Today's Good News Reflection

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Today's Inspirational Snippet: Satan is free to do evil whenever God's children say no to using their giftedness in cooperation with God's plans.

Good News Reflection

Friday of the 30th Week of Ordinary Time
October 31, 2014

Today's Saint: Wolfgang
Pray to overcome evil:

Today’s Readings:
Philippians 1:1-11
Psalm 111:1-6
Luke 14:1-6
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:

How great are your works for the Lord?

You are a gift from God to the world! You are a gift in every way that you do good and use your talents, your finances, what you learned from your past experiences, your training and skills, your compassion, your knowledge, your Spirit-supplied wisdom, your unique personality, your right choice of words, your helpfulness, your – anything that is you that reflects God's goodness.

Through the words of St. Paul in today’s first reading, Jesus is telling you personally: "I give thanks to my Father every time I think of you – which is constantly." He is telling you: "Our Father has begun a good work in you and he will carry it all the way to completion. Rely on him!" He is saying: "I am praying that your love will continually increase and change this world through what you know and perceive about the ways of God."

Jesus recognizes that you are a very important gift to the world. Because of your uniqueness, you are extremely valuable. No one else can do what you can do, the way you can do it. No one else has your particular set of talents and experiences and insights. In partnership with the Holy Spirit, you are awesome!

Satan is free to do evil whenever God's gifts for the world (God's children) say no to using their giftedness in cooperation with God's plans. What are the excuses we use? I'm too busy. I'm too inadequate. I'm too tired. I'm too scared of how I might suffer if I do that. I'm too focused on my own projects. I'm too in need of attention from others. I'm too unwilling to change.

It's the curse of "too-someness". Blessings are found in the "two-someness" of partnering with God. After Christ ascended from the earth, the Holy Spirit descended to the earth so that we could become the Body of Christ – we are his hands, his feet, his vocal chords, his smile, his presence in the world. Our responsorial Psalm today is true because God works his wondrous deeds through us: How great are the works of the Lord!

Look at how Jesus, in the Gospel reading today, dared to use his giftedness when society dictated that he shouldn't. We need to let go of our perceptions of when and how it's okay to be gift for the world. You are very valuable! You are already doing good with the gifts you have. Become aware of Jesus patting you on the back and being very pleased with you. Read again today's first scripture and put your name in there, to make it a personal letter from Jesus to you.

Now, is there anything holding you back from doing ALL that you can do in partnership with God? May your love abound more and more!

For help in discovering your "two-someness", see my e-book: "Knowing God's Will and Doing it Well".
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In this issue:
• Saving Catholics in Latin America
• Launching a better outreach ministry
• Reflections by app

Saving Catholics in Latin America

Latin America

In Latin America, Catholicism has been dramatically and increasingly undermined by secularism and by the enthusiastic evangelization efforts of non-Catholics since the 1980s. The Catholic Faith and the teachings of the Church are no longer the primary influence. Tens of millions of Catholics in Latin America have been influenced over to Evangelical denominations, many of which preach that Catholicism is evil. This is mirrored in the United States where Hispanics are rapidly losing their Catholic background and becoming Protestant.

Latin America

It is also estimated that between 50,000 and 100,000 Latino Catholics in the US have converted to Islam. Clearly, faith formation about the Holy Eucharist and other Sacraments, as well as inviting personal conversions to Jesus Christ, has been sorely insufficient.

The good news is: Good News Ministries can now reach Hispanics wherever they live, thanks to the internet. The bad news is: They have to find us, or someone has to introduce them to us, and we haven't been very accessible.

But that's about to change!

We have grown from one volunteer translator of one email ministry (our daily reflections) in 2003, to two translators and the addition of a Spanish version of the Saint quotes in our Daily Blessings, and now the Inyecciones de Fe Diarias and a team of ten volunteers! One of these is our newest staff member, Graciela who lives in Argentina. The volunteers live in or come from Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Cuba, Columbia, and Guatemala.

Jesus has laid the foundation to build a stronger outreach to Latin Americans as well as Hispanics in the U.S. and throughout the world. I'm excited about the potential we now have in Good News Ministries. With Graciela's help in coordinating the volunteers, over the next several months we will develop a fully functioning Spanish version of our many online articles and other faith formation resources. We will make a difference in helping Catholics develop a fuller, richer, stronger life in the Catholic Faith, the Holy Eucharist, the Sacrament of Marriage and other teachings of Catholicism.

Busy, busy, busy launching a better outreach ministry

I'm writing this Insider's View newsletter less often for awhile, because my time is spent, instead, on the redevelopment of our web services. While Jeremy (the webmaster) and I are still a long way off from finishing this crucial work, we have made great strides in setting up a database of the Good News Reflections. Starting November 1st, the reflections you receive by email or read on the website are coming from that database. With this tool, less staff time will be needed to maintain this outreach ministry in the future. It will free us to spend more time ministering in other ways.

All of our work has the primary purpose of supporting Catholics internationally who are struggling to be strong in the Faith against the many pressures of the world where they live. The staff and volunteers and I feel blessed to be able to serve you. Our goal is to equip you so that you, too, will help people become strong in the faith, hope and love that's the foundation of the Catholic Church.

As a global ministry, our portal for doing this is our website, and last year -- due to the rise of small, mobile devices used for accessing the internet -- our outreach began to decline. I said to the Board of Directors and the staff: "Either Good News Ministries has reached its peak and will now begin to fade away, or we will adapt and push to a higher level of outreach."

As you can see, we chose the latter. Pushing to higher levels is never easy. Nor does it happen through any quick fix. Nor is it inexpensive. But it's all good. It's all an investment that opens the way to a more effective future. And I sure will feel relieved when this year of extra effort is finished!

Reflections by app

We recently improved how our Good News Reflections can be accessed through Facebook, Twitter, and our Good News App. We've made them more shareable, too. They include inspirational messages that you can use to evangelize others. (The inspirational snippet is new on these outreach venues.)

Good News app

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Have a blessed All Saints Day!

Every morning, I lift up in prayer all those who help Good News Ministries in any way (donors, volunteers, prayer supporters, etc.) and all the prayer requests posted on our site.

Thank you for reading this newsletter.

Terry ModicaYour servant in Christ,
Terry Modica
Executive Director
Good News Ministries

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