5/19/18

SPIRITO SANTO - Come Holy Spirit


Message from Our Lady
Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer and sacrifice, to prepare yourselves for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Little children, this is a time of grace and so, again, I call you to decide for God the Creator. Allow him to transform and change you. May your heart be prepared to listen to, and live, everything which the Holy Spirit has in his plan for each of you. Little children, allow the Holy Spirit to lead you on the way of truth and salvation towards eternal life. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, May 25, 1998

5/18/18

Holy Spirit is present and active for those in the Charismatic Movement


It was a moment like any other in any Catholic Mass anywhere in the world: the sacred Host was elevated for adoration after the celebrant pronounced the words of consecration. But in place of the stillness and silence that usually follows, the worshippers’ hands lifted or extended toward the altar and a swell of voices rose through the pews – each voice uttering different sounds, not a language, yet with a strangely unified rhythm that came to an end as it had begun, simultaneously and of its own accord.
The same thing happened when the chalice was raised, and then again after the concluding doxology just before the Great Amen.
It’s a phenomenon known as “speaking in tongues” — uttering sounds with no correlation to any known language but believed to be a special charism of the Holy Spirit — and it is par for the course at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Providence. Though this took place during the parish’s Tuesday evening Spanish-language Charismatic prayer group, it occurs at every Mass, said pastor Father Jaime Garcia.
“Everybody’s in the same Spirit,” he said. “It’s easy for us as a community to pray in tongues. It’s the same thing the Apostles did at the beginning when the Spirit descended. Whichever way the Holy Spirit’s moving, we just follow it.”
Mass was followed by a healing service demonstrating more characteristics of Charismatic worship. People who came forward for prayer for themselves or others were anointed with oil blessed by Father Garcia before the Mass. As the large Bethany Choir praise band repeatedly chanted “Santo Spirito,” some who were prayed over fell down and lay on the floor for some minutes in a phenomenon known as “resting in the Spirit.”
“We just trust the Spirit,” Father Garcia said. “The Spirit moves in different ways, in different persons. God controls them. We don’t know what’s going on, we just let them rest and God is doing his job.”
The Charismatic Movement, or Charismatic Renewal, gripped the Catholic Church in the 1960s, kickstarted by Catholic professors Ralph Keifer and William Storey of Duquesne, a Catholic university in Pittsburgh. Keifer and Storey had both read the books “They Speak with Other Tongues” by John Sherill, and “The Cross and the Switchblade” by David Wilkerson with the same John Sherill and his wife Elizabeth as co-authors. The books, both written by Pentecostal Protestants, contained accounts of lives transformed through direct, personal encounter with the Holy Spirit manifested by mystical phenomena such as tongues and modern-day prophecies.
During a meeting of Duquesne’s Chi Rho Scripture Study in 1967, Keifer, intrigued by the books, prayed to receive the Holy Spirit and began “speaking in tongues” – the same kind of ecstatic speech heard at St. Charles – when others in the group prayed and laid hands on him. This is perhaps fitting, since Duquesne’s full name is Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit.
From that small beginning, a movement spread to Notre Dame and Michigan State universities through campus Newman Centers, then to parishes around the country and around the world.
Father Garcia recalled becoming attracted to the movement by attending a Life in the Spirit Seminar, a series of seven spiritual workshops designed to bring Catholics into a direct encounter with the Holy Spirit. The seminars began in the late 1960s and continue to be offered today.
The word “charismatic” comes from the Greek word “charismata,” which means “gifts” or “graces.” Charismatic worship focuses on receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit, including the traditional seven listed in Isaiah 11:2-3: wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge and piety; but adding to these prophecy, healing and “speaking in tongues.”
Some maintain that Saint Paul himself was referring to this phenomenon when he wrote of “mysterious utterances” in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14. Both Protestants and Catholics who embrace forms of charismatic prayer believe that glossolalia is a sign of the Holy Spirit’s presence.
But Father Garcia said that other gifts, such as prophecy, also signify the outpouring of charisms. The Catechism of the Catholic Church identifies both the gift of tongues and the gift of prophecy as “extraordinary” charisms which are “at the service of charity which builds up the Church” (CCC no. 2003).Other characteristics of Charismatic worship include raising hands palms upward or outward in prayer and spontaneous vocal praise.
Charismatic prayer groups often have a similar structure, consisting of contemporary praise and worship music, a brief teaching by a group member, a sharing of faith testimonies and Charismatic gifts including prophecies, and intercessory prayer. Some begin with Mass or group recitation of the rosary.
The movement landed in Rhode Island at Holy Ghost Church in Providence in the late 1960s, and got a significant boost from Father John “Jake” Randall while he served as assistant pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in 1971.
“It drew hungry people together, people hungry for God,” said Barbara Wright, a trustee of St. Patrick’s who has been involved in the Charismatic Movement since Father Randall introduced it to the congregation. “It was the most beautiful thing. We developed a hunger to grow into Christ.”
Father Randall asked then-Bishop Louis E. Gelineau if the Charismatic Movement could be utilized to revitalize St. Patrick’s when construction of the overpass near the State House dislocated many parishioners. The bishop agreed, and the movement was brought to St. Patrick’s in 1971.
“The Charismatic Movement saved this parish,” said Wright, adding that “people from all over the world came to St. Patrick’s” because of it.
Father Randall became pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Providence in 1978, bringing the movement with him and leaving that legacy at both parishes to this day in the form of English- and Spanish-language Charismatic prayer groups that meet weekly throughout the year. After Father Randall’s death in 2011 at the age of 82, the English-speaking group dwindled, but the Latino community remained and increased under Father Garcia.
The movement hasn’t been universally embraced throughout the Church. Because of its Protestant roots, the Catholic movement has sometimes been referred to as “Pentecostal Catholicism.” Its critics accuse the movement of Protestantizing the Catholic faith, focusing on high-octane emotion and appearing to downplay the receiving of the Holy Spirit in baptism and confirmation with an implicit claim that believers must seek more of the Spirit than they received in these sacraments.
But those in the movement say the Holy Spirit is truly present and active, and that seeking an additional outpouring of the Spirit is a way of accessing the graces conferred in those sacraments, rather than replacing them.
“It was real,” said St. Patrick’s Charismatic prayer group member Walter Burke, who entered the movement in 1969. “We listened to the Spirit of God. I haven’t seen it in a long time, but there was a real power.”
Group member Jim Collard had grown up Catholic, but had drifted from the church by his early 40s. When a friend invited him to a Charismatic prayer meeting, Collard was “baptized in the Holy Spirit, and that’s when life began to change,” he said.
“It’s one thing to have it up here,” he said, pointing to his head, “and another having it down here” — pointing to his heart.
Papal acknowledgment has been given to the movement by popes Paul VI (1975) and John Paul II (1979), with Pope Benedict XVI giving it positive remarks and Pope Francis meeting personally with Charismatic leaders in 2014.
Father Garcia has only one thing to say about the movement’s detractors: “They have the right to think like that, because they haven’t experienced it.”
St. Patrick’s English-language Charismatic group meets every Thursday at 7:30 p.m., while the parish’s Spanish-language group meets on Fridays at 7 p.m. At St. Charles, the Spanish-speaking community gathers every Tuesday at 7 p.m. and the English-language group on Thursdays at 7 p.m.    http://www.thericatholic.com/

5/17/18

Our Lady spoke about the guidance of the Holy Spirit:

 

(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2017
May 17, 2018

 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
Today we call upon the Holy Spirit to be our Guide. Jesus called the Spirit the Paraclete, which can be translated "The one who accompanies..." I like this idea. The Holy Spirit is so gentle and loving that we might not even realize He is with us. But He comes to guide us into holiness and God's plan for us, if we will let Him. Our Lady lived a life of complete union with the Holy Spirit and so she knows how He operates. She wants us to be led by the Spirit too.
 
Our Lady spoke about the guidance of the Holy Spirit:
 
"Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer and sacrifice, to prepare yourselves for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Little children, this is a time of grace and so, again, I call you to decide for God the Creator. Allow Him to transform and change you. May your heart be prepared to listen to, and live, everything which the Holy Spirit has in His plan for each of you. Little children, allow the Holy Spirit to lead you on the way of truth and salvation towards eternal life. Thank you for having responded to my call." (May 25, 1998)
 
And St. Paul also lived by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He wrote:
 
But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him," God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what person knows a man's thoughts except the spirit of the man which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit. (1 Cor 2: 9-13)
 
Cardinal John Henry Newman wrote a famous poem about the guidance of the Holy Spirit:
 
Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)  - Lead, Kindly Light
 
Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home-
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene-one step enough for me.
 
I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on.
I loved to choose and see my path; but now,
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.
 
So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it still
Will lead me on,
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone;
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018

5/11/18

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Prayer:

O Holy Spirit, 
Uncreated Love of the Ever-blessed Trinity, 
you are living Water and living Fire. 
Fill my heart with the streams of your grace, 
and make it clean before you. 
Fill my heart with the fire of your love, 
and burn up all the dross in it, 
that it may be bright in your eyes. 
Lord Jesus, let your Holy Spirit 
dwell ever more and more in my heart.
Amen

5/7/18

We are all called to be evangelizers


FOR THOSE WHO WILL DIE UNPREPARED…



As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:18-20)
Being “fishers of people” can take many forms. One does not have to be a vowed religious to be a fisher of people. We are all called to be evangelizers. We can evangelize with our words, our actions, and our prayers. We can evangelize the living, but we can also work for the salvation of those who have already passed, the holy souls in purgatory, or for those who will die suddenly and unprepared, and it seems the numbers of those increase daily.
For a long time now, I have felt called to pray for those who will die unprepared. In 2007 I had a dream* in which I was in a car by the seashore. Suddenly the sea started to rise very quickly. Many people were unprepared. I saw that many of the unprepared were famous people. They were trapped by the rising water and drowned. Then a great tsunami rose and rushed towards us. We could not escape it but I felt that we had a better chance of surviving if we stayed in our car, thinking that the car could take the pounding better than we could and we might escape with our lives.
I felt afterwards that this dream was a call to pray for those whose hearts are spiritually unprepared and who are in grave spiritual danger. Our “vehicle of safety” is the Church. It will be battered by upcoming events, but we are far safer within it than we would be outside of it.
Just before Christmas 2016 I had another dream. I was looking out over the harbor and saw a large cruise ship being towed into port by a tug. I thought, “That’s unusual. We don’t usually get cruise ships here.” After it docked I went to see it. There was absolutely no sign of life on it or around it. After waking I felt the ship represented death, and that it was waiting to be filled.
I feel that both dreams are calls to pray for those who may die suddenly and unprepared. Certainly, the times we are in has seemed to make this more urgent than ever, as sporadic and unpredictable outbreaks of terrorism, war, and disaster threaten people everywhere.
Do not let this fill you with dread. God does not call us to prayer without a promise of hope attached. Instead, be filled with the firm belief that God will hear your prayers for souls and use your sacrifices to save many who may be lost without them. Death is hard for those left behind, but the real tragedy occurs when souls are lost to eternity. Offering prayers for souls is one way that we can be a sure sign of hope for others. I encourage all of us to step up our efforts.
The following prayer has been around a long time. I pray it daily at the end of my Divine Mercy chaplet.
“Merciful Jesus, lover of souls, we beseech you by the agony of your most Sacred Heart and by the sorrows of your Immaculate Mother, to wash clean in your blood the sinners of the whole world who are now in their final agony, but especially those on their way to eternal damnation and who are to die this day. Heart of Jesus, who suffered death’s agony, have mercy on these poor souls. Amen.”
We are a people of hope and our God of hope has given us powerful weapons against the culture of death, one of the greatest of which is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. We know we can trust Jesus and believe in the promise he made to St. Faustina:
“At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the indulgence is the same.” (Diary, 811)
“My daughter, encourage souls to say the chaplet which I have given to you. It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet. … Write that when they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Savior.” (Diary, 1541).
God’s mercy is unimaginable! Even more so in that he uses weak sinners as his instruments of mercy on earth. Just as St. Faustina was often taken in spirit to the side of dying souls so she could pray the chaplet in their presence, in the Divine Will we can ask for the same grace, for nothing is impossible for God. “Jesus, in the Divine Will, take me into the presence of those in most dire need of your mercy as I pray this chaplet…”
God is calling us to participate in his ministry of salvation. May our Blessed Mother guide us and help us in the battle for the souls of her beloved children.
O my Jesus, I love you, I trust you, I surrender myself to you. Please take care of everything and everyone in my spiritual territory. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you. Save souls!
(For related reading you may appreciate this article titled, “Praying for Grandma’s Soul” by June Klins: http://tinyurl.com/jax45na )
(*I always interpret dreams primarily as calls to prayer and avoid literal interpretation.)

5/4/18

Mirjana's Medjugorje Apparition - May 2, 2018


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5/2/18

Message from Our Lady, Queen of Peace for May 2nd, 2018 (through Mirjana

  
Mirjana greets Our Lady, May 2, 2018
  
     (c)Mateo Ivankovic 2018
  
 
May 2, 2018
St. Athanasius

Dear Family of Mary!

The message from Our Lady, Queen of Peace for May 2nd, 2018 (through Mirjana):

Dear children,
All that my Son, who is the light of love, has done and does, He has done out of love. Also you, my children, when you live in love and love your neighbors, you are doing the will of my Son. Apostles of my love, make yourselves little; open your pure hearts to my Son so that He can work through you. With the help of faith, be filled with love. 

But, my children, do not forget that the Eucharist is the heart of faith. This is my Son who feeds you with His Body and strengthens you with His Blood. This is a miracle of love: my Son who always comes anew, alive, to bring life back to souls. 

My children, by living in love you are doing the will of my Son and He lives in you. My children, my motherly desire is for you to always love Him more, because He is calling you with His love. He is giving you love so that you may spread it to all those around you. As a mother, through His love, I am with you to speak the words of love and hope to you-to speak to you the eternal words that are victorious over time and death-so as to call you to be my apostles of love. Thank you.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2018