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Evangelizing Can Be Easy?!

In response to Upper Room’s invitation to share stories about proclaiming God’s love, Laura sent in these stories. I went to Upper Room and felt God convict me that I needed to initiate conversations with people about Jesus more, instead of just trying to be kind and loving and solely waiting on them to bring […]

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Evangelism and the Gift of Tongues

Personal prayer in tongues is the only one of the charismatic gifts that is not by definition oriented to the benefit of others. Prophets prophesy to other people. Healers heal other people. Prophetic words proclaimed in tongues are for other people, who then pray for an interpretation. Yet St. Paul says that tongues is for […]

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When we Hesitate to go Into the Deep

Peter did it, too. Jesus told him in Lk 5:1-11 to “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Peter doubted if anything would happen. He replied, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing.” Today we phrase it: “Been there, done that.” And many times we have […]

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Impelled by Love (or: How an Introvert Evangelized at the Art Fair and Actually Liked It)

The thing about writing a blog like the one I did two weeks ago is that the writer is on the hook to do exactly what she wrote about. When the title is “Now is the Time: Proclaim God’s Love” that can be a bit intimidating. I’ve had my share of nervousness about such things, […]

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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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The Promise is to YOU

These words spoken by Peter in today’s first reading describe the guarantee that Jesus promised those who repent and are baptized: they will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. To prevent any confusion, Peter continued, “The promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord […]

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Intimacy with God: The Key to Everything

I used to wonder why Jesus never sat down with his disciples to systematically explain all the truths in Scripture and Tradition. Wouldn’t that have prevented a lot of confusion, false teachings and schisms over the centuries? Certainly he explained enough for our salvation, but over the past 2000 years countless arguments over what is […]

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A Simple Way to Grow in Intimacy with God

Even more than we crave knowing God’s love, God thirsts for us to know him intimately.  Jesus declared, “As the Father loves me, so I love you. Abide in my love” (Jn 15:9). The apostle John confirmed: “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them” (1 Jn […]

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Recognizing the Lord’s Voice

“How can I know what the Lord is saying to me?” It’s a universal question with high stakes. We long to hear the voice of the One who is Love and Truth, and we need to be able to recognize his voice so we can follow him. It’s astounding to even consider that God who […]

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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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Announcements:


NEW Summer Schedule: To give everyone a summer break, we'll only be having Upper Room on 2nd and 4th Fridays through August. At Praise & Worship on 2nd Fridays we'll have prayer ministry, and we'll leave the 4th Fridays flexible for extended praise, testimonies, etc. There will still be a 5:30pm Mass on the other Fridays of the month.
 
This Friday, June 22 Join us for a taco salad bar dinner in the gym between Mass and Praise & Worship (approx. 6:30-7:30pm). Please bring a side or dessert to pass, and rsvp if possible to Mary Jo (paquin.mj@gmail.com). Then we'll adore our Eucharistic Lord present on the altar at Praise & Worship. All are welcome!
 
Upper Room Praise & Worship Pondering, 6/8/18: Mary Healy opened by saying that we need to become like little children to receive the Holy Spirit. Throughout the night, dozens of children of all ages gathered around the altar and tabernacle, worshiping Our Lord. Some prayed in tongues and some prophesied. Lord, help us all to receive you as these children do!
 
Charismatic Gifts of the Holy Spirit
1 Cor 12:8-10




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