FAITH BOOSTERS
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Short, uplifting messages to boost your faith: Christian truths and spiritual “Aha!” moments that apply directly to your life, your hopes and dreams, your heartaches, and your desire to know God’s love more deeply. (Daily except weekends)
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What’s familiar is not always what’s best

Change is hard. Our brains are wired to prefer what’s old and familiar. Even when we know that making a change is important, the DNA from our ancient ancestors scream out that change means danger. The relatives of our ancestors who wandered into new territory often met with disasters that they were not equipped to handle. Those who preferred to stay in the safety of the known and familiar were the ones who survived to pass their genes onto us.

Today, we spend a lot of time and money to overcome these genes. We buy books about reaching new goals, hire coaches to spur us on, sign up with exercise gyms to lose weight because we can’t change the lifestyle that made us fat.

But how many New Year’s resolutions do we even remember making? How often do we restart new habits because they never became well-ingrained habits? How many of our problems are reruns with only small differences?

It’s tempting to say, “This is who I am, it’s in my DNA, I’ll just accept life as it is.” Remember, though, who the tempter is. And Who the victor over temptation is. Jesus has given you his Holy Spirit to empower you to make any changes that he has asked you to make.
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Jesus wants to increase your faith

Jesus wants to increase your faith through the restoration of your soul. None of us are fully united to the will of God yet. We all need to turn back to God — or turn more completely his way — in something we’re doing today.

With Christmas fast approaching, consider what needs healing in your relationship with God so that your faith will grow stronger. Are you so busy getting ready for the holiday that you’re not making faith a priority? If your Christmas preparations are not distracting you from the Savior whose birth we celebrate, that’s wonderful, but slow down! Advent is not supposed to be like running a marathon race and grabbing a bottle of liquid refreshment as you dash past Jesus in the Communion line at church on your way to the next activity.

Take time today to refocus on your friendship with God and locate something that needs healing and restoration, then decide what changes you will make to build up and increase your faith.


© 2019 by Terry A. Modica
Merry Christmas!

A Very Merry and Blessed Christmas! Joy to the world! For unto us a child is born, unto us a savior has been given. He is Jesus the Lord! This is our song and our salvation. This is what we should always be proclaiming as a people of faith.

Don’t focus on what destroys your joy, for nothing can destroy the coming of the Lord. The absence of joy is merely a blank area in your view of what God is doing.

Look at the love that Jesus has for you! Jesus was born not only to save you from the darkness of sin; he was born because he loves you — he loves YOU! Even if you had never sinned, he would have come into the world so that he could love YOU on your level, human-to-human.

Sometimes, great things come in surprising packages that do not seem to be great at all. The Eucharist — in the form of a little wafer of bread — does not look like it contains the full presence of Jesus with all of his humanity and his divinity. The baby Jesus — a tiny, helpless child — does not look like the conqueror of evil. But he is! And so is Jesus in the Eucharist; he is here for you.

And you! You might not seem to be a great person, but you contain Jesus. You contain greatness beyond imagining! This greatness does not dwell only in you; it comes out from you in every good thing that you do. This is a life of faith!

To be a follower of Jesus means we learn to imitate him. In doing good, evil is defeated. In this goodness, the greatness of Jesus extends outward from us. In this goodness, there is cause for great joy.

Have a very Blessed Christmas in the faith that the Lord has given you!


© 2019 by Terry A. Modica
Putting fear down

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 NIV)

As the year draws to a close, we often reflect on what was good and what was bad. We have hopes and dreams for the soon to be new year, but can be haunted by past failings and fears.

But Jesus tells us to “Not be afraid”! In fact, that comforting message occurs hundreds of times throughout scripture.

When fear screams for attention, it’s pulling your attention away from the calm, steady, supportive hand of God. It might make sense to listen to what fear is telling you, but it’s lying to you. Do not be afraid of what you can only see partially. There’s always more to the situation than what you can see right now.

Faith needs your voice. Faith needs you to speak up for the truth and put fear down. When that happens, the power that fear has had over you begins to fade. Often it even disappears!

None of us can do this without the help of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of Truth strengthens us to live in victory over everything that has made us afraid. Increase your time with the Holy Spirit.

© 2019 by Terry A. Modica
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It's going to be an interesting year. The powers of darkness are getting desperate.

Is there reason to fear this? Not at all, as I learned two weeks ago when the Lord sent me to an Advent Retreat that was led by Father Jim Blount, SOLT, an exorcist. He is very gifted in the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit and is anointed to see and hear things that make his ministry very powerful.

It was like going to a military briefing to pick up weapons and info about what the enemy is doing and a strategy to attack and win the battle.

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Need a new start? Sing joyfully to the Lord!

Sing joyfully to the Lord; serve the Lord with gladness and with joyful song.” (Psalm 100:1b-2)

What makes you want to sing joyfully to the Lord?

The turning of an old year into a new year is a time for hope. We are ready for fresh beginnings. But this is an artificial reason for hope! January 1st is really no different than June 1st if we take away all the “New Year’s Resolutions” and parties and fireworks and the dropping of a lighted ball in Times Square, New York. It doesn’t take long before the on-going struggles of real life depress us again.

Scriptures tell us over and over again to sing joyfully to the Lord — despite all the reasons not to. Or perhaps, because of all the reasons not to. For me, Psalm 100 is a timely reminder of what true faith in Christ is like. And so, I choose to serve the Lord with gladness.
Going to Mass means having faith in miracles

Today’s world needs Catholics who truly understand that going to Mass means having faith in miracles — especially the miraculous transformation of bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ. Are you changed by the presence of Christ in the Eucharist? If so, then after you exit the church, others see evidence of this faith — right?

There’s a difference between “knowing” the truths of our faith and authentically living these truths.

What prayer requests have you made in which you’re still waiting for God to provide his help? When you offer them to Jesus during the prayers of Mass, do you feel the hopefulness that comes from faith?

During the consecration of the Eucharist, if we do not have faith in God’s ability to change bread and wine into Christ — an ability that does not rely on the how holy the priest is — we won’t have faith to recognize that Jesus is ministering to us in the Eucharist.


© 2019 by Terry A. Modica
Was your Christmas disheartening?

Was your Christmas disheartening or disappointing? Not as joyous as you expected? No matter what went wrong this Christmas — what was imperfect, what was frustrating, what tested your faith or your strength of character, what was lonely or dissatisfying or disheartening — you were in fellowship with the Christ child and his heavenly Daddy.

Whatever happened that was good and right and a source of joy, this too occurred in the fellowship of God’s wonderful company.

Can you see the good news in your experience of such a holy fellowship? Can you hear the presence of God?

Christmas is the season of hope, peace, and good will toward all; therefore we expect the ideal but are disappointed by the real. We want Christmas to be better than the rest of the year. However, Christmas is much more than a holiday that happens in the outside circumstances. It’s the birth of increased faith in Jesus so that God, who loves us immeasurably, can joyfully fellowship with us.

That is the only true source of peace and good will. That is what is really real. The problems are not real; they are only temporary. The higher reality is God’s eternal fellowship with us.

© 2019 by Terry A. Modica
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