For you this week:
Saturday January 9, 2020
Beloved, we have confidence in him that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us, we know that what we have asked him for is ours. (From Saturday's first reading)
Reflection for Saturday:
A Testimony of Answered Prayer
By GNM member Ann Kehoe
Like the rest of the western world, we in Ireland suffer from a chronic shortage of young, energetic and enthusiastic priests. Some years ago my parish decided to add a short prayer for vocations to the priesthood to the Rosary after week-day Mass.
Unexpectedly we were told some weeks ago that (thank God!) a new priest would be joining the parish. The story of how this new, non-Irish priest from another EU country became a priest and how our parish became his first assignment after ordination is an amazing illustration of how God answers our prayers.
This priest had entered a seminary in his own country after college but upon finishing philosophy he left, came to Ireland, and worked and lived in our area for 11 years. During this time he rediscovered his vocation, so he entered the Irish national seminary.
This year, he was ordained in our archdiocese -- thanks and praised be to God. We are thanking God that the Archbishop sent him to our parish as his first appointment. We in the Rosary group see him as the living embodiment of how God answers our prayers in the best possible way.
Ireland has excessively restrictive and punitive regulations imposed on non-EU priests and ministers of religion. The country's unwelcoming immigration policy by an increasingly secular government requires non-EU priests to leave after a maximum of 6 years in ministry here. They are not allowed to return, but because our new priest is an EU national, he is not bound by this policy.
As Terry Modica has often said, God's bounty knows no bounds to those who trust in him.
I write this to encourage others experiencing priest shortage to do likewise and await the unexpected!
Prayer for Vocations
O Jesus, send labourers into your fields which are awaiting holy apostles, saintly priests, heroic missionaries and dedicated sisters and brothers. Enkindle in men and women the spark of a vocation. Grant that Christian families may desire to give to your Church helpers in the work of tomorrow. Amen.
Inside the Ministry: Fasten your seatbelts!
The year 2021 is starting out with amazing developments. Our first SmartCatholics event begins January 18. Sign up today! You won't want to miss The "Say Yes to Holiness" Winter Summit.
This event will turn your focus upward to the face of Christ in the midst of everything that's been dragging you down. We need this now more than ever, right? And God needs us to catch the joy so that we can help others be lifted up, too. I'm one of several Catholic speakers giving presentations.
My 15-minute presentation is entitled Keep Christ in the Center. Joyful peace is a gift Jesus wants to give us as the antidote for the craziness of life. No matter how stressful or difficult, and even in the best of times, putting Christ into the center of it always makes it much better. Learn how to conquer the distractions of worry, fear, weariness, pain, and heartbreak by gaining new perspectives.
But that's just the start of the wild ride into new heights of faith in Christ. Our partnership with SmartCatholics is shifting into top gear. Watch this newsletter for announcements.
Why is GNM collaborating with SmartCatholics?
Solution? The community-building platform of SmartCatholics! I first learned of it when I was invited to give a 15-minute presentation for the November 28-29 conference called God Is Mercy. You can still catch my presentation "How to Find God’s Mercy in Your Sufferings" @ watch.smartcatholics.com/programs/terry-modica-find-gods-mercy-in-suffering.
Very impressed with SmartCatholics, I met with the founder Dominic de Souza and we quickly formed a bond of ministry collaboration.
Do you want to know why Dominic is excited about our collaboration?
He says, "Young Catholics today are looking for the same thing that every young person looks for: a real, integrated experience of life. What we need to show the world is that being Catholic actually means checking into reality, not checking out! We live a sacred pilgrimage, but this Creation is also our home, and God's temple. This is why SmartCatholics is so glad to support Good News Ministries, because we're helping people to engage our brains and warm our hearts to the living presence of Christ."
For more information about joining SmartCatholics, go to our website @ gnm.org/on-smartcatholics.
Start the new year with our Consecration to Saint Joseph
Time is short! Beginning January 16, we will seal ourselves as beloved children of Saint Joseph.
We will place into his fatherly protection ourselves, our families, our jobs and ministries, and the Church.
We will also consecrate to his fatherhood those who are not following Christ, especially our own family members, because Joseph's desire in heaven is that all of his children love his son, Jesus, and follow him to everlasting life.
Sign up before it's too late! Go to elists.gogoodnews.net/dada/mail.cgi/list/stjoseph
And be sure to check out our new webpage of resources for the Year of Saint Joseph for your home and family. We'll be adding more to this page; watch for the announcements here in this newsletter. Go now to gnm.org/saints-find/saint-joseph-for-your-home-and-family.
Spiritual Exercises for Supernatural Faith (podcast)
If you want to experience all that the Holy Spirit wants to do in you and through you, and experience a supernatural faith rather than live a mediocre faith, uncover the lies that Satan wants you to believe. In the episode Spiritual Exercises for Supernatural Faith, I offer 3 spiritual exercises that strengthen what is weak so that you can become who you really are as a believer in Christ: a saint!
Listen to this podcast @ gnm.org/footsteps15.
Or watch the video @ gnm-media.org/spiritual-exercises-for-supernatural-faith.
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.