The Promise is to You

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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A Dry Tree or a Watered Garden?

Some days I get virtually nothing done. I accomplish little on my “To Do” List and my own cares and the cares of those near to me dominate my thinking, stealing my joy. Why would I not turn to God? Why rely on my own resources when I know that God is only a heartbeat […]

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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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A Pilgrim on El Camino de Santiago

After a summer break, Upper Room’s blog returns with a guest post from one of our former young adult leaders, Louis Brown. Louis now directs the national Catholic health care sharing ministry, CMF CURO. He recently made a pilgrimage hiking El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) in Spain. He gave permission for […]

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Intimacy with God and the Second Commandment

Intimacy with God has the primary result of deepening our union with him. It enables us to live out the Greatest Commandment and prepares us for Heaven. Our intimacy with God bears another sublime fruit as well. It is what enables us to obey the second commandment: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt […]

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Who I Am

Recently I have had to limit my activity due to painful contractions. For those of you who don’t know much about pregnancy, contractions are a normal part of pregnancy – your body getting warmed up for the big day. However, painful contractions are not. These are the ones that stop you in your tracks, take […]

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He Makes All Things New

Today I took a walk. It was a walk very similar to one I’d taken back in October on my birthday. I traced almost the same route, walking past a graveyard and down a hill onto the boardwalk. Joggers and other walkers were out, too, cautiously-optimistically dressed in spring coats and vests. I was even […]

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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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Welcome to our blog: The Promise is to You!

At Pentecost, the apostle Peter exhorted everyone to receive the promise of the Holy Spirit: “For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him” (Acts 2:39). We who have been baptized have received the Holy Spirit. The […]

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More Jubilee Graces at Praise & Worship! Upper Room Director Christy Whiting and Music Director Doug Helderop just attended the national Catholic Charismatic Jubilee Conference in Pittsburgh. Christy & Doug will begin Praise & Worship this Friday, July 28 with a multi-media presentation about what the Holy Spirit is doing in us as a nation. Come early for...
 
A Summer Dinner Everyone is invited to a summer dinner with pulled chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, and vegetarian options. It'll be in the Parish Center Gym from 6:30 - 7:30pm (after the 5:30pm Mass and before Praise & Worship) on July 28. Please bring a dish to pass and rsvp for the dinner to Mary Jo, paquin.mj@gmail.com, for planning purposes. Then stay for Praise & Worship!
 
A Treasure Trove of Jubilee Year Graces: At Pentecost, Pope Francis invited the Catholic Charismatic Renewal to celebrate our Jubilee with him in Rome. This 5-day event featured many teachings from CCR leaders from around the world. It was highlighted by Pope Francis' address thanking the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and calling us onward in unity. For the papal address, videos of the teachings, and more, click here.
 
Read about the national conference on the blog From Springtime to Summer in the Church, and check out the links there to the prophetic words and to order talks from the conference.
Charismatic Gifts of the Holy Spirit
1 Cor 12:8-10




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