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Get into the ring! How this works...

This is easy! Each week on Thursday I post my homily main focus for preaching this coming Sunday. What I am hoping for is a reaction from people in the pews. Does my "focus" connect with your daily life, faith, and experience? Or not? Either affirm the direction I am going in (by giving me an example from your life) or challenge me, ask for clarification! Questions are the best! Reaction rather than reflection is what I'm looking for here. Don't be afraid, get in the ring. Ole!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

May 29 -Easter VI

-The homily from last Sunday is in the library->
-The scriptures for this week are at>
-I am preaching at 9:30am only

Power for What!

The Spirit, called the Paraclete, is in name and in fact a power for the sake of something. The Holy Spirit, from the beginning and always, is given or present for the sake that something else might take place. From creation, at the annunciation, at Pentecost....given so that something else would happen.

What are you suppose to be doing under the power of the Spirit that's been given to you?


Anonymous said...

First thing that came to my mind is the need and help that I have been receiving from The Holy Spirit lately.I am reflecting more often in myself and God....

1-Examination of my inner self - who I think
I am and who really am-
2- What God wants from me.

The Holy Spirit is giving me the courage of confronting my false-self and the conviction that without knowing my self I can't know God.
I am kind of dealing with Pride vs. Humility.
This is painful but necessary.
Long way to go. But, it is comforting to know that God is sending help.

Anonymous said...

I feel the Holy Spirit's influence on my life more than anyone else in the Trinity! His response to me is direct and profound. Whatever I ask of Him, He does for me! For example, when I pray the Rosary, I ask Him to send me fresh insights on the mysteries so I can better contemplate the life of Jesus and Mary.

He helps me understand different aspects of our faith, and indeed He has given me the gift of faith. I constantly thirst for more information, more knowledge, more insights; it is insatiable. I am constantly frustrated by my spiritual and mystical limits here in this life. I am always asking Him to strengthen my "spiritual eyes" and to help me see the world through these eyes, not the eyes of the world.

I ask the Holy Spirit to speak through me and help me say the right things when I am called to defend our faith to someone or explain it to someone. I ask Him to never let someone stray from the faith because of something I have said or done. I often find myself gently encouraging my friends to follow their faith and explaining misunderstandings about it to them.

In my heart, He lights the fire of love for God, for our Catholic faith. I feel deeply hurt to the core when I hear our faith mocked or scorned or see others that have thrown this treasure away. I am truly an oddball among my peers and can't share the extent of my feelings; who would understand that I would rather be with the Blessed Sacrament than at a party or bar?

I apologize for the length of this but I want others to know what is possible for them through the power of the Holy Spirit! lr

JoyFuralle said...

Killer questions, Father, killer questions! Good stuff! You put the onus on us and on the Holy Spirit by constantly pointing us to dialog with our Lord within. Hope you make the questions pointed and obvious, set off. . . love when you repeat the question for those of us whose minds occasionally wander and for those of us who hunger for more.

To Anonymous from last week...where there is love there is no offense. All Glory to God!

Faith said...

When I first begin to pray, my conversation with our God often includes a variety of concerns, struggles, worries, requests – which become petitions. They frequently have no connection with one another, seem disjointed, lack order among them, and – admittedly – are even self-serving. Nearly every time, a realization strikes me, and I see and feel that there are so many needs in the world far greater than mine – injustices to be righted, peace to be sought, poverty to be addressed – and I see also my own ignorance and powerlessness at knowing what really is needed in this world, let alone my own life. The pattern goes that my prayer then turns to one of giving myself over to God. It’s as if all those needs and wants go into the top of a funnel and come out at the bottom as one prayer – asking the Spirit to guide my way, put my feet on the right path, drag me and push me if need be, but lead me to where I need to go – using my hands, my feet, my heart - to be and do what I need to be and do. Please join my will to that of Jesus’, and show me the path to take, because I am unclear on my own. And as I do so, please grace me with the ability to love even more deeply, to love as You love, so that I may be of whatever help to You in Your work. Left to my own, I don’t know what I am supposed to do – but I am confident that when I surrender the Spirit takes me there.

Anonymous said...

Thoughts, Matador?

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Anonymous said...

All Glory and Honor to God.