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.
Much of this post is influenced from this wonderful book:
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 WAS 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
CATHOLICS OFFERING A BETTER LIFE
CATHOLIC LAY MISSIONARY
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?
- Christians don’t shout, “I am clean living!” They whisper “I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.”
- Christians don’t speak of this with pride. They confess that they stumble and need Christ to be their guide.
- Christians don’t say,” I’m strong.” They say they are trying to be strong because they are really weak and need strength.
- Christians don’t brag of success, but they admit that they are failing and they need God to clean up the mess.
- Christians don’t claim to be perfect. Their flaws are far too visible but God believes they are worth it.
- Christians still feel the sting of pain and they have their share of headaches but they call upon His Name.
- Christians are not holier than thou. They are also simple sinners who receive God’s unbelievable Grace.
Christianity on a Table Napkin:
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
|The real Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. He was send by God to come to the earth in the body of a human being. That was so that He could suffer in the flesh, take all our sins upon Himself and die in our place. He rose from the dead and lives to pray for us daily.
|He is the Saviour – The angel announced to Mary; …and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 It means He has the power to free us, save us and deliver us from sin. He is merciful and has the power to forgive. He brings good news to the poor, heals the heartbroken, announce freedom to all captives, pardons all prisoners. He comforts mourners. He has healing in His wings.
|If you are not yet received Jesus as your Saviour… SAY: Lord Jesus, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Please hear me today and help me! I want to receive you as my Lord and Saviour. Be Lord of my life! Lord Jesus, I believe that You died for me and that God raised You from the dead. Forgive me all my sins and take all my sins away. Come into my heart and be my Saviour and Lord, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Amen
God the Father will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain. We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is The Holy Spirit will have made all things new. Eternal joy will have begun. “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name.” Luke 1: 49
Are we not like Barabbas justly condemned for murder, but saved by the innocent Jesus on the cross? Are we not like the adulterous woman, deserving of death by stoning, to whom Jesus says, “I do not condemn you”? And Jesus saved them both. In fact, Jesus came to earth specifically to look for and save those who were lost.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18
You may need some counselling with a pastor, priest or competent Christian worker, who will introduce you to this Short Course on Who is Jesus? Start by reading the Gospel according to John: It is all about love and you will love it. Read several verses before going to bed and read the same verse upon arising. Soaking yourself in the love of God defends you from attacks of the enemy
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