The Promise is to You

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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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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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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“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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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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NEW May - August Schedule: To give everyone a summer break, we'll only be having Upper Room on the 2nd and 4th Fridays from May 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.
 
Help Needed: Registration for the Fire It Up! retreat is now closed. However, many volunteers are still needed to make it a success. If you can help for even two hours on Friday evening, May 18, or Saturday, May 19, we have a role for you! Click here to sign up.
 
Night Vigil: A Trinitarian Night of Miracles This special event has been permanently posted on Shalom World's website here so you watch it anytime. (Note: Because the topic was moving from despair to hope, some of the situations described in the talks may be too mature for young children.) The program will also be permanently posted on Shalom's website next week so that it can be viewed anytime.
 
Upper Room Praise & Worship Pondering, 5/11/18: We're still in the Easter season, we're celebrating the Ascension, and we're preparing for Pentecost. This is a time of many graces. Soak them in! Receive what the Holy Spirit has for you!
 
Charismatic Gifts of the Holy Spirit
1 Cor 12:8-10




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