By Josh Low
The parish community of Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral, Geraldton, was last week thrilled by the launch of an audio CD album called “The Merciful”, in honour of Bishop Justin Bianchini’s 25 years as Bishop of Geraldton.
Produced by Cathedral Parish Secretary and parishioner Benny Joseph, the CD includes up to 10 praise and worship songs that can be used for various occasions, as well as for personal reflection.
The music of the CD focused on the theme of ‘Jesus Christ as the visible face of the Father’s mercy,’ the words spoken by Pope Francis at the launch of last years Jubilee Year.
With Bishop Bianchini having now officially reached the age of retirement after 25 years as Bishop of Geraldton, Mr Joseph decided to dedicate it to him as a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for his dedication and service to the Catholic community of Geraldton.
“Bishop Bianchini’s simple and humble nature has influenced many people including myself.
“His interactions with people, regardless of their race and culture, reflect being ‘merciful like the Father’,” Mr Joseph said.
“He has always had room in his heart for welcoming newcomers, especially migrants who want to belong to a community and be part of the church.
“His consoling words and deeds are always heartfelt. For such a marvellous personality, this is the best gift I could offer,” Mr Joseph said.
Mr Joseph explained that the music was composed and arranged by Mr Jackson Aruja, who is based in India, together with professional musicians who performed the songs on the album, with Mr Joseph providing the lyrics. Mr Joseph says that it is the first album in English that he has produced and is grateful that it was made possible.
“I have never thought or dreamt of writing English songs as English is not my first language, but God always performs miracles through unworthy people,” he said.