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Friar’s Corner #688: 7/20/14: Sixteenth of Ordinary Time: 4th week of Christian Prayer

Sunday, July 20: Sixteenth of OT: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 (You give repentance for sins.); Ps 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16 (Lord, You are good and forgiving.); Romans 8:26-27 (The Spirit intercedes with inexpressible groanings.); Alleluia, alleluia! Blessed are You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; You have revealed to little ones the mysteries of Your kingdom. Alleluia, alleluia! Matthew 13:24-30 (Let them grow together until harvest.)

Theme: We join the heavenly army with our church militant on earth

I am writing this on July 18, which is the day of my priestly ordination forty-four years ago. As I have reflected on these readings over the years many insights come. As we read the four gospels we see many layers of people around Jesus during His public ministry. At Pentecost in the Upper Room there were 120 of Jesus’ closest followers, apostles and male and female disciples. Jesus explained the meaning of the parables and empowered those men and women to go into the whole world announcing His Good News of His kingdom. Read more about This Week's Scriptures and Saints

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.

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

Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance by Neal Lozano

Reviewed by Nancy Ward

I discovered Neal Lozano's book, “Unbound,” when we planned an Unbound Conference with him. About 50 of us learned how to cooperate with the Lord to gain freedom from the influence of evil spirits and then guide those coming to the conference in this prayer method.

We learned the five keys that unlock the doors we have opened to intimidating spirits and how to close them. The five keys are not complicated when we understand that not our power but the power of the name of Jesus accomplishes it all: Repentance and faith. Forgiveness. Renunciation of evil spirits. Taking authority over those spirits. The Father’s blessing. That’s the strategy that answers to our prayer “deliver us from evil, freeing us from the lies Satan tells to keep us from God’s plan for our life.

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