This week's news:
- Reflection for Saturday: The Holy Spirit works with chocolate
- Inside the Ministry: We love your testimonies!
- Reminder: Heroes of the Faith
- Victor: More than ever, this book needs to be shared
Saturday July 12, 2020
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 of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.... (From Saturday's Gospel reading)
Reflection for Saturday:
The Holy Spirit works with chocolate
Are we supposed to stay silent about the truths of the Catholic Faith when we're with those who have fallen prey to worldly thinking and the false teachings of Satan? They don't want to hear the truth.
Anti-Christian sentiment has grown a lot stronger and become more obvious. We're berated and condemned and sometimes even beaten for not agreeing with sinners.
Recently, I treated my dear husband to a sweet birthday gift: I took him to a chocolate store. (That was as much of a treat for me as it is for him -- I'm no fool.) After he made his delectable choices, we went outside with his box of chocolate truffles and sat at a curbside cafe table.
Soon a peaceful "Black Lives Matter" protest marched nearby, just a block away. Knowing that these protests have often been hijacked by rioting anarchists who don't care about anyone's life, I said a silent, quick prayer about it and felt safe.
About 5 minutes later, a man and woman from the protest walked up the street toward us. As they passed by, the woman showed us her sign and shouted, "Black lives matter!" I smiled, nodded my head and said, "Yes, and ALL lives matter." Wow, she did not like that! So I said in the same calm voice, "Black lives do matter, I agree, and so do ALL lives matter." Ralph, too said it. The woman swore at him. He blessed her.
The Holy Spirit's anointing totally filled us throughout the encounter.
Meanwhile, the man who was with her pulled out his phone and videoed us. I thought, "Oh good!" (I was feeling that supernatural, joyful peace that comes from the Holy Spirit when we speak the truth in difficult circumstances.) "Their Facebook friends are hearing the truth, too! Maybe some of them will receive this truth with an open heart."
As they continued up the street, I wondered why they would hate us for affirming that "black lives do matter". Clearly something about extending it to all lives deeply disturbed the woman. Perhaps she'd had an abortion. Ralph and I prayed for them.
Jesus tells us to "be not afraid" of speaking the truth. Even when there might be repercussions, we need not be afraid. If we have the attitude of, "Yes, I'm willing", the Holy Spirit gives us the words and the supernatural, joyful peace that makes it easy. Fear gets overtaken by the Holy Spirit every time.
Jesus says, "What I say to you in the darkness of today's world, speak up about it in the light of my Mercy. What the Holy Spirit's quiet voice tells you to say, proclaim it from the housetops (i.e., where every passerby can see you). And do not be afraid of those who might attack you. Even if they kill you, they cannot kill your soul; you will go straight to Heaven!"
Ralph says to me, "Oh no, Terry. Don't leave me here to care for your parents all by myself!" Har har har.
But seriously, the point of my story is: Go find some chocolate (or whatever your favorite treat is) and be willing, with the Holy Spirit's help, to speak the truth to someone who believes the worldly thinking and false teachings of Satan. Push past your initial trepidation and you too will experience supernatural, joyful peace from the Holy Spirit, Who is always ready to make it easier than you imagine it will be.
But realize this: Gone are the days when we could convince unbelievers of the truth by explaining it them. Today we live in a world where sins have been multiplying for a long time and thus the influence of demons is stronger than ever. Sinners are literally enslaved to the lies that make their sins seem good.
What you can do is actually very easy: Plant the truth like seeds. Don't argue. Don't get caught up in a debate. Just speak what the Holy Spirit puts peacefully into your mind to share and then silently pray. Although most of the seeds will fall on hard ground, God is tilling their soil by using the pandemic and other hardships to get their attention. Your calling is to sow the truth and water the seeds with your prayers. Christ will do the rest.
Inside the Ministry: We love your testimonies!
Merle Pereira, a long-time member of Good News Ministries, recently shared with us her testimony about God's miraculous and compassionate intervention at work when she lost her job and was unjustly denied money due her.
You can read her testimony at wordbytes.org/holyspirit/merle-pereiras-miracle-at-work.
Next, be sure to hear Carolyne Oyoo’s testimony of faith. She is new to Good News Ministries. Come see how the Lord has been helping her during the pandemic. God led her to Good News Ministries because she was missing her faith community.
Hear her testimony at wordbytes.org/holyspirit/carolyne-oyoos-testimony.
And don't miss Carolyn Liff's testimony of how she grew closer to Jesus after the COVID-19 pandemic locked down her church and she could no longer receive Jesus in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Watch her video at wordbytes.org/holyspirit/carolyn-liffs-testimony-of-joy-with-jesus.
What's your testimony? We'd love to hear it! Put it on video or write it in an email with a photo of yourself. This is especially important right now as people around the world are suffering from dark times. You can share the light of Christ through Good News Ministries and thus win a victory for the Church. Let's give glory to God!
Heroes of the Faith
This new ministry will provide prayers for and quotes by Saints who are heroic examples of how we are called to live in today's crazy and scary world.
Sign up today at elists.gogoodnews.net/dada/mail.cgi/list/saints.
More than ever, this book needs to be shared
Many of us today are wondering if we're living in the end times of the anti-Christ. The time to share this novel is NOW!
Patti Regall is a young mother trying to escape from a lifetime of abuse and the devil-worshiping coven that wants to use her little boys, Victor and Vincent, to uncover the identity of the Anti-Christ. When she finds an opportunity to escape, she has to leave Victor behind.
Patti fights her own demons while desperately trying to rescue Victor from the coven. Tobias, a Christian man, comes to her aid, thinking he is merely helping friends who have a ministry to abused women and children. His faith is challenged by the dangers he faces, and as crazy as Patti seems at times, he can’t help falling in love with her. It becomes his passion to help her rescue Victor. Will it cost him his life? Together they must discover the very real, supernatural power of Christ’s love.
Find out how to order this as an ebook go to gnm.org/terry-modica-author/victor.
And please write a review on its Amazon page. This will help others find it.
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.