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Friar’s Corner #738: 7/5/15: Fourteenth of OT; 2nd Week of Christian Prayer

Sunday, July 5: 14th of OT: Ezekiel 2:2-5 (They are a rebellious house but shall know that a prophet has been among them.); Ps 123:1-4 (Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for His mercy.); 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (I will boast in my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ dwell in me.); Alleluia, alleluia! The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for He sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor. Alleluia, alleluia! Mark 6:1-6 (A prophet is not without honor except in his native place.)

Theme: Are we following true or false prophets?

Let us ask God to help us understand what He is saying to us today with this little prayer line from the Eastern Liturgies.

"Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who are everywhere present and fill all things, Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life, come and increase Your presence within us, cleanse us of all stain (our sins) and save us, O gracious Lord."

Catholic Fraternity Conference by David Peterman, Jr.

Catholic Fraternity Conference by David Peterman, Jr.

From April 17th through 19th I had the privilege to represent you at a meeting of the North American leaders of Catholic Fraternity communities. I was joined this time by my dad, Neil and Cathy Coward.  The meeting was hosted by our sister Community City of the Lord in Tempe Arizona.  Many members of the City of the Lord served us throughout the weekend and were a significant blessing and witness. I was particularly blessed by the hospitality of Bob and Kathy Carmody who welcomed me into their lovely home and shuttled me to and from the airport and various meetings. Read more about Catholic Fraternity Conference by David Peterman, Jr.

Share Your Faith Story ministry launched

As I drove to the Mount St. Michael campus on Saturday, March 25, my mind was on my two talks on sharing your faith story for the Women’s Forum. All week, with expectant faith and exuberant joy, I anticipated sharing my witness and some tips for sharing faith stories.

My mental review of my presentation was interrupted by a strong impression – not a voice, but an idea not my own: I was not going to Mount St. Michael to give a presentation but to launch a new ministry.

This impression was not the first time I felt the Lord directing me to launch a ministry in my covenant community of 150 families. In the 1970s, in the height of the renewal and before our Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters formed a separate group, we had more than twice that many families. At that time, the Lord seemed to direct me to ask the leaders if I could create a newsletter for our community. They welcomed the idea immediately. We published an 8-page newsletter. In a few years we were mailing a publication of 16 to 24 pages to an international mailing list.

What the Covenant Means to Me by Christina Bell 1978-2015

I have had the privilege of being in the Community for around thirty-three years; I’ve grown up here. I’ve been part of the school, junior high, youth group, young adults and much more. But most of all I’ve learned an example of what a real relationship with Jesus looks like. I can stand up here and talk for hours about the Community, about the Covenant that others and my family made to God and the Community and the impact that it made upon my world. But I won’t.

Instead, I want to focus on how in the past six months my view of the covenantal relationship has changed; how it’s matured. I thought I had a great grasp on what covenantal relationship meant. I thought I had understood it. I knew it a little intellectually. I knew this was not something for a day, a year – it’s for a lifetime. This is the promise to God and the Christian Community of God’s Delight. This is not something I could ever take lightly. One thing my mom, Sue Bell, would always say to me is “wanting and doing are different things.” Read more about What the Covenant Means to Me by Christina Bell 1978-2015

Conversion to the love of Jesus by Jimmy Archer

It was an historic moment as the Holy Father met with over 50,000 Renewal participants from 55 countries in Rome’s Olympic Stadium. His affirmation of love brought great joy and hope to the Renewal as reflected in these words:

  • “You were born of the will of the Spirit as ‘a current of grace in the Church and for the Church.’ This is your definition: a current of grace.”
  • “You have received the great gift of the diversity of charisms, diversity that leads to the harmony of the Holy Spirit, to the service of the Church.”
  • “Charismatic Renewal is a great force at the service of the proclamation of the Gospel, in the joy of the Holy Spirit.”

Pope to Charismatic Renewal: Be stewards not ‘inspectors’ of God's grace

Link to Pope singing at this conference

06/02/2014 VATICAN-Rome (AsiaNews) - Pope Francis has confessed that in his years as Archbishop of Buenos Aires "I did not like the charismatics, I thought they were like a samba school. Then I saw the good they do for the Church and eventually became chaplain of the movement in Argentina. But you must be careful of careerism, internal power struggles and the temptation to control who can and who cannot receive grace. Be stewards of God's grace." This was his message to the fifty-two thousand people from 55 countries gathered for the 37th National Convocation of Renewal in the Spirit, held at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, June 2-3. Below is the full text of the Francis' speech (transcript by AsiaNews).

Thank you so much for your welcome. Surely, someone obviously told the organizers that I like this song: "Spirit of the Living God." When I used to celebrate Mass in Buenos Aires with the Charismatic Renewal, they would sing this song with so much joy. Thank you! It has made me feel right at home. I thank the Renewal in the Spirit, the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service and the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships for this meeting, which gives me so much joy. I am also grateful for the presence of the first people who had a strong experience of the power of the Holy Spirit. You, Charismatic Renewal, have received a great gift from the Lord: you have been born from a desire of the Holy Spirit as a current of grace in the Church and for the Church. This is your definition: a current of grace.

Witness: My Calling to Chaplaincy Ministry by Michael Anthony Tadyshak

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, while driving to the Collin College Courtyard Center Campus for my night class "Project Management for Healthcare Leaders," I received a clear and explicit direction into my mind that said this to me:

"Do not write, 'I did this and then I did that.' Instead, write it this way:

The Spirit sent this person to me and that person to me.  Write that the Spirit led me here and lead me there."

At that time, I revised the following essay to use that style of expression.  That is why this essay was written the way that it was written. As to the source of that "direction," I will leave that up to the reader and between God and me.

The Holy Spirit Working in My Life

In 1992, the Holy Spirit inspired Joan and Blaine Manker to teach the Life In the Spirit Seminar in their home, where I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit set me afire and inspired me to commit myself to obedience to all doctrinal and moral teachings of the Catholic Church. Read more about Witness: My Calling to Chaplaincy Ministry by Michael Anthony Tadyshak

Teaching: Marriage and Family - The Divine Project by Fr. Raniero Cantalemessa

Cantalamessa Says the Family Is Church's Backbone
Considers What Revelation Can Contribute to Marriage Problems Today

ROME, May 08, 2014 (Zenit.org) - Here is the text of an address given last week in Norfolk, Virginia, by the preacher of the Pontifical Household, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa.

The conference was titled Awakening the Domestic Church and Father Cantalamessa gave three addresses there. This one is called "Family: The Backbone of the Church."

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I divide my address into three parts. In the first part I will focus on God’s initial plan for marriage and the family and how it came about throughout the history of Israel. In the second part I will speak about the renewal brought by Christ and how it was interpreted and lived in the Christian community of the New Testament. In the third part I will try to consider what biblical revelation can contribute to the solution of the challenges that marriage and family life are facing today. Read more about Teaching: Marriage and Family - The Divine Project by Fr. Raniero Cantalemessa

Awakening the Domestic Church by David Peterman, Jr.

I would like to give a short testimony on the conference last weekend. My Dad, Rick and Linda Chapman, Chase and Laura Dorsey, and I attended Awakening the Domestic Church, a charismatic conference in Norfolk, VA, jointly organized by the New Creation Community and the Catholic Fraternity Communities in North America. The Catholic Fraternity supported the conference with attendance, prayer teams and speakers. I gave a workshop on parenting. Here’s the Zenit news story, Conferences in US Answer Call from Rome for Greater Efforts in Christian Unity, with interviews and links to more details and videos. Read more about Awakening the Domestic Church by David Peterman, Jr.

JOURNEYS OF FAITH: Catechist called to teach others by Cathy Harasta, The Texas Catholic

GARLAND—Sharing faith-centered stories around Boy Scout campfires and immersing himself in teaching at a Catholic school in Iraqi Kurdistan helped sharpen Richard "Joe" Walshe's desire to become a catechist and, eventually, a religion teacher in a Catholic school. •

Walshe, a parishioner at Good Shepherd Catholic Church since 1980 and a longtime member of the Christian Community of God's Delight, did not stop with the first tier of courses when he felt called to become a catechist.

He went above and beyond the requirements to earn his second catechetical certificate through the University of Dayton Virtual Learn­ing Community of Faith Formation (VLCFF) last year.

"I'd like to go back and do more work," said Walshe, who serves as the business manager at Mount St. Michael Catholic School and has a Master's Level Catechist Certificate from the Diocese of Dallas. "A lot of my initial forma­tion came through the Christian Community of God's Delight. That was the catalyst. That community inspires a lot of people to serve in their parishes." Read more about JOURNEYS OF FAITH: Catechist called to teach others by Cathy Harasta, The Texas Catholic

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