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Friar’s Corner #698: 9/28/14: Twenty-sixth of Ordinary Time: 2nd week of Christian Prayer

Sunday, September 28: 26th of Ordinary Time: Ezekiel 18:25-28 (By turning from wickedness, a wicked person shall preserve his life.); Ps 25:4-9 (Remember Your mercies, O Lord.); Philippians 2:1-11 (Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus.); Alleluia, alleluia! My sheep hear My voice, says the Lord; I know them and they follow Me. Alleluia, alleluia! Matthew 21:28-32 (He changed his mind and went. Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of heaven before you.)

Theme: Have in you the same attitude (mind) as Jesus Christ.

Dear Holy Spirit, please guide our minds to be in harmony with You and Jesus accomplishing the will of our heavenly Father.

St. Paul encourages us in the second reading, Philippians 2:5, to have the same attitude as does Jesus, loving God and our neighbor. That means doing good for others. St. John tells us in 1 John 4:10 that it is not that we love God first. It is that He has loved us first. As we are filled up with His love we are supposed to radiate that love to others. We need the Holy Spirit in this process.

What are you waiting for?

“Shalom Festival 2014: Fear not, for I am with you,” was the theme of the one-day conference. A suburban Catholic high school honoring St. John Paul II, the great lover of evangelization, was the ideal location for this program promoting conversion.

The promoters of the Shalom Festival visited our prayer meeting on the other side of the metroplex a month earlier. They gave me a ticket because I write columns for their slick magazine, “Shalom Tidings.” I wanted to meet my email contact to the magazine. Besides, I love a good, rousing conference with inspiring speakers telling their stories of miracles, healings and conversions. And I knew some of my friends would come.

Even so, I was not prepared for the joyful staff, the dynamic speakers, the anointed praise and worship leader, and the beautiful mass that began the day. Most of all, I wasn’t prepared for my emotions. You see, this charismatic media ministry from India is bringing to the next generation the excitement I discovered in the renewal forty years ago, and that surprises me still.

The Book of Tobit vs. ‘Tobit’s Dog,’ by Michael Nicholas Richard

Tobit’s Dog is a love story amid the battle between heaven and hell for the souls of the good guys as well as the racists, murderers, rapists, thieves and connivers not portrayed in the biblical version of the Book of Tobit.  In this imaginary take on the Book of Tobit, exciting enough a tale, Richard skillfully uses the characters, symbols, and scriptural principles. All the vital elements are there: Tobit’s sudden blindness and miraculous healing. Prejudice and bravery — this time, involving a lynching and Tobiah’s arrest for his compassion toward the boy hanging from a tree.

Richard sets this, his first professionally published novel, in North Carolina during the depression. The Jim Crow era provides the tension between the black characters (Tobiah and family) and the white businessmen and law enforcement determined to keep the Negros in their place.  And they are Catholics. Is this how the enemies of the Jews treated the chosen people during their exile? Read more about The Book of Tobit vs. ‘Tobit’s Dog,’ by Michael Nicholas Richard

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

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.

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