• Reflection for Saturday: Letting go of our losses
• Did you know? We're helping Hispanics stay strong in the Catholic faith, now in new ways
• New WordByte: What Jesus Teaches Us About True Friendship
• New video: Terry's personal story of being rescued by Jesus
Saturday July 22, 2017
Feast of St. Mary Magdalene
Song of Songs 3:1-4b or 2 Corinthians 5:14-17
They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She replied, "They have taken my Lord, and I don't know where they laid him." (From Saturday's Gospel reading)
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This Saturday we celebrate the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. She enjoyed being one of Jesus' closest friends. In the Gospel reading, we see her raw emotions. First, she wept -- like we do when someone or something important has been taken from us. All the way to the core, we mourn and we try to hang onto past memories as if enfleshing them in the present. We wish our time with our loved one or a previous phase of life had never ended. We wish we could go back and relish more fully what we used to have. If we can, we even try to bring it back, and we get mad at those (and at God) who are responsible for our loss. This is normal for a healthy grieving process.
Surely in Mary's tears was the feeling of: "I loved him sooooo much! I didn't get enough of him! I want more! I need more! I can't believe he's gone. It's not fair! It's not right! How could God allow this?"
My rest of the Good News Reflection on this is found in our online database.
We are launching, right now, a Facebook page in Spanish. Until this week, we've published Spanish posts on our English-language Facebook page. Our Spanish posts are viewed and shared far more often than the English ones. So, Good News Ministries is expanding our outreach to Hispanics.
Catholicism is being dramatically undermined by secularism and non-Catholic religions in Latino cultures. Those who don't leave the Church are hungry for spiritual food and there aren't enough faith formation opportunities. People are coming to us mostly from Columbia, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, and Panama. In the U.S., it has been estimated that between 50,000 and 100,000 Hispanic immigrants have converted to Islam.
Clearly, faith formation about Catholic teachings and personal conversions to Jesus in the Spanish language is greatly needed. We are hoping to soon finish translating WordBytes from GNM.org and upload them to the new GNM-ES.org website. But the most exciting news right now is that we have launched in the Spanish language a new presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Graciela, Director of Spanish Ministry, says, "Celebrate with us our goals! The evangelizing task of sharing posts in Social Media is not of minor importance. Sharing the Word of God, filling those networks with Good News, is very important and we should feel honored to be able to do so. They are media that we can fill with the presence of Our Lord with very little effort; however, the results can be better than expected, because it is Our Lord who is reaching all those who see our posts."
Do you have Spanish friends? Share our new Facebook page with them. Graciela adds: "Don't worry about their reaction; do it with love and entrust it to the Holy Spirit and he will know what to do and how far to take it."
On April 27 2011, the UN declared July 30th as the International Day of Friendship. However, other countries celebrate this day on different dates: First Sunday of August, August 8, April 8, February 14, etc.
The date is not as important as the fact that Friendship is celebrated in many parts of the world. In Argentina, where GNM team members Fernando and Graciela Ramos live, Friendship Day is celebrated on July 20 (seeing the arrival of man to the moon as a sign of union between men, beyond any color, race, ideology or religion). Fernando wrote this reflection about friendship in the heart of Jesus.
My Friend Jesus Albert
During my high school studies, I had a buddy classmate. We shared not only the school subjects but also long talks over coffee about life, our adolescence, our families, dreams, projects: everything one longs to share with another, openheartedly and sincerely. He was a good-hearted person, honest, frank, but considerate too. If something did not seem right about the other, we talked about it with respect and, even if we disagreed, we could say "I'll think about it, maybe you're right".
It seemed like a true friendship. But there was a disconcerting detail: He was an atheist! ... [Continue to find out what happened to this man. It will give you hope about your unbelieving friends.]
Are you praying for someone who is trapped by the lies and darkness of this world? I grew up knowing Jesus since my earliest days, and I wondered why the miracles I read about in the Bible don't happen today. That started me on a search for the supernatural, and I became involved in the occult. I no longer believed that I needed Jesus. But he rescued me from that darkness. This video tells the story of how he did that. It includes a prayer at the end.
Every morning, I lift up in to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the fire of the Holy Spirit everyone who helps Good News Ministries in any way (donors, volunteers, prayer supporters, etc.) and all the prayer requests posted on our site.
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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)