Life-Changing Love, by Theresa Linden

Theresa Linden weaves three story lines throughout this second volume of her West Brothers trilogy. At the conclusion of volume one—Roland West, Loner—Roland finds a measure of happiness with his new friends, especially Caitlyn. He and she enjoy hanging out without the pressures of a “relationship.” When Roland tells Caitlyn that he’s not ready to be her boyfriend, Caitlyn thinks that his feelings for her have cooled. Can Ronald and Caitlyn find what they have lost?

Caitlyn’s friend, Zoe, the most popular girl at school, begins to show Caitlyn “how to become popular.” To demonstrate, Zoe attracts the attention of Jarret, Roland’s brother. She sees Jarret as handsome, confident and hot.  The real Jarret lives to dominate and control everyone in his life. Can Zoe find happiness with Jarret or has she stepped into emotional quicksand?

Because Jarret had made Roland’s life miserable, as a punishment, their father takes Jarret’s twin, Keefe, to Italy, instead of his other sons. Once out of Jarret’s reach, Keefe’s worldview amplifies. Can Keefe become his own person and find life-changing love?

Of all of Theresa Linden’s characters, Jarret West represents the ultimate Machiavellian as he schemes to bend the lives of Roland, Caitlyn, Keefe and especially Zoe so that he gets what he wants, regardless of the cost or damage. Jarret is an “evil genius” with an innate ability to interpret behaviors and engineer emotional responses that favor his devious ploys. Can love change the direction of Jarret’s life?

Caitlyn shows tremendous depth and strength, especially when Jarret attempts to manipulate and embarrass her. She comes to know her parents and the reasons for their concerns and the limitations they place on her.

Readers of volume one will welcome the return of Peter and Toby, the clear-sighted brothers who have Jarret’s number and give him all the grief they can.

As usual, Theresa Linden’s lively plots and palpable characters make for a compelling read. She shows imagination, intrigue, and originality in yet another novel. Volume three is on the way.

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Pentecost Just Passed and I’m Burning to Death: Is It Possible To Do Purgatory On Earth?

Photo Credit: Judy Landrieu Klein

Photo Credit: Judy Landrieu Klein

Have you ever had a magnanimous moment where you begged for the fire of God’s love to consume you, only to find in short order that it’s burning the hell out of you?

Literally.

Somehow, I’m always surprised when I pray for holy fire to fall, and its flames begin to burn me to death. I’m not referring to the kind of death that ends earthly life, but instead to the painful death of my egocentric plans and programs, and especially the death of my unholy determination that life will unfold according to my will.

I’m a firm believer that purgatory—the purification from disordered attachments that all humans must undergo to be perfectly united to God—begins on earth. For some, though God alone knows who, purgatory will be completed during their earthly sojourn as they are “salted with fire” (Mark 9:49), allowing the flame of God’s love to burn away the dross in their souls until love is perfected in them. For other souls (at least for those who are heaven bound), this purgation will be completed after death, as they pass through the fire of God’s purifying love to behold him face to face (1 Cor. 3:10-15).

While we tend to think of purgatory as a “place” we enter after death, St. John Paul II said that “the term purgatory does not indicate a place, but a condition of existence,” where Christ “removes … the remnants of imperfection.” (General Audience of Wednesday, 4 August 1999). Surely, such a condition should be part and parcel of our daily walk with Christ.

 In Crossing the Threshold of Hope, John Paul II explained it this way:

The ‘living flame of love’ of which St. John (of the Cross) speaks, is above all, a purifying fire. The mystical nights described by this great Doctor of the Church on the basis of his own experience corresponds, in a certain sense, to Purgatory. God makes man pass through such an interior purgatory of his sensual and spiritual nature in order to bring him into union with Himself. Here we do not find ourselves before a mere tribunal. We present ourselves before the power of Love itself. Before all else, it is Love that judges. Love judges through love. (St. John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, 186-187)

I spent the past few weeks praying with St. Therese of Lisieux for the fire of God’s love to come upon me as I prepared to make the Little Flower’s Consecration to Merciful Love on the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity (Fr. Michael Gaitley, 33 Days to Merciful Love). “O my Jesus, let me be this happy victim; consume Your holocaust with the fire of your Divine Love!” I’ve mimicked St. Therese with gusto.

Sadly, it only took one episode of overt rebellion by our resident teenager for me to be burned by Love’s fiery flames. It wasn’t pretty to find myself completely unable to pray the words thy will be done for several excruciating days, as I shook my fists at heaven and demanded that God do things my way. My outburst revealed a lingering lack of trust both in God and his goodness, along with a need for deeper healing and conversion.

You see, it’s one thing to say that we believe in God, but another thing entirely to trust completely in in his unwavering goodness. It’s one thing to claim that we love God, but another thing to truly trust in his infinite love for us—and for our children. It’s one thing to say that we have faith in God, but another thing yet again to yield to him in a faith-filled act of surrender.

Life on this earth gives us ample opportunities to surrender to God’s love, and in so doing, to be stripped of our sins, doubts and mistrust. This stripping is the painful “condition of existence” that may just constitute “purgatory on earth”—the suffering that breaks our attachment to the disordered love of self.

While such trials by fire may put us on the hot seat, they shouldn’t surprise or scandalize us, but instead cause us to rejoice.   For it is Love alone that is capable of sending such holy fire, and an encounter Love’s alone fire that can heal us.

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The Twelve Steps to Being a Spiritual Writer

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Step Three – Made a decision to turn our writing and our writing career over to the care of God

After we have learned to turn our writing over to God, we feel a sense of peace and contentment. We think we have reached the end, the climax of satisfaction. However, people will tell us otherwise. The world now expects more and we are directed by others in the literary profession. We are told that this is just the beginning. Those with more experience warn us that a writer wears many hats. In the new publishing world, a writer is expected to now put on their marketing hat and do promotion. However, often the very thing that makes one a good writer works against you in the marketing and publishing fields.

Writers tend to quiet and isolation. We like to daydream and envision worlds that don’t exist. As spiritual writers, we tend to contemplative prayer and holy hours with the Eucharistic Lord. We enjoy living in our imagination, dreaming of a world where justice prevails and truth is each person’s nature. We are romantic. Yes, even those of us who write horror or science fiction. Whatever our genre we are deeply idealistic. Even those writers who write murder mysteries have the murderer caught and allow right to prevail.

Just getting published requires we wear another hat. We are told that we need to turn off the creative and put on the rational. We may find a publisher because we can hibernate at our familiar desk and do the research. We are good at research so we don’t have a problem discovering publishers with the right fit. However, I and many of the writers I know have more trouble writing a cover letter then we did writing an entire novel. Why – because we have to display confidence and confidence in our work and ourselves.

We have to leave our dreamy, prayerful selves behind and become business-like moguls who can convince others that we can not only write but make money. It goes against our very nature. We plunge ahead until we find a publisher. But our transformation doesn’t end with our success. Now the world tells us that we have to become marketers.

We are told that marketers have to be bold and talkative. In order to be successful we are instructed that we have to promote both our work and ourselves. This is especially difficult for people who have been taught to be humble. This was especially difficult for me. I would watch others gain attention with flashy signs and tables. I would sit in awe when others would have no trouble asking for an appearance and reserve the booking that enabled them to sell numerous books. I would politely decline when people asked me to speak at an event because of my fear of public speaking. Fellow authors and friends would encourage me but I would always find a reason to say no. It seemed so against my nature or at least that is what I would tell myself. In reality, it was just plain old fear.

The Bible says that “Perfect love cast out all fear.” I didn’t have perfect love. I suffered from the fear that others would judge me. I thought they would judge and find wanting, my appearance, my Jersey accent and my work. Fear caused me to decline talks and bookings. Worry caused me to find excuses not to promote my work. Insecurity had me hiding in my home and using my need to write as an excuse. Notice something here? The use of the word “I” and “me” are prominent. This fear was all about me, not about God. It was all self-centered, not God-centered. When I realized how selfish my fear was, I handed that fear to Him. And a strange thing happened, the fear started to shrink.

And as the fear began to shrink, other things started happening. I would be asked to ‘help out’ and fill in for a speaker who couldn’t come. Not wanting to leave someone in the lurch suddenly put a different spin on giving a talk. It wasn’t about me anymore. It was about someone else’s need and that put me in a whole different frame of mind. The more I did things for others, the more marketing opportunities came. I believe God was teaching me that the writing, publishing and marketing was never about me. It was all about Him. Was I willing to turn everything over to Him – even my fear?

Last week, I was asked to appear on a television program. Some guest had an emergency. Normally, I would have been terrified. Instead, I was filling a need. When I got to the studio I was shocked to see a professional stage and cameras. I don’t know what I expected. I could feel the butterflies in my stomach. It is then that I remembered to pray. With prayer I decided that I would just sit and talk to the host of ‘Catholic Corner,’ Msg. Nolan, as if he were a friend. I like talking to people and hearing about their faith. I would just forget the cameras and lights and just be myself. And the worry disappeared. The show ran longer than expected because the conversation became so interesting.

Suddenly, I knew. I knew that God gave me the gift of writing and the gift of myself. Trying to be someone else, someone that everyone else told me I had to be, wasn’t turning my career over to Him. He made me. He made me with a Jersey accent, a gentle nature and a short chubby body. I didn’t need to go against my nature and push myself. I only had to be open to all the opportunities that He would present. I only had to have the courage to be myself and go through the doors that God opened. So when everyone tells you that you have to be or act in a certain way to be a successful writer, smile. You only have to be yourself, turn it all over to Him and watch the magic that happens. Turn it all over to God. He will lift you to places that you never imagined.

 

Karen Kelly Boyce is a mother of two and grandmother of two who lives on a farm in N.J. with her retired husband. She and her husband love to camp and take ‘road trips’ around the country. She has published four novels and three children’s books. Her website is www.karenkellyboyce.com

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CWG Prayer Chain Post: May 22, 2016

The CWG Prayer Chain Post is a weekly post for members to include their special intentions by adding a comment.

Proverbs 8:22-31

Yahweh created me, first-fruits of his fashioning, before the oldest of his works. From everlasting, I was firmly set, from the beginning, before the earth came into being. The deep was not, when I was born, nor were the springs with their abounding waters. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I came to birth; before he had made the earth, the countryside, and the first elements of the world. When he fixed the heavens firm, I was there, when he drew a circle on the surface of the deep, when he thickened the clouds above, when the sources of the deep began to swell, when he assigned the sea its boundaries — and the waters will not encroach on the shore — when he traced the foundations of the earth, I was beside the master craftsman, delighting him day after day, ever at play in his presence, at play everywhere on his earth, delighting to be with the children of men.

 


The power of prayer and the power of people praying.


MAY INTENTION PRAYER 

Mary, Mother of God

O Mary, Mother of God, as You are above all creatures in Heaven and Earth, more glorious than the Cherubim, more noble than any here below, Christ has given You to His people, firm bulwark and Protectress, to shield and save sinners who fly unto You. Therefore O Lady, all-embracing refuge, we solemnly recall Your sweet protection and beg Christ forever for His mercy. Amen

Please leave a comment with your intention. If you have problems adding an intention, email it to Mike Hays at coachhays(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add it.  God bless.

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CWG Book Blast, “End of the Road: A Black Horse Campground Mystery (Book 1),” by Amy M. Bennett

This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Guildie AMY M. BENNETT’S book, End of the Road: A Black Horse Campground Mystery (Book 1),  It is a Catholic Writer’s Guild Seal of Approval winner.

Teaser:

Murder and mayhem in a campground in New Mexico. Romance, humor, and engaging characters in a Catholic-flavored debut cozy mystery novel.

Summary:Book-Blast-05-2016

Corrie Black, owner of the Black Horse Campground, hopes for a successful start to her summer season. The discovery of Marvin Landry, a long-time guest, shot dead in his own RV, along with $50,000 in cash missing, does not herald a good beginning. This is  especially  true since the victim’s handicapped wife and angry stepson seem to have little interest in discovering who murdered him. Was Marvin’s murder planned or just convenient? And is the appearance of a mysterious biker with a shadowy past that includes a recently deceased wife merely a coincidence? Despite opposition from former flame, Sheriff Rick Sutton, Corrie is determined to find out who murdered her guest. But will she find out who is friend or foe before the murderer decides it’s the end of the road for Corrie?

Special Note:

A portion of the royalties of all my books is donated to the Carmelite Sisters of Santa Fe, NM: http://www.carmelofsantafe.org/

Website: http://www.amymbennettbooks.com/
Blog: http://amymbennettbooks.blogspot.ca/

Excerpt:

He pulled off the highway onto the clearly marked, paved side road and shut the engine off, letting the Harley coast past the well-lit sign to Black Horse Campground. He pulled his helmet off to let the spring night breeze cool his sweat-soaked brow, shook his head to clear it of the drone of the highway, and looked down into the hollow between the road and the river.

The campground slept below him, dotted with pools of brightness from the safety lights and the outdoor lights of the pool and the dozen or so RVs parked in the pull-through spots. A dim light glowed from the second floor of the main office building. The owners of the campground no doubt lived on site; hopefully without a dog. Or a night watchman.

He dismounted and secured the helmet to the back of the seat then walked the Harley down the gentle asphalt incline. The road was free of gravel and sand and he managed to wend his way to a vacant tent site, situated halfway between the RV sites and the office building, in relative silence. He set down the kickstand and paused a few moments. Except for the breeze stirring in the pines and the babbling of the nearby river, nothing moved or made a sound. He would have preferred a more secluded site, away from the campground office, but his primary concern at the moment was that his arrival didn’t wake any other campers. As long as no one was making a nighttime trip to the bathroom, it was unlikely that he’d be noticed by the other guests. Quickly he set about putting up his tent. He was done in ten minutes; he’d gotten good and fast at setting up camp in the dark. He unrolled his sleeping bag and apart from removing his boots, chaps and jacket he didn’t bother to undress. He checked his watch; it was twenty to two. He allowed a grim smile. At least three or four hours of sleep before he was noticed. Then it would start all over again.

Bio:

Amy M. Bennett was born and raised in El Paso, TX. She is a 1985 graduate of Father Yermo High School and attended the University of Texas–El Paso. In 1988, she married her husband, Paul, and moved to Alamogordo, New Mexico, where she attended New Mexico State University–Alamogordo, and, except for a six-month stint in Mt. Kisco, New York, has been a resident of New Mexico ever since. She currently works as a cake decorator with Walmart in Alamogordo, NM after twelve years in the Ruidoso Downs store (this is her seventeenth year with Walmart) and a “vino slinger” with Noisy Water Winery in Ruidoso, NM for the last four years. She has been a “closet” novelist for over twenty years and has an impressive collection of rejection letters to show for it! “End of the Road” started as a project for National Novel Writing Month in 2009; it won the Oak Tree Press 2012 Dark Oak Mystery contest. Her first and second books in the series, “End of the Road” and “No Lifeguard on Duty”, were both awarded The Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval. She and Paul currently reside in Bent, New Mexico, with their son, Paul Michael, who grew up believing that having a mother who writes mystery novels is normal.

Buy Link:

Direct from publisher: http://oaktreebooks.com/Bookstore/EndoftheRoad.html
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Three Sides


I  must admit I lament the way many of my Catholic brothers and sisters lack knowledge of the scriptures.  I sometimes hear crazy stuff that defames the Old Testament, the discipline of memorizing scripture or even the idea of having a bible in the house.   That just makes me sad.  This lack of understanding from some Catholics simply leaves them defenseless and vulnerable to attacks of the enemy who is always about like a “prowling lion”.

For instance, many believers have the misguided concept that the only thing of real value in the bible is the New Testament, and all of that old law, prophet stuff is woefully out of date. This is nothing but pure deception from the enemy.  One of the scriptures that informs this idea differently comes at the beginning of Lent.  The real purpose of Lent is transformation, not suffering.  The reading that strengthens this teaching is the story of the Transfiguration in Matthew 17.         

You probably have some recollection of this story.  Jesus takes his main men Peter, James and John, up a mountain. Together they have mystical experiences including the physical appearance of fathers of the faith, Moses and Elijah. In an interesting configuration Jesus actually winds up standing between these two icons of the faith.  That’s not a chance occurrence. Ever since the Bible has come into being, scholars understood that mention of Moses represents the Law and of Elijah, the prophets.  In one succinct image, the complete story of salvation is revealed.  Jesus is literally the link between the old law, the wisdom and long suffering encouragement of God’s prophets, and the reality of something brand new for the people of God.  He is the existence of God’s promise in the flesh linking the two, closing all gaps and completing God’s promise.  There is no new unless there has been the old. The old has formed the foundation for the new. 

As is usual the bible speaks on many levels, all at the same time.  You will notice in this story of a pivotal adventure for the Apostles, the number three is glaringly prominent.  Three Apostles, Three prophets, three eras of the Law, the past, present and future of God’s plan for the world. Another lesson we can take from the story of the Transfiguration that can inform our spiritual lives and give us new perspectives when reading scripture, praying and just trying to live as Spirit-filled individuals is the prominent lesson of three.

We all know that the Trinity is the core of what we believe: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  In our daily life, our prayer, our worship and our faith, the Lord is always sending us encouragement and reminders that he is present.  Take a more focused look at this reading.  In Hebrew teaching, numbers are very important.  As you read scripture and other holy writings, be aware.  If something appears three times, it is a likely clue that the fullness of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) is being emphasized or pointed out. 

 When it comes to ultimate exercise of faith in the spiritual life, there simply is no complete fulfillment without the Spirit.  Of course you can pray and lead a life that pleases God by knowing Jesus and working to please the Father.  But frankly to be a fully present prayer warrior in the kingdom, you will need wisdom, understanding, right judgement, courage, knowledge, reverence/awe for the Lord and fear of his power.  We are best guarded with three sides to our faith story and will make the most progress with knowledge of and friendship with The Spirit. As far as God is concerned, there are three sides to everything.

 

©2016, Kathryn M. Cunningham

 

 

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CWG Prayer Chain Post: May 15, 2016

The CWG Prayer Chain Post is a weekly post for members to include their special intentions by adding a comment.

John 20:19-23

In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you, and, after saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. ‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’ After saying this he breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.


The power of prayer and the power of people praying.


MAY INTENTION PRAYER 

Mary, Mother of God

O Mary, Mother of God, as You are above all creatures in Heaven and Earth, more glorious than the Cherubim, more noble than any here below, Christ has given You to His people, firm bulwark and Protectress, to shield and save sinners who fly unto You. Therefore O Lady, all-embracing refuge, we solemnly recall Your sweet protection and beg Christ forever for His mercy. Amen

Please leave a comment with your intention. If you have problems adding an intention, email it to Mike Hays at coachhays(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add it.  God bless.

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Surviving High School, by Lele Pons with Melissa de la Cruz

Social media has become the message in several recent fictional works. The plot of Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, for instance, recounts the development of a commercially successful blogger, with some chapters take the form of blog posts. Surviving High School traces the spectacular journey of “Vine” impresario, Lele Pons. It serves as a verbal interpretation of her Vines—short, looping videos, like video tweets. Almost eleven million people follow Lele’s Vines. Her collection has set a world record for the number of “loops” or repeats.

Although Lele writes within the context of surviving the high school experience, she also unwraps a unique marketing strategy, adds a note of authenticity to young adult fiction, and shares her personal perspective on teen life in Miami with its over-the-top drama, anxiety, and elation.

She and co-author Melissa de la Cruz describe Surviving High School as a “fictional memoir” inspired by Lele’s life and her Vines. The story begins as Lele transfers to Miami High School as a junior. Any hopes for acceptance, let alone popularity, fade when her unconventional attire, her braces, and her lack of allies at school mark her as an outcast worthy of scorn. Nevertheless, Lele demonstrates remarkable buoyancy, because no one mocks her more completely than she does in her Vines. Bursting with creative energy, each day after school she writes, produces, acts in and publishes her videos online. As time passes, so many of her classmates watch her Vines that she gains the acceptance and popularity she craves.

To truly appreciate the book, view some of Lele’s Vines. The PG-rated slapstick and self-effacing content deliver moments of levity, naughty language, and sometimes a wry observation. For example, a chapter in her book describes the characteristics by which Latinas recognize each other—reggaeton (a kind of rough, monotone rapping in Spanish accompanied by dance moves), the telenovela slap, and loud cursing. Lele’s Vine, 3 Signs That Show a Person Is Latin, humorously demonstrates each feature.  After actress Cameron Diaz shared this particular Vine with her fans, thereby validating it, the number of Lele’s followers jumped from 6,000 to 600,000. Lele’s current followers number 10.9 million with 7 Billion views or “loops” of her Vines. Although she has achieved the popularity she sought, Lele has also learned the cost of celebrity and often pines for the days when she could merely hang out with her friends.

In June 2016, Lele Pons turns twenty. She works as a fashion model and aspires to become an actress. Her punishing physical comedy reminds me of Lucille Ball’s role in I Love Lucy. Should a studio revive Lucy, it might consider Lele as its star and rename the series, “I Love Lele.”

YA author and high school teen, Lele writes about herself and her friends. Clearly, Lele has something to teach older YA authors—whose stories are based on their own lost youth or the lives of their children—about the current iteration of teen life. Her writing and her Vines show today’s teens in action, with their language, values, and wardrobe. Although many of the videos feature pranks, others address issues of jealousy, relationships, and Lele’s observations on human behavior. Lele makes it a point to maintain a high personal moral standard, unlike characters in some YA novels. She also uses her celebrity to teach her followers kindness toward each other.

Surviving High School may entertain and subtly instruct YA readers, but it offers older readers and YA authors fresh insights to young adult characters and the role and value of Vines and other social media in marketing books.

 

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Pentecost People

Pentecost peopleBefore Pentecost, the disciples were fearful orphans subject to their whims of the moment. Sad and grieving without Jesus, they lacked self-direction and self-motivating guidance. He was their protector who promised to stay with them always.

Then the mighty rushing wind of the Holy Spirit breathed into them a divine life of spiritual maturity!

After Pentecost, they put away childish things, thought with understanding, spoke with discernment, acted with zeal and certainty. They changed the world!

The Holy Spirit moved through them with grace, girding their natural weakness with divine strength, praying from deep within them to voice their holiest desires.

We, too, can approach the Mass of Pentecost open to an infilling of grace from the breath of the Holy Spirit. On the altar aglow with grace, we can offer our unpredictable emotions, our disorganized thoughts, our misdirected goals, unfulfilled promises and silly childish diversions. We can leave them there and walk away filled with the gifts of the Spirit burning in us. Mind-blowing manifestations of incredible power are ours for the asking: wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord.

Deep connection with Christ

Rather than rushing in, the Holy Spirit more often tiptoes into our willing hearts. He fills us with grace and prompts us to seek a deeper connection with Christ. He whispers kinder ways we can relate to those close to us. He helps us persevere through the workday without melting down. He points to little blessings we didn’t notice yesterday but thank God for today.

The Holy Spirit makes known the risen Lord to us by helping us remember Bible verses and Catechism concepts that we can teach our children. Ordinary expressions like “the first shall be last” give us opportunities to tell how Jesus used now-familiar sayings to teach about the Kingdom of Heaven.

He opens our minds to understand his Death and Resurrection when we allow him the time and space away from the noise of our culture. Yes, one by one he peels away the crusts of confusion as we ponder and pray about our death and resurrection–and our glorious eternity with him.

Holy Spirit firepower

Planted in us at Baptism and nourished at Confirmation, the Holy Spirit dwells in the depths of our souls as Jesus promised. Hidden from the unbelievers, the Spirit of truth stays with us always, stirring the coals of his holy fire within us. We can never get enough Holy Spirit firepower. His spirit never gives out and never gives up on us. The more holy and sanctified we grow, the more fully the fire of the Holy Spirit enflames us with love. He hides in our hearts until he bursts forth to the world in our actions.

Let us invite the Holy Spirit to rekindle his gifts in us, girding our natural weakness with divine strength, praying from deep within us to voice our truest desires. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to emblaze our thoughts with understanding, our words with discernment and our actions with zeal and certainty. Let us then use these gifts to change the world!

Come Holy Spirit, warm the hearts of all with the fire of your love. Send forth your spirit and we will be reborn. And you will renew the face of the earth.

(© 2013 revised 2016 Nancy HC Ward)

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CWG Prayer Chain Post: May 8, 2016

The CWG Prayer Chain Post is a weekly post for members to include their special intentions by adding a comment.

Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20

Look, I am coming soon, and my reward is with me, to repay everyone as their deeds deserve. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who will have washed their robes clean, so that they will have the right to feed on the tree of life and can come through the gates into the city. I, Jesus, have sent my angel to attest these things to you for the sake of the churches. I am the sprig from the root of David and the bright star of the morning. The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ Let everyone who listens answer, ‘Come!’ Then let all who are thirsty come: all who want it may have the water of life, and have it free. The one who attests these things says: I am indeed coming soon. Amen; come, Lord Jesus.

 


The power of prayer and the power of people praying.


MAY INTENTION PRAYER 

Mary, Mother of God

O Mary, Mother of God, as You are above all creatures in Heaven and Earth, more glorious than the Cherubim, more noble than any here below, Christ has given You to His people, firm bulwark and Protectress, to shield and save sinners who fly unto You. Therefore O Lady, all-embracing refuge, we solemnly recall Your sweet protection and beg Christ forever for His mercy. Amen

Please leave a comment with your intention. If you have problems adding an intention, email it to Mike Hays at coachhays(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add it.  God bless.

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