This week's news:
Saturday November 9, 2019
Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome
Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12
Ps 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17
Do you realize that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person, for the temple of God, which you are, is holy. (From Saturday's second reading)
Reflection for Saturday:
How to strengthen the heart of your temple
You are God's temple and Jesus Christ is your foundation. However, when we build our daily life upon this foundation without the bricks and tools that are from God, our construction -- our relationship with God and with others -- cracks, weakens, and even collapses.
You are God's temple, because the Holy Spirit dwells in you. In the Old Testament days, the temple was made of stone and mortar, and people visited it on pilgrimages. God's Spirit dwelled in the heart of this structure, a room called the holy of holies into which no human could enter except the high priest once a year on the Day of Atonement when a blood offering was made for the sins of the people.
Jesus became the new High Priest and sacrificed himself as the blood offering, transforming the Day of Atonement into Good Friday (he speaks of this in this Saturday's Gospel passage). He also replaced the Temple itself with his own body, becoming the Holy of Holies on earth, as the Holy Spirit dwelled perfectly and completely within his flesh.
Today, we who are now the Body of Christ on earth are also temples of the Holy Spirit. In the first reading, we see that much good comes from God's temple. Since we are temples of the Holy Spirit, goodness flows out into the world from God through us. Water in Ezekiel's vision represents the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Life. Look at what happens when the Holy Spirit flows outward from our hearts: Instead of being like salty sea water that kills those who drink from the cup of our lives, the Spirit in us provides nourishment and life to others.
To be life-giving, we must first nourish our own hearts by soaking up the refreshing waters of the Holy Spirit. Desiring to be holy and wanting to do good is not enough. Holiness requires great effort -- more effort than we can muster by ourselves. This is why Jesus gave us his Holy Spirit. We need a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit that is anointed, active and alive, even supernatural like Jesus intended.
Come Holy Spirit, renew me.
Come Holy Spirit, fill me.
Come Holy Spirit, set me on fire with Your presence dwelling in me.
Come Holy Spirit, You have my permission to change me.
Inside the Ministry:
Let's start celebrating GNM's 25th anniversary!
In January 2020 we reach an amazing milestone! Good News Ministries will celebrate 25 years of ministry. To commemorate it, we have to do something special, right? So we've been thinking and praying about how to get the whole community involved in celebrating together even though members are scattered all around the world.
What we came up with is a Silver Jubilee Commemorative T-shirt that you can use to lead the people around you to GNM.org -- and thus to Christ -- simply by wearing it! As you know, we're building faith and healing souls. You can, too, by proudly wearing our T-shirt. It's available in 5 colors. Wear it often. Buy multiple colors. Every time you wear one of these T-shirts, you'll be inviting others to discover what Good News Ministries can do for them. Put the whole family into these T's and you'll make a really big statement!
And, if you prefer, evangelize by carrying your groceries or books or toys in our Silver Jubilee Commemorative Tote Bag.
The cost for each item is (US)$25 plus shipping -- to anywhere in the world.
The more that are sold, the bigger the donation we receive because the printing cost per shirt decreases with larger batches. (The donation per shirt increases after 11 are ordered.)
$25 honors 25 years of successfully reaching the hearts and minds of people around the world to inspire growth in the Catholic Faith. Your purchase will help us continue into the future.
Start celebrating today @ bonfire.com/store/good-news-ministries/!
Then send us a photo of you and your family proudly using these products. We'll share the photos in a gallery on our website.
Footsteps to Heaven podcasts answer the question: What can we do?
The Apostolate of the Rosary Walkathon will drive evil from the Holy Catholic Church!
Parts 4 & 5 of The Apostolate of the Laity in the Church Crisis
In the last two episodes of the series, I share my personal experience about doing a Rosary Walkathon to help a parish that was suffering from an abusive priest in 2003-2004. It was very effective, which is not surprising because abusiveness is evil and the Blessed Mother has said many, many times in apparitions around the world that we must pray the Rosary for the defeat of evil. She's warned us again and again that if we don't live holy lives and pray for the defeat of evil, terrible things will happen, very terrible.
Everyone who has been paying attention to Church news has heard about bishops who have hidden the abuses of minors, seminarians who have been molested, and the culture of homosexuality (the "Lavender Mafia") within the Church pushing its influence against the teachings of the Bible and the Church Magisterium.
We're alarmed that Pope Francis allowed pagan idol worship in the Church ceremony that opened the Amazon Synod and then gave the idols a place in St. Peter's Basilica and elsewhere.
We're also confused by this pope's lack of clear teachings on what is sinful. Remember the old days when the Shepherds declared things "anathema" and preached about mortal sin and hell? And we wonder: Is Pope Francis just a poor communicator or is he actually trying to change Church teachings?
Pope Gregory the Great described the role of the bishop as "the watchdog who guards the flock against the wolves, warning the flock and driving the wolves away from the flock." Saint Boniface added, "The watchdog that does not bark when there is a threat to the flock is useless and harmful."
Meanwhile we have learned that unrepentant sinful bishops have been promoted to important, influential positions while holy ones who preach the true teachings of the Church have been "overlooked". And we are realizing that coordinated evils committed by some of the hierarchy go back at least as far as 1960.
People have asked me, "What can we do about evils in the Church?"
Back in 2004 when the parish we prayed the Rosary Walkathon for received a holy pastor to replace the abusive one, the Holy Lord told me that this was "just practice" for something bigger that he would call me to do eventually. When recently I asked God, "What can I do?" the Rosary Walkathon came to mind. "Teach it to others," he said. "Spread it far and wide."
The explanation of the Rosary Walkathon is now on our website @ wordbytes.org/church-crisis/rosary-walkathon/. You'll find everything you need to start one in your parish if you know of evils there and/or for the sake of the whole Church. There are rules of holiness to follow, lest the Devil find our vulnerability and interfere with what the Blessed Mother and Jesus want to do through us.
God bless you!
Thank you for reading this newsletter.
Your servant in Christ,
Terry Modica, Executive Director
Good News Ministries
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