“True love of self is based on the love of God who created us in his image. That image has been obscured by sin, but God’s image remains in us and is restored once we are cleansed from sin in Christ ... In order to love God, we must love ourselves. If we love ourselves, we will appreciate ourselves, honor the image of God within us, and develop a positive self-image.”In explaining the paradox of Jesus is the Way and the Life, John Michael reminds us that Jesus shows us the way to live an even greater life most clearly by his death and resurrection. “Jesus empowers us to rediscover who we were really created to be. Jesus shows us how by sharing his divine gift. He shows us how to be fully human by being more than human. And he shows us how to be divine by being fully human.” St. Teresa’s Prayer, “Christ Has No Body Now But Yours,” brings healing tears and reconciliation to those at his concerts as he encourages them to hold hands as though they were holding the hand of Jesus. John Michael writes of this moment:
“I am always a bit stunned by such grace at work through my simple song! The prayer is a lesson for the whole Church. We must hold the hand of Jesus in every hand we hold. We must look at everyone with the eyes of Christ and hear the words of Christ in everyone. We must speak only the words of Christ to everyone. This radically changes the way we look at, hear, or speak to anyone. This is the foundation of the Church. We are the Body of Christ. We give and receive him in anyone who is part of the entire Church.”He understands that being the Body of Christ “also changes the way we relate to any human being anywhere. All humanity is created in the image of God. When we can see the image of God in even the worst of sinners, we can give Jesus with humility to anyone.” John Michael Talbot’s ministry began over 35 years ago with a vision of itinerant ministry. He is one of the pioneering artists of what has become known as Contemporary Christian Music. He is recognized as Catholic music's most popular artist with platinum sales and compositions published in hymnals throughout the world. He is the author of 29 books, hosts The Church Channel’s TV series “All Things are Possible” and is a frequent guest on faith networks around the world. John Michael leads his very active ministry from the Little Portion Hermitage in Arkansas and St. Clare Monastery in Texas where he is the founder of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity. His artistic and humanitarian efforts have been recognized with awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Gospel Music Association, Mercy Corps and the Mother Teresa award.
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Nancy Ward authored Sharing Your Catholic Faith Story: Tools, Tips, and Testimonies (and the DVD) and contributed to The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion. She loves to share her conversion story and give evangelization workshops and retreats equipping others to share their faith. She facilitates the DFW Catholic Writers, Catholic Writers Guild Nonfiction Critique Group, serves on their Board, and speaks at writers’ conferences. Learn more at JoyAlive.net and NancyHCWard.com.