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PRIESTS HAVE HEALING POWERS

PRIESTS HEALING

Healing was essential to the ministry of Jesus because healing offered indisputable evidence that He is the Christ of God: ”Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples … these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”                                                                                                                                         John 21:30-31

Does Jesus still perform miracles today? Do you know someone who has been healed or whose life has been transformed by a relationship with Christ? Then you have seen a modern-day miracle of Jesus. You, too, can be an eyewitness to a miracle of Christ.

All ministers, priests or religious have healing powers. Most don’t have the faith that is needed to use it. There are  two provisos: our saintly priest or religious must be born again and he must be following Jesus’ Great Commission:  (Jesus) said to them, “Go into all the world … In My name they will drive out demons; … they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”                                                                                                                                       Mark 16:15,17,18

PRIESTS HEALING

This is what happened to Father Fernando Suarez, a Filipino Catholic priest, who now performs faith healing in the Philippines and elsewhere. His missionary ministry came to Ottawa Canada from the Philippines. All his associates from his order, the Companions of the Cross, were dumbfounded by his gift of healing. He was simply following the Great Commission even though it was acted out in reverse: missionary work from the Philippines to Canada.

Healing Priest

A HEALING STORY OF A PRIEST

Here is a story from a priest who did not believe he had the power until he was confronted by a very sick lady. She asked for healing. He blessed her and ran away.

Later that week he overheard from strangers that a lady with terminal cancer was miraculously healed by another priest. In a similar way, this priest had also first run away after he blessed the individual.

Our priest friend changed his mind on the matter. He began to understand that sometimes healing occurs at the most importune of times.

Others, like this lady, were moved by the Holy Spirit to challenge this faithless priest in order to get healed. She got healed. He got his faith back. Talk about a two for one affair.Priest healing

PREPARATION: “Daily” Prayer to the Holy Spirit:

Lord, I love You. Lord, I believe in You. Lord, I trust You.

I praise you and thank you for everything just the way it is.

I ask my dearest Holy Spirit to shower upon me all Your gifts and graces:

  • Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding
  • Strength and Courage
  • Discernment and Deliverance
  • Water *and Healing
  • Direction and Perception

Make me sensitive to any divine appointment that You have aligned for me today.

Bring on all Your ministering angels –all for Your glory.

Thank you, Lord.

* My personal mission is water and electricity (the HUG).

I AM WAITING FOR YOU TO GIVE ME THE ORDER.

Many ask and keep on asking and nothing ever happens. They lowered the net, but they haven’t caught anything yet. 

Self-confidence may be  empty, but humility is fertile. “But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”                                                   Luke 5:5  

Those who had not caught anything until then, now, at the Lord’s voice, they caught an enormous amount of fish. Afterwards, Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”                                                                                                                    Luke 5:10

PRIESTS HEALING

FAITH  is not FEELINGS. 

Healing is a present promise of God that one appropriates by faith.  

God, who can read hearts, knows intimately which of His children is best suited to be healers. God will tell them which person He wants them to go to (by divine appointment), but first they must be available.

Usually this gift of healing from God is given to those who do evangelical or missionary work and are born again. The missionary must be given the tools or gifts in order to do the necessary healing.

IF — THE BADGE OF DOUBT

A faith healer will sometimes make a simple mistake and say to the person being healed, “See if you can stoop over and bend your back”. “See if you can: that is doubt. The healing is done by faith and faith alone. No matter who you are, if you move in unbelief, you will stop the flow of God’s power.

Are there any physical signs to know you are being healed?

Father Francis MacNutt stated in his book Healing that “Some people experience the same electrical transfer of power, sometimes a like a gentle electric current, sometimes like a flow of warmth. Whatever it is, it is sometimes connected with healing. It is almost like a transfer of life”. (182)

The first way of appropriating faith is the laying on of hands by the faith healer. Immediately after prayers the healer will usually ask one to check out the healing by doing something that one was not able to do before.

DELIVERANCE

DELIVERANCE SPIRIT

 

If there are little sign of healing, a Prayer of Deliverance is needed in order to eliminate any obstacles.

An accompanying prayer of deliverance usually results with a feeling of a complete sense of peace. This gives assurance that God is working.

There are obstacles to healing that will need a prayer of deliverance, for example,

  • Individuals have refused to forgive others, and they are deeply ingrained in sin.
  • There may be childhood scars that need healing.

One must get to the root cause of the problem before the faith can be appropriated for healing. The Holy Spirit can show a person directly or indirectly through the lenses of others.

Deliverance does not imply possession of one’s faculties, an aspect of demonic possession. Christians are still liable to demonic influence .that comes about by an opening, e.g. entertaining ungodly or superstitious beliefs. Deliverance enables God to bring freedom from bondage, oppression, hardship, or domination by evil.

God in his wisdom has made deliverance a simple act of faith and will: “ that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth” Philippians 2:10. The SINLESS person praying for deliverance commands an evil spirit defined by its function to leave and never return without manifestation in the Name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and go to the abyss. This command is repeated for every spirit as illustrated in the prayer below.

PRAYER DELIVERANCE

Usually 80% of the healing takes place immediately. The complete healing will take place over a reasonable short time, but this requires homework: the one being healed must praise and thank God every day or whenever he or she thinks about it until the complete healing has taken place. The prayer below is invaluable. It answers the question of how long will this healing last.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING:

To be said daily and whenever you think about it until all the healing is complete:

Lord, I thank You and I praise you for Your healing.

or a shorter 7 word Breathe Prayer:

Lord, I thank You and praise you.

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These messages came to Father Melvin Doucette:

 http://www.ourladyofpei.com 

OBSTACLES TO PHYSICAL HEALING

AMAZING BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES

HEALING THE ADDICTIVE BRAIN

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

god proof

  • 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:

AUTHENTIC LIFE

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 counseling 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.

Ticket to Heaven

 

OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS:

  1. A Micro Hydro Electric System: no dams: HugENERGY.us
  2. An Irrigation System: NORTHydro.com
  3. A Rabbit and Fish Farm: AfriCAPITALISM.us
  4. An Agroforestry Intercrop System: LivingWaterIs.com
  5. The Charitable Arm: SunnyUp.net
  6. Living Water Micro Finance: LivingWaterMicroFinance.org
  7. Thunder of Justice: ThunderofJustice.com
  8.  Deliverance Is: Deliveranceis.com

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EVANGELIZING WHAT WE LOVE

WE EVANGELIZE WHAT WE LOVE

There are three languages that God has written on every heart: truth, goodness and beauty. Some people are more captivated on what is the truth and need more proof or reasons. Others are scandalized by the lack of goodness in the Church. Others still spend much time and effort seeking beautiful things in life, like artwork, music or travel. An evangelist must use the right language to connect to people.

 

Evangelism share the love

If your friend knows that you love him or her, then you have a pretty good chance of being heard. You can challenge him or her to grow and seek what is best.

Divine Appointment

The Holy Spirit provides the initiative for the conversation. This happens when you are praying for such conversations to happen. Pray that you will be sensitized to any divine appointment that God has aligned for you today.

Spiritual Conversation Starter Questions

  1. If you died today, do you know for sure you’d go to heaven? 
  2. If you died and stood before God and He asked you ‘Why should I let you into Heaven?’  What would you say?”

Other Questions

  1. What single thing would you like to make absolutely certain you do (if at all possible) during your lifetime?
  2. What gives most meaning to your life?
  3. Has anything ever happened to you that was dramatic, personal or spectacular enough to cause you to be certain there is a God who is both infinite and personally caring: a God event!?
  4. Do you consider yourself a seeker of the truth?
  5. Does God (or a Higher Power) seem personal to you?
  6. Has being ill made any difference in your thinking or feeling about God or your religious faith?

THE APPROACH

Say to him or her: “I’m guessing you may be a Christian”

Jesus is the only religious founder who rose from the dead and is alive today, as shown by His healing.

One’s fruit becomes the ultimate test of whether someone is of God or not: “You will know them by their fruit. A good tree cannot have bad fruit.”                                                                                        Matthew 7:16, 18.

You have just been healed at least by 80%. I am going to give you some homework: you are to praise God and thank God every day or whenever you think about it until all of the healing has taken place.

 I think God wants to get your attention for the first time in your life. Could you read what it says on this card, Ticket to Heaven.

Ticket to Heaven

The Question Is Not “Do You Believe In God?” But What Kind of God Do You Believe In?” Continue reading EVANGELIZING WHAT WE LOVE

SUPERNATURAL EVANGELISM USING HEALING

HEALING – AS JESUS TAUGHT IT

Is  supernatural evangelism by healing biblical? Jesus did not rely on words alone to convince people as to who he was. Many times he said that if they did not believe His words then they should believe because of His miracles:“I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in My Father’s name speak for Me” John 10:25

Healing

When Jesus appeared to His disciples, He gave them the Great Commission: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. And these signs shall follow them that believe; in My name shall they cast out devils …they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Mark 16:15, 18 Jesus also said: “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing”.                                                                                                               John 14:12

Supernatural Evangelism

We fail to do it the Jesus way because we are afraid of failure and embarrassment, which is natural. Remember all of the direction given in the Last Great Commission:   It includes a missionary effort.

While on mission, you simply cannot say hello, I wish you well and goodbye. God knows that you must have the tools that you need to make a difference. Those who have dedicated themselves to become Christian Lay Missionaries discover that the Holy Spirit has endowed them with the gift of healing. This gift does not disappear when you come back home: it is real and immediate healing.

In the book of Acts the apostles continually declared that people were healed in the Name of Jesus. Physical healing, miracles, and gifts of the Spirit were regular occurrences as the early Christians engaged in evangelism.  This was consistent with the life and ministry of Jesus, and it illustrated His promise that “these signs will accompany those who believe.”                                                    Mark 16:17

SUPERNATURAL EVANGELISM HEALING

Continue reading SUPERNATURAL EVANGELISM USING HEALING

Catholic Protestant DISUNITY

Catholic Pride — Protestant Prejudice

Catholic Retrenchment
“I consider myself convicted by the testimony of Holy Scripture, which is my basis; my conscience is captive to the Word of God.” Martin Luther

The problem starts with a most Catholic extravagant claim: the submission on the part of every person to the bishop of Rome is altogether necessary for salvation. This stance created a state of pride and eventually a Protestant engendered prejudice against Catholics.

The papacy had become a French institution and this caused its prestige to wither, because there was to be two popes for 39 years: one in Rome and the other in Avignon, France. To make things worse, the cardinals of both Popes called for a council to which neither Popes elected to attend, so a third Pope was elected. The fall of Constantinople prompted the Russian Orthodox Church to proclaim Moscow as the third Rome. Later, a Council disposed of all three popes. What an embarrassment!

There were some popes that were well known for nepotism who sought to advance the welfare of their children. Some popes undertook expensive building programs that needed financing, which was provided by the sale of indulgences for souls in purgatory. Offices were scandalously sold. Borgia, was notoriously immoral and secured the papacy through bribery. He promoted the welfare of his daughter and his ruthless son.  As to indulgences, the popes really had no power to forgive any sin: they can only declare and confirm God’s forgiveness.

Reform was never considered. In fact, one pope during the time of Martin Luther, never really comprehended the depth of the revolt. Instead he promoted the affairs of his family and spent lavishly. The papacy in general resisted calls for a reforming council that would democratize the church’s power structure.

Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabelle of Castile left a black mark on the Church because they virtually took control of the Church, seeking through the Inquisition to root out heretics. In the end, historians estimate that between five and fifteen million people lost their lives because of the Inquisition. It was a very efficient movement because an accused person had practically no rights. This crushing repression resulted that Spain never did have a Reformation. Does the end justify the means?

The Reformation: a 500 Year Anniversary  

500 anniversary Reformation  

During a visit to Rome Martin Luther was shocked and disappointed by the religious superficiality and worldliness of Rome. On October 31, 1517, the vigil of All Saints’, Luther affixed to the castle church door, which served as the “black-board” of the university, on which all notices of disputations and high academic functions were displayed, his Ninety-five Theses. The act was not an open declaration of war, but simply an academic challenge to a disputation.

While ostensibly aimed at the abuse of indulgences the theses were a covert attack on the whole penitential system of the Church and struck at the very root of ecclesiastical authority. 

Here is part of the theses. The Bible is the only source of faith. Faith alone can work justification, and man is saved by confidently believing that God will pardon him. One does good works not to earn entry into heaven but to express joy and gratitude for what God has done. This is a better motive based on love.

LUTHER REJECTED TRANSUBSTANTIATION

Transubstantiation is the conversion of the substance of the Eucharistic elements into the body and blood of Christ at consecration. It was argued by the Protestants that this only served to support the superior vocational status of priests. Did God in His wisdom allowed the understanding of the Last Supper to be vague enough in order to facilitate a different interpretation? This could pave the way for a needed renewal.

The hierarchy and priesthood are not divinely instituted or necessary, and ceremonial or exterior worship is not essential or useful. Ecclesiastical vestments, pilgrimages, mortifications, monastic vows, prayers for the dead, intercession of saints, avail the soul nothing. All sacraments, with the exception of baptism, Holy Eucharist, and penance, are rejected.

There is no visible Church or one specifically established by God whereby men may work out their salvation. A body of specially trained and ordained men to dispense the mysteries of God is needless and a usurpation. The priesthood is universal; every Christian may assume it.

Later Luther called for the even more revolutionary notion of abolition of five of the seven Catholic sacraments. Still later, he established a pattern of marriage for pastors by marrying a former nun.

The final result was subjective individualism, which became the prime factor in multiple divisions within Protestantism. It opened the door to breakdown of all social authority and anarchy like the Peasant Revolt, which rejected both the established church and the state.

 It is foolish to think that the Catholic Church was supposed to simply bow to Luther’s novel ideas quickly, rather than assert its own received tradition and demand a retraction on his part. The fault lies more in the slowness of any Catholic reaction, which only came about 28 years later in only a limited way.

Explosive Expansion

Luther the reformer had become Luther the reluctant revolutionary. His ideas spread like wildfire, aided by the newly invented printing press. The upheaval was so great that many military conflicts took place post-1517 and there was a religious break down. He courted the state as an ally, which eventually put the state in control of both religion and education.

The epicenter of reform now moved swiftly away from Germany to Switzerland and Holland where Calvin and Knox founded societies based on Luther’s principles. To England, where it would take a bloody civil war before Cromwell could establish his Protestant democratic state and finally, to the newly discovered lands of America, where the Pilgrim Fathers would found their new nation on Luther’s foundations of religious freedom.

In the background, three powerful nations followed their own self-interest rather than the dictates of the papacy: France, England and Spain. In all these countries the sword determined whether Roman Catholicism or Protestantism prevailed.

Leaders of these countries must have been reading Machiavelli’s Prince. The book subscribed to the idea that each country must be adept at war and nothing should interfere with their goal. Rulers cannot afford the luxuries of justice and mercy unless these promote their own goals.

Anabaptists believed in baptizing adults in the Spirit only to adults who freely believed in the Gospel. They plagued the mainline Protestants and Catholics and because they endangered the union of church and state they were persecuted (50,000 eradicated in 1535). The remnants of Anabaptists gathered together as community of peaceful believers – the Mennonites and the Huterites, who endured persecution that caused emigration and scattering.

There was a second generation of Protestants emerging – the Calvinists. They clashed violently with Roman Catholicism for control of Western Europe. John Calvin instituted compulsory enforcement of pure doctrine and discipline.  This included infractions of dancing, gambling, theater, etc.  The French version were called Huguenots, who were also persecuted and many decided to emigrate to the New World.

The Catholic Renewal

Catholic Renewal

The Roman Catholic Church took countermeasures. The Pope formed a commission to investigate clerical immorality which included 26 sections of glaring abuses: prostitution, bribe, indulgence excesses and the like.

Ignatius Loyola founded the Jesuits who believed in radical obedience to the Church Militant and the Pope. The Jesuits wished to restore the Catholic Church to its previous dominance. They were successful in turning the tide of the Reformation and they distinguished themselves in education and missions.

The Council of Trent in 1545 reaffirmed every challenged dogma. In fact, they placed tradition at a par with Scriptures as an authoritative source in faith and morals. The Council condemned divorce and prohibited remarriage as long as the other partner was still living. Purgatory exists and souls detained there can be helped with good works of the living. Saints can be venerated and invoked. There was to be no salvation outside the Catholic faith. Finally, only Latin was to be used in ceremonies. If this is what constituted a Catholic Renewal, it did not make one concession to the Protestants.

Can Purgatory be Cleaned up?

 

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

god proof

 

  • 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:

 

Jesus God

 

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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  1. A Micro Hydro Electric System: no dams: HugENERGY.us
  2. An Irrigation System: NORTHydro.com
  3. A Rabbit and Fish Farm: AfriCAPITALISM.us
  4. An Agroforestry Intercrop System: LivingWaterIs.com
  5. The Charitable Arm: SunnyUp.net
  6. Living Water Micro Finance: LivingWaterMicroFinance.org
  7. Thunder of Justice: ThunderofJustice.com
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AWAKENING CHARISMS

CHARISMS & THE LAITY
Awaken the Laity

To integrate or awakening of the role of the laity into the whole life of the Church will need Power of the Holy Spirit and all His charisms. All the baptized by the very fact of their baptism, can minister in Christ’s Name to the whole world. They can have a desire to lead committed lives but they can also call to be actively involved in the liturgy. They can sometimes be involved with the development of some area of lay ministry or specialty in ministry.

To be Church means to live as community in the world for the service of the world. The Church is a community before it is a hierarchical institution. Unless we exist as a family, we do not exist as a Church. The image of the Church as family as a model can be easily understood: a Spirit inspired community whose members are one corporate body or family.. We are all social beings and we cannot live nor develop fully without interpersonal relationships

The “sacred traditions” of the Church claim exclusive hierarchical rights to teach, preach or govern. The total absence of the laity from leadership roles is an unhealthy dimension of the Church – even inefficient and spiritually damaging.

In His own time, Jesus condemned leaders”who make their authority felt” or “who lord it over others,” and He insisted “it is not to be so with you” Luke 22:24-27

There has been greater spiritual renewal in prayer and faith sharing outside the parish life in spontaneous small support groups and spiritual movements. This spiritual renewal has not been sacramental; these groups  use healing gifts .

Each of us has a proper and indispensable role in the mission of the Church. Lay persons identify with the world and through the grace of baptism and aided by charisms they strive to make the world a better place.

Shared responsibility would require that each baptized Christian be guaranteed not only freedom in responsible involvement in ministry but also freedom of speech regarding what him or her judges to be best for the Church. This new direction will only be realized if the non-clergy are willing to move up and the clergy are willing to move over, which is all based on the philosophy of genuine love – not on authority.

O humility, the most precious of virtues, how few souls possess you! I see only a semblance of this virtue everywhere, but not the virtue itself.                                                                                    Diary 1436 of St. Faustina

As John the Baptist the first preacher of Jesus Christ, reminds us that, “I must decrease so that He may increase.”                 John 3:30

Awaken the Laity

CHARISMS

Charisms are not just “natural abilities” but gifts distributed by the Holy Spirit to each person as He wills.

Charisms of the Holy Spirit

St.Chrysostom though, writing in the 5th century, makes the sobering observation that “the charisms are long gone…The present church is like a woman who has fallen from her former prosperous days. In many respects she retains only the tokens of that ancient prosperity.

Whatever the reasons that led to the decline as the life of the Church went on, the charisms became mainly associated with the lives of especially holy people and saints. The presence of charisms in the lives of the saints down through the centuries has always been recognized.

Charisms Holy Spirit

Today there has been far too little consideration of charisms. There has to be a lot of attention to the need for lay people to recognize the gift(s) that they are being given by the Spirit that they have a responsibility to exercise, in love, for the good of the Church.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are for every believer and are valid for every age of the Church and were given to build the Body of Christ. The presence of the charisms in the lives of the laity needs to be explored. There is no foundation for the belief that these charisms would only be needed for a while.

Awaken the Laity Charisms

“But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as He wishes.” 1 Corinthians 12:11

When the Holy Spirit intervenes, He leaves people astonished.” To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another the expression of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit; to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy; to another discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues; to another interpretation of tongues.” 1 Corinthians 12: 1, 7-10 But this isn’t the only list of charisms that we find in the New Testament. There are also lists in Romans 12, 1 Peter 4, and Ephesians 4.

Awaken the Laity Charisms

THE GREAT COMMISSION

The Church is a “body” with different members, all playing different roles, all essential for the overall well-being of the body. We cannot expect to see the presence of the healing of the Holy Spirit in any specific parish unless it makes a serious commitment to the Great Commission.

 

Great Commission

What is required is that the parish is willing to move outward to follow the Great Commission: He (Jesus) said to them,Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name; they will drive out demons; … they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”                                                                     Mark 16:15, 17, 18

John Paul II especially never tired of saying that holiness is for everyone, and that evangelization is for everyone. It isn’t just for special people – saints or missionaries – but that all of us are called to be saints and missionaries.

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John Paul II makes clear that it is very important that this remarkable “rediscovery” of the charismatic dimension of the Church’s constitution be responded to with attention and gratitude

He continued to cry out: “Today, I would like to cry out to all of you gathered here in St. Peter’s Square and to all Christians: Open yourselves docilely to the Gifts of the Spirit! Accept gratefully and obediently the charisms, which the Spirit never ceases to bestow on us!

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