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Humility That Brings Healing

Last fall I took a grad class at Sacred Heart Major Seminary that required writing a research paper on an ecumenical topic. The professor emphasized that the purpose was to teach us to listen closely to what others are saying, and not to respond with pre-packaged apologetic answers that we assume will apply, but may […]

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Wielding the Weapons of Mercy

I prayed over a young woman at the Encounter Conference, and as I listened to her story, I began to cry, and the tears would not stop. The next day I was listening to Ave Maria Radio and someone was sharing her story with a counselor, and again I found myself weeping. As counter-intuitive as […]

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Lent is Here – Praise God!

Praise music isn’t usually associated with Lent. We tend to associate it with joyful celebrations, and consider Lent a different, more sober time. While there is a necessary sobriety to Lent, this does not mean that Lent is supposed to be devoid of joy, nor of praise. In fact, one of the greatest effects of […]

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Close Encounters of the Third (Person of the Trinity) Kind

“There is more!” resounded throughout the Encounter Conference we hosted, welcoming 1,000 people here from Jan. 4-6. Our God is infinite love, truth, beauty, goodness, and power. And unless we are all those things as well (obviously not), He always has more for us. This is more than a generous offer on His part: this […]

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Prayer Ministry: Receiving What God Has For You

Prayer ministry is a unique way of receiving God’s blessings. Anyone can bring the prayers of their heart to a team of prayer ministers, so that together they can intercede. Jesus said, “Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Mt 18:20). To receive the most from prayer ministry, come […]

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At the End of the Double Jubilee Year

Wait. What? It’s a “Double Jubilee Year”? Um…what jubilees? 2017 has been the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. (Yep…now you remember.) It’s true that it hasn’t been talked about much besides the February “50 Years of Amazing Grace” conference, the Annunciation event in […]

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DYI Praise & Worship: Christmas Edition III

A short reflection quoted in Archbishop Charles Chaput’s blog: “We can have this mentality around Christmas. ‘Get more. Get merrier.’ And the stores and Internet are filled with the products that are filling people’s homes, all for the sake of getting happier. All so someone can know you love them because the price tag says so…. […]

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Welcome the Word

Jesus is revealed to us as the “Word of God” (Jn 1:1, Rev 19:13). He is the communication of God’s love for us, the “Word Made Flesh” (Jn 1:14). As Word, Jesus is constantly communicating. Just as He is Love and Truth, and never ceases to be Love and Truth, He also never ceases to […]

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DIY Praise & Worship: Songs of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving tradition isn’t only about the turkey and stuffing, as we all know. Part of our practice as a secular nation is inspired by our tradition as Christians to offer thanks to our Lord. Thanksgiving is an act of worship; it is our heart’s response to what God has done. We are grateful for a God […]

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“Pursue Love and Strive for the Spiritual Gifts”

With these words, St. Paul begins 1 Corinthians 14. He has just written about both love and spiritual gifts in 1 Cor 12-13, concluding, “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” Love is the heart of the spiritual life, but the spiritual life is not complete […]

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Living Pentecost class: Want more of the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit? Check out our newest class, taught by Fr. Ed Fride and Dr. Mary Healy, and starting April 5. Click here for details and to register.
This Friday, Mar. 23: The Lord wants to take us deeper into His love, which is the reason Jesus died for us. Come worship Him and receive prayer ministry.
Schedule updates: We will not have Upper Room on Good Friday (Mar. 30). We'll resume our regular schedule on Easter Friday, April 6, with an Easter dinner in the gym before Praise & Worship, and then by worshiping our risen Savior in the Eucharist at Praise & Worship!
Praise & Worship Pondering, 3/16/18: When we repent for our sins and reject the lies of the enemy, it clears the way for us to receive God's healing. We become free.
Encounter Conference Videos Shalom World recorded the Encounter Conference from Jan. 4-6 here at CTK. The talks are now on their website here. We encourage you to watch them to learn more about what the Holy Spirit is doing in our world today...and what He wants to do in us as the Church!
Charismatic Gifts of the Holy Spirit
1 Cor 12:8-10

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