Year of Mercy Song Series – The Hollands’ ‘Reconciled’

by Sister Julie Ann on April 4, 2016

This April Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity feature Reconciled by The Hollands. St. Francis reminds us ” that there is not any brother (sister) in the world who has sinned-however much he could have sinned-who, after he has looked into our eyes, would ever depart without your mercy, if he is looking for mercy. And if he (she) were not looking for mercy, you would ask him if he (she) wants mercy.”

Franciscan Sisters GardenThe song reconciled was written during one of the darkest moments in our marriage of 10 years. We were facing failure (divorce) but the ministry of reconciliation is a beautiful mystery and as we each embraced our own individual depravity and need for God’s grace through his son, Jesus, we found that we were able to extend that grace to one another. Through the process we found reconciliation with Christ and with each other.




About The Hollands

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Jana Holland, originally a Michigander, has traveled between 3 continents, with an interest in songs of old and desire for the laymen to experience community through song.  Her willingness to give any instrument “a go” has lead to offerings on the Mandolin, Banjo and Guitar. Jana’s deep minor tones and angelic voice extends solace to all who listen. She sets the mood and embraces your mind with her poetic yet ground level lyrics.

Songwriter in her own right, delicate and natural harmonies are added by daughter and gifted vocalist, Graciana Holland. This little darling is stunning and immediately evokes a desire to hear more. She is also accomplished on the Ukelele, Piano and Guitar.

Craig Holland, a native of Victoria Australia, began his music career playing punk rock, including a 7 year stint in Ballydowse, a Chicago-based Celtic Punk band recorded by famed indie producer, Steve Albini. Craig offers a hypnotic and unique sound to The Hollands! When Craig is playing the Taylor acoustic, the rhythms are almost Celtic by nature.

Named after the infamous Australia bush Poet, Banjo Patterson, the youngest Holland, “Banjo” is a force to reckoned with on the Cajon’ and other percussion instruments. His inventive beats compliment Craig’s mesmerizing rhythms and together they set a tone of movement that get the feet tapping.


It’s the age old story since the fall of man

Gap wide open and the waters rush in

Swept by the night in the eye of the storm

Pride explodes and consumes my soul

And you met me in the desert and you carried my heavy load

And my heart was filled with sorrow for the things that I had done

But we wept and kept on walking to the freedom of the Son

Yeah, we wept but kept on walking to the freedom of the Son.


5 thoughts on “Year of Mercy Song Series – The Hollands’ ‘Reconciled’”

  1. Sister Kay Klackner says:

    God’s love and mercy reaches depths unknown to us if we just allow God the space. God’s generosity is never limited by anything we have done. Love the Celtic rhythm and sound that draws one to the freedom of God’s mercy. It makes me want to dance with joy!

  2. Sister Annette says:

    Everyone has sinned and knows the struggle, the grief, and the sorrow that comes before we experience God’s merciful and freeing love. The line, ” And you met me in the desert and you carried my heavy load” reminds me of what one of our Sisters told me. “Don’t ever take anyone out of their desert. They need to walk through it.” The next lines of the song remind me that God is walking with us through the sorrow and pain until we reach the place of mercy and freedom. I like the melody and the repetition of the lines in the song. It helps bring the message home. A great song for the Year of Mercy.

  3. S.O. says:

    This song is good, it reminded me of the movie called, “Country Strong.” The sound of the voice is pretty and there’s no mistake of it, good for you guys.

  4. S.L. says:

    The song is very lovely. I like it. The part where she says, “My heart is filled with sorrows for the things I done,” reminded me of my past life, what I have done, many bad things that hurt my mom. But when she says, “We wept and kept on walking to the freedom of the Son,” I think it means that life, even though we go through hard times, we still get back up and reach our goal.

  5. Sr. Sarah says:

    This song speaks to every person. Each of us has met our own failings and to some level, despair at the weakness we experience in this desert – failed relationships with friends, family, work, and God. Reconciliation in God’s tremendous love and mercy gives us strength and courage to go on. The Celtic inspired melody gives it a hopeful spirit. This one is for prayer consideration.

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