Catholicism is the largest faith community in the world: more than a billion members. We have built a culture based on appearance: everything looks good, but scratch the surface, and you will discover little substance. If you ask 100 Catholics what the church’s mission is, you would get 100 different answers. Catholics must know their mission.
We are failing to do as Christ did — namely, to reach out and meet people where they are in their need, in their brokenness. We are failing to engage them. We are failing to show them how Jesus can ease their pain and make them whole again.
Gandhi once said after reading parts of the Bible on becoming a Christian, “If I had ever met one, I would have become one.”
Life can be wonderful, but brief.
We often confuse pleasure with happiness. So we spend a large portion of our lives chasing shadows. We have given ourselves over to a thousand different whims, cravings and fantasies. This has nothing to do with real joy in our life.
Today’s generation questions everything: we have grown skeptical, and even cynical in our search for truth. We are overloaded with information and overwhelmed and tired — we merely want to survive.
“Most people lead lives of quiet desperation”, observed Henry David Thoreau. In fact, the treatment for depression is ten times greater today than it was even 15 years ago. The suicide rates among teenagers and young adults have reached epidemic levels.
We become what we celebrate. What are we celebrating? What are we here for? What is the meaning and purpose of life? Have we been distracted? Actually, the loss of our essential purpose is the cause of the great modern madness. The great misery is to be purposeless. People have simply become disoriented.
Joy is usually measured in moments while unhappiness seems to go on forever.
How do I find joy in my life? A better question is: How do I find joy in my life which is usually by bringing joy to other people?
The human heart is on a quest for happiness — as the desert yearns for rain. God wants us to be happy. The philosophy of Christ is the ultimate philosophy of human happiness. It isn’t just a way of life: it is the way of life. “I have come that your may have life and have it to the fullest.” John 10:10
So, we must ask the question: what work do You wish for me to do with my life? What is Your will for my life? So if you want to be happy for a lifetime and beyond, seek the will of God for your life.
Jesus is the single greatest agent of change in human history. He has captured the imagination of every generation. He gives us a vision: “Where there is no vision, the people will perish.” Proverbs 29:18
St. Augustine’s famous saying, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you, Lord.” In God will man find the truth and happiness, which he never stops yearning for. This is the mission of the Church: to be God’s direct and intimate response to our heart’s unceasing desire for happiness: to proclaim the Gospel to the people of every nation in every age; to share the life-giving gift of the Gospel. “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
We are created to be loved and to love, and there is a restlessness, a longing for more, a profound discontent with our lives and with our culture. Our generation wants to witness someone , anyone –just one will do — living an authentic life: “don’t tell me — show me!”
Holiness is surrendering to the Will of God; it is letting our decisions be guided by the Holy Spirit. So, God calls each of us to live holy lives. We are perfected by the grace of God, which is the power of God alive within us. It is a gift from God when we cooperate with His plan for our lives.
Holiness and prayer are a matched couple, yet many people fail to establish a daily habit of prayer. God is our Friend and friends like to know what is going on in each other’s lives. Those who pray daily know that if you neglect prayer for one day, you become less focused. Why? Because prayer allows you to hear the voice of God in our lives and to walk where He wants you to walk. In the silence, God speaks and we are able to hear His quiet voice; He bestows His wisdom on us. All this happens during 10 to 20 minutes of the day.
The rich are called to live holy lives by using their wealth in productive ways that foster their own growth and the growth of others. The same is true of the talented people who are expected to share the benefit of their talents. It is all about being of value to others. Those who are holy enjoy a richer, more abundant experience of life, more than you can imagine. There is nothing more attractive than holiness — more inspiring and more intriguing.
Christ said to Peter, “Put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch” Luke 5:4 The world, on the other hand, is constantly calling us to fish in the shallow water.
Love is the core of Jesus’ philosophy. For to love is to give your self freely. Yet to give yourself to another or to God, you must first possess your self. We must become the best-version-of-ourselves, with the loving nature of God.
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Something Wonderful is about to Happen!
God never moves back; He always moves forward; He always wants our future to be bigger than our past. In fact, God has a better plan for each of our lives than we can ever imagine for ourselves and He always wants to give us more.
What were the greatest spiritual game changers in your life to date?
- The discovery of ten minutes of meditation or prayer every day?
- The first retreat which you experienced?
- The first time you discovered the bible?
This is a good way to analyze the interior effect of what we are doing in our work, which is far more important than the exterior fruits of our work.
Most men live in quiet desperation says Henry David Thoreau. This is supported by the fact that there are ten times more anti-depressants sold in the last ten years. It appears that many people are just surviving. These people are distracted from their essential purpose in life. Simply, they have been distracted from seeking out holiness in their lives. You see, people are ultimately happier when they seek higher standards to strive for. To help us achieve this, we make the great goals in our life by breaking them down in manageable portions over time.
We are called to live holy lives and it is this dynamic collaboration between man and God that brings delight to God. This holiness is inseparately linked to the renewal of the Church, so that the Church can thrive in new and exciting ways. The rich are especially called to live holy lives and to use their wealth in productive ways to make this possible. Those who respond to this call of holiness are the happiest people on earth. They enjoy a more rich full life.
There may be a period when your faith is trained and tested. God only wants to get your attention. God uses the circumstances of one’s past in order to fully develop our future talents to reach the ultimate purpose in our lives. Ultimately, the surest sign of holiness will be the insatiable desire to become what God created us to be – an unwavering desire to follow His will. When you surrender your obedience to the will of God, you become the best-version-of-yourself: you become holy.
THE DIFFERENCE IS THE HOLY SPIRIT
In the life of the first Christians, Christianity was a lifestyle. They shared a common life together. They allowed the Holy Spirit to guide them in all they did. Today, we are experiencing a period of rapid change. Today, amid the busyness of modern life, we are challenged just to make it to mass on Sunday. Living the Gospel is difficult, but so was it with the early Christians.
“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. Enkindle in us the fire of your divine love. Send forth your Spirit and we shall be recreated, and we shall renew the face of the earth.”
God provides us with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who helps us explore our incredible potential. This is the missing link for most of us: we need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit so that He can pour down all His gifts, which He promised in the same way as was done on Pentecost.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
¹ “Brothers and sisters, I want you to know about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 2 You know that at one time you were unbelievers. You were somehow drawn away to worship statues of gods that couldn’t even speak. 3 So I tell you that no one who is speaking with the help of God’s Spirit says, “May Jesus be cursed.” And without the help of the Holy Spirit no one can say, “Jesus is Lord.” 4 There are different kinds of gifts. But they are all given by the same Spirit. 5 There are different ways to serve. But they all come from the same Lord. 6 There are different ways to work. But the same God makes it possible for all of us to have all those different things. 7 The Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way. That is for the good of all. 8 To some people the Spirit gives the message of wisdom. To others the same Spirit gives the message of knowledge. 9 To others the same Spirit gives faith. To others that one Spirit gives gifts of healing. 10 To others he gives the power to do miracles. To others he gives the ability to prophesy. To others he gives the ability to tell the spirits apart. To others he gives the ability to speak in different kinds of languages they had not known before. And to still others he gives the ability to explain what was said in those languages. 11 All of the gifts are produced by one and the same Spirit. He gives them to each person, just as He decides.” 1 Corinthians 12
There’s Got to be More to Christianity!
“’Consider carefully what you hear,’ He continued. ‘With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.'” Mark 4:24
God gives us the oil of holiness. We become like new wine skins, not by your own strength. This means there is no self-effort. But it also means there is no more agenda. Once you give God everything that you have, you die to yourself. The old wineskin has to go.
It’s never over until it’s over. So we must keep going and seek Him. God said that you should seek and you will find. This is an authoritative statement with only one proviso: it must be done on God’s timing. He didn’t say seek him until you find Him: with holiness, you will see Him.
“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” 2 Corinthians 9: 10
So if you believe a little, you will get a little, but if you believe a lot, you will get a lot. Once you soak yourself in the spirit of holiness, you will receive perfect love, which was given at Pentecost.
I am a “Small p pentecostal Big C Catholic”
The Bible says: “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” Proverbs 107:20
In my evangelical work, I also ask for strength and courage; wisdom and knowledge every day as well as the gift of discernment, deliverance and healing. I ask for divine appointments. These are for people who are god-cidently brought into my life. Usually these people have had someone praying for them, and a seed needs to be planted. You meet these people where they need help. Who doesn’t need more spiritual help and healing?
Evangelism means sharing the Gospel with the whole world. One should never “preach” to people before their temporal needs are met. This was Jesus’ model. He healed and delivered evil spirits from them. He met them where they were.
They will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” Mark 16:18
JESUS WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU.
Sunday is a Holy Day.
“I love you.
I rose from the dead on Easter Sunday and that is why Sunday is a holy day and My followers go to Church on that day.
As you take part in My sacrifice to the Father as it is represented on the altar, you receive the great benefits that flow from it. Holy Mass is the summit of the Church’s prayer and it is most pleasing to the Father. My sacrifice on the Cross is what takes all your sins away. The offering through the hands of the priest of this one sacrifice of mine, is the source of Mercy for all the people of the world.
Come, My brother and sister, and immerse yourselves in this great action of mine and I will change you. As bread and wine are changed into My very Body and Blood, so it is that the darkness in your heart and mind will be changed to the light that comes from Me.
I gave you and all My friends, the gift of the sacrament of confession, a gift from My heart full of mercy for you. I am always ready to forgive your sins as a sign of My love for you. Love without forgiveness is not true love.
I will strengthen your will to choose good and to avoid evil. I will come to live in your hearts as your friend to guide you every day.
Wake up and take advantage of what I am offering you. Come to Church regularly to receive Me in your heart. Live in imitation of Me as I am always ready to forgive and to love every person. Pray for those who reject you and say all kinds of things against you. I love you and bless you.”
The above messages came to Father Melvin Doucette:
Fr. Melvin Doucette was ordained to the priesthood on and joined the Missionaries of Africa for 29 years in Africa. In contemplative prayer every morning, Fr. Doucette receives by interior locution “messages from heaven” to share with the public.
CATHOLICS OFFERING A BETTER LIFE 2
CATHOLIC LAY MISSIONARY 2
God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions show a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17 (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE.
The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.
Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.
In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family. The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ. No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY.
BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!
Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is a relationship with God, your Creator, in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles. How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ.
GOD’S HEALING ASSURED 2
Many Christian disciples use the gift of healing. They also use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress. Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.
AN EXPERIMENT OF GOD’S TOUCH 2
HOW IS JESUS STILL ALIVE TODAY?
Jesus is alive today! He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth.
Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.
This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.
He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical sense of peace.
DREAMS AND VISIONS
God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart. God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions, when you ask God for it earnestly.
PROOF OF HEAVEN 2
Is the BIBLE true? 2
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?
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