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Conference Speaker for April 6, 2019

Mr. Bob Canton came to Spokane to share his experience of working with the power of the Holy Spirit.  The theme of the Conference was, “You Shall Receive Power When the Holy Spirit comes down on you, then you shall be my witnesses.” Acts 1:8  Mr Canton has authored a book called Miracles Never Ending.  Many persons attending read the book prior to better prepare themselves for the conference.  Or, took the book home after to better understand what happened. The book describes how he and his wife came into the Renewal.  Now he is a world traveler bringing the Good News of Jesus to thousands.  He is an ordinary Catholic man who has experienced a deep prayer life.  Bob Canton gives the credit for his effective healing ministry to his regular praying in the spirit (see Ephesians 6:18).  At the Conference Mr. Canton gave many references to how the Holy Spirit helped the first Christian Church and how the same Spirit helps us today.  He gave a challenge to all attending to use the gifts that God has given to each person.  The Holy Spirit empowers us to do the work of Jesus.  The work of Jesus is to love others, bring healing to others, to set captives free.

On Saturday we all celebrated the Holy Mass with Fr. Miguel Mejia.  Then we had a time for Bob Canton to pray for healing with persons attending.  Many needs were addressed for healing.  He prayed for hearing, vision, walking, emotional needs and more.  Some healing came quickly and other healings are in process.  The Lord works in the time and way that He chooses.  As I watched the proceedings, the most impressive part of the day was the endurance that Bob Canton showed as he prayed with most persons attending.  Each person was given his undivided attention to their specific needs.  I guess there were about 120 persons who received prayer that day.  Even when many persons were going home in the evening Bob was still praying with others who wanted prayer.  Bob was empowered with the Holy Spirit to have the energy to keep ministering after many hours.  If he was tired, he did not look or act tired.  The Holy Spirit will provide for our needs when we prayerfully seek His help.

God works through very normal ways.  This conference was the result of many planning sessions, working out the logistics, the hospitality of Gonzaga Prep, money donations to pay for bringing Bob Canton into Spokane, printing postcards and a banner, announcements in parish bulletins, and more. Also, a big THANK YOU to the musicians who provided many hours of beautiful inspiring music. All the healing that Jesus did for us was worth it.  We are looking forward to next years conference in early April.  Please start praying now for the Holy Spirit to be generous to us in whatever is planned.

Thank you,     Charlie McGuire

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Sep

September 1, 20170

September 1, 2017

 

Last weekend we heard Jesus ask his disciples “who do people say that I am?” There were four different answers. How come people were so confused about who Jesus was?

 

Now, we have to remember that the people Jesus is talking about were the people who knew him the best. It was not like us who never met the ‘historical Jesus.” These people grew up with Jesus or saw him grow. These were his neighbors, classmates or friends. They were the ones who ate and drank with him. They went to church and pilgrimages together. So how come they were so confused about who Jesus was?

 

Because they knew Jesus but they did not have an intimate relationship with him. This happens to me all the time with other people. I think I know them but I really don’t know who they are. Sometimes at funerals of people I knew I hear the beautiful eulogies and find myself in awe and asking “really? I did not know that.” Unfortunately, it also happens to me with my own blood mother and siblings. I have been in this beautiful country for the last 17 years and I visit my family only once a year for a couple of weeks. My mom saw me grow and I grew up with my siblings, but do I really know them? Unfortunately, no. I do not have an intimate relationship with them. It is sad. I know about them but I do not know who they are.

 

So it happens with God. There were many different answers to Jesus’ question because people did not have an intimate relationship with him. And I have to be truthful. This is also a challenging question for me. Do I really know who Jesus is? Do I truly have an intimate relationship with him? I am a Priest. I celebrate Mass every day. I have been catholic all my life; but do I really know Jesus?

 

It is a very important question for each of us. “Who do you say that I am?” Our answers depend on the level of relationship we have with God. It is interesting how at the end of the Gospel Jesus asked his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ. He did not want other people to hear about the relationship that the disciples had with Jesus. He wanted each person to have his or her own experience/relationship with him. The answer is not about what we hear about Jesus. It is about my personal experience with him.

 

In my experience one of the gifts of the Catholic Renewal is the opportunity and atmosphere it provides for this kind of personal encounter and relationship with Jesus. Just a couple of months ago in a prayer group I had a wonderful and amazing encounter with God that rekindled my relationship with Him. Right now my answer to the challenging “who do you say that I am?” is more profound because of that experience.

 

I pray that we all may find opportunities at prayer groups or other settings to truly open our hearts to God, be ourselves and have a true and intimate relationship with you.

 

Smile, the Lord is with you.

 

Fr. Miguel

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May

Parish Contacts Needed0

We are looking for few good Men and Women to be the light of Catholic Renewal Ministry within your parish. Opportunities to cast this light are: announcements placed in bulletin, conference posters and extra brochures displayed in your own parish. I will have posters and brochures available for you at First Friday Mass or contact me (509) 927-8587 or send me an email mark’s email.