This week's news:
Saturday September 21, 2019
Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist
Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13
Live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another with love, striving to preserve the unity given to you by the Spirit. (From Saturday's first reading)
Reflection for Saturday: Why must we go to confession if God's love is unconditional?
We go to confession not to resume God's love for us. His love is indeed unconditional, never-ending, even while we are sinning. Our sins interfere with our love for God -- sin is turning away from God by doing something unGodly, unloving -- but our sins cannot stop God from loving us. Nothing can stop God from loving us.
The reason we should go to confession is to restore our side of the relationship. We are the ones who need healing, and thus it is called a healing sacrament. Going to confession is an act of humility because we are sorry that we have been unloving. It's also a humble acknowledgement that we need God's help in becoming more able to avoid the same sins in the future, and thus the Sacrament of Confession gives us supernatural grace and power to grow in holiness -- because it is a Sacrament, it is more helpful than simply praying alone by ourselves for forgiveness.
This is true whether it's a mortal (soul-killing) sin or a venial (minor) sin. For mortal sins, however, the effect is much more healing, because more conversion is required from us in order to return to God.
Rest assured that the priest is not the one who forgives our sins in the confessional. It is Jesus himself working and speaking through the priest. The priest as a faulty human being; if he is a poor minister of the Gospel and sinfully chooses to hold our sins against us, no matter, we have been forgiven by God. The Sacrament of Confession was successful.
For more on this, please visit wordbytes.org/faqs/why-confession/.
Footsteps to Heaven: Rebuking the Devil
Part 1: Rescued from a sneak attack
I've begun a new series using the book Rebuking the Devil by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops about Pope Francis' teachings on defeating Satan. In Part 1, we first look at why there is so much evil in today's world. 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. I share my personal story of how I was tricked into turning away from Christ by getting involved with the demons of the occult because I didn't believe they existed.
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/Pope-Francis-Rebuking-Devil/dp/1601376081/ (US residents, please choose Good News Ministries of Tampa Bay for the charity your purchase supports at AmazonSmile).
Listen to this podcast @ gnm.org/footsteps36
Part 2: Exposé of the plans of Satan worshipers
As I continue exposing why there is so much evil in today's world and how it has gotten into the Church, I tell the story of meeting a Satanist high priest who converted to Christ and what I learned from him about the agenda and methods of satanic infiltration. This is an episode that no one should miss!
Listen to this podcast @ gnm.org/footsteps37
One page for all demon-defeating episodes!
The series on Rebuking the Devil is permanently available in our Media Center with the bonus addition of other episodes on the theme. On gnm-media.org/rebuking-the-devil/ you'll also find "Defeating Satan's Biggest Strategy", "The 4-second prayer that defeats Satan", "7 phases in the battle for union with Christ", and "Faith that smashes strongholds".
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REMINDER: Online course starts soon
Are you interested in participating in an interactive online course that will make the Mass more meaningful than ever before?
The recent podcast series, Going Deeper into the Mass from our Footsteps to Heaven show, is now being offered as an online retreat with group discussion. We will also use videos from our series Take, Eat and Drink: Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass.
To deepen the retreat experience (making it different than an online course), you will be given questions to reflect on each Friday to help you prepare for Sunday Mass. It's designed to gradually enhance your relationship with God as each part of Mass becomes more meaningful to you.
To make it accessible to the most amount of people, we'll use the Telegram app, which you can install free on your phone or tablet. If you prefer using a computer, Telegram works there, too.
Idea: Are you a catechist in your local community? Or a leader in your parish? Can you gather people to participate in the retreat with you? Invite people who live near you to join you in the Good News Ministries retreat Going Deeper into the Mass. You and your group will listen together to each podcast and I'll supply you with discussion questions to stimulate learning and faith growth.
Registration begins now. The start date will be announced as soon as I finish building the retreat. Sign up now to receive advance bonuses. t.me/joinchat/Oi-csRUOI6IPdYUoBEpbMA
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.