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SLEEP DEPRIVATION

SLEEP DEPRIVATIONSLEEP DEPRIVED?

Do you count yourself in with 100 million Americans who are sleep deprived? The root causes are overcrowded schedules, the desire to accomplish one more thing before retiring and too much stimulation from watching television in bed.

You say that you have a rough time falling asleep. Try an Epsom salt bath, which allows the magnesium to be absorbed into your skin and they will put you into a total relaxation mode.

Sleep and relaxation are basic necessities in life. We need sleep: our body needs time for the liver to start its cleansing process and time to allow the proper production of hormones. When we don’t sleep enough, our appetites become unregulated.

The Great Physician has a prescription, “Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”                             Genesis 2:3

INSOMNIA

Individuals who were extremely obese had higher odds of reporting insomnia than those of normal weight. The prevalence of insomnia among seniors was largely attributable to poorer health, not age. 

One elderly lady had always problems with sleeping. She had been heavily involved in yoga when she was younger. There are some dangers with this practice if one delves into too deeply. We call this an ungodly superstitious belief.  A crack in a person’s spirit is opened to allow an influence from demonic attack. Deliverance is needed!  “…Oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them.”                                                                                                            Psalm 54:3

Life stress also kept Canadians up at night, the study says. Nearly one-quarter (23 per cent) of people who described most of their days as being either “quite a bit” or “extremely” stressful reported insomnia.

In the mist of all David’s troubles he still honored and praised God as his protector, his shield, and strength: “But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.”                                                                                                                                             Psalm 3: 3

BRAIN HEALTH CAN HELP!

Your brain is the fattest organ in your body. The human brain is nearly 60 percent fat. We’ve learned in recent years that fatty acids are among the most crucial molecules that determine your brain’s integrity and ability to perform. Continue reading SLEEP DEPRIVATION

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EFFUSION: A YOUTH HAPPENING

 A YOUTH MISSION

Our poor parish priest has his hands tied. He doesn’t know how to attract the youth to his church.

EFFUSION YOUTH

The most important element is prayer. We would ask all the elders of the church to pray and fast seriously for a new Pentecost experience, EFFUSION. The area of the church is blessed with holy water or holy oil in preparation for this Event.

EFFUSION YOUTH HAPPENING

The other proviso is that the parish has to encourage at least six youth in a team with a youth minister or youth leader. This team will continue the missionary work in the parish after the EFFUSION Event.

EFFUSION YOUTH HAPPENING Continue reading EFFUSION: A YOUTH HAPPENING

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LAY SPIRITUALITY

LAY SPIRITUALITY

The spirit of Christian lay spirituality or martyrdom is to live for Christ alone; to live the gospel without compromise, and to be unconcerned about the consequences or without counting the cost. When the gospel speaks of witness, the Greek word for a witness is martyr.

 In the past Christianity was more popular. Christianity had been absorbed into the culture. There was no one to bear witness to except for foreign lands.

Today our world has two characteristics: the force of evil spirits always present and the inertia of the world that resists any efforts to introduce a higher orbit of human activity. Society “outlaws” Christians in very subtle ways: Why do you want to rock the boat? Why do you want to be different? 

It is a challenge to live as a witness and disciple of Jesus our Savior in the midst of secular life. Businessmen are hard; war is ruthless; abortions are legal; pornography is everywhere; sex is taken for granted; drugs are commonplace: it’s a pagan society. “For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.”                                                                                                                                       Philippians 2:21

Christians accept a “normal” life in the world. They are not against drinking, dancing, dating, buying, selling or going to the movies. They accept the complexity of moral choices in the world. They don’t refuse to do business with anybody who doesn’t operate by the highest standard of Christian morality.

Yet Christians set their course to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33, whatever the consequences. They may be crucified in this world for the stand they take on the gospel. Yet, they continue to avoid being ostracized, fired or just shoved in the corner and forgotten.

We know that we ought to be martyrs, but we still don’t know how to go about it. Christians must learn to embrace the cross; we must see this as our fulfillment: “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” Galatians 6:14. We become a sign in the midst of: “a wicked and adulterous generationMatthew 16:4 “Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16

The basic premise of Christianity is that the gospel is news to the world. To be news it has to be new as Jesus Christ was new who “is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 It is better than anything the world has to offer.

Christian lay missionaries must learn to surf but not in tranquil waters. Spiritual life is where the waves are. To each lay missionary, has been given the Holy Spirit and His gifts. We are not to bury our talents in the ground for safekeeping, but to seek the Kingdom of God by becoming a light to the world.

LAY SPIRITUALITY
Mendoza, Argentina

All you are asked to do at this point is to take a first step and be willing to follow wherever Christ leads you. Only God knows exactly what you should do. If we don’t have the habit of pondering God’s Word in our hearts, we will never know how to apply this knowledge in our lives. This is how you make your own decisions. So begin with a prayer. Begin by reading the Scriptures and reflecting on it until you come to some sort of decision that will change your life in some way. And Christ will make the next move. Continue reading LAY SPIRITUALITY

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CATHOLIC LAY MISSIONARY

Why are exciting Catholic parishes so rare?

  1. No one says hello
  2. No one sings the hymns in praise – music tends to be only for the background
  3. Lack of reverence in the Eucharistic celebration
  4. People are just taking their Communion without fully believing  in Jesus’ presence and what grace is involved.
  5.  Some seem to exit before Mass has ended.

The overall attitude is that they need us to meet their Sunday Mass obligation. Where else can they go? We are accustomed to a generally mediocre experience of parish life.

 “Neither do people pour new wine into old wine skins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wine skins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wine skins, and both are preserved.”                                                                                              Matthew 9:17

This description is like old wineskin which is dangerously dried up and also leaking badly. The wine, the energy and the power of the Good News cannot be contained, much less allowed to develop and ferment.

Catholic Lay Missionaries

Pop into your local Evangelical church. Look at how they do music, hospitality, preaching, small groups, child care, etc. Protestant churches are made up of large pastoral teams of 6-10 people. Most Catholic parishes consist of one or two priests, a secretary, and maybe a youth minister.

Catholic Lay Missionaries

What should we do?

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