This week's news:
Saturday April 4, 2020
The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock. (Saturday's responsorial)
Reflection for Saturday: Holy Week is a dark night of the soul this year - But Easter is still coming!
More than normal, this year we are united to the grief Jesus felt during the first Holy Week.
In a meditation given to Pope John Paul II on March 15, 2002, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Papal Household since 1980, described what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane as Jesus' dark night of the soul.
Perhaps the dark night of Jesus' soul began in the Gospel reading that we use on the Saturday before Holy Week. That's the moment he could no longer walk around in public. In our COVID quarantines, neither can we go out in public.
How difficult and sad that must have been for him! His hands were already being tied and his feet were being shackled, in a sense, because he was no longer free to minister to everyone or to reach out to and offer healing and salvation to those who needed it most.
How difficult the quarantine is for us! And how sad we feel (if you're someone who normally participates in the Holy Triduum) because we're blocked from journeying with Jesus inside our parish churches for Holy Week events.
Does your faith in Jesus and your love for him make you see the coronavirus pandemic differently than others? Have you felt hated (or, at least, misunderstood) because of the fear they have? This is uniting you to what happened to Jesus on that first Holy Week.
Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. The whole of Holy Week is wrapped inside this special feast day, which is why it's also called Passion Sunday. This is a week like no other week, and now is the time to ready ourselves to enter into it in such a way that we are transformed by it. Like never before. We have been given a rare opportunity to suffer and grieve deeply -- with Jesus. And to offer it to God for the sake of the redemption of others -- with Jesus.
Think about all the Catholics who don't believe that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. And those who believe but stopped going to church a long time ago. Think about the non-believers who don't know what they're missing. Offer up for them your heartache of not being able to receive Jesus physically in the Eucharist.
Unite your sufferings to the Passion of Christ. Think about how he felt as he died knowing that many would choose to ignore his sacrifice.
Think about how happy he is that you appreciate his sacrifice. In this, experience Christ's passionate love for you.
Good News Ministries is here for you to help you through Holy Week in your home.
We're providing a guide for making this year’s Holy Week and Easter an extraordinary experience of union with Jesus. The links on our Virtual Retreats website will hve something for each day of Holy Week plus Easter. Give yourself time to let them deeply minister to you.
And remember: Easter will still arrive! We can celebrate that Jesus is alive! Jesus is still on the throne. Jesus wears the Crown that has authority over the coronavirus. And Jesus cares about YOU and your family. Expect him to reveal his victory in your life very soon!
Inside the Ministry: Sudden growth for GNM
Last weekend, Good News Ministries participated in an online Catholic conference that I and other speakers quickly planned because their parish speaking engagements had been cancelled. You can watch the entire conference or just my presentation. Go to youtu.be/lJXLcH6tnmA?t=9879
This experience opened a door that never would have been discovered if not for the pandemic. God makes good come from everything for those who love and serve him (Romans 8:28). I'm sure he's already pulling blessings from your own situation. Please tell me about it. We can help others by sharing good news!
The conference created new friendship, new collaborations. The first result of this is the live streaming event taking place this Saturday morning. If you missed it, you can still pray with us by watching the archived video (see below).
More live streamed events are coming. And watch this newsletter for other new developments growing as fruits from last weekend's conference. Praise the Lord with me!
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Faith Amidst Adversity
The presentation I gave for the online Catholic conference "Our Faith, Our Hope, Our Love" is now available as a podcast.
God wants to give you faith that conquers stress. COVID-19 has triggered anxiety in a lot of people. On March 28th, Good News Ministries was part of an online conference called Our Faith, Our Hope, Our Love. This podcast is my part in that event, a talk on Faith Amidst Adversity. We are renewing the peace that comes only from faith in Christ. God is making many blessings sprout up from the pandemic.
But faith is not something we can build through our own efforts. Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit.
To deal with adversity, keep your eyes on Jesus and see him smiling at you! Take time to let him reveal to you his perspective of anything that's worrying you.
Look at the timing of the pandemic. The whole world is going through a Lenten exercise of making sacrifices, whether people understand this or not, regardless of whether or not they believe in Christ. And since God reveals his plans in the timing of things, we can rest assured that the whole world is going to experience an Easter of new life. And after Easter comes the descent of the Holy Spirit. Imagine what might happen throughout the world then!
First Saturday Devotions: Pray against COVID-19
Come join Catholics from around the world on Saturday April 4 at 10:30am Eastern US Time as we live-stream First Saturday Devotions to pray together for deliverance from COVID-19. (It will remain available for use afterward.) We are making an Act of Contrition for the sins of the world and the sins within our beloved Church, and we are praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, the Divine Litany, and other prayers.
I am sharing my personal testimony of how the Blessed Mother came into my life (I was raised a Protestant) and later started Good News Ministries. You will learn the adaptation of the Hail Mary prayer that the Holy Spirit gave me for obtaining victory over evil.
During or after the event, go to youtu.be/S27XKoT6IL4.
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!
And when you have to look at others, see them through his eyes.
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? .... [go]
The “virtual retreats” of Good News Ministries are online prayer and reflection experiences that you can enjoy wherever you are. All of them offer healing, rest and restoration in the gentle arms of Christ. Some are interactive. Some are prayer-poems. Some are multi-media. Some are in Virtual Reality (and you don't need headgear to see it). Take time alone with the Lord: [go]