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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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From Springtime to Summer in the Church

By Christy Whiting, Upper Room Director Pittsburgh is not only the birthplace of the modern Catholic charismatic renewal, but it is where three rivers—the Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela—come together. It proved to be a symbolic location for the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR)’s Jubilee Conference. There, an estimated 6,000 people gathered, […]

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Living in the Graces of This Jubilee Year

“To grow in love is to grow in the Spirit. To grow in the Spirit is to grow in holiness. Holiness is the will of God for us.” With these words, Bp. Sam Jacobs reminded us at the “50 Years of Amazing Grace” conference of our fundamental call as disciples of Christ. We are to […]

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“Now is the Time: Proclaim God’s Love”

This is the prophetic call that the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Michigan is hearing strongly. It was the theme of the annual All Michigan Catholic Charismatic Conference (AMCCC) event held on July 8-10 with keynotes by James “Butch” Murphy. It’s Go-Time for all of us…and no, it’s not referring to Pokémon. It refers to the […]

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Pentecost Graces

When I used to teach at the Holy Spirit Seminars, we had a saying: “When you ask the Holy Spirit to come, he never says ‘no.’” That was as true as ever this Pentecost weekend. Friday night’s Pentecost Praise & Worship had one of the most fire-filled worship sessions I’ve ever seen. In reference to […]

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Becoming Enkindled

The first time the Holy Spirit asked me to give a prophetic word, I said “No.” I was 14 years old, and had recently become a lector at Mass. I loved lectoring, having gotten past my initial nervous speed-reading for which one deacon said I would need an oxygen tank. But giving a prophetic word […]

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New Saint of Interest to Charismatics

On Saturday, February 14, Pope Francis announced the canonizations on May 17 of three new saints. One of them, Mary of Jesus Crucified, O.C.D., is not well known outside the Order of Discalced Carmelites. She should be of interest to Charismatics, though, because of her deep devotion to the Holy Spirit, which she promoted ardently. […]

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The Dynamics of Praise

“Why would anyone want to spend their Friday night doing praise and worship?” We are frequently asked this. It begs a deeper question: What’s so important about praise? In praise we recognize God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us, “Praise is the form of prayer which recognizes most immediately that God is God. […]

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T-bone Steaks and the Holy Spirit

When I was little our parish had a Ugandan priest come and visit. The families in our parish took turns inviting him to dinner. When it was our family’s turn my parents, in their usual fashion, went all out. They provided a big meal complete with t-bone steaks. In a story that is now etched […]

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Announcements:


Healing Service: Dr. Mary Healy and Paco Gavrilides will lead a healing service on Sunday, Nov. 26, from 7-9pm in the Worship Space. Invite family, friends, and anyone in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing. All are welcome!
 
This Friday, Nov. 24: Due to Thanksgiving, there will be a 5:30pm Mass, but there won't be an Upper Room dinner or Praise & Worship. Our regular schedule will resume on Friday, Dec. 1. In the meantime, come to our Healing Service!
 
Praise & Worship Pondering, 11/17/17: The gift of tongues is a *gift* from our Heavenly Father. He delights when we take joy in it. Holy Spirit, increase this gift in us!
 
Why Pray in Tongues? Check out our new blog post: "Pursue Love and Strive for the Spiritual Gifts".
 
Charismatic Gifts of the Holy Spirit
1 Cor 12:8-10




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