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

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

April 04, 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.


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