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This week's news:
Saturday July 13, 2019
Psalm 105:1-4, 6-7
"What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid...." (From Saturday's Gospel reading)
Reflection for Saturday:
Dare to be bold in relationship with Jesus
This Saturday's Gospel reading is quite the challenge! Especially in today's world.
I've been interviewing people for the part-time job of a word editor, seeking someone who is skilled in English grammar and punctuation and who has an interest in expanding the role into whatever opportunities fit their talents and passions in response to the Lord's call. This and every volunteer and staff position are exciting opportunities for anyone who has both the passion and courage to spread the Good News.
The search to fill all the needs of this ministry has not been easy. Aside from insufficient donations, there's the challenge of finding co-workers who have that passion and courage.
Recently, Pope Francis challenged us (all of us who are alive in the faith) to spread life in the Holy Spirit into every parish. He stated three expectations: (1) to share baptism in the Holy Spirit with everyone in the Church, (2) to serve the unity of the body of Christ within the Church and ecumenically, and (3) to serve the poor, including the physically and spiritually poor. He emphasized that each is a form of evangelization.
In Good News Ministries, the Lord has called and commissioned us to educate and inspire our readers and listeners and viewers about the vital importance of having a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit (#1 of the Pope's challenge) and to provide life-changing faith formation to the spiritually poor (#3b). Every morning I wake up energized and excited about having another day to do it.
The WhatsApp ministry requires me to work on weekends and take my tablet with me even when I go on vacation. It's a powerful ministry as it provides faith formation to people around the world who live where there are too few opportunities for it, which is why I'm delighted to keep doing it regardless of the personal sacrifices. But someday the Lord will provide me with an assistant so that I can balance my life!
Each of our volunteers, donors, and hired team members is obeying Jesus when he said: "What I say to you in the darkness, in the whispered quiet of your personal life, speak boldly in the light and proclaim it loudly from the rooftops!"
This takes a lot of passion and courage. It's kind of easier to do it through Good News Ministries than in our encounters with others in person and on social media. GNM is already on the rooftop broadcasting the Good News that the Lord has told us to share. Just climb onto our roof and join the team! But in reality, it's not so easy due to the human insecurities and demonic pressures that shout loudly over the whispers of the Holy Spirit.
But -- oh no! Jesus said: "Whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father." This includes: "Everyone who is afraid to use the opportunities that I open up for you in doing the work of My Kingdom is in danger of losing their salvation."
Oh wow! We don't like hearing that. We feel like saying: "Jesus is not really saying that -- not to me. There are good reasons why I stay in my quiet prayer corner."
And thus there are people who are living and dying without the Good News that could heal their souls.
Those who join the GNM staff need a sparrow-like faith, trusting that God will take good care of them when they dare to be bold with their faith or dare to step outside their comfort zones or dare to get in the devil's face to help rescue souls from his clutches.
Please join me in praying for all those who already help Good News Ministries in any way and for those whom the Lord has chosen but who have not yet answered the call.
And find your own courage by learning from the passion of Saint Paul. See the WordByte "The Passion to Evangelize Boldly" @ wordbytes.org/evangelization-ministry/passion-of-St-Paul/.
New podcast series for The Good News Show:
Mystical Union With Christ in Daily Life
Begins July 22
What has wearied you? What are your troubles? Arise! Come and experience the joy of deeper union with Christ your Healer!
In the upcoming series of episodes for THE GOOD NEWS SHOW, we will use the Mysteries of the Rosary to rise to new heights of faith, hope and love.
Originally recorded in 2010 in New Zealand for the Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women, I'm delighted to be able to provide it again, now as a podcast series.
Your healing will come as you listen to these presentations:
If you'd like to be notified as soon as each episode is published:
Footsteps to Heaven podcast series:
Going Deeper Into the Mass
How personal is your relationship with Jesus during Mass? The entire Catholic Mass 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 Mass 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. Here's why -- in the first episode of this new series. Jesus begins to reveal himself. Here's how!
Listen to this podcast @ gnm.org/footsteps20
The Unifying Gift of the Penitential Rite
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."
Go deeper into the value of the Penitential Rite by listening to this podcast @ gnm.org/footsteps21
Inside the Ministry:
Successfully reaching the goal -- thank you!
I'm happy to report that our mid-year call for help has nearly reached the $35,000 goal that was necessary for us to continue our mission for a few more months. This will carry us securely to the annual end-of-year fundraiser.
I thank God for all those who said yes when he called upon them to invest in the mission of Good News Ministries. Jesus, too, thanks each and every one! How wonderful it is to have these beautiful evangelizers on our team!
God bless you!
Thank you for reading this newsletter.
Your servant in Christ,
Terry Modica, Executive Director
Good News Ministries
Keep your eyes on Jesus!
Look to the past with gratitude.
Live the present with passion.
Move into the future with hope.
Find creative ways to proclaim the gospel of joy!
(Wisdom by Pope Francis)