If you go on a trip to Russia again, please consider consecrating in a special, exclusive way, the country of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary [as personal consecrations are done to become a religious, etc]. This was asked at Fatima by Mary, as you know. Saint John Paul II went beyond this and consecrated the whole world to her twice; and it was acknowledged as done right by Lucia who witnessed what Mary had asked at Fatima. Many here though are using this against you, and my desire is to steal their bullets. On the 100th anniversary of Fatima perhaps, this can be a gift to and for Russia. Please do this, dear Papa.
Here are more poetic descriptors in the song, "Mary the Dawn," number 165, p. 1687:
Verses 3, 5 and 6: "Mary the wheat, Christ the Living Bread; Mary the stem, Christ the Rose, bloodred.... Mary the Temple, Christ the Temple's Lord; Mary the cup, Christ the saving blood... Mary the Beacon, Christ the Haven's rest; Mary the mirror, Christ the Vision blest."
wants more in one area)
Miracles/prayers Announc. 5-10 min.
New songs are welcome, if they copy music for people to see. The music is always fresh and alive, sprung from the Holy Spirit and from lessons and inspirations of the Holy Spirit for that particular week's theme that is revealed at the prayer group through the sharing.
much talking can kill community. The leader prays constantly for
discernment as to when to step in or hold back.
WHAT IS A PRAYER MEETING?
A "PRAYER MEETING" is a weekly gathering of Christians to give honor, praise, thanks and love to Jesus Christ as Our Lord and Savior. It is a time we gather in community to praise God on a one-to-one basis. A "Prayer Meeting" is not a discussion club, a therapy session or a time for counseling, but a time to give our full attention to Jesus through the help of the Holy Spirit (who will teach us all truth).
A Prayer Meeting has 2 purposes
1. To praise, worship and honor God
2. To build up the Body of Christ (as brothers and sisters)
What is the Content of a "Prayer Meeting"?
Opening prayer, praise and worship; prophecy (God speaks to us through one of His children); tongues, interpretation of tongues; scripture reading; teachings; testimony and sharing.
How long do the "Prayer Meetings" last?
Usually about 1 1/2 hours (counting fellowship after). Matt 26:40, "How is it that you were not able to watch with me for one hour?"
Do I have to raise my hands and pray like others do?
NO! You should pray in the way in which you feel comfortable, as if you were alone communicating with Jesus. Pray as you feel comfortable, but respect others' way of prayer and praise.
Is a prayer group a parish organization?
Yes, a prayer group is made up of individuals who come together weekly as a family for the purpose of giving Jesus the praise He deserves. The first and primary purpose of all prayer is to praise and honor God, who created us and gives us all the gifts and blessings we enjoy each day. The prayer group is under the authority of the parish pastor and should keep him informed periodically.
What are the spiritual gifts we pray for?
See 1 Cor. 12-14. Word of Wisdom; Word of Knowledge; Faith; Gifts of Healing; Miracles and Interpretation of tongues; Prophecy (2 Peter 1:20-21); Discernment of Spirits and tongues (Acts 5:12-16).
Is the "Baptism of the Holy Spirit" a new sacrament?
No. It is not a Sacrament, it is merely a RELEASE of the POWER of the Holy Spirit already received in the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation helping us to know Jesus, the Bible, our daily prayer life, our faith, etc. in a deeper way.
Do we have to speak at a prayer meeting?
NO -- the ones that speak, prophecy or read are usually moved to do so by the Holy Spirit (John 14:26, "The Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My Name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you."
What is a testimony?
Telling how the Lord is working in your life. One's testimony should be short and to the point. [This gives great glory to Jesus and to the Holy Spirit]
How can I grow spiritually?
Attend the "Prayer Meeting" each week. Have a regular prayer time each day (taking time to listen) 10 minutes to an hour and talk to the Lord throughout the day. Read the Bible at least 15 minutes per day. Short courses will be offered; "Life in the Spirit Seminars and Growth Seminars, etc."
Who can give a teaching at a meeting?
A teaching is reserved to one who has cleared it through the leadership or core group. This is to insure proper teaching.
Is a prayer meeting based on scripture?
Ephesians 5:18-19. "...be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with you heart to the Lord." Yes, Jesus said, "Where two or more are gathered in My Name, there I am in their midst." (Matt. 18:19-20); 1 Cor 14:26; Acts 2:42; Revelations 3:20-21; Revelations 22:17. Covenant Community (one step further) Acts 2:46.
Why do we sing?
(Colossians 3:16) Singing is a way of praying, praising, and worshipping God. St. Augustine said, "he who sings prays twice." It should not turn into a songfest. We should PAUSE between songs, readings, prophecy, etc., and LISTEN. This is the time the Holy Spirit can speak to us. We need silence to reflect and allow the Spirit to work.
Why do some greet others with a hug?
This is just a sign of brotherhood. See 1 Cor. 16:20; 1 Cor. 13:12; 1 Thes. 5:6 and 1 Peter 5:14.
Where can I read about the Holy Spirit in Scripture?
John 14:16; John 15:26; John 16: 7-14, Acts: 1,2,4, 8, Acts 2:3, 17; Acts 10:44-48; Acts 19:5-6; Romans 5:3-5, Romans 8: 1-17; 26-27; 1 Cor. 2:6-16, 3:16, Gal. 5:16-26 and many more.
Is Satan real?
See Ephesians 6:10=18, 1 Peter 5:8 Matt. 4: 1-11, Matt.10:1-8, Matt. 13:36; Mark 1-4.
What is the importance of prayer and fasting?
See Matt. 17:20-21; Matt. 21:22; Mark 11:22-26; Mark 14:37-38; Luke 6:12; Luke 11:1-11; John 8 42-47; Luke 4: 1-2, Luke 6: 12-16; John 11: 41-42; Matt. 26:36-46; Acts 2:42.
What should I keep in mind as I attend a prayer meeting?
- Come at least 4 or 5 times before making a decision. It takes that long to understand how the Holy Spirit is working.
- Pray as you feel comfortable and let others do the same.
- Praying alone we are easily distracted. We support each other at a Prayer Meeting.
- Pause between songs, reading and teaching to allow the Spirit to work.
- Don't concentrate on others, concentrate on Jesus and YOU.
- All ages are welcome, we are all children of God.
- Prepare for the meetings through prayer and sacrifice.
- Don't be afraid; you are with friends. Don't let the devil, the evil one, discourage you.
- You will experience the "fruits of the Spirit" as you progress. (Gal. 5:22 and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit 1 Cor. 12).
- If you do not have an opportunity to speak or share at meetings, you may do so after the meeting with others during the time of fellowship. (There may be one before in some groups).
- If you have questions, please don't leave until you get an answer. We love you and together we love God and HELP EACH OTHER AS BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Inc., 4207 East Broad St., Ste. C, Columbus, Ohio 43213-1200 Jackie Temple [note: the new director is Linda Pelino at a different address, this is four years old).
He passed along to the next life on September 16 at 86 years old, a very huge loss to myself, as he was my mentor, number one cheerleader, and dear friend. While it may seem unusual to put him at this spot of the article rather than at the beginning, this is the way he would have it.
This is his level of humility and "decreasing" as Christ (and the Holy Spirit) increases. This would be his way of putting the Will of the Father before all else, even himself. He, as well as the Holy Spirit, would want more charismatic prayer groups; and so, with these tips at the hands of those who the Spirit moves to start one, there's no telling what 2017 will be like in Columbus!
On the brink of the Catholic "new year" - Advent - when we do focus on Mary's part in the salvation of the world, Msgr. Mottet taught me often to stop and "ponder things" in my heart, as Mary did in Scripture, as well as to talk with her in prayer.
Outside of Columbus, Ohio in Sunbury there was a first ever "Encounter" in June with Fr. Matthias Thelen who also has the gift of healing. Fourteen hundred people came (including myself) to St. John Newman Catholic Church and over 300 were healed that night - and interviewed on camera - not counting the cancer people who would find out later. There will be another "Encounter" within a conference of many wonderful speakers and musicians (Mary Healy) in Sunbury, Ohio on Dec. 9th and 10th (go to "Encountercolumbus.org."). Beautiful how the Holy Spirit is moving to create something all new through these young organizers! Come Holy Spirit, come.
Further teaching on the Holy Spirit from a Catholic perspective by the Franciscans of the Renewal in Steubenville, can be found at http://thewildgooseisloose.com/series-segments/.
Also, a multi-denominational resource that's section on the Holy Spirit is powerful is the ALPHA series (updated often!) with outstanding quotes and teachings from many different Christian religions, including many interviews with Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, the Pope's priest, having preached to four popes and their households. Very holy, holy, gentle, humble man who is also a charismatic! Woo Hoo! His favorite aspect is soft, melodious, spontaneous singing in tongues stirred to the core by the Holy Spirit (which I gather would be best heard if there were no microphone systems and all sat in close proximity, like those prayer groups of old).
Pope Francis has had the experience of millions breaking into tongues at the conscecration of a mass of many many charismatics - powerful!! Come Holy Spirit.
HAPPENINGS OF THE LAMB
Well, there is no news in regards to beginning this Catholic Worker. I (Monica) still work at "the roughest school in the district," in a neighborhood of drugs, prostitution, and gangs. This is a great joy! I do other things but desire strongly to live as one with the poor in the manner God has for me. I am waiting for "workers in the field."
Also, I have become a Benedictine Oblate on Oct. 27 with the following Promises and Duties:
Stability of Heart
Fidelity to the Spirit of Monastic Life
Obedience to the Will of God
Liturgy of the Hours
Rule of St. Benedict
Lectio Divina (of Sacred Scripture, reading 3X slowly)
Presence of God [this is their motto for 100% of the day]
The day after the feast of St. Francis of Assissi I gave up my cell phone (I still have a land line), having gone four years without my own computer, and six months without a car. I hesitated strongly to say these because I am not bragging. I only tried in small ways to respond to Pope Francis' call this year to "become more poor like Christ the poor teacher." These are huge challenges for me, and are not for everyone!
I also felt called, around the feast of St. Clare (August) to take on a minor head-covering when the blessed sacrament is exposed (mass, Eucharistic Adoration). My Benedictine Oblate names are Dorothy Clare. It is just a scarf or band around my hair at one narrow point - more symbolic than anything of my love and reverence for our Sweet Lord and when He is physically present in the Church, His own flesh and blood, in the consecrated Eucharist. I chose Clare for my middle name because of the strong draw to the contemplative life - a inner wrestling match that St. Francis of Assissi and Dorothy Day struggled with their whole lives.
Finally I have felt drawn to wear only medium or long skirts in public, to fully embrace and express the joy of my femininity in a modest manner, I guess, although I certainly do not think other women are less feminine who wear pants, etc. It just feels very right and natural for me alone.
St. Francis of Assissi said, "Sanctify yourself and you sanctify society." What he did not say is that when you mention the words sanctity or reform you may bring upon yourself all the fires of hell, as he and many others suffered through - St. John of the Cross (beaten for 9 months in a "dungeon" by his own monks), St. Padre Pio (denounced many times even with the stigmata), St. Francis of Assissi (they tried to kick him out of his own order, with the stigmata), and my beloved St. Benedict (his monks tried to poison him, etc). The Catholic Worker and Charismatic Renewal movements - my two passions - have had their woes and need of reform here and there, and this takes a strong backbone that I needed to gain.
Jackie Temple knew on leaving as the head post of the charismatic office that there needs to be more reaching out toward the poor as well, not focused inward to the groups themselves but to the most vulnerable in our society (as she expressed a year ago at the citywide gathering at Christ the King).
Songs for the poor are important then too, such as what Brendan O'Rourke sang at St. Catharine's last Eucharistic Adoration praise and worship: "Here I am Lord." ("I will tend the poor and lame; I will set a feast for them..."). It was such music to my ears! I was balling! Actions toward the poor though, attempts to lift them out of their poverty, are my future small hope among charismatics, in addition to an explosion of all kinds of corporal and spiritual works of mercy toward others.
That same night with Brendan I wanted to mention the stirring blending of the old and the new with one particular spirit-filled song. When doing "Down in Adoration Falling, this great sacrament we hail,..." the song was blended with "a rousing, "JESUS LAMB OF GODDDD, SAVIOR OF THE WORRRRLD, LORD OF HEAVEN AND EARRRRTH...I BOWWWW TO YOUUUUU..." Stirring.
Even just reaching out to strangers at prayer gatherings immediately after would be a great high priority of a loving charismatic community ("See how they love one another."). Brace yourself for being "under attack" some, by the evil spirits in and out of others accusing you; and so, frequently pray the shorter part of the "Breastplate of St. Patrick: Christ before me, behind me, above me, below me, to the left, to the right, ..."
But Christ said: "Blessed are you when they insult you, reject you, persecute you and denounce your name as evil all because of me. Leap for joy on that day for your reward will be great in heaven; for their fathers persecuted the prophets in just the same way."
St. Peter said: "Happy are you when you are insulted for the sake of Christ, for then God's spirit in its glory has come to rest on you." (1 Peter 4:13-14).
This has been a good test run for when Dorothy and Peter are really canonized! Msgr. Mottet spent much of his last twenty years trying to get Peter Maurin canonized alongside Dorothy Day. My own prayer is that they and Oscar Romero - three modern day champions of the poor - are canonized together! Come, Holy Spirit, come. They are already denounced by some, even Romero. I guess I needed this firey test beforehand to give me a backbone for their level of sanctity, reform, and holiness of life. Come Holy Spirit!
The parish of Christ the King did a pilgrimage to the Holy Door, walking about 7 miles (?). Inside St. Joseph's Cathedral, Fr. Schalk prayed the following ancient prayer over us and with us. This is my gift to you this Thanksgiving and coming Christmas season in thankfulness for your prayers. It was such a favorite of St. Ignatius that many credited it to him, even though it was written before:
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me to come to You
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.
Another gift to your: read an entire Gospel this Advent! A priest gave this to me as a penance in confession recently, which I loved! I have been trying to get this as a regular Catholic practice for years!! Read one full Gospel during Advent and a different one during Lent to understand more the mind, personality, and Spirit of Christ - what He valued, what subjects are brought up the most (the poor, change, ... ) what and who He angered over, who and how He forgave,...
We Catholics especially get very confused with what Jesus really said, did, preached, and modeled. It lends to not pegging Him in our own hole, or our country's human traditions or customs, in our own lenses that can be skewed by those around us -- but to only have eyes and ears for HIS VOICE ALONE, the voice of our Beloved, by being immersed in it once or twice a year, and ponder Him closely, as Mary did. "... till we become one in faith and in the knowledge of God's Son, and form that perfect man who is Christ come to full stature" (Eph. 4:12-13). Like brothers St. Andrew and St. Peter, "both brothers' lives changed because they spent time with Jesus." (Word Among Us)
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!