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DIY Praise & Worship: Christmas Edition II

When God has become man, and stepped into time so that we can step into eternity with Him, how else can we respond but with praise? And as we praise, we will taste the sweetness of Heaven! To aid your worship, below are three simple steps and a set of Christmas songs that draws from […]

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DIY Praise and Worship: Advent Edition

The purpose of Advent is to prepare our hearts to receive Jesus. One of the most effective ways we can do this is through praising and worshiping him. When we praise and worship Jesus, we recognize who he is. He is God incarnated as a man who came to earth so that we could know […]

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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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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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Sow in Tears, but Reap Rejoicing

This post is written by Claudia Burns, a prayer minister at Upper Room and member of the Liturgical Art Committee at Christ the King. She wrote the icons of St. Mark and St. Luke that are next to the tabernacle. Her story is a beautiful witness that God does not abandon us during times of […]

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DIY Praise & Worship: Christmas Edition

Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’ gift of Himself to us. He is so gentle that He came as a baby. Yet He is so powerful that He conquered sin and death. Emmanuel is with us now and wants us to be with Him through all eternity. How do we respond to such a gift? […]

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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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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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Praise & Worship Pondering, 9/22/17: Bask in the presence of Our Lord, who pours His living water into the desert places of our lives to bring us abundant life!
 
A New Season: We're entering a new season in the charismatic renewal and in the Church! Generation Moses is passing the torch to Generation Joshua. Read more on the blog From Springtime to Summer in the Church, and check out the links there to the prophetic words and talks from the National Catholic Charismatic Jubilee Conference.
 
More 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.
 
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