Birgit - holy spirit
I’d never experienced the charismatic movement before, so I was somewhat excited when several months ago, I had the opportunity to attend a charismatic prayer group at my parish, Immaculate Heart of Mary. I was thrilled by the intensity of the group’s faith.
Over the course of the night, the group ran a session of The Wild Goose series, a 14-part video series created by Fr. Dave Pivonka. The term “The Wild Goose” was used by the ancient Celts to describe the Holy Spirit.
Fr. Pivonka describes the Wild Goose Project as “a simple attempt to invite Catholic Christians into a more profound life-giving relationship with the Holy Spirit. This is a relationship marked by the love of God which breathes life into our daily existence. The Holy Spirit is not merely something relegated to Confirmation but the Spirit desires a relationship with us that will take us on the greatest adventure imaginable; a journey to the very Heart of God. The Holy Spirit desires to be present to us in a manner that brings light out of darkness, freedom out of bondage, order out of chaos and life out of death. Such is the power of the Wild Goose.”
Try to Understand Him
As the meeting drew to a close, I was struck by something one of the members said. She opined that “The problem with most believers is that they try to put the Holy Spirit in a box. So many people simply don’t understand Him and are afraid to let Him take control. So instead, they try to box Him in or not think about Him at all.” This got me thinking about several things.
Pope Francis said, “The Holy Spirit is the living presence of God in the Church. He keeps the Church going, keeps the Church moving forward. More and more, beyond the limits, onwards. The Holy Spirit with His gifts guides the Church. You cannot understand the Church of Jesus without this Paraclete, whom the Lord sends us for this very reason. And He makes unthinkable choices, but unimaginable! To use a word of St. John XXIII: it is the Holy Spirit that updates the Church. Really, he really updates it and keeps it going.”
But how many of us really take the Pope’s words to heart? How many of us ever stopped to ponder how different our lives would be if we allowed the Holy Spirit to guide us more often? Would we be even more on fire for our faith? Would we be like the Apostles on Pentecost, drawing other people to us, wanting to have what we’ve got? Don’t forget about 3,000 people were baptized on that day! Have we ever stopped to imagine what our churches would look like if they were filled to the brim, standing room only, by joy-filled Catholics who fully embrace and live out their faith?
The fruits of the Holy Spirit
What if, instead of jumping at an opportunity to tear each other down, we were to exercise the fruits of patience and kindness? Wouldn’t it be great if we could go throughout our day without giving in to road rage, gossiping with our coworkers, or nitpicking every little thing to death? Wouldn’t it be nice to rest in the knowledge that, no matter what’s going on around us, we don’t have to be slaves to our circumstances and ever-changing moods?
How many marriages and families would be saved if more people truly understood and exercised the fruit of chastity? How many more young people would answer the call to be priests and religious sisters if we encouraged them to be guided more by the Holy Spirit and less by academic success or athletic prowess?
As Fr. Mark Bialek (pastor of St. John in Westminster, Maryland) said in his homily on January 13, “Isn’t it about time [to] allow the Holy Spirit to be set loose? And not to be afraid of the unexpected. Not to be afraid of the path that Christ might call us to walk. Not to be afraid of the future and what might lie in store. The Holy Spirit many times makes a mess. The Holy Spirit calls us to conversion. The Holy Spirit calls us to examine our hearts. The Holy Spirit sets the world on fire and purifies us so that we can be with God: melting away the impurities of our lives, our society, and our world. So that we can be perfect as God, our Heavenly Father, is perfect. But in order for that happen, that means we have to give up control.”
His Plans for Us
In my own life, it has meant stepping out in faith, especially when there didn’t seem to be a clear solution ahead. It has meant taking sometimes little and sometimes big steps. It means trusting that God knows best, and remembering Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.”
When I was 21, I never would’ve imagined that one day I’d be leading teens to Christ as a youth minister, or playing guitar with a worship band. But, over the last 14 years, I have been doing my best to let the Holy Spirit lead me. He has helped me find the right words in moments of tension and heated arguments. He has comforted me when all I wanted to do was break something in anger or frustration. He gave me wise counsel when I had trouble deciding on the best course of action.
Do I know Him perfectly? Of course not, there’s always more to learn about Him. But maybe what we all need, as Catholics right now, is His presence in our lives. To borrow Fr. Mark’s words: “Isn’t it time we allow the Holy Spirit to be set loose?”

Medjugorje: Our Lady's message of February 25, 2019

February 25, 2019
“Dear children! Today, I am calling you to a new life. It is not important how old you are, open your heart to Jesus who will transform you in this time of grace and, like nature, you will be born into a new life in God’s love, and you will open your heart to Heaven and the things of Heaven. I am still with you, because God permitted me out of love for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”


Some Day It Will All End

Jesus said, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Today's Daily Encounter is by Michael Josephson

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear. So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won't matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end. It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave. What will matter is not your success but your significance. What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example. What will matter is not your competence but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone. What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what. Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident. It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters.

 "Dear God, please help me to live in light of eternal values so that my life will not be wasted but invested in the lives of others for all eternity so that my life will matter. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."


Medjugorje: February 2, 2019 Message to Mirjana

February 2, 2019 Message to Mirjana

"Dear children, the love and goodness of the Heavenly Father give revelations, which make faith grow, for it to be interpreted, that it may bring peace, certainty and hope. In this way, I, too, my children, through the merciful love of the Heavenly Father, always, anew, am showing you the way to my Son, to eternal salvation. But, unfortunately, many of my children do not want to hear me; many of my children are of two minds. And I always, in time and beyond time, magnified the Lord for all that He has done in me and through me. My Son gives Himself to you and breaks the bread with you. He speaks the words of eternal life to you so that you may carry them to everyone. And you, my children, apostles of my love, what are you afraid of when my Son is with you? Offer your souls to Him so that He can be in them and that He can make you instruments of faith, instruments of love. My children, live the Gospel, live merciful love for your neighbors, and, above all, live love for the Heavenly Father. My children, you are not united by chance. The Heavenly Father does not unite anyone by chance. My Son speaks to your souls. I speak to your heart. As a mother I am saying to you: set out with me, love one another, and give witness. Do not be afraid, with your example, to defend the truth - the Word of God, which is eternal and never changes. My children, whoever acts in the light of merciful love and truth is always helped by Heaven and is not alone. Apostles of my love, may you always be recognized among all others by your hiddenness, love and radiance. I am with you. Thank you."
VIDEO of Mirjana apparition   https://marytv.tv/mirjanas-apparition/