Christ’s Closing Command: Recruit to Christ Charismatically!

Fallon on Mallon occurred yesterday at Saint Katherine Drexel Parish in Alton, New Hampshire at our monthly men’s group meeting.  Tony Fallon here did a presentation on Father James Mallon’s book Divine Renovation which shares the successful story of, and provides the successful road map for, reversing the downward trend in church attendance.  It is hopeful and challenging.  Yesterday’s Gospel bit about reaching out to the unwanted tax collectors and others others not so attractive was a great lead in as Deacon Rick opined.

My handwritten notes for the presentation were rewritten a few times and I include them here.  My computer was off in the computer hospital at the time of writing.  The book that I had kept unmarked on the first read to keep it clean in case I passed it on is now covered with highlights and has tons of torn up paper bookmarks.

Father Mallon shares the mismatch between what he got geared up to do in seminary and the day to day of parish life along with the pain of closing churches and shrinking attendance.  Next Father Mallon shares the story of how he stepped out of the comfort zone, rolled the dice, and succeeded in increasing attendance and building up the church.  He does a nice job laying out the cues and clues from Christ and Christ’s Church.

Christ’s last command that is found in the closing of the Gospels and the opening of Acts is to ask for and wait for the Power of the Powerful Holy Spirit to Power Us Up and then to go make disciples to the ends of the earth.  My title boils this down to Recruit to Christ Charismatically!  I like Recruit to Christ better than evangelize as many don’t understand the definition of evangelization or have a negative connotation from the television evangelist’s missteps.

Father Mallon illustrates how this Command of Christ to Recruit to Christ while Empowered by The Holy Spirit is reinforced by Christ’s Church with the Second Vatican Council and all of the Popes since then.  He also shares the similar calling in the Latin American Bishop’s document Aparecida which Pope Francis helped generate before stepping up to the lead shepherd’s post.

One of the things that I was ready for and did some successful navigation of is the prejudice against and fear of being empowered by the Holy Spirit.  Those in the Charismatic Movement have a role in this fear by not recognizing and respecting the broad range of Gifts of The Holy Spirit or Charisms.  It is OK if not all speak in tongues, have gift of words, or can lay hands on to heal then & there.  We have to recognize and read in Sacred Scripture how some use for administration, others for .. … ..  On the other hand, those not willing to ride the wave of The Holy Spirit washing over us and clenching in fear need to realize they are worshiping a false god of fear and foolishly trying to control.

What I tried to sell and succeeded with some success is that we are necessarily Charismatic if we are Christian.  I sought to nix the bit of “I’m not a Charismatic Catholic” or “I’m not a Charismatic Christian.”  Christ’s last Command is for us to ask for, seek, pray for, be empowered by, and receive The Holy Spirit and then to go Recruit to Christ to the ends of the earth.  Being empowered by The Holy Spirit with Charisms, Gifts, Special Abilities, Special Powers, Guidance, Whispers, Insights, Healing, Hope, Generosity, Courage, and Cheerfulness is Christ’s last Command of us.  To be a Christian we must seek to be Charismatic.  And we need to, with Christ’s Love, respect all the broad range of gifts and never judge our gifts as greater than others.  And we must welcome The Holy Spirit and allow Him to Empower us beyond our knowledge or control.   We must not worship control or fear or think we can be isolated.

Early in the presentation yesterday I shared that I thought that the point of the story of The Garden of Eden is that we are only able to know Christ’s Love for each and every person.  All else is a mystery and we need to leave knowledge in the sense of full understanding with God and in the realm of God.

We need to remain committed to Coperiority seeking to build us up by building others up.

Back to the book, it goes through a lot about how the Parish of Saint Benedict in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Father Mallon have stepped out of their comfort zones, sought to recruit to Christ, and flourished their parish.  It is hopeful, challenging, exciting, and refreshing.  I like it better than the similar book Rebuilt about a parish in Baltimore.  I thought Rebuilt painted the picture of those who didn’t get with the program to clearly so as to get personal and I not at all a fan of shuffling kids off to the basement for a separate service.  I love Father Cole’s joyful claim of “There’s the future of our Church!” with each child’s contribution to the sounds of a Mass.

I Love You and so does Jesus, God, and The Holy Spirit along with Mother Mary, Saint Joseph, Your Guardian Angel, Saint Francis, Saint Therese Lisieux, all the Holy Angels, and all the Holy Saints.

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Jesus Genes Genius

We are all Created by our Creator Christ Jesus.

And so we all have the Genes of Genius Jesus.

And so we can all Flourish with Genius Jesus.

And so we can all see the Genes of Genius Jesus in everyone.

And so we can help Flourish the Genius Jesus Gene in everyone.

Trees wave in wind and grow in a meandering manner.

We can also be stretching and reaching and meandering gently along with breathing deeply and slowly and joyfully while we pray.  Not holding poses like yoga and not yoga which is rooted elsewhere and opens us up for confused & evil spirits.  Reachpray is just gently exploring the range of motion of our bodies Christ Creator Gifted us with in a slow waving way while cleaning our soul to make it more attractive for the Holy Spirit which Christ has sent for us to host and exploring what the Holy Spirit and The Will of God would have us do.

I Love You and so does Jesus, God, and The Holy Spirit along with Mother Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint Alfonse, Saint Martha, Your Guardian Angel, all the Holy Angels, and all the Holy Saints.

Romans 8:28-29 & 2 Corinthians 13:5

Merry 5th Day of Christmas!

In the Catholic Church we celebrate the Christmas Season starting with Christmas Day for a couple of weeks.  And The Light and The Joy!

I Love You Challenge

I Love You and so does Jesus, God, and The Holy Spirit.

For some time I have been closing my blog posts with a message sharing the fact that Jesus, God, and The Holy Spirit Love You and each and every person.  I remember when growing up and working at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire in the United States of America there were people with signs letting us know that Jesus Loves us and handing out brochures amidst the sea of people streaming up and down the noisy, dusty, hot, bright, boardwalk.  I didn’t understand why they were doing that or what the big deal was.  I grew up Catholic with all the Sacraments and a solidly faithful family.

Now I only know that Jesus Christ Loves me and find all else a mystery.  I see each breath as a Blessing and try to Receive LLJJ, Grow LLJJ, Reflect LLJJ, and Share LLJJ, The Light, Love, and Joy of Jesus.  My brother in law Dave passed on recently and it helped bring me to see each breath being a blessing.  I am not sure how I got to understand the primacy of knowing God’s Love for me and us.  One thing that helps is the tree of knowledge parable with Adam and Eve.  I think the point there that God is endeavoring to get across is that He Holds all knowledge and we can never get to fully know or control anything except that Jesus, God, and The Holy Spirit Shower Shimmering, Glistening, Glowing, Enriching, Empowering, Tinkling Love on us constantly.  So we need to stop trying to be control freaks.  With God we are able to navigate the rest of the mystery of life receiving His Love and following God’s Guidance we enter into relationship with all things working to our good as God Co-Operates with us.  Romans 8:28.  And then we become one of the many brothers and sisters of Christ.  Romans 8:29.  All through the Old Testament we see the results of people, societies, and nations that get too full of themselves, forget their need to rely on God, think that they can know anything other than the Love of God for each person, and collapse in chaos.  Then they remember their need, call for forgiveness, live in Communion with God, and then flourish again.  The trick is to remember the need for God, and to remain relying on God, so as to avoid the chaotic collapse in foolishness of having forgotten God’s Gifting and Co-Operation.

During a conversation, a someone endeavoring to convince me that choosing homosexual copulation was not a sin asked, “Love is Love, right?”  It was an enjoyable conversation and we wended our way through it without too much of the high emotions possible with this topic.  I’ve been thinking about her question since then and wanted to answer it some more here:  “Love is Christ.”  The greatest need of people is Love and the true and greatest Love is Christ.  We don’t need to go out and find love with a particular person or group of people.  We need to clean up and open up ourselves to optimally receive LLJJ. LLJJ does not have a carrot on a stick that we have to go do this or do that or earn this or earn that or be manipulated or abused to erotically engaged to achieve.  We are not pawns.

Then from a position of glowing relationship with Christ, we effervescently share LLJJ with others in a close relationship and with all we encounter. LLJJ is Love.

To touch quickly on the question of homosexual copulation, God Guides us from choosing this choice in numerous verses and Jesus Guides us away from making this choice in Matthew 19:4-9, 18.

Main thing here I want to do with this I Love You Challenge is to challenge myself and you to start and finish all communications communicating this either literally and explicitly or with nuance, intonation, and body language.  And don’t forget to do so with each breath!  God’s Goal is for all to know His Love for them and for all to enter relationship with Him following God’s Guidance.  And all this is to occur to the ends of the earth.  For some time I have been finishing my posts with this and now I am going to try to start my posts with a shorter clip.  It is the main message and assignment though.  Jesus wants us to reach out and share the Good News to all.  As Father Cole says on the way to read the Gospel occasionally, “This is about God’s Love Affair with People!  The rest is details.”

Philippians 3:8   …. I believe nothing can happen that will outweigh outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

Philippians 2:13-16   It is God, who for his own loving purpose, who puts both the will and the action into you.  Do all that has to be done without complaining or arguing and then you will be innocent and genuine, perfect children of God among a deceitful and underhand brood, and you will shine in the world like bright stars because you are offering it the word of life.

I Love You and so does Jesus, God, and The Holy Spirit along with Mother Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint Joan of Arc, Saint Raphael, Saint Therese Lisieux, Saint Francis, Your Guardian Angel, all the Holy Angels, all the Holy Saints, and many more.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving to God

At last Sunday’s Mass, Father Cole shared how fundamentally and explicitly the thanking at Thanksgiving is thanking God in the intent of our founders.  He referenced George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation from just after the signing of our United States of America Constitution as well as Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation.

The Old Testament testifies to societies and peoples getting too full of themselves and thinking they don’t need God followed by their collapse to dust and despair followed by their crying out to our Creator and returning to reliance on our Creator and communion with our Creator Christ.  Christ in the Old Testament?  Yep!  Christ is eternal.

John 1:1:   In the beginning was the Word: and the Word was with God and the Word was God

Wisdom 13:9:   if they are capable of acquiring enough knowledge to be able to investigate the world, how have they been so slow to find its Master?

Romans 8:28:   We know that by turning everything to their good God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those that he has called according to his purpose.

God calls all.  God calls you.  God wants you in relationship flourishing and helping to contribute to the ongoing Creation of this ever so Gorgeous Creation.

Thanks God for …. and …. and ….. and ….. and …. and …. and …. and …. and ….

I Love You and so does Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit along with Mother Mary, Saint Joseph, Your Guardian Angel, Saint Jude, Saint Francis, Saint Therese Lisieux, Saint Anne, all the Holy Angels, all the Holy Saints, and lots more too.

Here Heaven Leaven

During a discussion at church last night, a parishioner shared her near death experience and how much she wanted to stay in heaven and how irritated she was with our Creator Christ for assigning her more time on terra firma.  The length of time irritated and the degree of irritation were striking in illustrating how gorgeous life with Christ in heaven will be.  Light, Beauty, and Overwhelming Warmth of Love, are all common descriptions of near death experiences.  It’s really something to actually hear someone describe it in person and we have two people that I know of in our parish who have lived this.

Then goes my mind to thinking about Father Cole’s oft asserted assertion that heaven is here now, it has begun.  With Christ visiting earth we have begun heaven on earth.  So we can experience the beauty of these near death experiences every day here now if we open up to the Overwhelming LLJJ: Light, Love, and Joy of Jesus, God, and The Holy Spirit for each and every person with each and every breath.

When we do, this Wave of Wonder Overwhelms the challenges, hurdles, troubles, and pains we are pondering.

I Love You and so does Jesus, God, and The Holy Spirit along with Mother Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint Francis, Saint Frances, Your Guardian Angel, all the Holy Angels, and all the Holy Saints.

Uniting the Union

Distraught by the Dividing Division of Drivel and Disdain of Anthem Antics Disrupting Fifty Years of Forward Progress Sports Have Won starting with Jackie Robinson I Plea Please Get Back to Our 50 Year Strong Work of Unifying the Union Won by Sports.

Things take time.

Sports have won much progress in the framework & foundation of freedom won by soldiers sacrifice.  Keep the forward progress of sports by honoring the framework and foundation sports are played in.

Uniting the Union, let us Stand all and stand tall to honor those people and thank those people who won for you free speech by sacrificing themselves for the Freedom of The United States of America and you with their literal lives.

Uniting the Union, let us Stand all and stand tall in awe of those people and thank those people who listened and learned, then founded and formed, this experiment in Governance by the People and For the People, Founded on God and Guided by God.

Uniting the Union, let us Kneel and Pray Before or After the National Anthem of The United States of America.

Uniting the Union, let us Stand in Thanksgiving, Honor, Awe, Respect, Duty, Dedication, and Tears at this Awesome Gift of Union and Freedom so Dearly Earned by Giving up of the Lives of so Many so Early.

Uniting the Union, let us morph this awful mistake of disrespect, recognize and continue the forward progress in Uniting the Union that sports have won in 50 years since Jackie Robinson started this great work, and find more and more ways to see the Glory and Beauty of God in Each and Every Person and Contribute to the Positive and Amazing Glorious Ongoing Creation of Creation.  Help us find ways to build us up by building others up around us.  Let us seek Coperiority not Superiority.

Romans 12:16 Treat everyone with equal kindness; never be condescending but make real friends with the poor. Do not allow yourself to become self-satisfied.

James 3:2 After all, every one of us does something wrong, over and over again

James 2:1 My brothers, do not try to combine faith in Jesus Christ, our glorified Lord, with the making of distinctions between classes of people.

Be Overwhelmed by this Gift Given in Uniting Union at each Anthem.

Dears, Stop Dividing, Stop Disrespecting, Stop Disgracing.

Uniting the Union Pray and Kneel Before or After the Anthem.

Dears, Stop Dividing, Stop Disrespecting, Stop Disgracing.

Uniting the Union Stand All in Awe All During All Anthems.

We Win Uniting the Union of the United States of America so Graced by God.

Please I Plead and Pray let Us Progress the Progress.

Psalms 119:130 As your word unfolds, it gives light, and the simple understand.

I Love You and so does Jesus, God, and The Holy Spirit along with Mother Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint Jude, Saint Therese Lisieux, Your Guardian Angel, all the Holy Angels, and all the Holy Saints.

 

Take a Free Peek in Heaven

You are warmly invited to take a free peek in Heaven at each Catholic Mass.

Come build up your life and family with Church Members as we read in Psalm 101.

I Love You and so does Jesus, God, and The Holy Spirit along with Mother Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint Raphael, Saint Joan, Your Guardian Angel, all the Holy Angels, all the Holy Saints, and all of The Body of Christ, The Church.

LOVED: Know Trust Rest

It is enough for me to know LLJJ.

I know LLJJ.  I trust.  I rest.

All else I do not know.

All else I do not understand.

I know LLJJ.  I trust.  I rest.

Why tragedies?  I do not know.

Why tragedies?  I do not understand.

I know LLJJ.  I trust.  I rest.

Why unkindness?  I do not know.

Why unkindness?  I do not understand.

I know LLJJ.  I trust.  I rest.

Why illness?  I do not know.

Why illness?  I do not understand.

I know LLJJ.  I trust.  I rest.

Why evil?  I do not know.

Why evil?  I do not understand.

I know LLJJ.  I trust.  I rest.

Why hunger?  I do not know.

Why hunger?  I do not understand.

I know LLJJ.  I trust.  I rest.

Why poverty?  I do not know.

Why poverty?  I do not understand.

I know LLJJ.  I trust.  I rest.

Why pain?  I do not know.

Why pain?  I do not understand.

I know LLJJ.  I trust.  I rest.

Why chaos?  I do not know.

Why chaos?  I do not understand.

I know LLJJ.  I trust.  I rest.

Why fear?  I do not know.

Why fear?  I do not understand.

I know LLJJ.  I trust.  I rest.

Why killing?  I do not know.

Why killing?  I do not understand.

I know LLJJ.  I trust.  I rest.

Why anger?  I do not know.

Why anger?  I do not understand.

I know LLJJ.  I trust.  I rest.

Point of the tree of knowledge parable is to know that we only can know The Light, Love, and Joy of Jesus, LLJJ for each and every person;  each person that is, was, and will be.  All else we sort of know only.  All else is a mystery.

The best sane way to know so is to start, maintain, and optimize the knowledge and opportunity with the Light, Love, and Joy of our Creator Christ Jesus for us.  So over this foundation framework we can lace that which we sort of know.        Sew.

Sweet.

So Sweet is LLJJ for each and every person.

Recognize.

Receive.

Follow God’s Guidance.

Optimize.

Share.

Sow.

Shine.

Flourish you.

Flourish all.

I Love You and so does Jesus, God, and The Holy Spirit as well as Mother Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint Francis, Saint Therese Lisieux, Saint Michael, Saint Joan, Saint Raphael, Saint Anne, Your Guardian Angel, all the Holy Angels, and all the Holy Saints.

 

Free Sex = Free Killing

Free Sex = Free Killing

The Sexual Devolution is

Founded on Killing People

in Utero.

The theoretical ‘freedom’ of free sex is actually impoverishing, addicting, enslaving, burdening, and violence contributing.  It cannot be without abortion:  killing people in utero.  It is not worth the faux freedom to kill children.  Chilling.  Sickening.  Deadening.

Follow God’s Guidance in Matthew 19:4-9 & 18 corralling copulation to just occur in the marriage of a man and a woman.  Experience Far Greater Love from the Creator of Love with every breath and beat.  Optimize your opportunity while breathing and follow God’s Guidance and have everything work to your benefit.  Romans 8:28.  Share this Far Greater Love with every person plunked near us.

I Love You and so does Jesus, God, and The Holy Spirit along with Mother Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint Jude, Saint Judith, Your Guardian Angel, all the Holy Angels, and all the Holy Saints.