Flow like rivers, Jesus is all forgiving and His mercy is endless. His mercy will flow if you let it!

  7. Pilar says:

    Music in general touches my heart. I think it is ‘incredible’ how God blessed individuals with lovely voices.

  8. I.Y. says:

    This music beautifully reflects God’s message of being compassionate and merciful not only for ourselves, but for others as well.

  9. Aaron says:

    Peaceful and very soothing

  10. L.D. says:

    This song touches my heart, because it speaks of God’s mercy and we, too, are to show mercy to one another just as God shows to each one of us.

  11. J.L. says:

    We should be merciful towards people just as Jesus is merciful to us.

  12. H.H. says:

    “My bright light breaking through the storm”
    I love this verse of the song. It makes me think about how even through hard times, our lights shine through with the help of God at our side.

  13. A.G. says:

    Music relates well to me, because I myself am a musician.

    Therefore, through music, not only its melody, but through its lyrics I am able to comment. By having mercy, you will be set free from negative effects.

  14. V.V. says:

    This song speaks to me about God because it helps remember/know that I should trust God with everything and let Him guide my life. I should also live my life as He wants to devote my life to follow Him.

  15. Larissa says:

    Words that come to my head listening to this are peace, breathe, relax and happiness. Thoughts that come to my head are believing that God will make you feel free and happy and He is your mercy. Shout mercy to everyone so you can also make them feel happy and loved as God would do the same to you and they can do the same with many others.

  16. J.N. says:

    This song touches my heart through its lyrics. The song is comforting.

  17. D.M. says:

    I love how it adds a peaceful and harmonic tone to the idea of mercy.

  18. A.M. says:

    The great gift of mercy is a blessing that you can give any person. We must always give and share our mercy with those whom its hard to share with. God challenges us to show mercy throughout our lives.

  19. Arturo says:

    Something as simple as singing can bring a smile to God’s face. Sing more. Join the choir of angels!

  20. M.Z. says:

    Peaceful song. Very relaxing. About things that are very important to me.

  21. Elisa says:

    This song really touches my heart because of the way it is written and sung. It has a beautiful tune and it was very peaceful.

  22. Sister Theresa says:

    What a beautiful song, Mary! Thank you for sharing. The melody of the music itself gives the feeling of God’s love and mercy flowing over us leading to the only true freedom that any of us will ever know.

  23. Sister Hannah Johnecheck says:

    Mercy Flows is a beautiful song! My favorite line is, “I behold the glory of your face.” How beautiful Christ’s face must truly be and it is his mercy that makes it so beautiful. What a wonderful God we have!

  24. Sister Marcolette Madden says:

    Mary, what a powerful testament to God’s unconditional love! Thank you for sharing your faith musical gifts.

  25. stlifeteen says:

    This is Mary Castner – Thank you all SO MUCH for the encouraging words! I am blessed beyond words to have these glimpses of how God is using my music. WHAT A GIFT! To Him be all the glory!

  26. fscc says:

    Mary, the Lord bless you and your ministry to our world! God is using you quite profoundly!

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