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For you this week:

  • Reflection for Saturday: Daring to speak unpopular truths
  • Terry's Notes: Preparing for a tremendous harvest of souls
  • Inside the Ministry: Bill our Board Member's New Baby
  • Footsteps to Heaven podcast: How I met the Holy Spirit
  • Next Smart Event: Our Special Rosary for Conversions

Saturday May 8, 2021

ScripturesActs 16:1-10
Psalm 100:1-3, 5
John 15:18-21
bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/050821.cfm
Podcast:
bible.usccb.org/podcasts/audio/2021-05-08

Because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you to separate yourself from the world, the world hates you. (From Saturday's Gospel reading)

Today’s Prayer:
Lord, help me to understand that we have been created for You and that our path on this earth is just the beginning of the path to eternity. Amen.


Reflection for Saturday:
Daring to speak unpopular truths

By Tiffany Bryant, a member of the Good News Ministries group at SmartCatholics. This in an excerpt from her blog post "Unpopular Truths: Being The Good Shepherds We’re Called To Be". Her story of her conversion from atheism to Catholicism is told on her blog, A New Eve.

Tiffany BryantI was once a lost sheep and I know the joy of finding my way home, so I want to help others find their way, too. I’ve been seeing a lot of references to shepherds and sheep lately, so I’ve been praying often in the past couple of weeks about how I can help God shepherd His flock and guide His lost sheep back to Him.

April 25th [Good Shepherd Sunday] was a day that we pray for vocations, which is immensely important because we need young men to heed the call to be successors to the Apostles and to administer the Sacraments; however, it occurred to me today that if Jesus is the Good Shepherd and we faithful are all the body of Christ, then we are all called to be good shepherds. I’m more excited than ever to share my newfound faith with others. I’m still praying about the best way to do that, but I know God has something in store for me to do, just as he does for all of us.

My priest reminded us that 10-15 minutes a week to learn about scripture and Church history during his homily is not enough. We should all take the initiative and responsibility seriously to be good shepherds in our communities by studying scripture and Church history on our own outside of Mass. I have been doing so, but this renews my vigor to share my studies and reflections with others.

He also reminded us of something I very much needed to hear. We need to proclaim the Gospel and we need to hold fast to our values, even when they are not popular. We need to share these truths with the world.

Some examples he gave during his homily were that marriage is between and man and a woman, that contraception is immoral, and that life starts at conception and ends at natural death. I’m not likely to be silent about the latter, but the first two have been hard for me to know how to talk about. I’ve known and loved several friends, family members, and colleagues that were LGBTQ. I celebrated when same-sex couples were finally allowed to marry in the United States. But now, I’m a Catholic and I know that marriage is not just a civil union, but a sacrament.

"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament." (CCC Article 7, 1601)

I’m still learning, but I’ve learned enough to trust the authority of the Catholic Church, established by Jesus Christ Himself. If I am to proclaim the truth and beauty of the Catholic Church and the truths contained in the Gospel message, I can’t shy away from difficult topics. All but one of the original apostles were horrifically martyred because they refused to do so, but they also transformed the world and their one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church still stands today, two thousand years later.

May we all have the courage to be like the Good Shepherd, and may we also appreciate the sacrifice that He made for us His beloved flock.


Terry's Notes:
Preparing for a tremendous harvest of souls

a prayer to be filled with the Holy SpiritIn last week's issue of Insider's View, I wrote about my unexpected retreat and how it was part of a training course (nicknamed "How to Be a Normal Christian") that the Holy Spirit has been taking me through. Well, the course continues. Here are some of my notes; tell me if you'd like Good News Ministries to turn this into a course that you can take, too. (Click the prayer-image to download and share the full-size version.)

What are the greatest weapons for today's battlefield in the war between the Kingdom of God and demons -- and for evangelization and bringing back our loved ones who have succumbed to the dark side? My first and quick answer was the Rosary. But the Holy Spirit just as quickly made me realize that, by itself, the Rosary is not really a weapon. It's a communication with the Blessed Mother. It's a meditation for growing closer to Christ. It's reassurance that we are united to Jesus and to His Mother. And as such, it's a powerful under-girding of all the weapons; it helps strengthen the weapons.

In truth, our weapons are: love, forgiveness, discernment of spirits, reading the signs of the times and knowing what God is up to, applying the wisdom of God to what's happening on the battlefield, hearing God and then obeying Him in what to do about evil. Love and forgiveness are conscious decisions we make. The other weapons require becoming fully alive in a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit (often initiated by the baptism of the Holy Spirit).

As you know, the world has become very ugly because rampant immorality has released more demonic power into it, and demons have increased the prevalence of immorality. However, for everything that the devil has ruined, God will reveal His victory by restoring it ten-fold. We are currently being prepared for our role in this great Divine Reset. He chooses to bring it about through His faithful ones.

The coronavirus is a big part of the ugliness we're living through. 2020 was a year when it seemed like "all hell was breaking lose." So let's use it as a dividing line between the old normal and the new normal that God is bringing.

"B.C." (before the coronavirus), the body of Christ on earth, the Church, was weakened by: Catholic elitism, mediocre faith and cheap grace (for example, "I can do whatever I want because God loves me anyway"), homilies and speakers and written reflections that are not challenging for fear of losing members, silence about politics, pandering to immoral authorities (wolves in shepherds' clothing), weak efforts in evangelization (for example, being more afraid of the coronavirus than the loss of souls), being easily silenced (cancelled) by the disapproval of others, conflict avoidance, and looking like the people of the world rather than like the Christians in the Book of Acts -- and being satisfied with this.

What God wants from us as we move toward the A.C. era (after the coronavirus) is: don't desire to go back to the old norm, think BIG (based on scripture such as John 14:12 -- look it up!) because God is limitlessly bigger, open up to the fire and glory of the Holy Spirit descending in fullness into all parishes (Catholic and Protestant), embrace and speak the truths that are challenging and politically incorrect, get involved and take action in politics, repent of our own sins and teach holy morality, take a stand for God's ways, do it with our brothers and sisters of non-Catholic Christian faith expressions, convince non-believers of the truth of faith through signs and wonders that back up our words, and be super-excited about harvesting souls.

All of this -- all of what God wants -- will bring so many souls to Christ that our parish RCIA sessions will no longer fit into classrooms but will fill up all the church pews (without social distancing)! And our lost loved ones will come running  back!

For more on this, read my WordByte "Moving on Currents of Grace" @ https://wordbytes.org/holy-spirit/currents-of-grace.


Inside the Ministry: We are celebrating Bill's baby!

Bill Snyder and baby ElvinOn Wednesday, GNM's board member Bill Snyder and his wife Agnes received the gift of 5-pound 4-ounce Elvin.

Bill joined our Board of Directors last December. Ralph and I had met him at a Catholic Charismatic Conference a couple of years prior, and he soon became instrumental in getting our podcasting ministry going. His own podcast show is Young Catholics Respond @ https://patchworkheart.org/the-rhythm-radio.

When he joined the Board of Directors, he made a special video for you to see: vimeo.com/487679985.


Footsteps to Heaven podcast

How I met the Holy Spirit (podcast)

Want to know how to receive the Holy Spirit more fully? Here is my personal story about how I met the Holy Spirit. As a child I knew Jesus Christ as my Savior and my Best Friend, but I knew nothing about the Holy Spirit. I found out the hard way that there is a very important reason why Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit, why he ascended to Heaven so that the Holy Spirit could come. The Holy Spirit protects us from being tricked by demons — and because I had no personal relationship with the Holy Spirit, demons led me into the occult while I searched for the supernatural power of God. This put me into quite a mess. Listen to how I met the Holy Spirit to find out how I escaped.

This episode ends with a prayer you can use every day until you receive that special anointing of the Holy Spirit that totally consumes your life. When it happens, it will make everything up until now seem like it’s all been black and white, and now you’re living in full color.

Listen to this podcast @ gnm.org/footsteps75.

Or watch the video @ gnm-media.org/how-i-met-the-holy-spirit. Or if you prefer to read it, download the transcript at this link.


Next Smart Event: Our Special Rosary for Conversions

Pray the Luminous Mysteries of the RosaryOn May 18, let's join up to pray the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary for the conversions of your loved ones who have been rejecting Christ, and for the lost loved ones who are sorrowing your brothers and sisters in the Church, and for your neighbors, and for politicians and other influencers who have been working against Christ, and for everyone who has been enslaved by the Devil throughout the whole world.

The special prayers added to this Rosary for Conversions will activate your faith to bring you into a higher level of serving as the Light of Christ in our darkened world.
Each mystery and it's special prayers will be posted on May 18th at SmartCatholics. As you complete each decade of the Rosary, post a comment (even if just "Amen!" or "Done!"). Feel free to also share the names of people you're praying for, so that the community will join you in praying for them.

Mark your calendars!

Join us in SmartCatholics @ https://members.smartcatholics.com/posts/13682622 for the live community event. Or do it on your own any day @ https://gnm.org/prayers/pray-the-rosary/luminous-mysteries.


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Terry ModicaYour servant in Christ,
Terry Modica, Executive Director
Good News Ministries
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