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What is God doing in the Church Crisis?

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When the sex abuse scandals first caused a Church crisis two decades ago and the bishops met and made some policies to protect minors, I predicted that God was not finished purging the Church of abusive clergy. The bishops did too little. There are other kinds of abuses and all are terribly sinful. In this episode, I share how I’ve dealt with abusive priests. While this exposes more about the Church crisis we’re still dealing with today, it also shows the power of prayer for stopping abuses. By asking, “What is God doing in the Church Crisis?” we find the divine purpose that each of us are called to get involved in.

What is God doing in the Church Crisis?

We’re living in very tough times right now in our Church, and I’d like to talk about that now. As I was preparing to create this podcast, reflecting on what to say, when I went to Mass the first reading really spoke to me.  So I’d like to start this podcast by sharing that Scripture with you. It comes from Romans 1:16-25.

(NIV) For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

 

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When all seems bleak, what can you do?

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When all seems bleak — a crisis happens and there seems to be no solution, or when a problem brings darkness and there seems no way out — God has a plan. Jesus as our Redeemer always wants to redeem bad things that happen, turning them into blessings. If God’s plan gets blocked or ruined by our sin or by someone else or by the devil, he makes a new plan that is even better than the first.

To find God’s help, we need to trust him. Proverbs 3:5 instructs us to trust him instead of leaning on our own understanding of the situation. We see only what looks bleak. God sees so much more! And he is using this knowledge to bring a miracle into the problem.

Terry Modica explains how to do it by sharing her own recent experience as an example.  

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When all seems bleak

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He heals the brokenhearted

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Psalm 147:3 promises that “he heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

How does God heal us when our hearts are broken? When does he heal us? If we feel brokenhearted, we want a fast cure. What do we need to do to make ourselves more available to the healing of our hearts? And where does God do the healing?

Terry Modica provides answers to these questions to set you on the path to healing. As an example to encourage you, she shares what God has done to heal her own broken heart in a situation that has been ongoing for two decades. Despite the seemingly unending hurt, the Lord healed her so that she can wait with hope and joy. He will do the same for you.

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Make the Devil flee from you: Rebuke the Devil – Part 6

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What are the weapons for making the devil flee from you that Jesus has placed in your hands?

With the humble power of prayer, we can do much. The Sacraments give us supernatural graces that conquer the devil.

Here’s how to free yourself from the ways the devil has been interfering in your life. Dare to be on the side of Christ so strongly that the you can make the devil flee from you.

Good News Ministries has resources to further help with this, including “The Prayer of Authority to Conquer Demons”, which is a mighty weapon against evil strategies and demonic interference: gnm.org/prayer-of-authority/

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Make the Devil flee from you

This podcast series uses the book Rebuking the Devil by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops about Pope Francis’ teachings on defeating Satan. The book can be ordered from the USCCB at http://store.usccb.org/rebuking-the-devil-p/7-608.htm or from Amazon at https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/1601376081 (US residents, please choose Good News Ministries of Tampa Bay for the charity your purchase supports at AmazonSmile).

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Casting the Devil from the Church: Rebuking the Devil – Part 5

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What is the devil doing now in the Church? And what can we do about it? In this episode, Terry Modica talks about the heresies and divisiveness of the German bishops and the Amazon Synod. We are at a crucial turning point in the Catholic Church. We each can make a difference! All the faithful are being called by the Holy Spirit to rebuke the devil and push him out of the Church. This episode explains how to do it. 

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Casting the Devil from the Church

This series uses the book Rebuking the Devil by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops about Pope Francis’ teachings on defeating Satan. The book can be ordered from the USCCB at store.usccb.org/rebuking-the-devil-p/7-608.htm or from Amazon at smile.amazon.com/gp/product/1601376081 (US residents, please choose Good News Ministries of Tampa Bay for the charity your purchase supports at AmazonSmile).

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Snares in the Church: Rebuking the Devil – Part 4

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Pope Francis points out that “snares are one of the strategies of the devil.” What is a snare? How do good people unwittingly walk into snares and get trapped? Terry Modica shares the story of how the priest who as the first chaplain of Good News Ministries got ensnared by alcoholism and why this eventually destroyed his ministry. She then explains how snares are why the Church is suffering from bishops who have been perpetuating abuses, and why the Church in Germany is pulling away from the authority of the Vatican. Finally, she explains the most important help that God provides for escaping snares.

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The devil's snares in the Church

This series uses the book Rebuking the Devil by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops about Pope Francis’ teachings on defeating Satan. The book can be ordered from the USCCB at store.usccb.org/rebuking-the-devil-p/7-608.htm or from Amazon at smile.amazon.com/gp/product/1601376081 (US residents, please choose Good News Ministries of Tampa Bay for the charity your purchase supports at AmazonSmile).

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Hidden Saints: Rebuking the Devil – Part 3

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When we are not aware of what the Holy Spirit wants to do through us, Satan keeps other people from finding the kingdom of God. Pope Francis said, “There are terrible, terrible, terrible things in the world, and this is the devil’s work against God. But there are holy things, saintly things, great things that are the work of God. There are hidden saints.” When we were baptized, you made saints. When we become who we truly are in Christ, we can defeat the devil easily. The Holy Spirit makes this possible. This episode includes prayers of renouncing what the devil has done in your life, freeing you to do what God created you to do.

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Hidden Saints who defeat Satan

This series uses the book Rebuking the Devil by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops about Pope Francis’ teachings on defeating Satan. The book can be ordered from the USCCB at store.usccb.org/rebuking-the-devil-p/7-608.htm or from Amazon at smile.amazon.com/gp/product/1601376081 (US residents, please choose Good News Ministries of Tampa Bay for the charity your purchase supports at AmazonSmile).

The book used for renouncing the devil is Prayers That Rout Demons: Prayers for Defeating Demons and Overthrowing the Powers of Darkness by John Eckhardt, available at smile.amazon.com/gp/product/159979246X

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Exposé of Satanic Plans: Rebuking the Devil – Part 2

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In this exposé of the infiltration plans of Satan worshipers, I share what I learned from a Satanist high priest who converted to Christ. This episode exposes the agenda of Satan worshipers and their methods of satanic infiltration to influence our society and even our churches in order to destroy us from within. This is an episode that no one should miss as I continue on the topic of why there is so much evil in today’s world.

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Exposé of the plans of Satan worshipers

 

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Sneak Attack: Rebuking the Devil – Part 1

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Is the devil real? Many believe that evil is created by people making bad choices, and this leaves us vulnerable to being tricked by demons. Your host Terry Modica shares her story of how she was tricked into turning away from Christ by getting involved with the demons of the occult because she didn’t believe they existed.

Using the book Rebuking the Devil by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops about Pope Francis’ teachings on defeating Satan, we start the series by examining the devil’s role in why there is so much evil in today’s world.

The book can be ordered from the USCCB at store.usccb.org/rebuking-the-devil-p/7-608.htm or from Amazon at smile.amazon.com/Pope-Francis-Rebuking-Devil/dp/1601376081/ (please choose Good News Ministries of Tampa Bay for the charity your purchase supports at AmazonSmile).

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Overcoming Obstacles

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What obstacles are interfering with your plans? Have you been searching for a job but nothing opens up for you? Are you being rejected by a loved one who refuses to reconcile with you? What other obstacles are you dealing with? In this episode, we look at how to overcome obstacles by following Jesus and listening to the Holy Spirit. 

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Overcoming Obstacles

There are three sources of obstacles: circumstances, demons and humans. First I want to talk about demons because this can really be the easiest to overcome if we truly are in Christ, following Chris, believe in Christ, trust in Christ, are under the authority of Christ because Christ has given us his authority over demons. If you are truly under the authority of Christ, understanding what he did for you on the Cross and how he defeated Satan on the Cross and how he defeated Satan on resurrection Sunday by coming back to life — if you understand these basic principles of our faith, you can easily overcome demon.

The second type of obstacle that I want to talk about are those created by humans, and this can be much more difficult than doing spiritual warfare against demons because now we’re dealing with people’s free will. We’re dealing with obstacles caused by people’s ignorance of God’s plans and, in their free will, they’re sticking by their own plan. Or more often, were dealing with obstacles are caused by the sins of others.

And then there are obstacles created by circumstances — circumstances such as nature. That could be an illness, physical handicaps, mental handicaps — things that are controlled by biological, physical, and natural things such as the problems of aging. Another type of obstacle created by circumstances is a lack of opportunity. For example, people who have been searching for a job and not getting it, and they keep searching and keep trying and keep praying and get lots of people praying for their job search, and they still don’t get the job that they need the job.

This podcast covers what to do about all these types of obstacles.

 

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What is Heaven really like?

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This episode was inspired when Terry Modica and her husband, Ralph, went to the funeral of a neighbor who was a Jehovah’s Witness. The description of Heaven that they heard from the leader of the congregation was not one that we want to believe in. Terry is joined by Ralph to explain why. Here’s a much better description of the afterlife based on the teachings of the Catholic Faith and the Bible.

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What is Heaven really like?

Recently Ralph and I went to a funeral of a neighbor who was a Jehovah witness. Well, it wasn’t really a funeral. It was a memorial — of the person’s life. There was no casket, no urn with ashes, and nothing that I would consider to be a religious service. It was an hour-long story-telling about the woman who had died.

The leader of the congregation gave a very long eulogy. At the end everyone sang the song about the afterlife. However the description of the afterlife that we heard from the leader was not one we would want to believe in.

There was no joy in it, no awareness of going to a better place, no point in dying. In true Christianity, with Jesus as a divine savior who took our sins upon himself when he died and whose resurrection gives us eternal life, there is a very important point in dying. In true Christianity, we die to be perfected. We die to become completely holy — purged of all that is not of God — to enter into the fullness of God’s love and God’s life – eternal life — which we can never completely understand and receive while we are still in our earthly lives with limited brains and limited understanding.

My neighbor’s friends and family who are Jehovah’s witnesses sadly think she has just gone to sleep and can do no more as she awaits the day when the Earth is perfected enough by people becoming perfect enough for the earth to become like the garden of Eden used to be. They believe that Adam and Jesus were the only two men who were created to be perfect. They believe Jesus is the son of God only in the same sense that we are all sons and daughters of God. They believe that Jesus came as a Messiah to show us what perfection looks like so we know what to imitate. They believe that he sacrificed his life for this. But there is no divine Savior and no understanding that we need a savior because we will never be able to be good enough, perfected enough on our own to reach the goal of the new heaven and new Earth that the Jehovah’s witnesses look forward to. There is no supernatural grace available to help us in our struggle against sin. There is no supernatural grace that come from sacraments, which are God’s divine gifts given to us directly by Jesus.

When I go to a Catholic funeral, I come away from it sad for the loss that the friends and family are suffering but full of joy for the new life that the person who has passed away has entered into.

What do you think Heaven is like? And in this question I include purgatory. Let’s think for a moment about purgatory not as a place of suffering, because that is only part of it. St. John Paul II pointed out that there is joy in purgatory. There is joy even while our friends and family who have died and are not yet in the fullness of heaven are going through a painful process of being purged of everything that had not been holy, experiencing the excruciating pain of regret and remorse and whatever other sufferings this caused by any sinfulness they died in.

So for the sake of this discussion let’s stay focused on the joy of purgatory and heaven, and everything else that is good in it. What do you think that goodness looks like?

While I was growing up as a protestant, I had very little understanding of what heaven is like. It seemed to me to be just a place of floating around as a spiritual being, happy that I was with God. And that is all I could imagine. And that sounds rather boring!

My understanding changed after I began to look into the teachings of the Catholic Church, and after I was filled with the Holy Spirit and had begun to enjoy an active, personal relationship with the Holy Spirit, who teaches us everything we need to know, as Jesus promised.

 

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Intercessory prayer that really works

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What if while driving down the road you say a prayer for every person that you see along the way. Surely they all need your prayers. Would you intercede for others more often and more readily if you saw your prayers get answered? In this episode, Terry Modica reveals that the real stumbling block is not a lack of fruits but a lack of understanding how intercessory prayer works. By clearing up misconceptions, you can discover greater faith to become a more effective intercessor.

Intercessory Prayer That Really Works

We all have people in our lives who need our prayers. And the strangers that you see only once:  Some of those people don’t have anyone praying for them. Your prayers are important!

We could all do a better job of being prayer intercessors for others. But what I think holds us back is the lack of seeing enough encouraging fruits of our prayer efforts to motivate us to keep doing it and even to do more.

The real stumbling block is not a lack of fruits but a lack of understanding how intercessory prayer works.

A good example of how we misunderstand intercessory prayer is in the way we so often hear official prayers in church. For example, the common prescribed response to the Prayers of the Faithful during Mass is, ‘Lord hear our prayer.” The implication that unconsciously undermines our thought processes and our understanding of God’s role in answering our prayers is that the Lord won’t hear our prayer unless we ask him to.

So, to cure that, we could change it to, “Lord, thank You for hearing our prayers.” Even if we do this silently in our hearts while everyone else is saying the prescribed formula, this can build our faith.

But we can go even deeper than that to uncover greater faith. Think about the word “our” in “Lord, hear our prayer”. How much weight do you give to the fact that it is your prayer? What if you turned that upside down and thought about it as God’s prayer being spoken through you? Suddenly the effectiveness of the prayer seems so much greater.

You see, prayer, real prayer, is communion with God. It’s a form of union with God, or it should be. It’s communication. Notice how these words all tie together: communion and communication. Prayer should be a form of experiencing the communion of the Eucharist. The Eucharist is Christ’s real presence in the form of bread and wine. Prayer is Christ’s real presence in your communication with God.

 

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Go Deeper into Holy Mass – Part 1: The Beginning

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How personal is your relationship with Jesus during Mass? The entire Catholic liturgy is an encounter with the True Presence of Christ, and it should change us: We should be healed by it. We should feel loved and become more fully loving as a result of it. Our hearts should become more peaceful. Our tendencies to sin should be transformed into greater strength to resist sin. A true encounter with Christ makes a difference. This is what attending church is designed to do.

Mass begins with a gathering song and procession. This is as important as any other part of the Mass and should never be missed.

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Going Deeper into Holy Mass

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I’ve decided to do a series of episodes on the Mass, because there’s a lot of misunderstanding. There’s a lot of, shall we call it, “un-understanding”. We don’t understand it deeply enough. We have some understanding, but it’s “under understanding” – it’s not as full as what the Mass. The Mass is so rich in uniting us to Christ, and God the Father and the Holy Spirit — so rich in uniting us to each other in the Body of Christ — so full of faith-building wealth that we need to grasp it. We need to become fully aware of what it offers so that we can receive all that it offers: all that God is offering to us through it.

Jesus Reveals Himself in the Catholic Mass

So let me ask you this: How personal is your relationship with Jesus during Mass? We go through Mass all too often rotely, or maybe we skip Mass altogether. There might be people listening to this podcast who don’t go to Mass every Sunday. Some, because they cannot. Some because they can, but just choose not. There is something missing when that happens. Something very valuable missing.

People don’t choose to stay home from Mass because they think they’re missing out on something. People choose to stay home from Mass because they don’t understand that they are missing something – something that they want all the way down to the depths of their souls. And so these next few episodes of this series on Going Deeper into the Mass are all about what it is that our spirits hunger for that God provides to us through the Mass.

Again, I ask the question, “How personal is your relationship with Jesus during Mass?” Because, the entire Catholic Mass is an encounter with the True Presence of Christ. And because of that, this should change us. We should be healed by it. We should feel loved by Christ, and by God the Father, and by the Holy Spirit, and by one another because of Mass. We should become more fully loving as a result of going to Mass. Our heart should become more peaceful. Our tendencies to sin should be transformed into greater strength to resist sin ­– because a true encounter with Christ makes that kind of a difference. This is what the Catholic Mass is designed to do.

Do you know how many times Jesus reveals himself to you in the Catholic Mass? Seven times. When? When does this happen? There are seven parts of the Catholic Liturgy where Jesus reveals himself:

  1. Opening Hymn
  2. Introductory Rites
  3. Penitential Rite
  4. Liturgy of the Word
  5. Liturgy of the Eucharist
  6. Communion Rite
  7. Concluding Rite

Each one of these seven parts is extremely important – extremely valuable — makes a difference (or is supposed to be making a difference in us) and is meeting the needs that come from deep within us — if we are aware of what is going on and consciously participate in what is going on. In the next few episodes of this podcast show, Footsteps to Heaven, we’re going to look at each one of these, one at a time…. For the complete transcript, download it using the form above.

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Part 2: The Unifying Gift of the Penitential Rite

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Why is the Penitential Rite so important that we cannot celebrate Mass without it?

The Catholic Mass is a celebration of our union with God the Father, God the Son our Savior, and God the Holy Spirit who empowers us to become the saints God designed us to be, the saints Jesus suffered and died for us to become. Because Jesus is present in the community, we need forgiveness for the unloving things that we have done to each other – and “each other” means anyone at all, anywhere – all children of God. Therefore our sins, because they divide us from God and from each other, must first be absolved prior to receiving the Eucharist. 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Penitential Rite restore our unity with God and with the Church – with each other – so that we can receive the Eucharist rightly. In other words, so that we can be mystically and fully united to Christ and all that he offers us – all the love of the Father, all the help and all the guidance of the Holy Spirit, all the miracles that Jesus promised when he said in John 15:7, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” 

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The Unifying Gift of the Penitential Rite

 

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Part 3: The Soul-lifting Gloria

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The timing of the Gloria during the Catholic Mass is important. It comes immediately after the Penitential Rite for a reason. We sing our praises to God after we’ve opened ourselves to the healing of our souls. Having received forgiveness, we want to sing praises to God and give him our gratefulness. We are grateful that Jesus died on the cross for us to take away the sins that we thought about during the Penitential Rite. We sing “Glory!” because we are excited that we have been set free from the enslavement of sins. In a spirit of thanksgiving, we sing or pray the Gloria together – the priest and laity together as one body. This is when we begin to really enter into celebrating the glory of God. The Gloria is meant to inspire awe.

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The Soul-lifting Gloria

In a spirit of thanksgiving, we sing or pray the Gloria together: the priest and the laity together as one body. This is when we begin to really enter into celebrating the glory of God. All of Mass is a celebration. We call it a celebration for a reason. It is meant to be a party: the coming together of the body of Christ, the coming together of the people of God, people who share the same faith, the same beliefs that we do; like-minded people.

Yes, we have our differences – and some are more deeply into the faith than others – but we share Christ together. We share belief in Christ together. This is cause for celebration. But, when we came into Mass, we entered as people who still had sins enslaving us – sins that have been a detriment to our souls since they have hurt others. We have been set free from that now. Because of the Penitential Rite (that was covered in the last episode), we have been set free from all that divides us from each other and all that divides us from God. Therefore, we celebrate! And the Gloria is when we really begin to enter into that spirit of celebration. The Gloria is meant to inspire thanksgiving, awe, appreciation, wonder, and everything that gives us joy in our relationship with God.

 

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Part 4: The Life-Changing Liturgy of the Word

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It’s important to really have an open mind and heart and to really listen to what God wants to say to us throughout the Holy Mass. He speaks most clearly during the Liturgy of the Word. It’s meant to change us! And it’s meant to empower us to go out from church and change the world. This is why the ministry of reading the Word of God – and cantoring the psalms — is the work of evangelization.

It’s important for us also, in-between readings, to have moments of silence and reflection, to ponder the Word of God. To allow it to touch our hearts and our minds and to change our lives, to heal us, inspire us, and help us grow in holiness. 

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The Life-Changing Liturgy of the Word

After the reading of the Scriptures, then comes the homily, which is supposed to be the Word broken open for us, revealing things to ponder, things that can heal us, feed us, change us.

It seems to me that this is such an important opportunity for priests and deacons (the clergy) to make a difference, that it’s a terribly dangerous sin to preach heresy, which does happen all too often, sometimes out of ignorance but usually out of a personal desire to rewrite the Word of God to suit his own view of the how it should be. I describe an example of this in the episode entitled The Suffering Church.

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Part 5: The Creed of True Belief

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When we proclaim our faith out loud, the devil hears us and knows he has been defeated. This is one reason why we recite the Creed during Mass and why it’s important to not be silent but to pay close attention to the words of the Creed and what they mean. Every line of the Creed conquers lies about who God really is — God the Father, God the Savior Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit – and also who we are as the Church. In this episode, Terry Modica describes the heresies that the Creed overcomes.

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>> Next in this series: Part 6: The Offertory Miracle of Multiplication

The Creed

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Part 6: The Offertory Miracle of Multiplication

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During the Offertory, we are offering back to God the gifts and blessings that he has given to us. In thanksgiving, we give God the gift of money to help the Church do the works of Jesus. We give the gift of the fruits of our labors. What has he given you? What are your personality traits, the good ones, which God designed you to have? These are gifts from the God – you were made in his image – and at this point in the Mass, now is the time to thank him for what makes you the wonderful you that you are.

You can supernaturally place any of the giftedness of your life on the altar when the priest accepts (when Jesus accepts) the monetary collection. Now is the time to thank God for the blessings in your life by offering them back to him for his use. And thus the gifts are multiplied!

>> Next in this series: Part 7: The Eucharistic Pregnancy

The Offertory Miracle of Multiplication

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Part 7: The Eucharistic Pregnancy

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WHEN DOES THE BREAD AND WINE BECOME JESUS?

The Eucharistic Prayers of the Mass bring us to the source and the summit of our faith. This is when we receive what we need to live the holy, make a difference in the world and experience the miracles that faith is supposed to provide for us. 

At what point during the Eucharistic Prayers does the miracle of transubstantiation happen and the bread and wine supernaturally become Jesus? Or – is there just a moment in time? Terry Modica explains how it’s really like a pregnancy. 

>> Next in this series: Part 8: The Eucharistic Experience of Heaven

The Eucharistic Pregnancy

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Part 8: The Eucharistic Experience of Heaven

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THE COMMUNION RITE

In this episode, Terry Modica covers the apostolic succession that makes it possible for bread and wine to become the body and blood of Jesus, why Jesus called his blood the new and everlasting covenant, and the dialog we have with Jesus as we receive him. Listen to find out how the Communion Rite during Mass gives us a Eucharistic experience of heaven.

She also answers the question: Why do we pray for Jesus to come “under my roof” just before we receive him in the Eucharistic Liturgy?

This episode continues the explain the highlight and most important part of the Mass, which is also the highlight and most important moment in our faith. It is the source and summit of everything that we believe, do, say, and live in the faith. It empowers us to do everything that God the father is calling us to do it. It empowers us to be united with God in such a way that we can make a difference in the lives of others. We can make the world a better place!

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Part 9: The Way of the Eucharist is Out the Door

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THE FINAL BLESSING 

What do you think is the high point of the Mass? What is the high point for you? Is it when you received forgiveness in the penitential rite? Is it when you received Jesus in the Eucharist? Or is it the final blessing of the Mass? Everything that happened during Mass is intended not only for our benefit but for the sake of others. In the final blessing, Jesus in the priest blesses us so that we can go out the door and be successful in continuing to live the life of the Eucharist — the life of Christ. Think of the Mass as a sort of wedding ceremony, like the renewal of wedding vows. Every Mass is a recommitment of our faithfulness to Christ and a renewal of our openness to his commitment to us. But like every wedding, the wedding day is not the most important day. More important is the marriage that follows.

This concludes the series on Going Deeper into Holy Mass.

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Hear 5-minute reflections on the readings of daily Catholic Mass (Sunday through Friday). These popular daily reflections make the scriptures meaningful for your everyday life.

Footsteps to Heaven

Life’s a journey full of challenges. Sometimes we get stalled. Sometimes we get sidetracked. When we walk with Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit to the destination that God the Father designed for us, the results are better than we could ask for or imagine. The Footsteps to Heaven podcast series provides faith-builders based on what GNM founder/author/speaker, Terry Modica, has learned from her own journey and what people tell us they’re seeking in their daily struggles. It comes straight from her heart.

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Purpose: To help you live your best faith. Included are series with 5 to 6 minutes of inspirational teachings, single episodes on different topics to build your faith, and interviews that will uplift you and strengthen your own resolve to depend on God in all the challenges of life.

The Healing of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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What causes the Sacred Heart of Jesus to break? Well, in what ways are you suffering? Jesus suffers with you. Who has broken your heart? Jesus is broken-hearted with you. Which of your loved ones have been rejecting Christian faith and morality? How have you been misled into Satan’s territory? How have you been tricked by his deceptions? This breaks Jesus’s heart, too. 

What heals the Sacred Heart of Jesus? The same thing that heals your heart! In this episode, Terry Modica shares three steps that will heal your heart while also serving as healing balm for the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

For a Prayer to Place Your Child into the Sacred Heart of Jesus using the prayer of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, visit our website: https://gnm.org/prayers-for-parents/sacred-heart-novena/ 

The Healing of the Sacredt Heart of Jesus

I would like to bring some healing to your heart. I would like to bring to you the healing that comes from Jesus, from his Sacred Heart to your precious heart, because your heart is very precious to him.

Your feelings — your suffering of pain, of hopes of dreams, of joys, of everything that we say goes on in the heart, the heart of our being, heart of our soul, the heart of our life, that center of us — this is where the Lord Jesus wants to dwell more fully so that he can heal you more fully.

And so that he can help your dreams come true — the dreams that God the Father has planted in you — and so that Jesus can help you to become the saint that the Father has designed you to be and the Holy Spirit is empowering you to be so that Jesus’ Sacred Heart is alive in you, so that others can see the presence of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in you — I’m going to share with you something that happened to me a long time ago regarding the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

I was a young Catholic, a young mother, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus was not something that I was very familiar with. I’d heard about it. I’d seen holy cards of it. I’d seen statues of it, but I was raised Protestant. In my particular branch of Protestantism. I never heard the phrase “Sacred Heart of Jesus”….

Scriptures used in this podcast:

Matthew 25:44-45
“Those who are condemned say are, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ … Then the King will answer, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.'”

Mark 9:42
“If anyone causes one of these little ones — those who believe in me — to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.”

Matthew 18:12-14
“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices more over that one sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.”

 

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The Suffering Church

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This episode was motivated by a burden I feel whenever someone tells me that they are suffering because of what a priest has done — and here we are not talking about the sexual abuse of minors and the horrific cover-ups by the hierarchy. There are other types of sufferings, and they all contribute to pain we all feel as a suffering Church.

So I dared to take a frank and honest look at what happens when priests do not have an active and alive, personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. When it causes suffering and drives people away from the Church and from Christ, it is “diabolical” (quoting from Bishop Robert Barron’s Letter to a Suffering Church). It shows up in homilies that preach heresies, in nit-picking about the “right” way* to receive the Eucharist despite the best of intentions, and in abuses that, because they are not victimizing children, remain covered up and undealt with.

*This episode includes what the General Instruction on the Roman Missal actually says and means about the “right” way. For more information, see my article The correct posture at Mass: Can we genuflect when receiving Communion? @ wordbytes.org/faqs/posture-communion/.

The suffering Church

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Faith that smashes strongholds

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What do you wish could be better? Your life? Your relationships? Your faith? If it were better, what would it look like? The first step in making anything better is to envision what better really means. Then ask: How does Jesus envision it? What are Father God’s dreams for me in this? What is the Holy Spirit telling me about it? And: What strongholds are holding me back?

In this episode, Terry Modica shares how to break through the strongholds in your life so you can have a better, stronger faith. 

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Faith that smashes strongholds

“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)

Therefore the most important thing to improve is the faith life.

So, what does a better faith life look like for you? And what strongholds in your life are interfering with reaching this goal?

Now comes the most important question: What are you going to do about it? What effort are you willing to put in to make it better?

Jesus described what a good – really, really good — faith life looks like. The Gospels are filled with it. All the New Testament books show it and explain how to achieve it. The Book of Acts show that it’s possible to achieve.

In a nutshell, Jesus described it when he told us that the greatest commandment — the most important commandment — is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). 

Anything less is detrimental to our faith life. Anything less is mediocre. Lukewarm. And you know what Jesus thinks about mediocre faith? He said in Revelations 3:16, “Because you are lukewarm … I am about to vomit you out of My mouth!”

Why such a drastic reaction? Because he can’t work miracles through someone who has mediocre faith. He can’t change the world through us unless we come fully alive in faith — which is why he provided us with the Holy Spirit. 

So, back to the most important question: What are you going to do about it? What effort are you willing to put in to make it better?

If you’re not willing to make it better, if you put only minimal effort into it, this is a sin. It’s a lifestyle of sin, because it’s being less than who God designed you to be. It’s keeping you from fulfilling the dreams that God planted in you — dreams that feel important when you think about them, because they are important. 

Jesus allowed himself to be tortured and nailed to the cross to free you from this so you can be all that God designed you to be. He died for this! Giving him less than your best efforts — what does that say to him?

Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”. This also means: Work at making things better with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”.

How do you begin? What’s the first step in reaching a fully alive, fully rewarding, dream-fulfilling faith? And with this, a better life and better relationships? Ask the Holy Spirit for help.

And do this every day! Step by step we become better at it. Step by step we grow in faith. Step by step we smash the strongholds that have been holding us back. Day by day. There’s no such thing as sitting down on this journey. When we stop moving forward, first we stagnate, then we start sliding backward. That’s because there are demons ready to pull you down. They are watching for the opportunity. And since giving God less than our best — being mediocre, lukewarm — is a sin, we’re in effect giving demons permission to drag us down.

This happens so easily! So Jesus gave us the Sacrament of Confession, which, because it is a sacrament, provides us with supernatural grace to grow stronger in resisting the temptation to feel satisfied with mediocrity.

God gives us everything necessary for a fully alive faith. He gave himself to us. Jesus died for this. The Holy Spirit was given to you for this. What are you going to do about it? What effort are you willing to put in to make it better?

 

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How to overcome the pain of frustration

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Feeling the angst of frustration? Want to get rid of it? Here are 8 steps for finding true and lasting inner peace no matter what is going on around you and who is causing it. 

Step 1: Identify what is making you frustrated.

Then think of this: Some people can deal with the very same problem and never feel frustrated. So why is it irritating you so much? Take a look at the true cause of where your anger is coming from: Look at yourself! Here are some very common sources of frustration:

  • I feel frustrated whenever someone doesn’t change fast enough to suit me.
  • I want others to improve in order to make my life more pleasant.

Step 2: Acknowledge your frustration as a sin.

When we are frustrated, our attitude is not very loving, is it? 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 describes our behavior when we are living in love:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (NIV)

When we love, we do not hang onto hurts, because love is not self-seeking. Frustration occurs because we insist that our pain will only go away when the other person shows us they are truly sorry for what they have done.

Love is patient. Frustration is short-tempered.

Love doesn’t take offense when others do something offensive. Frustration is a defense against the offense.

Love doesn’t insist on having its own way. Frustration is the emotional act of insisting that somebody else must do something to bring justice when we have been unfairly treated.

We like to point the finger at other people, because it’s easier than admitting the sin of our unloving reaction to what they have done. To overcome this, ask God to help you see them as He sees them, through His loving eyes.

  • See the offender as weighed down by bags of garbage (the abuse that’s been inflicted on them, the rejection and misunderstanding and poor role modeling, etc.)
  • Look past the garbage to see the real person underneath.

Step 3: Repent. Turn away from the feeling of frustration.

To repent means to change your mind. Choose to accept people the way they are even though you don’t like everything about them. What if they never improve? Could you still accept them that way?  If they do begin to change, is it okay if they don’t change fast enough? What if their lack of improvement or slow growth causes more problems? If you try to repent under your own will-power, you won’t get very far. Ask the Holy Spirit to intervene in your life and give you help. God gives us supernatural help!

Repentance also means forgiving yourself for getting frustrated, and forgiving those who are making you frustrated. Jesus said we have to be ready and willing to forgive continually and repeatedly (“seventy times seven times”), and frustration usually only happens when we are continually and repeatedly offended.

Even after deciding to repent and forgive, the feeling of frustration usually remains. Why? To discover the answer, we move into:

Step 4: Recognize that your desire for people to change is another sin.

Love means seeing the good in others while not holding their sins (their bags of garbage) against them. Because we do love them, we want to see them become free of their garbage. For their own sake, we wish they’d change, and then we get angry when they don’t. To overcome this frustration, we need to stop looking at the garbage. But how?

Step 5: Learn what is the root of your desire for the other person to change.

Usually, the root is Fear. We’re afraid of getting hurt again and so we reach the conclusion: “I should be upset with them for not changing.” This really means: “I must hurt that person now because he might hurt me in the future.” And so we hurt them by being frustrated with them. They don’t even have to know we’re frustrated, as long as we feel frustrated, we feel like we’re getting some sort of revenge.

In other words, fear leads to disapproval of the other people, and disapproval is not love.

  • We’re offering conditional love: “If you change, then I will be happy and loving with you.”
  • The people causing our problems need our acceptance. To give this to them, we need to get in touch with God’s love for them.
  • When we love them with His unconditional love, they experience God’s healing touch.

Step 6: Discover the true source of your happiness.

Our happiness does not depend on others and how they treat us. We don’t need constant kindness from others to feel good. Our happiness depends on how good our relationship is with God. God is our true source of joy and inner peace and a calm, non-frustrated spirit.

  • We’re happy because we’re partners with God making a difference in someone’s life.
  • We’re happy because God will never do anything to hurt us.
  • All other sources of joy only last short time.

But knowing this is not enough. The next time a problem occurs, we’re unhappy and frustrated again. It seems like we’ll only be happy if the person hurting us changes or leaves us alone.

Step 7: Kill off all illusions about other sources of happiness.

We need to become a sign of the true, loving and healing presence of Jesus. Philippians 3:17-21 tells us:

Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.  Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. (NIV)

“Enemies of the cross of Christ end in destruction.” Get your eyes off the people who hurt you and look at your own relationship with God, who is love ~ God, whom you rejected when you gave to others your anger and frustration instead of God’s love.

How are you being an enemy of the cross? By rejecting your own crucifixion. People who hurt you are trying to crucify you; they are nailing you to their belief system, their garbage, their sinfulness. And when you’re frustrated, you’re fighting the cross. Jesus showed, by example, that going to the cross for someone is good! He allowed you to crucify Him to your garbage 2000 years ago. But how can it be a good thing for you to be nailed to someone else’s unloving behavior?

John 12:24-26 says:

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

A grain of wheat must fall to the ground and die to produce much fruit.Your desire for the unloving person to love you must be nailed and killed, and with that you will be killing the source of your frustrations. Then, you will experience the growth of much peace and joy.

If we love our life we will lose it. By hanging onto your life of frustration, you lose what you want most. In your desire for the unloving person to love you the way you want him to, you focus on what is hurting you and you lose touch with whatever amount of love that person has to give.

Jesus nailed to the crossTo serve Jesus, we must follow Him. Where did He go? To the cross! We’ve grown up with the illusion that happiness comes from being right and protecting ourselves from hurts and from crucifixion. To find true happiness in troubled relationships, we must allow these people to crucify us. It doesn’t make sense in the world’s view, but Jesus showed us from the cross that it makes perfect sense from the perspective of love. He said: Stop fighting AND offer no resistance.

But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. (Matt. 5:39-41 NIV)

Our flesh-nature says, “I don’t want to do this! Let this cup pass from me!” Our spirit-nature, connected to Jesus, says: “If they can’t give me love, I must let them crucify my desire to receive love from them.”

St. Ignatius of Antioch said, “I am the wheat of Christ, ground by the teeth of beasts to become pure bread.” By letting people grind us into the ground, we become sacrament for them (the Bread of Christ). We become a sign of the true, loving and healing presence of Jesus.

resurrection of Jesus8. Follow Jesus all the way to the cross in order to reach the resurrection.

To truly love others, we embrace them despite their garbage. Jesus, in order to take our sins to the cross, had to embrace us while we were still laden down with bags and bags of garbage. Embracing the bearer of garbage is truly following Jesus all the way to the cross ~ all the waythrough the cross to the resurrection!

The other person might not change, but you will. You will find inner peace and joy no matter how much you suffer. You will no longer be damaged by the hurts inflicted upon you. You will no longer have any reason to feel frustrated!

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Eph. 4:31-5:2 NIV)

 

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Spiritual exercises for supernatural faith

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If you want to experience all that the Holy Spirit wants to do in you and through you, rather than live a mediocre faith, use the Penitential Rite during Mass as one of the most important of spiritual exercises. We have given in to the ways of the world – believing lies that Satan wants us to believe – and this is stifling the Holy Spirit. In this episode, Terry Modica teaches spiritual exercises that strengthen what is weak so that you can become who you really are as a believer in Christ: a saint!

Spiritual exercises for supernatural faith

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3 ways to un-stifle the Spirit

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I’m going to let you in on a secret that the Devil does not want you to know….

It’s time we reclaimed what is rightfully ours as followers of Christ: a faith that works miracles. A faith that fulfills the promises made by Jesus! Read the Bible — the New Testament — to find all the times when the supernatural happened and ask, “Is this happening in my life?” And if the answer is no ask, “Why not?” The answer is in your relationship with the Holy Spirit.

The Devil does not want you to know this, because he is afraid of what you will do if you become fully aware of what you can accomplish through the Holy Spirit.

In this podcast, I name 8 ways that we stifle the Spirit and identify 3 ways to un-stifle the Spirit.

Demons do exist, and they are trying to interfere with your relationship with Christ and stifle your relationship with the Holy Spirit.

I know I’ve been spending a lot of time in these podcasts, lately, talking about the devil. Most of my time is not spent focused on evil. But we cannot solve the problems in our Church or in our world or in our lives if we ignore what the Devil wants us to ignore – the reality of demonic forces and our power over them when we are united to Christ who has already defeated them.

It’s time we reclaimed what is rightfully ours as followers of Christ – a faith that works miracles. A faith that heals broken hearts. A faith the drives the Enemy out of the Church. A faith that convinces non-believers that turning to Christ is a good idea. A faith that fulfills the promises made by Jesus! Read the Bible — the New Testament — to find all the times when the supernatural happened and ask, “Is this happening in my life?” And if the answer is no ask, “Why not?”

The answer is in your relationship with the Holy Spirit.

3 ways to un-stifle the Spirit

8 Ways We Stifle the Spirit

  1. Clericalism – religious hierarchy holding onto power and control.
  2. Legalism – another form of power and control: wielding the letter of the law even when it drives people away from Christ and away from the Church, instead of applying the spirit of the law.
  3. Unbending policies – similar to legalism except policies don’t carry the same weight as laws.
  4. Trusting the lies of Satan – every idea that’s unloving. Hurtful. Self-defeating. Self-serving. Unlike Christ. Embraced by those who don’t want to follow Christ.
  5. Trusting our perceptions and understanding – (Isaiah 55:8) “My thoughts are not your thoughts; my ways are not your ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
  6. Insufficient time in prayer – Satan is thrilled with our laziness and busyness that keeps us from praying.
  7. Choosing your own agenda over God’s – we have lots of excuses for doing what we want to do.
  8. Mediocrity – Jesus said in Mark 12:30, “Love the Lord your God from your whole heart and your whole soul and your whole mind and your whole strength.”

How to un-stifle the Spirit: The 3 Rs

  1. Repent
  2. Renounce
  3. Retreat into prayer 

 

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7 phases in the battle for union with Christ

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The daily hardships we experience are affected by Satan and the prayers that we do and our connection to Christ. How much are your hardships demonically influenced? Some hardships are simply because we live in an imperfect world, but how do you know when you should take action against demons? In this episode, As a follow-up to the 4-second prayer that defeats Satan (episode #12), Terry Modica explains in episode #13 how to interpret your hardships in light of the 7 phases in the battle for union with Christ — 7 phases of spiritual growth that lead to a life of joy in the Lord during hardships through union with Christ.

These phases are:

1. temptation
2. conversion to Christ
3. re-temptation
4. retaliation
5. persecution
6. joy
7. union with Christ

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7 phases in the battle for union with Christ

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The 4-second prayer that defeats Satan

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Why is it that we expect less, not more, from God? Why are we not living a miraculous faith? Why do we receive less from God instead of the abundant “more” that he actually wants to give us? Listen to this important episode. Satan is doing everything he can to disempower the Church, because we are a huge threat to him. Satan doesn’t want us to fully grasp the truth about what we can receive from God, because with it we can change the world. So here’s a 4-second prayer that immediately defeats Satan. 

If the Body of Christ on Earth today (you, me, and all who have faith in Christ) were to come fully alive in the Holy Spirit and be who we really, truly, are — little Christs banded together and covering the whole earth, doing what Jesus did — it is Satan and all evil-doers who would be disempowered.

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How to ask so miracles do happen

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In John 14:12 & 13, Jesus says to us, “Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works that I am doing and even greater things. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified.” Well then, why do we have unanswered prayers? Terry Modica uses an often over-looked clue in this scripture to turn your prayer requests into miracles.

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How to ask so miracles happen

One of my favorite scriptures is John 14:12. Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I tell you” — and, you know, whenever he says it twice, “truly, truly”, he saying, “Listen, this is very, very important. I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works that I’m doing. And in fact, he will do even greater things than I’ve been doing, because I’m going to the Father.”

When Jesus goes to the Father, he will send us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit manifests God’s divine power in us and through us — in us for our own faith growth, and for others through us, so that we can bring the world to Christ, so that we can minister to others and be Christ’s hands and feet, doing the works of Jesus in this world today. In other words, we’re supposed to be able to do miracles!

Scripture is never meant to be read one verse at a time, out of context with the bigger picture. He says, “Truly, truly I tell you: Whoever believes in Me…” verse 13: “Whatever you ask in My name, I will do, so the Father may be glorified in the Son.” His motive is the glorification of God the father.

This needs to be our motivation anytime we ask for miracles. See, we don’t ask rightly. We don’t receive what we asked for, because we’re not asking rightly. We are not asking for God to be glorified as the primary, most important reason for the asking.

James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask.” But we say, “Wait a minute! I pray every day. I’m always asking God for things and I’m still waiting for him to answer my prayers. He answered some of them, yes. But there are some very important things he hasn’t answered yet.”

Let’s continue into verse 3 to see what James means here. “And when you do ask, you do not receive because you ask with wrong motives. What were the wrong motives he’s talking about? He says right here, “You squander it on your own pleasures.”

Go down the list of all the prayer requests that you’ve had in which you feel like God has rejected you, abandoned you, forgotten you, doesn’t care about what you’re praying about. Do an examination of conscience with that list. How many of those prayer requests are based on what you want?

Do our prayer requests glorify God? Or are they for selfish motives?

God does want us to ask things for ourselves. God does want us to say, “Hey Daddy, I’m your child.

When we pray for something that benefits us, it is asking selfishly. But think about: How can the answer to this prayer glorify God? How can the answer to this prayer be turned into ministry? How can God solving my problem, healing me, getting me the new job — whatever — how can the miracles I seek be turned into ministry? I want to glorify God with it.

And if we don’t find any way to glorify the Lord with what we’re asking for, then we need to change our prayer request. We need to stop expecting God to give us what we want, and we need to stop blaming God when he doesn’t give us what we want. We need to do a good examination of conscience and look at what is most important to God. This is what should be most important to us.

In Matthew 6:33 Jesus says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added onto you.”

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God is defending you

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Do you feel like you’re on trial? Is someone misjudging you? In this podcast, Terry Modica unpacks 8 scriptures to assure you that God is defending you. Jesus said that he would give his Holy Spirit to us to be our Advocate. But before the Holy Spirit, Jesus was our Advocate, and before that, the Father was our Advocate. There is no reason to be self-defensive. God has our backs!

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Are you under trial? Think about the people, the circumstances and situations that you are in right now that make you feel like you are on trial being judged. Do you feel misjudged? Are you being judged unfairly? Or perhaps, you actually did something wrong and it is being held against you. Maybe there’s somebody who is not forgiving you, even though you’ve asked for forgiveness.

You need somebody to stand up for you. You need somebody to care and say, “It’s going to be all right.” You need somebody to speak to someone else and say, “This person isn’t as bad as you think he (or she) is.

A couple of years ago, my father, who was living with us, fell and cracked the second vertebrae in his neck. He spent several months in a rehabilitation center. When they discharged him, he was too weak to come home. We needed to find nursing care where we could still give him our time and attention, but he would get good care. Just as his Medicare insurance ran out, the Lord opened up a bed for him in a six-resident assisted living home two miles from our house. Just two miles! It was perfect timing. We knew God was working on the family’s behalf to make this happen.

A few weeks ago, Dad ended up back in the hospital, because he had an infection. When it was time to be discharged from the hospital, he needed to go into rehab again.

Now he is weaker than he was before, and the house where he had been living could no longer handle his level of care. So the hospital sent him to a rehab center. We selected a facility where he’s been on a waiting list for long-term skilled nursing care. It’s the best in the area. Praise the Lord, they had a room available in the rehab wing! We had been told that if this happens, he gets bumped to the top of the waiting list for long-term care. Dad and I thought our prayers had been answered.

He was in the rehab wing for three weeks when the decision was made by the physical therapists that he is too weak to benefit for more physical therapy. The administrators said, “He’s got to leave. There is no bed open in the long-term wing.”

I said, “Can’t he stay right there in the rehab room until a bed opens up in the long-term wing?”
They said, “No, we are discharging him this weekend.”

So I went scrambling to find another place as close to home as possible. I found one that was not as nice but they would take decent care of him. And so the wheels were set in motion for him to be transferred to this other nursing home.

Meanwhile I’d been covering all of this in prayer, of course. I’d been saying, “Lord, please, please be my advocate and help convince those people in charge to let him stay where he’s at.” And I was extremely frustrated that there seemed to be no divine intervention to help my father stay there.

Well, the story doesn’t end when everything seems to be lost. Remember that! The story does not end when it seems like you are losing the trial. At the last minute, we got a phone call from the county ombudsmen. An ombudsman is an advocate, a volunteer who stands up for (in this case) the elderly. She receives the paperwork whenever someone is discharged from a nursing home. Something made her take a closer look at the paperwork — and we know Who that something is, right?! She wondered why this nursing home patient was being transferred from one nursing home to another. So she contacted us and asked, “Why is this happening? Do you really want him to move to another nursing home? What’s going on here? Was he mistreated at the place he’s leaving?”

We explained the situation to her. She immediately called up the nursing home’s Director of Social Services and reminded her that the law says that he does not have to leave if the family and the patient himself wants to stay. Then she called us back and told us how to appeal his discharge.

We did not know we had an ombudsman to go to! We did not know there was an advocate who would represent my dad to help him stay where he was. But the Lord had her call us. The Lord’s hand is at work again, because ultimately it is the Lord who is our advocate, our ombudsman in every trial.

 

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The virtue that releases faith

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The greatest virtue that releases our faith is submission to the Holy Spirit. This enables us to recognize the voice of Jesus and hear his guidance, his concern for us, and his desire to work miracles in our lives. It enables us to feel the generous love of the Father. And it frees us to do mighty things for the kingdom of God and to transform the world. Terry Modica shares stories from her life to illustrate how this virtue releases supernatural faith. This podcast includes a simple, easy spiritual exercise that can help you overcome your human nature’s desire to be in control.

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The virtue that releases faith

In this podcast I would like to talk about the greatest virtue that releases our faith. That virtue is submission — submission to the Holy Spirit, because it is when we have this attitude or this virtue of being submissive to the Holy Spirit working in our lives that we hear what Jesus is leading us into and what he is telling us. We recognize the voice of our Good Shepherd.

We also are able to feel the generous love of our divine daddy, God the Father, and we are able to be more aware of how much he wants to dote on us and to assist us and that he never abandons us.

When we are submissive to the Holy Spirit, we do mighty things for the Lord, for the kingdom of God, for the sake of those around us and for the sake of the world, for the transformation of the world.  Jesus does it through us when we are submissive to the Holy Spirit, one soul at a time, reaching out in love and faith — miraculous faith — to those whom God puts in our path and calls us to bring his love to….

Learning how to be submissive to the Holy Spirit doesn’t come naturally. It goes against our human nature, our fallen nature, our undivine that wants to be in control, the nature that likes what’s familiar and comfortable and does not like to be submissive to anyone, including God. We need to fight against that to become submissive to the Holy Spirit, so here’s a spiritual exercise that will help with that….

One last thing I would like to share is how important — how very, very important — it is to be submissive to the Holy Spirit. It is so important that when we are not submissive to the Holy Spirit, we will have to spend time in purgatory dealing with that. Unless, of course, before we die we repent of it, go to Confession and be absolved of the sin of not being submissive to the Holy Spirit, and if we use the grace — the miraculous supernatural grace — in the Sacrament of Confession for God’s divine power to come and help us overcome this sin.

And that is another one of the miracles, by the way, that is divinely available to us. Any time that we go to the Sacrament of Confession (a sacrament is Jesus interacting with us) we are given supernatural grace to stop committing a sin that has been difficult for us to resist….

 

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The sin that blocks faith

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When we identify the sin that interferes with our faith in God, we can overcome it to grow in holiness and live the way God intended — with the same miraculous faith as the first Christians that we read about in the Book of Acts. The biggest sin is culture-wide, it has infiltrated the Church, and we easily give into it every day. We can change that! And in so doing, we will become more alive in the faith and – if enough of us repent from this sin – we will transform the world. 

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The sin that blocks faith

Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to send us out in mission to change the world, to transform the people around us, helping them to see — through us — a faith that’s alive. This means we have to have a personal relationship not just with Jesus Christ but with his Holy Spirit.

Sin blocks this kind of faith. And the biggest sin today is idolatry: the idolatry of thinking that something other than God himself should be in charge of our lives.

It could be the idolatry of money, thinking that if we get rich, this will solve our problems and we will be happy.

It could be the idolatry of self, wanting to do what we want to do rather than discerning what God wants us to do. The moral relativism that was increasing as I was growing up and increased a lot more while my kids were growing up — it’s still going further and further. The envelope of evil is pushing the moral relativism to the Nth degree to see how far we can go. This is so destructive, but people don’t know it. People don’t know that they are destroying their eternal souls.

It could be the idolatry of science, where if something is improvable by scientific methods it can’t be true, therefore, why worship God? Or the idolatry of the career, where the career comes first and, if it keeps me from going to church, so be it.

Fear is often our idol. We trust the messages of fear more than we trust God and what he has told us in scripture.

Think about the idolatry of suffering. For example: “I’m in so much pain that I am going to pursue every avenue to get rid of this pain — except God.” And why does this kind of idolatry happen? Because the Church has not been teaching how to live the supernatural life where we pray for one another for miracles of healing and the miracles happen! There are pockets of it. There are dioceses where bishops have said every priest needs to go through the Life in the Spirit Seminar of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in order to come alive in a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit, and every parish needs to have a prayer group where people pray for one another and the miraculous manifestations of the Holy Spirit become commonplace.

Pope Francis has called for the Charismatic Renewal to not be a movement within the Church but to be the Church! To be waves of grace coming through the parishes bringing the supernatural life of Christians like we read about in the Book of Acts.

We have such a long way to go due to the idolatry of not understanding that God really does want to make miracles happen today. We fail to trust what we read in scripture. My favorite verse is John 14:12 where Jesus says, “If you believe in Me — if you really believe in Me — you will do the same works that I do and even greater ones.” He didn’t say, “You will do the good deeds that I did,” but he said “the works”. That includes everything: preaching the truth and working miracles. Miracles prove that what is spoken about God is true.

We tell people that God cares. We even tell people that we will pray for them. And then what? Do we see miracles happen? If we don’t, we need to ask: Why not?

One of the biggest reasons “why not” is idolatry. At its root it’s the thinking that “I know better than God about what’s not supposed to happen now. I do not have the faith to believe that God is going to perform a miracle, so therefore I’m not going to ask for the miracle.” That’s us trying to usurp God’s wisdom. That’s us trying to rewrite the truths that he has written throughout the scriptures.

We don’t live a supernatural faith because we trust our doubts more than we trust God.

We need to identify how we are committing idolatry. Each one of us is committing idolatry today. God wants to work the miracle of curing our wrong thinking. He does it through the Holy Spirit. He does it through the Sacrament of Confession and the Penitential Rite at Mass. We need to repent.

We also need to get to the root causes of what leads us to trust our own idolatrous thinking instead of God’s Word. A Christian counselor could help us with this, or a spiritual director.

Scripture is full of reasons to trust that God wants to do miracles in our lives. God longs to do miracles in our lives. Why don’t we believe it? It’s because we are believing something else. And that “something else” is our god. Jesus is our Lord and Savior; we are not committing idolatry all of the time, but any time we are not alive in the faith the way we see happened in the Book of Acts, we need to repent of our lack of faith and the idolatrous ways we are disbelieving God.

 

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Supernatural Evangelization

How God brings our loved ones to Christ

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God wants to do work supernaturally through us to bring others to conversion and faith growth. None of us can convince our loved ones who are rejecting Christ to change their minds and become faith-filled believers — not by our own efforts. God needs to intervene with supernatural evangelization.

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If you have teen or adult children who have left the Church, you can find helpful prayer resources on our website. See our Prayers for Parents at gnm.org/prayers-for-parents/.

How God brings our loved ones to Christ

Jesus said in John 14:12, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these.” What was the work of Jesus? Everything he did was for the sake of the salvation of souls. Preaching the truth was just part of how he served as Savior. He also did supernatural works: healing diseases, raising people from the dead, multiplying the food — etc. When he sent his disciples out to help him with his mission, he gave them the power to do what he did. Later, after his death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven, the Holy Spirit empowered every follower of Christ to do the same.

When he sent his disciples out to help him with his mission, he gave them the power to do the same. Later, after his death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven, the Holy Spirit empowered every follower of Christ to do the same — and even greater works. The Book of the Acts of the Apostles is filled with evidence of this. Signs and wonders give testimony to the truths that are preached. 

Instead of relying on our lives to prove the truths we teach, we should be relying on God (because we live the truth so imperfectly). Instead of expecting our words to make a difference (and then getting frustrated and angry when we don’t succeed), we should — and can — expect God to do something supernatural.

 

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How to bring loved ones to Christ

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It’s heart-breaking to love someone who is stubbornly rejecting the truth about Jesus. It’s hard to watch them suffer the worldly effects of not turning to him to let him be their Savior. You know how important faith in Christ is for their life now, and — the biggest heart-wrencher — you fear that they won’t spend eternity with you in heaven.

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How to bring loved ones to Christ

Think of the special someone whom you’ve been praying for because he or she has left the Church or maybe never had true faith at all. How do you feel about it? When you are praying for them, how do you feel? Do you feel angry? Fearful? Worried – worried about their salvation, worried how their lack of faith is messing up their lives today?

I’m sure you feel something – something strong enough to motivate you to pray. And there’s something in you that is connected to the Holy Spirit: Your spirit – your own human spirit – is connected to the Holy Spirit in such a way that you really care. You are praying because you know this person needs God and needs your prayer support.

You are an intercessor for them. They are not lifting themselves up to Christ. They are not lifting themselves up to the Holy Spirit for the Holy Spirit to help them know the truth.

We are called and commissioned by Christ to evangelize. But how can we do this successfully for the ones we care about most? Jesus would not ask us to partner with him in the mission of salvation if he did not also provide the means for accomplishing it. And remember, he cares more about the salvation of your loved ones than you do!

 

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How to Detect God’s Signs for You

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Hebrews 2:3-4 holds the key to experiencing joy even in the midst of trials and sufferings. By knowing how to read God’s signs, you can discover that he truly cares about your problems. God’s signs, which he provides as often as we need them, gives us reason to rejoice. God always reassures us that he cares and that he’s involved in helping resolve our problems. Learn how to identify the divine interventions that he’s providing for you right now, today.

In this episode, Terry Modica shares stories of miraculous signs she has experienced in her own trials. The hawk in the photo below was spotted in a tree in her back yard. It is the actual hawk that was one of God’s signs for her — as described in this episode.

God's signs

What is the FOOTSTEPS TO HEAVEN podcast show?

Life’s a journey full of challenges. Sometimes we get stalled. Sometimes we get sidetracked. When we walk with Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit to the destination that God the Father designed for us, the results are better than we could ask for or imagine. This podcast series provides faith-builders based on what GNM founder/author/speaker, Terry Modica, learned from her own journey and what people tell us they’re seeking in their daily struggles. It will be straight from her heart.

In the last 5 minutes of each episode, Terry takes a step in faith to provide what is called a “Word of Knowledge” for listeners, and then we close with prayer. She asks the Holy Spirit for a Word of Knowledge that would demonstrate his love to some of the podcast listeners.

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Defeating Satan’s Biggest Strategy

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Satan’s biggest strategy in today’s world is the disempowering of Christians so that we cannot successfully evangelize non-believers and doubters. In John 14:6-14, Jesus tells us the key to defeating this strategy. We must proclaim the truth about Jesus. However, this is only the first step! People do not become believers in Christ because we tell them that he is the only way to reach heaven. People become believers because they discover that (1) he is real, and (2) he cares about them, and (3) he is more powerful than all the evil they have been suffering. It is hard for non-Christians to believe in Christ when they have not witnessed miracles.

The problem is — the thing Satan is counting on — is that it is hard for us Christians to have enough faith in Christ to evangelize others if we have not witnessed miracles in the midst of our own sufferings. This is Satan’s biggest strategy.

God wants to change that. God is calling each of us to become his venues of truth and divine power. We are the voice of Christ in the world today, called to proclaim the truth. We are also the hands of Christ, called to reach out to prove that he cares by doing the works of divine power.

Defeating Satan’s Biggest Strategy

What is the FOOTSTEPS TO HEAVEN podcast show?

Life’s a journey full of challenges. Sometimes we get stalled. Sometimes we get sidetracked. When we walk with Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit to the destination that God the Father designed for us, the results are better than we could ask for or imagine. This podcast series provides faith-builders based on what GNM founder/author/speaker, Terry Modica, learned from her own journey and what people tell us they’re seeking in their daily struggles. It will be straight from her heart.

In the last 5 minutes of each episode, Terry takes a step in faith to provide what is called a “Word of Knowledge” for listeners, and then we close with prayer. She asks the Holy Spirit for a Word of Knowledge that would demonstrate his love to some of the podcast listeners.

To listen on your mobile device, choose an app at breadboxmedia.com/footsteps-to-heaven/.

How to Forgive When It’s Difficult

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Is there someone in your life who’s difficult to forgive? Terry Modica shares from personal experience and from scripture how to do it and why. In this podcast, she busts some myths about forgiveness — false ideas that make it more difficult to forgive than it needs to be. When we forgive someone, it does not mean everything is going to be okay. But it does mean that the person who has hurt you no longer has control over you. Protection is part of healthy forgiveness.

After listening to this podcast, you can find helpful articles by Terry on the Good News Ministries website at https://wordbytes.org/suffering-and-healing/.

How to Forgive When It's Difficult

What is the FOOTSTEPS TO HEAVEN podcast show?

Life’s a journey full of challenges. Sometimes we get stalled. Sometimes we get sidetracked. When we walk with Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit to the destination that God the Father designed for us, the results are better than we could ask for or imagine. This podcast series provides faith-builders based on what GNM founder/author/speaker, Terry Modica, learned from her own journey and what people tell us they’re seeking in their daily struggles. It will be straight from her heart.

In the last 5 minutes of each episode, Terry takes a step in faith to provide what is called a “Word of Knowledge” for listeners, and then we close with prayer. She asks the Holy Spirit for a Word of Knowledge that would demonstrate his love to some of the podcast listeners.

To listen on your mobile device, choose an app at breadboxmedia.com/footsteps-to-heaven/.

What is the Heart of the Church?

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What is the heart of the Church? It’s the same place as the heart of your faith. It’s where you can feel closer to God and know, better than ever, that he truly cares about you. Terry Modica discusses the heart of the Church on a physical level and a metaphysical level, and she makes it easy to understand by sharing a couple of stories from her own experiences. She also explains that we enter into the heart of the Church when we go to Mass — and why daily Mass can make such a big difference in our lives. It’s not just a building that we enter into. It’s the heart of God himself.

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What is the heart of the Church?

What is the FOOTSTEPS TO HEAVEN podcast show?

Life’s a journey full of challenges. Sometimes we get stalled. Sometimes we get sidetracked. When we walk with Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit to the destination that God the Father designed for us, the results are better than we could ask for or imagine. This podcast series provides faith-builders based on what GNM founder/author/speaker, Terry Modica, learned from her own journey and what people tell us they’re seeking in their daily struggles. It will be straight from her heart.

In the last 5 minutes of each episode, Terry takes a step in faith to provide what is called a “Word of Knowledge” for listeners, and then we close with prayer. She asks the Holy Spirit for a Word of Knowledge that would demonstrate his love to some of the podcast listeners.

To listen on your mobile device, choose an app at breadboxmedia.com/footsteps-to-heaven/.

Footsteps to Heaven: Psalm 1

In the premier episode of FOOTSTEPS TO HEAVEN, Terry Modica unpacks the rich meaning of the first three verses of Psalm 1 while sharing why it’s her personal Life Scripture. (“She is like a tree planted by running water; whatever she does, prospers” — adapted from Psalm 1.) Listen in to find out how this promise of God has been the key to success for Good News Ministries since 1995.

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What is the FOOTSTEPS TO HEAVEN podcast show?

Life’s a journey full of challenges. Sometimes we get stalled. Sometimes we get sidetracked. When we walk with Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit to the destination that God the Father designed for us, the results are better than we could ask for or imagine. This podcast series provides faith-builders based on what GNM founder/author/speaker, Terry Modica, learned from her own journey and what people tell us they’re seeking in their daily struggles. It will be straight from her heart.

In the last 5 minutes of each episode, Terry takes a step in faith to provide what is called a “Word of Knowledge” for listeners, and then we close with prayer. She asks the Holy Spirit for a Word of Knowledge that would demonstrate his love to some of the podcast listeners.

To listen on your mobile device, choose an app at breadboxmedia.com/footsteps-to-heaven/.

The Hidden Key to Miraculous Healing

Want to know the hidden key to receiving miraculous healing? Here’s what I discovered after my knee became chronically painful. It’s not really about finding relief from pain. The miracle of healing is a bonus, a secondary benefit. There’s something much more important that God wants to give you.

Are you headed where you want to go?

This episode of Good News for Today is about: “Where are you today? Are you headed where you want to go?” Our discussion is based on the time Peter walked on water in Matthew 14:25-31 and on Psalm 37:4, how God gives us the desires of our hearts.

Where did we lose Jesus?

In this episode of Good News for Today, we consider: Where did we lose Jesus? Using John 20:1-2, 11-18, let’s discover how to find him when he seems to be missing when we need him most. Terry demonstrates her favorite technique for becoming more aware of the goodness of God actively working in our lives. And join us in a prayer by Ralph at the end to bring healing to your vision so you can see Jesus more easily.

How to Stand Up to Persecution

Are you suffering persecution because of the truths you believe? This episode of Good News for Today, which is based on John 10:26-34 and John 15:18-21, will embolden you as you hear the calling to be the voice of Christ in today’s world, and it will comfort you as you become aware of God’s concern for and approval of you.

If you have experienced what Terry and Ralph Modica talk about in this video, please share your testimony in the comments section below. Your story can encourage others who are struggling to deal with persecution.

Jesus Is calling: How do you know it’s not spam?

Jesus often speaks to us through unexpected people and ways that we don’t trust. How can we become better at recognizing that he has come to us or what he is calling us to do? This episode of Good News for Today is based on John 8:21-30.

Speaking Truth Boldly

How can we know when to speak the truth boldly and when to keep quiet? Especially on matters of Christian faith, salvation through Jesus Christ, and moral values! In John 5:31-47, we are challenged by Jesus’ example of speaking truth boldly, without regard for personal consequences. And yet, elsewhere in scripture he warns us to not cast pearls before swine. How do we figure out when is it time to speak up boldly and when is it time to remain quiet, speaking the truth only with our actions? Here are three ways we typically handle this challenge; only one of these ways is the way of Christ.

The Healing Hands of Jesus

Shouldn’t miracles of healing be more common today? In this episode of Good News for Today, based on John 4:46-53, Ralph and Terry Modica deal with the question of why Jesus healed so readily in scripture but he is not answering ALL our prayers for healings today.

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With God’s Whole Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength

God loves you with all His heart, all His soul, all His mind, and all His strength! Knowing this makes it easier to love Him with all your whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love others, too, as yourself. Based on Mark 12:28-31.

Forgiving: 3 Reasons Why It’s So Hard

In Matthew 18:21-35, Jesus makes it clear how important is to be forgiving. Then why is it so hard to forgive? Here are 3 reasons why — and what we can do about them. At the end, Ralph gives an easy step forward you can do in the power of God.

Take this a step further by finding WordBytes that will minister to you, heal you, and strengthen: wordbytes.org/suffering-and-healing/.

Be Bold and Courageous!

Be bold and courageous! This is the message of Joshua 1:6-9 to empower you in whatever positions of authority and responsibility you have. Ralph tells his story of speaking up in the corporate world, risking his job and successfully influencing upper management to relinquish their control to Ralph. And he ties it in with Jesus’ message of servanthood in Matthew 20:20-28.

Oh my mercy! I don’t have to be perfect!

Terry and Ralph discuss what Mercy really means. If you feel bad about yourself because you’re not perfect, be sure to tune in! This episode of Good News for Today is based on Luke 6:36-38.

Father Who?

This episode of “Good News for Today” is about God’s fatherhood. Are we really supposed to not call anyone “father” except God? That’s what Jesus tells us, but really? What did he really mean by that? Let’s put it into context of the whole Gospel reading, Matthew 23:1-12, and discuss how it means we’re being called to show others what God the Father is like. But how can we do that well when we don’t know, really know, the compassion, gentleness, and affirmation of the Father? If you see God the Father as The Punisher, The Disciplinarian, The Absent Dad, or The Abuser, here’s the key to experiencing the Wonderfully Loving Daddy that he really is.

Do You Know How Important You Are to Jesus?

Terry and Ralph share Good News for Today on how important YOU are to the plans of Jesus. You can make a big difference, but not alone. Using Matthew 16:13-19, the Gospel reading for the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, here’s the key to changing the world to make it a better place.

The Secret to Forgiving the Unforgivable

Who is hardest for you to forgive? Jesus said in Matthew 6:14-15 that if we do not forgive, the Heavenly Father cannot forgive us. Here’s the secret to forgiving those unforgivable troublemaker, heartbreaker evildoers who have hurt you so much.

Looking for Miracles?

Reflecting on Mark 8:14-21, why did the disciples so quickly forget the miracles they had witnessed? Here’s how to build your faith by experiencing a miracle every day!

God sometimes does it weird

Mark 7:31-37 reminds us that Jesus doesn’t always answer our prayers the way we want him to or expect. If he needs to get our attention and cooperation, he might do something weird!

Why YOU can pray for others successfully

Mark 7:24-30 tells us that Jesus in you is the one who prays for others when you intercede for them. Therefore, do not worry about whether or not you will be effective if people ask you to pray for them.

Originally a live Facebook event, this video was a reflection for Thursday of the 5th Week of Ordinary Time (February 8, 2018).

Blessings in Disguise

Mark 7:14-23 tells us: Do not worry! Here’s how to let God be in control of your life instead of worry and fear. We constantly have bad things hitting us from the outside, and it’s how we react to them that matters. You have Christ in you. Learn how to rely on him when you feel like worrying! You will find blessings disguised as problems.

Originally a live Facebook event, this video was a reflection for Wednesday of the 5th Week of Ordinary Time (February 7, 2018). For more on this Gospel reading, see gnm.org/good-news-reflections/?useDrDate=2018-02-07.

OUR LADY OF MIRACLES VIRTUAL SHRINE FOR PRAYER & MEDITATION

Come to the Marian Shrine at Good News Ministries in Tampa through this video. Entrust your prayers to Jesus through the loving partnership of Mary, our Blessed Mother. Use this video and the music in it as a background for your Christian meditations while you watch the candle burn down.

The songs “Hail Mary” and “Magnificat” were written and performed by Elyse O’Kane from her CD “With All My Heart” (please visit http://elyseokane.com); used by permission.

JESUS SPEAKS TO YOU IN THE MIDST OF YOUR PROBLEMS

What problems do you have right now? Using the scriptures of Sirach 24, Psalm 147, Ephesians 1:3-6, and the Gospel of John 1:1-8, listen to Jesus speaking to you about your problems, lifting you up, giving you his victory and healing.

In the Liturgy of the Word at Mass when the scriptures are read, Jesus comes to us as the Word. Since Catholicism is a bible-based Church, our Sunday liturgies give us four readings to ponder (and three on weekdays).

Jesus is speaking to us! This is why readers of the Word have the duty to proclaim the scriptures well. Jesus is speaking to us! This is why we have the duty to listen well. And if a word or phrase sends your mind wandering, seek Jesus in that, too, for he might be speaking to you on a personal level.

What problem is on your mind? Jesus wants to speak to you about this. He wants to give you victory over it. He wants to breathe new life into it. We’ve created this video meditation so you can hear the voice of Jesus speaking to you.

NEED GOD’S POWER? HERE’S THE HIDDEN KEY!

What joy are you hoping for and you’re just not getting it? What awareness of love from God do you need and it’s just not coming? If there’s been something that, for a long time, you need from God and you’re not getting it, it’s not His fault. God’s power is available to you! Ask the Holy Spirit to help you identify the lock you need to turn to open up the door to end the blockage of what God wants to give you. When we do an honest examination of conscience, the Holy Spirit helps us identify the blockage that’s a sin, and he never does it with condemnation. He does it with peace and encouragement and motivation, because he wants us to grow in holiness. He doesn’t want us to sit here crying in our shame, because when we think we’re going to feel ashamed, we don’t examine our consciences, do we?

In this video, Terry Modica shares a person story from her life that reveals the hidden key that unlocks God’s power so you can receive all that He wants to give to you.

NEED GOD'S POWER? HERE'S THE HIDDEN KEY!

The Transcript

Hi! I’m Terry Modica of Good News Ministries. I’d like to talk about: the hidden key that unlocks the power of God in your life. What joy are you hoping for and you’re just not getting it? What awareness of love from God do you need and it’s just not coming? If there’s been something that, for a long time, you need from God and you’re not getting it, it’s not His fault. Let me tell you a story about my own life, why I can say this to you, because I have experienced this myself.

A long time ago, back in 1995, when we first moved to Florida and began Good News Ministries, I said “no” to a ministry that God had used me in before. I didn’t want to do it anymore. When I said “no”, I locked something. I closed myself off to something. I thought it was just closing myself off to a ministry I didn’t want to do. But anytime we say “no” to God, we suffer the consequences. He doesn’t go against our free will, but we do something that is detrimental to us.

You see, when I lived in New Jersey before moving to Florida, I had worked in my parish as Adult Education Coordinator. And I loved doing what I was doing. And one day while I was praying by the Tabernacle, I felt Jesus tell me that he has a special name for everybody, his own pet name for us. And His pet name for me was, “My Joy”. Well, after we moved to Florida, after I had said “no” to the Lord in a particular area of ministry, this joy disappeared. I still had some joy, but there was a series of hardships that, even after we had finished those hardships, I still did not have the joy that I remembered having in New Jersey, and I felt that I was letting Jesus down, and, in effect, I really was. I said to Jesus, “I’m not your Joy anymore. That must be a disappointment to you. Help me to get my joy back.” But it didn’t come back.

Yes, I wasn’t an unhappy person, I wasn’t a depressed person, but, as a whole, the joy that I used to feel was missing. And I knew I could have it because I had it once before. Well, many years passed by, and I kind of got used to not having this much joy. But finally one day, through a series of circumstances that got my attention, the Holy Spirit helped me to realize that my joy stopped when I said “no” to God. When we look for what it is that we have said “‘no” to that God wants us to say “yes” to, or we have said “yes” to something in the world that God wants us to say “no” to.

When we do an honest examination of conscience, the Holy Spirit is the one who helps us identify where the blockage is, what that sin is, and he never does it with condemnation. He does it with peace and encouragement and motivation, because he wants us to grow in holiness. He doesn’t want us to sit here crying in our shame, because when we think we’re going to feel ashamed, we don’t examine our consciences, do we? Go to the Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you identify the lock you need to turn to open up the door to end the blockage of what God wants to give you: his power at work in your life. I went to Confession and I repented of that “no”. And I told the Lord, “Even though I still don’t want to do that ministry, I’m going to make myself available to you, oh Lord, and YOU choose whether or not to use me, how to use me, and I’m just going to leave it to you. I’m going to entrust it to you.”

When I did that, the joy that have been missing returned. We all get used to living with less than what God wants to give us. So I want to encourage you to go to the Holy Spirit. Ask him to help you find the key to unlock the power of God more fully in your life.

Next: Watch the video series on Miracles for Today: God’s Amazing Word, a Bible Study course on God’s Word and what Satan doesn’t want us to believe about it. We all have doubts to some extent. We all have verses of Scripture that we don’t truly believe. We might think we do, but we are going to uncover the lies that Satan has been giving us down through our lives. You know, his lies are very subtle. He is the father of lies, misconceptions, misunderstandings and disbelief that God’s Word is truly true.

THE CATHOLIC EUCHARIST EXPLAINED IN 60 SECONDS

Why Do Catholics Do That?!? In this 60-second video about the Eucharist, we look at: Why do Catholics believe the bread and wine become the real body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ?

Jesus said, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” (Luke 22:19-20)

Jesus also said, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them”

Watch this video! It also explains why we call the Eucharist “communion”.

To see the whole Catholic Mass explained, see our set of videos entitled “Take, Eat, and Drink“. It includes discussion questions for personal reflection and for group faith formation classes.

GOD’S RADICAL LOVE! (PART 1)

Celebrating God’s Love In Your Domestic Home Church” was the title of the Radical Love Marriage Retreat filmed at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on November 16, 2013. Terry Modica of Good News Ministries presented two one-hour sessions on God’s design for family life and the vocation of marriage. To bring an event like this to your parish, click here.

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Handouts referred to in this video are available for download.

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Radical Love: The Vocation of Marriage

To understand the vocation of marriage, we have to first look at a vocation as the fulfillment of the calling to continue the mission of Christ. How are married couples to do this mission? We call this “radical love”. Jesus called it laying down one’s life for the other. Saint Paul called it (in Ephesians 5) submitting to one another while explaining that husbands are to love their wives the way Christ loves, which means laying down his life for his wife. And why did Christ lay down his life? To bring us to heaven. So, the vocation of marriage is – at its root (radical) level – helping the spouse reach heaven. This in turn evangelizes those around us to help them reach heaven, too.

Marriages are under huge pressures in today’s world. Only through faith can marriages survive as a reflection of God’s radical, faithful, enduring expression of love. The keys that unlock the power of faith are hope and love. Hope is the fuel that energizes our faith; love is the wheel that drives faith forward. If we knew God cares about us in every circumstance, we would trust in the way of holiness and sin less. It is highly recommended that a priest is present to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the retreat.

We cannot give what we do not have. Only God can love us fully. To better understand how much God loves us, we need to look at who we are to God: Sacred in the womb, baptized into His life, empowered to be priest, prophet and king, loved unconditionally, important, favored and cherished, seen through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Each person is a unique masterpiece with a purpose that no one else can fulfill. Men and women relate to God differently and reflect God in our separate but collaborative masculine and feminine natures.

Radical love is the root of all successful living. It’s what heals our wounds, our broken hearts, and our embattled relationships, and then we are called to minister to others. Radical love motivates us to overcome the trials we face, and it motivates us to serve others with the same love. Radical love is what takes us to heaven, and on the way we evangelize others. It also defines the vocations of parenthood, Holy Orders, religious life, secular work, and volunteer service.

Come explore our website on the Vocation of Marriage and subscribe to our blog, Reflections for Couples.

GOD’S RADICAL LOVE! (PART 2)

What would you like tell the Pope about how the Church can better help family and marriage life? This question opens the 2nd presentation for “Celebrating God’s Love In Your Domestic Home Church” (filmed at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on November 16, 2013.) Terry Modica of Good News Ministries presented two one-hour sessions on God’s design for family life and the vocation of marriage.

This one gives further understanding of God’s design for marriage. It includes an explanation of the different roles of men and women in the Church, especially in the domestic church (the home), based on God’s Word in Genesis 3 and Ephesians 5. You’ve probably never seen these scriptures in this light before!

The handouts used with the questions in this video are available for download.

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Come explore our website on the Vocation of Marriage and subscribe to our blog, Reflections for Couples.

A PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

A prayer to contemplate becoming closer with God through the gifts of the Holy Spirit! The text to this prayer is also available at https://gnm.org/holy-spirit/ and can be requested as a PDF download.

PRAYING THE MOST HOLY ROSARY FOR WORLD PEACE

Pray for world peace with the staff of Good News Ministries (gnm.org) using the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. This rosary meditates on the annunciation, visitation, birth of Christ, the presentation of the baby Jesus, and finding the boy Jesus in the temple. Meditations include quotes or prayers by popes, including:

THE ROSARY AS A WEAPON OF PEACE, by Pope John Paul II.
PRAYER FOR PEACE by Pope John Paul II.
PRAYER FOR PEACE by Pope Paul VI.
PRAYER FOR PEACE by Pope John XXIII.
PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Quote from “PACEM IN TERRIS” by Pope John XXIII.
and more

The text for this rosary is available on our website at https://gnm.org/prayers/peacerosary

AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION YOU CAN HAVE WITH JESUS

Speak to Me, My precious one! Tell Me about those who are closest to you, the sorrows they cause you, and your fears for them. How would you like Me to help them? And what about the people who have alienated themselves from you? Tell Me how they have hurt you. Tell Me you forgive them, so that I may heal your pain. Ask for wisdom and understanding in dealing with difficult people—the family member, the neighbor, the co-worker—and I will be generous in giving you insights.

(Complete text for this video is at https://wordbytes.org/prayers/conversa…)

Tell Me about the sick people you know, those who are suffering from physical ills. Tell Me about those who are suffering from mental anguish. Tell Me about the sinners you would like to see converted. I care about them even more than you do.

Speak now of yourself, my wonderful friend. What are the needs of your soul? …

Tell Me about your plans. What goals have you set? What goals would you like to set? …

What about the joys in your life?

Tell Me what has made you happy, what has consoled you, what has helped you. …

My precious friend, I long to hear your promises. … I will take your promises, secure them with My Love, and intercede to our Father for the graces you need to fulfill them….

Now let Me fill you. I fill you with My Love. I fill you with My forgiveness. I fill you with My generosity. I fill you with My gifts. I fill you with My strength….

THIS MEDITATION CONCLUDES WITH A SONG FROM THE RCIA RITE, “THE SIGNING OF THE SENSES”.

MIRACLES: GOD’S AMAZING WORD (Part 1)

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This video series is a Bible study of the Gospel of John to understand how to live the Christian life fully, complete with miracles and supernatural joy. The first session introduces the series by looking closely at John 1:1-5 (“In the beginning was the Word….”) With this video we begin a Bible Study course on God’s Word and what Satan doesn’t want us to believe about it. We all have doubts to some extent. We all have verses of Scripture that we don’t truly believe. We might think we do, but we are going to uncover the lies that Satan has been giving us down through our lives. You know, his lies are very subtle. He is the father of lies, misconceptions, misunderstandings and disbelief that God’s Word is truly true.

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The Transcript

Hi. This is Terry Modica of Good News Ministries. With this video we’re going to begin a Bible Study course on God’s Word, and what Satan doesn’t want us to believe about it.

We all have doubts to some extent. We all have verses of Scripture that we don’t truly believe. We might think we do, but we are going to uncover the lies that Satan has been giving us down through our lives. You know, his lies are very subtle. He is the father of lies, misconceptions, misunderstandings and disbelief that God’s Word is truly true. We’ve got a lot of faith in God’s Word or we wouldn’t be here taking this Bible Study. We already believe as Christians in the Word of God. However there are a lot of areas, a lot of verses that we don’t fully believe and therefore we are not living truly the empowered Christian life that God wants to give to us.

And so we begin this study with the first verses of chapter 1 in the book The Gospel of John. “In the beginning was the Word…” This is a Bible study about the Word of God. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life and this life was the light of the human race. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Now we’re going to go through that, line by line even word by word to discover how to make our faith stronger by believing in the Word of God fully. The first verse: “In the beginning was the Word” and who was “the Word”? It’s not talking about words on a page, it’s talking about a person. It’s talking about something that was a “He” and was with God and all things came to be through him. Who is the Word? Jesus Christ because as it says, “The light shines in the darkness the darkness does not overcome it. This is the light of the human race.” Of course Jesus is God so the Word is God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. In the Creed we say the Holy Spirit is the giver of life so the Word is more than text on a page. The Word is God himself, come to us to bring us light, and the darkness cannot overcome it, talking about when we fully believe in Christ so fully that every word that’s in Scripture we believe in, we have faith in.

Later we’re going to reach John chapter 14, where in verse 12 it says that, “If you believe in me you will do the same works that I do and greater far than these.” Have you walked on water? Have you multiplied food? Have you gone fishing and pulled a fish out that had your tax money in it? These are things that happened, through Jesus when he walked the earth. Now he’s walking the earth through us. This is supposed to be normal Christian living, but Satan doesn’t want us to believe that, he wants us to stay unempowered. Satan wants us to not be fully who we are as followers of Christ, miracle workers because Jesus worked miracles, strong in faith because the Holy Spirit gives us faith as a gift and we received all of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in fullness when we were baptized, the fullness of living life in the Spirit. And in order to do that we have to know what God’s Word says about how to do that, and we have to know what God’s promises are and we have to believe those promises fully, completely without doubt. Doubt isn’t bad. Doubt is meant to be the starter of a question. We are supposed to be asking the Holy Spirit for answers. We are supposed to be asking the Holy Spirit for greater understanding of the truth.

Jesus said that the Holy Spirit, he would send the Holy Spirit to be our teacher to help us understand everything we need to know about living the victorious life, the faith filled life, the successful life of a Christian where if we need a miracle because God’s Word says we can receive it, we will receive it. That’s what we’re going to discover as we go through this Bible Study.

God bless you.

John 1:29-33 GOD’S AMAZING WORD ON MIRACLES

Part 2 in the bible study of the Gospel of John covers chapter 1 verses 29-33 where John the Baptist identifies Jesus and prophesies that Jesus will baptize his followers with the Holy Spirit. This video ends with a prayer for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit after explaining why we need it.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This video series is a Bible study of the Gospel of John to understand how to live the Christian life fully, complete with miracles and supernatural joy.

The Transcript

This is the second video in a Bible Study on God’s Word, taking a look at how much we don’t believe yet, because Satan doesn’t want us to believe it, because  he’s robbing the Church of the graces that God wants to provide to this world.

As his Church we Christians are supposed to be making a difference in this world making this world a better place, bringing others to Christ. But Satan’s been lying to us, telling us to not believe everything that God says. The world needs to see God’s signs and wonders today to know that God is real to know that God is worth believing in and following. But we’re not doing enough. And why? Because we’re not believing enough. Now we’re going to take a look at the Gospel of John, starting in Chapter 1 with verse 14, “And the Word became flesh.” (The Word as we spoke of in the first video in this series being Jesus Christ, but all of God as well became flesh became one of us) “and he made his dwelling among us and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of Grace and Truth. Full of Grace and Truth.

Verse 16, “From this fullness we all have received”- full of Grace and Truth in verse 14 and now verse 16 says, “from this fullness we have all received Grace upon Grace. in other words abundant Grace no, more than that, abundantly abundant Grace extravagant Grace. God’s Grace is beyond what we can ask for or imagine. God’s Grace is beyond what we need. And he sent Jesus Christ to provide the fullness of this Grace to us. So that we get more than what we need, we get an abundance of what gives us a full life. Even the desires of our hearts if they’re holy and good, in such a way that others are converted by it. Grace isn’t just for us; it’s for the mission of filling the world with His Grace. “Grace”, (this is in verse 17 now) “Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ.”

What is Grace? Grace is a free gift from God that we don’t deserve, but because He loves us so much he freely gives himself to us. Grace is not just a noun as in “What is grace?” But “grace” is a verb; it’s an action word. It is God acting in our lives. When we fully understand what the Word of God tells us, we come alive in that Grace, and His Grace is helping us to fully understand his Word and his Truth because Jesus says he came to give us Grace and Truth. Now look a little bit further in Chapter 1. John the Baptizer is speaking and preparing people’s hearts to receive Christ. Verse 29, “John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and he announced,” to anyone who is listening, anyone in earshot, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” But John testified further saying, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky.”

This is when John baptized Jesus. “And remain upon him. I did not know him but the One who sent me to baptize with water told me On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain he is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.” “He is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.” That’s the key to powerful Christian living. That’s the key to being all that God wants us to be and doing all that God wants us to do. Being baptized in the Holy Spirit. Right here at the beginning of the Book of John we are hearing from the Word of God that we are all meant to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. When we were baptized in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with our water baptism that was the beginning but just the beginning, because after we received Jesus, Jesus baptizes us in the Holy Spirit.

In Baptism that Grace that we received then it’s the fullness of God, but there is more to it. Jesus knows that to live the Christian life, we need his supernatural power, his supernatural Grace, so he baptizes us with the Holy Spirit. If you’ve not yet received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as an extra Grace from Jesus, then pray this prayer with me now or if you’re ready for a renewal in it pray this prayer with me now, “Come Holy Spirit, fill me Holy Spirit, fill me to overflowing Holy Spirit. I want everything that you want to give me. Fill me with your gifts; fill me with your fruits. Help me to be all that God the Father wants me to be. Come Holy Spirit you have my permission to change me. Amen.

Amen!

John 2 GOD’S AMAZING WORD ON MIRACLES

In the wedding at Cana (John 2), when Jesus performed his first public miracle, the disciples began to believe in him. Likewise, God wants to do miracles through us today so that others will believe in Jesus.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This video series is a Bible study of the Gospel of John to understand how to live the Christian life fully, complete with miracles and supernatural joy.

The Transcript

In the second Chapter of the Gospel of John, the first 12 verses we read about the Wedding at Cana – the first time Jesus performed a public miracle. You know the story: The host of the wedding ran out of wine too early before the party was over. The Blessed Mother’s there and she says to Jesus: “They have no wine.”

There’s an interesting exchange between Mary and Jesus there that I could give a whole other teaching on. However, what I want to focus on is this: “Mary, his mother said”, after talking to Jesus. She said to the servers, the wine stewards, “Do whatever he tells you.” We can work miracles in our lives. We who are followers of Christ, we have taken on the life of Christ, therefore we are called to do miracles. This particular Scripture helps us to know why, but the first thing I want to point out is that Mary says, “Do whatever he tells you.”

When we’re praying for a miracle, how often do we do whatever Jesus tells us to do through his word, through Church teachings? We have to line ourselves up in the ways of holiness, which by the way we can only do with the help of the Holy Spirit. So we need more of the Holy Spirit in our lives, as we need more holiness in our lives. When we are in that state of wanting to do God’s will, doing whatever he tells us, even if we don’t like it, even if it doesn’t make sense, even if it doesn’t seem logical, or fit with our plans – that needs to be the first place where our heart aligns up with Jesus, being willing to do whatever he tells us to do. And then after Jesus tells the wine stewards fill up the jugs with water and then he changes it to the best wine ever, at the very end of this story, it says, this is the verse 11, “Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and…” (here’s the important part for today) “…and so revealed his glory and his disciples began to believe in him.”

See, whenever Jesus reveals his glory or whenever we reveal the glory of Jesus to those around us, people begin to believe in him. It is not through our sufferings that people turn to Jesus. Yes, people who are not believers or people who are rejecting Jesus, people who are buying into the lies of the world, following the ways of the world, we need to reap what we sow, and there is suffering in that. When we stray down the wrong path, when we do immoral things we need to republish so, these are the chastisements that draw our attention to our need for God. But if we are trying to do whatever Jesus tells us to do, then those chastisements are not for us. We are not meant to suffer the same way as sinners suffer. We’ve been redeemed. We’ve been entered into, by what Jesus did, into his holiness and his miracles, and his power to work miracles.

The more we have the life of Christ in us the more miracles we should be seeing. That is normal Christian living. And why does it matter so much to God? Why does he want us to do miracles, to see miracles, and for others to see miracles worked through us? Because as it says in this story, others come to believe. First we ourselves grow in faith, but those around us that see the miracles, those that we give testimony to about the miracles that have happened in our lives, those who we minister to miraculously, they come to know Christ. Of course God wants to relieve our suffering. Anybody who has ever loved anybody and seen a loved one suffering, you know what it’s like. You want them to feel better.

Well God, who loves us even more than that, wants us to feel better. He wants to give us miracles, of course! It’s like, no duh! And one of the reasons is not just because of love, caring about how we are feeling and the pain, the suffering, whatever’s going on, but because it’s a witness that glorifies Jesus, and thereby brings others to Christ. So keep that in mind as you pray for the gift of miracles in your life.

Acts 9:32-35 GOD’S AMAZING WORD ON MIRACLES

In Acts 9:32-35, we see one of many examples in scripture of miraculous healings that resulted in people converting to Christ Jesus. Today, God still wants to convert people by providing his love through supernatural power, because this convinces people that Jesus is real.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 9th video in a series about living the Christian life fully, complete with miracles and supernatural joy.

The Transcript

Which reveals the love of God more, Jesus dying on the Cross or the Resurrection? Let’s look at this. Jesus dying on the Cross, that’s usually our first answer, it’s like yes, he died for us, he went through tortures for us, he endured a lot of suffering, and he took our sins to the cross.

That’s a lot of love. But as true as that is, it was revealed more in the Resurrection. And here’s why. On the Cross all that really reveals by itself is that Jesus ticked off the Pharisees. Jesus upset the religious leaders of the day so much that they killed him. End of story. That’s all it really reveals, if we don’t also know about the Resurrection and believe that it’s true. In the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead God revealed his power which makes all that happened on the Cross valid and active in our lives today, real for us, bringing us to Heaven.

The power of God is what brings people to Heaven. The power of God is God revealing his love for us in the best most clear possible way. Let me read to you from the 9th chapter of Acts: “As Peter was passing through every region he went down to the holy ones living in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas who had been confined to bed for eight years for he was paralysed. Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas Jesus Christ heals you.’ There is the revealing of God’s power, the proclaiming of God’s power. Get up and make your bed. There is the word of take action based on this power. Or let me put it another way, take action based on this love that God has for you.

Peter said to him, ‘Anaeas Jesus Christ heals you, get up and make your bed.’ And what happens? The man who had been paralyzed got up at once and all the inhabitants of Lydda and Sharon, another town, not just the one town where Peter did this, saw him, that man who had been  paralyzed now healed, and they turned to the Lord”. They turned to the Lord. It is when the power of God is revealed to people that they turn to the Lord. We in the Church have not been revealing the love of God in the power of God.

We’ve created a culture for decades of “God is love” therefore, this is how the world has adapted this message, and we have contributed to this greatly within the Church: “Because the Lord loves he forgives. It doesn’t matter how I sinned God understands, God forgives. I’ll still be able to go to Heaven.” That’s not the truth. The truth we need to be teaching, the truth that you, now that you’re hearing this, need to be spreading, share this video that’s an easy way to spread this message, but speak it from your own life as well, live it in your own life, share it in your own life.

The truth that the world needs to hear is this: “God loves us so much that he wants to use his power to help us”. Not just to get us to Heaven but to help us now, here, in this life, just like Peter was able to heal through Jesus that paralyzed man and many turn to Christ because of it. We need to be God’s instruments of healing. We need to be God’s instruments of power in this world today, because God’s power is God’s love. God’s love is revealed through his power. Conversion happens through understanding that God really cares and people grasp onto that when they know that God’s power will work in their lives.

If you’re a parent you know how this works. When we have a child who gets a boo-boo, a skinned knee falling off his bicycle. What do we do? Do we say, “It’s okay. It’ll heal. Just go ahead and wash it. It’ll take time to heal but it’ll heal. You’ll be all right.” No. We go, we kiss the boo-boo, we embrace the child we clean off the wound ourselves. We put a bandaid on it. We put Neosporin or some other antibiotic on it, in order to heal the wound faster. And we’re not better than God as a parent.

God the Father wants to do the same with us, but we his children, this is how we act, “Oh that’s okay God. It’s okay. I’ll clean this boo-boo myself. What I’m suffering from I’ll take care of it. I can handle it.” Or, “I can learn to cope with it. I can deal with it because I don’t really think that you care enough to kiss my boo-boo… okay, so maybe a kiss my booboo but I still got to go to the doctor if I need stiches. You’re not going to miraculously heal it.” And God does use doctors and work through doctors, but he also uses miracles, he doesn’t use doctors exclusively. That’s his desire because who’s converted to Christ by us going to a doctor for a healing?

On the other hand when we get a miraculous healing we need to proclaim it because that’s when people turn to Christ. Yes, go to the doctor, but first pray and before that, learn how to pray with faith. And here’s how to begin doing that. Every day pray: “Lord, Holy Spirit come. You have my permission to change me, refresh me, fill me anew with your Holy Spirit as by a new Pentecost. Fill me, Holy Spirit and increase in me, Holy Spirit, the gift of faith for miracles. Increase in me the gift of faith to reveal your power in this world, your power that reveals your love. Amen.

John 3:1-6 GOD’S AMAZING WORD ON MIRACLES

In John 3:1-6, Jesus emphasizes the reality and importance of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Here’s why! (Includes Terry Modica’s personal testimony.)

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 5th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

The Transcript

In the beginning of Chapter 3 of the Gospel of John we read about a Pharisee named Nicodemus. He was a ruler of the Jews. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi we know that you are a teacher who has come from God for no one can do these signs (the miracles) that you are doing unless God is with him. Jesus answered him and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you”, and whenever Jesus says, “Amen, amen, I say to you,” he is saying, “Everything that I say to you is true, but this I want you to pay special close attention to.

This rises above other truths as important to know, embrace and live by.” Because ‘Amen, amen, I say to you’, not just to Nicodemus, but you my friend. “No one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Now Nicodemus says to him, “How can a person grown old be born again. Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?” Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you.” Again he’s emphasizing. This is important, grasp onto this, hold onto this, believe it, live it. “Amen amen I say to you. No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.” What is born of flesh is flesh, and what is born of Spirit is spirit.

Notice that Jesus is separating the water Baptism from the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. He’s not combining them as one event. Yes, we receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit as well as God the Father and Jesus the Son when we are baptized with water, but it is not one event that turns the power of God on in our lives. It is not one event that helps us live the holy life. Baptism by itself as you know think of everybody you know who’s been baptized and is not living the holy life, not going to church, not producing the miracles of God in their lives. Baptism by itself doesn’t change us to a life of following Christ. It puts us in the right state of Grace for it. It frees us from the strongholds of sin that holds us back from it. It starts us on the right path. But it is when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, if when we are born again of the Spirit that our lives change and dramatically.

When I grew up I only knew Jesus. I only had the benefit of the baptism by water. And I went seeking for the supernatural because I read it in Scripture and I wondered where is it. If you’ve watched any of my other videos you’ve probably come across this testimony already but it’s worth repeating. I went finding the supernatural in the occult which took me away from Christ. It took me on a path away from Heaven. And I lost my relationship with Christ. I had grown up with Jesus as my best friend as far back as I could remember as a child, and I lost that because I went after a lie. I followed a lie thinking it was true.

When I was introduced to the Holy Spirit and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and I said, “Yes, something’s missing from my life, I want as much as God can give to me”, and the Holy Spirit came into anew, I still had the Holy Spirit in me, yes, but it was a new infilling. And in that new infilling he changed my mind about all the lies of the occult that I had been believing. One by one he took them away, he convinced me, he inspired me. I’d hear things in teachings and prayer groups, I’d read things in Scriptures and all of a sudden it made sense, and I felt convicted in my heart to reject the lie and to live the truths that were now being revealed to me. It is when we have the Holy Spirit filling us that the misconceptions and bad programming of the world are converted to the Truth.

Anybody you know who you’ve been trying to share the truth with and they’re not agreeing with you and they’re not accepting it, it’s because the Holy Spirit is not in them in such a way that the Holy Spirit has the opportunity to change their minds. So give up trying, instead pray for them and if possible pray with them for a new infilling of the Holy Spirit, or a first-time infilling of the Holy Spirit. This is what Jesus had in mind when he told Nicodemus that one needs to be, in the memory he said, “Amen, amen” listen to this, “one needs to be baptized by water and Spirit.” That is how we are fully born again, into the life of Christ, and set firmly on the path to Heaven.

John 3:16-21 GOD’S AMAZING WORD ON MIRACLES

God’s plan for rescuing our loved ones and our world from darkness is revealed in John 3:16-21. The end of this video contains a powerful but rarely discussed fact about why there is so much darkness in our world today and what the Church needs to repent of.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 6th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

The Transcript

In part six of this Bible Series on believing the amazing Word of God, we’re going to continue with the third Chapter of the Gospel of John starting with verse 16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life.” Let’s continue because there’s a lot more to this than just that verse and a lot of people stop at that verse. But the next verse I believe is even more important. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through him.”

See, when we have people in our lives that we are trying to bring to the Truth we see them doing wrong things, unhealthy things, immoral things, and we want to help them. We care, and we want to help them live the way God called them to live. And let’s face it, if they become holier our lives are going to get a lot easier right? Because these are the troublemakers. These are the people who, by not following Christ, cause us problems, they’re family problems that… we’d like to see them change. And what do we do? We condemn them, maybe not intentionally but we say, “You’re sinning! You’re going to hell! If you don’t get to Mass you’re going to hell or if you don’t…” whatever. “God’s angry at you. There’s going to be chastisements. The world is going to be experiencing hurricanes and earthquakes and all kinds of devastation because we’re so bad. The world is made up of so many bad people.”

But Jesus says in his Word, right here, John Chapter 3, verse 17 that he didn’t come to condemn the world. He came to redeem it, to lead everyone to Heaven. But to accomplish that let’s look at the rest of his plan here. Verse 18 says, “Whoever believes in Him (Jesus) will not be condemned.” Okay we know that, we know that in order for people to get to Heaven and not go to hell, they need to believe in Jesus. It’s very clear, that’s very clear here, “But whoever does not believe has already been condemned because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God.” We can’t get to Heaven through Mohammed. We can’t get to Heaven through some guru. We can’t get to Heaven by our own plans, our own doings, our own “I’m going to do what makes me feel good. I’m gonna do what the world says is okay.”

That’s not how we get eternal life. That’s not how we get freedom from God’s condemnation. It’s very clear here: “Whoever does not believe in Jesus has already been condemned because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God.” Son with a capital S. Savior Son. “And this is the verdict:” (here’s more understanding of what is just being said there.) “The light came into the world but people preferred darkness to light because their works were evil.” Okay, yes, that’s the state of the world. We know people and we watch the news and we see that people run away from and fight back against the Truth, because they want to remain in their darkness. They want to remain in their ways. They want to stay attached to what they want to do with their lives.

“For everyone” verse 20, “For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light so that his works might not be exposed.” And now here, my friend, is what I want you to really grasp. Verse 21, “Whoever lives the Truth comes to the light so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.” This is the hope of the world. Your good works need to be seen by the world as done because of Christ, through Christ, in Christ. But what? Opening the door for somebody and smiling at them? Letting somebody in into traffic in front of you? These are all good deeds. Loving your children? Helping a neighbor? These are all good deeds, but how many times have these kinds of deeds converted someone to come from darkness to light?

It’s the miraculous works that get people’s attention. It’s the amazing works of God that get people’s attention. When we can do what’s impossible because we have Jesus Christ, that is what gets people’s attention so that they too turn to Christ. They too want what we have. Even as their evil ways try to keep them in darkness, if we reveal the light of Christ with power people begin to want it. Take seriously my friend the importance of revealing God’s power to change the world. We need to repent of all these years that we’ve spent not living in the fullness of power of God, God’s love revealed in his power. All the times we have settled for living the mediocre faith of “Well I pray and I don’t see a miracle so well God has other plans, God will use the doctors.” And yes he does use the doctors as I’ve said before. But we need to repent of not seeking the Holy Spirit’s help in growing in faith to be wonder workers for the Lord.

We need to ask the Holy Spirit to fill us with faith for miracles because the world desperately needs to see this kind of light. Pray. Pray for that kind of faith. Go to Confession for the lack of that kind of faith in your life before. And pray again, every day, “Holy Spirit come fill me. You have my permission to change me.”

 

John 3:34 GOD’S AMAZING WORD ON MIRACLES

John 3:34 contains an often-overlooked but very important truth: God does not ration his Spirit. You have within you the same fullness of the Holy Spirit as Jesus Christ himself did and as much as the Saints who experienced very supernatural, amazing manifestations of God’s power.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 7th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

The Transcript

In part 7 of this video series on the amazing Word of God, there’s one verse in Chapter 3 of the Gospel of John that I want to especially highlight before we move on to Chapter 4. John, the Gospel writer, is summing up that Jesus came from Heaven, was sent by God, and speaks the Word of God. In the middle of that, almost like a passing by the way statement, it’s something that I want to highlight because it doesn’t just speak about Jesus and His being sent by God into this world. It speaks to you and me as well.

This is the second half of verse 34 in the third Chapter of the Gospel of John. “He (God the Father) does not ration His gift of the Spirit.” God’s ability to give you and me the Holy Spirit to work miracles is not rationed as in, well that person over there has a bigger amount of the Holy Spirit in him and can work miracles; I have less, so I can’t be expected to do as much. Or that person over there is a Saint. Or that saint that I’ve read about has been so gifted by the fullness of the Holy Spirit that he or she has lived the holy life.

I can’t be expected to have that same degree of saintliness in my life because I haven’t been graced with as much of the Holy Spirit. But right here in the Word of God, my friend, is that Truth that God the Father who filled Jesus with the Holy Spirit at His Baptism in order to do His very important redemptive mission, gives you and me the same Spirit. Not a piece of the Spirit! You can’t have just part of the Holy Spirit! We can live the life of the Holy Spirit only partly. But we have received all of the Holy Spirit, and when we ask God to fill us anew and release in us the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the presence of the Holy Spirit, the holiness of the Holy Spirit, the teachings of the Holy Spirit, the discernment of the Holy Spirit, prophecy.

Hey, even saints and other holy people that have not been canonized, they’ve levitated in prayer. This is because they are so connected to the Holy Spirit that the earth is no longer holding them down. That, too, is our inheritance. The Holy Spirit is not just a little bit in you and more in others. God the Father has not rationed to you any smaller part of the Holy Spirit. He has given you the fullness and wants you to live in that fullness. And that, my friend, is the challenge that I am giving you repeatedly in this video course. And we’re going to continue going through the Book of John looking at how the Holy Spirit is offered to us, how important that is, and how we are called to be evangelizers through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Before we go on to Chapter four, examine your conscience again. Where are you now in your journey of coming into greater embracing of God’s Word and believing the Truth of It? This Truth needs to be fully grasped before we go on with the next part of the series. God the Father is not rationing the Holy Spirit. You have the fullness available. What do you need to do? This is a question that I ask myself every day. What do we need to do? What do I need to do, what do you need to do to open more fully to being God’s instrument of power in this world? God bless you because God has many blessings to give you.

John 4:23-24 GOD’S AMAZING WORD ON MIRACLES

In John 4:23-24, Jesus emphasizes the role of the Holy Spirit in worship. Our worship of God in Mass and other experiences should lift our spirits and transform us. God wants to uplift us. This video explains how it happens.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 8th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

The Transcript

In John Chapter four, we have the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus meets her at the well. He talks to her, brings her to conversion. She’s the woman who had had five husbands, and she ends up converting the whole town – the whole village – because of what Jesus said to her and how He ministered to her. In the midst of that story is something very interesting about the Holy Spirit that I’d like to highlight. In verse 23, through 24 Jesus says, “The hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. And indeed the Father seeks such people to worship Him. God is Spirit”, He explains, “and those who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and Truth.” Why does He say this? Why is He emphasizing this?

Well let me ask you this question. When you go to Mass, when you do anything that is any worship experience, what kind of a spirit do you have? Do you have a spirit of joy? Do you have a spirit of peace? Or do you have a spirit, at least sometimes of – I wonder what time it is, we’ve got a lot to do today, and this homily is going awfully long. A spirit of impatience? Do you have a spirit of exalting God, a spirit of worship that is, that’s so so full of the Holy Spirit that there’s no words to describe it? Do you have such a spirit of worship in you that when you are praying, when you’re in Mass, when you’re celebrating Jesus’s presence in the Eucharist, are you lifted higher than your normal earthly existence? You know saints levitated because they were so much in the Spirit as they worshiped, that earth no longer held them.

That’s normal Christian living if we’re willing to take it that far. Most of us don’t. But that’s the promise. That’s what God is saying is possible. That’s what God desires. God is Spirit as Jesus said, and when we worship God as He truly is, we are connecting our spirit to His Spirit. We’re uniting our spirits. We are letting the Holy Spirit in us (because we received the Holy Spirit in Baptism) we’re letting the Holy Spirit in us connect us so closely to God’s Spirit – God the Father’s Spirit and to Jesus’s Spirit – that we’re elevated. Our mood is elevated. Any discouragement is elevated to hope. But now I’m talking about the benefits to us. What about the benefits to God? Because God is wanting that.

God is wanting such closeness with us that our worship is so beautiful, so on fire with His presence, that we are transformed by it. And that’s what He wants. He wants us to be transformed, lifted up, and become our best selves – the full potential of what God designed for us. Let me give you an example. A long time ago, I began to experience something in Mass. This came after I received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Before the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, I worshiped in church. I felt connected to God. But after the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, my whole being felt so connected to God that my soul, my spirit, directs my body instead of my body directing my spirit. And what I mean by that is, I feel uplifted so much that I can’t hold my hands down when I’m praying. I’m like, “Oh Lord, thank You! Praise You!” in my heart, in my spirit. It’s like I want to reach up to Him.

I want to to do what the early Christians did. Normal prayer was to open the palms up to God and raise our hands up because we are raising or if we’re feeling raised up in spirit. Of course, I don’t want to draw attention to myself. I want people to stay focused on Jesus and what’s happening in the Mass, so I keep my hands down low. People around me can see it, yes, and I hope that’s a witness to them. But I keep it minimal to not draw attention to myself. But when the music’s playing, how much is the Spirit of God alive in you then? When the music’s playing, I especially if it’s a faster tune, I can’t help but, you know, bounce along with it, you know, in the rhythm of a little tiny dance in my pew because my spirit is dictating my body rather than my body dictating my spirit.

That’s what God wants for you, too. He wants you to in whatever expression works best for you whatever you’re comfortable with or maybe not so comfortable at first, but that’s your flesh. What is your spirit comfortable with? Let your spirit, let the Holy Spirit in you, free. Let Him have the freedom to lift you to higher heights whenever you’re worshiping God. God bless you. May your spirit soar.

John 6:63 GOD’S AMAZING WORD ON MIRACLES

Does God give his Holy Spirit to everyone? Jesus provides the surprising answer in John 6:63. This video explains what happens at the moment of conception and the choice everyone is given: to live by the Spirit or the flesh — God’s life or our own agenda and beliefs about what is right and what is wrong — and why the flesh does not give us life.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 9th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

The Transcript

Now we’re going to take a look at John Chapter 6 and there’s one particular verse, verse 63, that I want to highlight here because it talks about the Holy Spirit in relationship to the kind of life (underline that word “life”) that He wants to give us. Before I read this verse to you, let me ask this. Does the Holy Spirit exist in everyone, everyone who ever lived? Does everyone have the Spirit of God? All across the planet, think of the most evildoing person. Think of that person in your life, in your family, somebody who has really deeply hurt you, somebody who’s far from the Lord.

Does that person have the Spirit of God? The surprising answer is yes – with a caveat. In the Creed we say that the Holy Spirit is the Giver of Life. Therefore everyone who has been given life has been given it by the Holy Spirit. Think of Father God as the Creator, the Father, and the Holy Spirit as the Breath of the Father. As God blew on Adam to bring him to life, He blows on all of us to bring us life. At the moment of our conception, He breathes into us. Now when we are born and take our first breath of earthly air, now we are living in the flesh. But right from the very beginning of our conception, God breathed His Spirit into us – into everyone.

But let’s read what verse 63 in John Chapter 6 says about this. Jesus says, “It is the Spirit that gives life while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” Everybody is given the life of God, the life of the Spirit, but we have to choose between living the life of the Spirit and living the life of flesh. In other words, we have to choose between living the way God wants us to live, doing the words of Christ, first listening to the words of Christ, and coming to understand at least enough to act upon the words of Christ. That’s why He says here, the second part of verse 63, “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”

We need to live that spirit and life of Jesus’s words in order to have eternal life, in order to keep, in other words, to keep the life that God the Father gives to us as He breathes His Spirit on to us. Or, as many people do, we can choose the life of the flesh which means we’re in charge. We try to be in charge. We’re in charge of our lives. We’re in charge of our destiny. We’re in charge of what is right and wrong. We are in charge of what is moral and what is immoral. That’s living by the flesh.

And Jesus says very clearly there is no life in that because once the flesh dies, so do all of our agendas, so do all of our beliefs about what’s right and wrong. Only in Jesus and the words that He speaks – the words of Scripture, the words that the Church gives us as it helps us understand Scripture. All the teachings of the Church, for example, are based on and full of quotes from Scripture because this is God coming to us with life. And every decision that we face, we’re faced with two choices – the way of the Spirit or the way of the flesh. The way that God wants us to handle something or the way that we’d like to handle it because it’s easier, or it’s more self-centered, or whatever. All the decisions that you’re facing today, my friend, think about this.

What is the Holy Spirit guiding you to do? And if you’re not sure, pray, “Come, Holy Spirit. Fill me with Your guidance. Fill me with Your wisdom. Fill me with Your understanding. You have my permission to change me. Amen.”

 

 

1. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Introductory Rites)

Deepen Your Faith by Understanding the Catholic Mass

Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ.

Take, Eat and Drink is a set of 17 short segments (three to five minutes). Each video ends with a question for personal reflection or group discussion. It appeals to all generations: youth, young adults, and older folks, from traditional Catholics to spiritual explorers who aren’t sure they want to show up at Mass. It’s designed for those who want to deepen their faith by understanding the Mass better and for catechists to use in classrooms.

Help yourself, or your parishioners and catechists, or your teens gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Mass and a more lively relationship with Christ! Use it to explain the Mass in a way that evangelizes and builds interest in full participation in the liturgy.

Features Msgr. Rick Hilgartner, who at the time was Executive Director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Father Gary Dowsey of the “Hey Father Gary!” show on SpiritFM Catholic Radio, and Father John Gerth of “Ask Fr. J” fame on Lifeteen.com.

Reformatted for catechists!

In 2011, Good News Ministries produced a DVD to help prepare parishes for the changes in the New Roman Missal. Although the Church has finished transitioning to the new Mass, the content of the DVD is too good to throw away. We’ve updated it and repackaged it in short segments for catechists to use in adult and youth faith formation classes, including RCIA.

Part 1 covers the Introductory Rites.

2. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Apostolic Greeting)

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 2 covers the Apostolic Greeting.

3. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Penitential Rite)

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 3 covers the Penitential Rite.

4. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (the Gloria)

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 4 covers the Gloria that we sing or recite near the beginning of Mass.

5. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (the Collect)

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 5 covers the “Collect”, the opening prayer.

6. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Liturgy of the Word)

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 6 covers the Liturgy of the Word.

7. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Biblical Readings)

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 7 covers why we use Biblical Readings at Mass and how scripture-based the Catholic Church truly is.

8. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Creed)

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 8 covers the Creed, also known as the Profession of Faith.

9. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Prayer of the Faithful)

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 9 covers the Prayer of the Faithful

 

10. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Liturgy of Eucharist)

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 10 covers the beginning of the consecration of the the Holy Eucharist.

11. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Gifts)

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 11 covers the Preparation of the Gifts of the Altar and includes why the sins of the priest do not affect the consecration of the Eucharist.

12. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Eucharist Prayer Part 1)

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 12 covers the Eucharist Prayers. Why do we believe that the bread and wine become truly the Body and Blood of Jesus himself?

 

13. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Eucharist Prayers Part 2)

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 13 covers our personal experience of Jesus in the Eucharist Prayers.

14. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Lord’s Prayer)

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 14 digs into the deeper meaning of each line of the Lord’s Prayer.

15. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Communion Part 1)

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 15 covers the Rite of Peace, the Fraction Rite, and the Rite of Holy Communion. This includes the reason why we say, “Lord I am not worthy that you should come under my roof, but say the word and my soul shall be healed.”

16. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Communion Part 2)

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 16 covers what happens when we receive Holy Communion.

17. TAKE, EAT, DRINK: UNDERSTANDING THE MASS (Concluding Rites)

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 17 covers what happens to us after we receive Jesus in the Eucharist.

HOW TO PRAY IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (INTRO)

Do you have prayer power? Here’s the role of the Holy Spirit in making our prayers supernatural. Normal Christian living is supposed to be like the early Church, as described in the book of Acts.

This video is the introduction to the Paracletia course found at https://gnm.org/paracletia-course-desc….

 

HOW TO PRAY IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (INTRO)

The Transcript

Do you have prayer power? Do you have the ability to pray and make a difference? Do you have the ability to pray and see the supernatural? Hi, I’m Terry Modica from Good News Ministries. And the answer to that question is: No you don’t. I don’t either, because only God has that kind of power. We are called to be prayer warriors, to be prayer intercessors. We are called to have a prayer life, because this prayer life connects us to God. We need to have, in order for the supernatural to happen through our prayer life, a close, personal, alive, active relationship with the Holy Spirit.

First, we have to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, because he is our Savior; He died for us. He rose from death and ascended into heaven and takes us with him if we want to follow him. But it is the Holy Spirit who is Part 2 of the Christian life. Because Jesus said that he gives us his Holy Spirit. We’ve all been called to have Part 2 in that relationship with Jesus. Because it is the Holy Spirit of Christ who helps us to live out the teachings of Christ. It is the Holy Spirit of Christ who helps us to have the kind of prayer and have the kind of affect on this world that followers of Christ are supposed to have.

Take a look at what the Book of Acts says is normal Christian living. What happened in the early Church is meant to be the Church of all time. God doesn’t change. Pay attention to how many times the Holy Spirit’s name comes up in Mass of the Catholic Church, in the scriptures, the prayers of the Church. The Holy Spirit is named very often — all the time because that is key to having a successful and powerful prayer life. So, I pray, in the name of Jesus, with the power of the Holy Spirit, that you, my friend, will come to know the Holy Spirit more than you ever have before. And it begins with your prayer, first: “Lord Jesus, I want You to be my Lord and Savior. Without You, I cannot get to heaven.” And then: “Holy Spirit, I want You to be my holiness. I want You to teach me how to be holy. And I want You to fill me, renew me, fill me to over-flowing. Set Your fire alive in me.”

Because it is the power of the Holy Spirit, my friend, who purifies us and helps us to live the saintly life that we are called to be, because Christians are no longer sinners. We are saints. Yes, we do sin, because we have not fully entered into our sainthood. But the Holy Spirit is the one who helps us with that — every day.

God bless you.

HOW TO PRAY IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (1)

How do you know if you’re truly listening to the Holy Spirit? How do you know if the Holy Spirit is truly listening to you? Here’s how to get connected.

The Transcript

One of the most basic questions that most people have about a relationship with the Holy Spirit and their prayer life is, “How do I know whether I’m really listening to the Holy Spirit or not? Or, “How do I know the Holy Spirit is really listening to me?” What this question boils down to is, “How do I know I’m truly connected to the Holy Spirit?” Well the answer is simply we don’t try, we don’t try to get ourselves connected because it’s not our effort that matters. Yes, we do have to put effort into it, but what matters is the Holy Spirit’s effort.

You see we need to understand the Holy Spirit wants to connect with us more than we want to connect with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is ready. The Holy Spirit was given to us when we were baptized, and it was confirmed that we have the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation. So we need to trust that, and that’s what having a life in the Holy Spirit is really all about: trust, and with that trust or what enables that trust is surrender, total surrender.

A good prayer to start every day with is, “Holy Spirit renew me, Holy Spirit you have my permission to change me.” It’s as simple as that. “Holy Spirit renew me, Holy Spirit you have my permission to change me”, and even if there’s part of you that does not really want to be changed because, hey!, we all have that simple part of us that says, “I’m in charge of my life not God, I want things to be the way I want them to be.” In other words I don’t really want to change there are certain parts of my life I want changed, and it’s usually the other person, I want somebody else to love me better or I want somebody to hire me or whatever. But true prayer that’s truly connected to the Holy Spirit begins with “Change me”, and if we give the Holy Spirit just even a small desire to be changed and the rest of us really is resisting that, all the Holy Spirit needs is that little bit and he’ll run with it.

I heard that several years ago when I went to confession and I really did not want to change, I really did not want to repent, I was angry at somebody and it’s like Dolly was justified anger. And if I too easily forgave, too quickly forgave, that person was as good continue on his ways that were wrong, and I was angry at what he was doing wrong, and I wanted to be angry. It was justified anger at least that’s how it began. But the priest asked me, “Are you willing to forgive him?” and I wanted to say, “Not yet, not until he does what he is supposed to do, not till he changes.” But I very feebly not in my head, and the priest said, “That’s all God needs, that little bit is all God needs,” and he continued with the prayers of Absolution. And I left that confessional changed. I was light-hearted, I was free of the chains of unforgiveness, and yes I still wanted that other person to change in the way that needed to be changed, but I was no longer caught up and trapped by the emotions of anger over it.

Whatever you need to surrender there’s more to surrender than you realize, because we need to totally totally give ourselves over to the Holy Spirit and let the Holy Spirit take charge. Give a little bit, just give the littlest or the greatest even if it is little bit of your willingness of surrender and the Holy Spirit will run with that. Holy Spirit renew me, Holy Spirit you have my permission to change me. That my friend is the beginning of a prayer life that is filled much more with the power of the Holy Spirit. God bless you!

This is Part 1 of the Paracletia video course, “How to Pray in the Power of the Holy Spirit”. For the full course, see https://gnm.org/paracletia-course-desc…

HOW TO PRAY IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (2)

There are many things that come between us and the power of the Holy Spirit. And they all boil down to this: We’re not totally convinced that God truly cares about us. Here’s why, and here’s a spiritual exercise for a breakthrough. This is Part 2 of the Paracletia video course, “How to Pray in the Power of the Holy Spirit”. For the full course, see There are many things that come between us and the power of the Holy Spirit. And they all boil down to this: We’re not totally convinced that God truly cares about us. Here’s why, and here’s a spiritual exercise for a breakthrough.

The Transcript

Hi! There are many things that come between us and the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit’s power, and the Holy Spirit’s activity in our lives. There are many things that hold us back from all that God wants to give us and do in us and through us. And the most basic of it, the root of it from which everything else comes, everything else that prevents us from having the closest to the Holy Spirit and the fullness of the Holy Spirit that we’re called to have, it boils down to this: we are not totally convinced that God really, really cares about us. We are not deep down believing that what we want really matters to God. Because we’ve been projecting onto God what humans have been and done in our lives. Especially the authority figures in our lives starting with our parents.

For example, if your father was absent from the home through death, divorce, work, and by my work I mean a lot of work like traveling, we grow up feeling that God the Father is distant. We project our human father’s distance from us on to God the Father. Well this works in many different ways. We project onto the Holy Spirit human limitations. So right now I’d like to do is help you begin a spiritual exercise in opening yourself more to the immense love of the Holy Spirit. Spend today, and make this a spiritual practice for every day, thinking about, reflecting about how much God is delighted in you. Yes, delighted.

Of course he knows your sins, of course he knows your imperfections, of course he knows your faults better than you. That’s not the only thing he’s looking at. He’s looking at the good that you do. He’s looking at his own reflection in you, the goodness in you is God himself. And God is resonating with himself that is in you. God the Holy Spirit is delighted in you and is filling you with good things, and is filling you with joy, and wants to release in you everything that God has in mind for you. You know Jesus said in John 14:12 that, “If you believe in me, if you follow me if you make me the Lord of your life, you will do the things that I do and even greater things!”

To have that we need to be fully alive and surrendered to the Holy Spirit. To do that we need to know that the Holy Spirit is delighted in us. So look around, look around and pay attention to all the ways that God is saying, “I love you, I care about you, I delight in doing good things for you.” You for example, what is the beauty in nature that God has placed around you. God is with you, God is giving you treats every day. Take for example, you walk down a lane, walk down a path and you see the light of the sun shining through the greenery. This is God putting things on display for you. This is God giving you something enjoyable to look at, to bless your day and to connect you closer to him, because he cares about you so much, he loves you that much that he gives you beautiful things to look at.

Yes my friend, God delights in you. Pay attention to all the way that he’s revealing that. Every little thing that goes right, every little thing and every big thing that reveals God’s hand at work. That shows that his timing got involved in something. And let the Holy Spirit speak to you about how much he cares about you, and how much God is trying to reveal that to you, through the things around you and the circumstances. Come Holy Spirit renew us. Come Holy Spirit you have our permission to change us. Amen

This is Part 2 of the Paracletia video course, “How to Pray in the Power of the Holy Spirit”. For the full course, see https://gnm.org/paracletia-course-desc…

HOW TO PRAY IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (3)

One of the supernatural manifestations of the Holy Spirit is the gift of tongues. What’s the purpose for it? How does it help us to experience more of the Holy Spirit’s power and help?

This is Part 3 of the Paracletia video course, “How to Pray in the Power of the Holy Spirit”. For the full course, see https://gnm.org/paracletia-course-desc…

HOW TO PRAY IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (4)

Are you plagued by distracting thoughts when you try to pray? Here’s how to turn the problem into deeper unity with God.

This is Part 4 of the Paracletia video course, “How to Pray in the Power of the Holy Spirit.” For the full course, see https://gnm.org/paracletia-course-desc…

HOW TO PRAY IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (5)

What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? How is it related to water baptism? What’s the purpose for it?

This is Part 5 of the Paracletia video course, “How to Pray in the Power of the Holy Spirit.” For the full course, see https://gnm.org/paracletia-course-desc…