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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.

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CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

SPIRIT-FILLED CHINA

God is God-with-us. Finally, when Jesus left earth 2000 years ago, He promises the Holy Spirit. In the Holy Spirit, God reveals the full depth of the covenant. The word covenant means “coming together. God wants to be as close to us as our breath. God wants to breathe in us, so that all we say, think and do is completely inspired by God. God is God-within-us. Thus God’s covenant reveals to us to how much God loves us.                                                                   HENRI NOUWEN

The Holy Spirit works through Spirit-filled ministries. This is especially true in China. The majority of the estimated 100 million Chinese believers have come to Christ through Holy Spirit anointed preaching and teaching, and the work of the Holy Spirit in healing the sick and performing all kinds of miracles.

The Charismatic Movement has infiltrated mainstream evangelicalism and exploded onto the global scene at an amazing rate. It is the fastest-growing religious movement in the world. Charismatics now number more than half a billion worldwide. 

We can see God do the miraculous right now in the persecuted Church.   Persecuted churches across the globe are full of the Holy Spirit.CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

Christianity is not a philosophy, but a relationship with God, your Creator,  in Christ TODAYnot knowledge of abstract principles.  How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ. 

PROTESTANT AND CATHOLIC CHURCHES

Nearly half a century after Mao Tse-Tung banned religion in China, the country is home to an estimated 72 percent of the world’s religiously unaffiliated people. 

Most Chinese aren’t sure what it means to be “Protestant” (the word doesn’t translate into Chinese). They do, however, all know the word “Catholic”—and some wrongly think it has nothing to do with Christianity: “Catholics believe in Mary, but we believe in Jesus.” 

In China, 44 percent of religiously unaffiliated people have worshiped at a burial site in the past year. Catholics have a strong belief in offering effective prayers for relatives. Yet, many young Chinese look down on these traditions, calling them “superstitious” and “old-fashioned.”

Catholicism have higher liturgy. The Catholic mass might remind young people of the rituals they see their parents perform.  They walk into a Catholic church, and there are statues of the saints and candles lit for them—which obviously creates the same ambiance as lighting candles for the Buddha.

Some Chinese young people want a more “modern” faith. It’s Thursday evening in Fujian Province, southeast China. Scores of men and women are dancing,  blowing shofars, singing and worshiping God.CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT Continue reading CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

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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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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.

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