“Not By Appearance”
Isn’t it funny how a child’s game,
Defined the way that we saw and we thought and we worked and played:
Seeing what’s partial in shadows and caves,
Appearance seems all there is,
Nothing but faith that can lift, the blinders and the veil.
Refrain: Not by appearance we see, no!
But in the power and the light of the living God;
No by appearance we see, no!
Now that darkness is banished and light is mine;
In Christ we go.
Why us o Lord, do you bless with such clarity?
To notice your presence among us, pure charity;
Your saints and your martyrs echo the song of the Truth;
Nothing to lose but to gain,
Adoring the Lamb who was slain,
Who pours forth His power and riches and strength.
Bridge: O, the boy Jose Del Rio never turned from you;
And Theresa of Calcutta served your wounds;
And your prophet, John the Baptist, cried your name out loud;
While the girl, Maria Goretti, kept your body sound;
O, the fire could not consume your servant, Joan of Arc;
Nor the priest named Kolbe sacrificed for naught.