Author Archives: Terry Modica

Want to know the hidden key to receiving miraculous healing? Here’s what I discovered after my knee became chronically painful. It’s not really about finding relief from pain. The miracle of healing is a bonus, a secondary benefit. There’s something much more important that God wants to give you.

This episode of Good News for Today is about: “Where are you today? Are you headed where you want to go?” Our discussion is based on the time Peter walked on water in Matthew 14:25-31 and on Psalm 37:4, how God gives us the desires of our hearts.

In this episode of Good News for Today, we consider: Where did we lose Jesus? Using John 20:1-2, 11-18, let’s discover how to find him when he seems to be missing when we need him most. Terry demonstrates her favorite technique for becoming more aware of the goodness of God actively working in our lives. And join us in a prayer by Ralph at the end to bring healing to your vision so you can see Jesus more easily.

Are you suffering persecution because of the truths you believe? This episode of Good News for Today, which is based on John 10:26-34 and John 15:18-21, will embolden you as you hear the calling to be the voice of Christ in today’s world, and it will comfort you as you become aware of God’s concern for and approval of you.

If you have experienced what Terry and Ralph Modica talk about in this video, please share your testimony in the comments section below. Your story can encourage others who are struggling to deal with persecution.

Jesus often speaks to us through unexpected people and ways that we don’t trust. How can we become better at recognizing that he has come to us or what he is calling us to do? This episode of Good News for Today is based on John 8:21-30.

How can we know when to speak the truth boldly and when to keep quiet? Especially on matters of Christian faith, salvation through Jesus Christ, and moral values! In John 5:31-47, we are challenged by Jesus’ example of speaking truth boldly, without regard for personal consequences. And yet, elsewhere in scripture he warns us to not cast pearls before swine. How do we figure out when is it time to speak up boldly and when is it time to remain quiet, speaking the truth only with our actions? Here are three ways we typically handle this challenge; only one of these ways is the way of Christ.

Shouldn’t miracles of healing be more common today? In this episode of Good News for Today, based on John 4:46-53, Ralph and Terry Modica deal with the question of why Jesus healed so readily in scripture but he is not answering ALL our prayers for healings today.

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God loves you with all His heart, all His soul, all His mind, and all His strength! Knowing this makes it easier to love Him with all your whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love others, too, as yourself. Based on Mark 12:28-31.

Be bold and courageous! This is the message of Joshua 1:6-9 to empower you in whatever positions of authority and responsibility you have. Ralph tells his story of speaking up in the corporate world, risking his job and successfully influencing upper management to relinquish their control to Ralph. And he ties it in with Jesus’ message of servanthood in Matthew 20:20-28.

This episode of “Good News for Today” is about God’s fatherhood. Are we really supposed to not call anyone “father” except God? That’s what Jesus tells us, but really? What did he really mean by that? Let’s put it into context of the whole Gospel reading, Matthew 23:1-12, and discuss how it means we’re being called to show others what God the Father is like. But how can we do that well when we don’t know, really know, the compassion, gentleness, and affirmation of the Father? If you see God the Father as The Punisher, The Disciplinarian, The Absent Dad, or The Abuser, here’s the key to experiencing the Wonderfully Loving Daddy that he really is.

Terry and Ralph share Good News for Today on how important YOU are to the plans of Jesus. You can make a big difference, but not alone. Using Matthew 16:13-19, the Gospel reading for the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, here’s the key to changing the world to make it a better place.

Who is hardest for you to forgive? Jesus said in Matthew 6:14-15 that if we do not forgive, the Heavenly Father cannot forgive us. Here’s the secret to forgiving those unforgivable troublemaker, heartbreaker evildoers who have hurt you so much.

Mark 7:24-30 tells us that Jesus in you is the one who prays for others when you intercede for them. Therefore, do not worry about whether or not you will be effective if people ask you to pray for them.

Originally a live Facebook event, this video was a reflection for Thursday of the 5th Week of Ordinary Time (February 8, 2018).

Mark 7:14-23 tells us: Do not worry! Here’s how to let God be in control of your life instead of worry and fear. We constantly have bad things hitting us from the outside, and it’s how we react to them that matters. You have Christ in you. Learn how to rely on him when you feel like worrying! You will find blessings disguised as problems.

Originally a live Facebook event, this video was a reflection for Wednesday of the 5th Week of Ordinary Time (February 7, 2018). For more on this Gospel reading, see gnm.org/good-news-reflections/?useDrDate=2018-02-07.

What problems do you have right now? Using the scriptures of Sirach 24, Psalm 147, Ephesians 1:3-6, and the Gospel of John 1:1-8, listen to Jesus speaking to you about your problems, lifting you up, giving you his victory and healing.

In the Liturgy of the Word at Mass when the scriptures are read, Jesus comes to us as the Word. Since Catholicism is a bible-based Church, our Sunday liturgies give us four readings to ponder (and three on weekdays).

Jesus is speaking to us! This is why readers of the Word have the duty to proclaim the scriptures well. Jesus is speaking to us! This is why we have the duty to listen well. And if a word or phrase sends your mind wandering, seek Jesus in that, too, for he might be speaking to you on a personal level.

What problem is on your mind? Jesus wants to speak to you about this. He wants to give you victory over it. He wants to breathe new life into it. We’ve created this video meditation so you can hear the voice of Jesus speaking to you.

Come to the Marian Shrine at Good News Ministries in Tampa through this video. Entrust your prayers to Jesus through the loving partnership of Mary, our Blessed Mother. Use this video and the music in it as a background for your Christian meditations while you watch the candle burn down.

The songs “Hail Mary” and “Magnificat” were written and performed by Elyse O’Kane from her CD “With All My Heart” (please visit http://elyseokane.com); used by permission.

Pray for world peace with the staff of Good News Ministries (gnm.org) using the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. This rosary meditates on the annunciation, visitation, birth of Christ, the presentation of the baby Jesus, and finding the boy Jesus in the temple. Meditations include quotes or prayers by popes, including:

THE ROSARY AS A WEAPON OF PEACE, by Pope John Paul II.
PRAYER FOR PEACE by Pope John Paul II.
PRAYER FOR PEACE by Pope Paul VI.
PRAYER FOR PEACE by Pope John XXIII.
PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Quote from “PACEM IN TERRIS” by Pope John XXIII.
and more

The text for this rosary is available on our website at http://gnm.org/prayers/peacerosary

Speak to Me, My precious one! Tell Me about those who are closest to you, the sorrows they cause you, and your fears for them. How would you like Me to help them? And what about the people who have alienated themselves from you? Tell Me how they have hurt you. Tell Me you forgive them, so that I may heal your pain. Ask for wisdom and understanding in dealing with difficult people—the family member, the neighbor, the co-worker—and I will be generous in giving you insights.

(Complete text for this video is at http://wordbytes.org/prayers/conversa…)

Tell Me about the sick people you know, those who are suffering from physical ills. Tell Me about those who are suffering from mental anguish. Tell Me about the sinners you would like to see converted. I care about them even more than you do.

Speak now of yourself, my wonderful friend. What are the needs of your soul? …

Tell Me about your plans. What goals have you set? What goals would you like to set? …

What about the joys in your life?

Tell Me what has made you happy, what has consoled you, what has helped you. …

My precious friend, I long to hear your promises. … I will take your promises, secure them with My Love, and intercede to our Father for the graces you need to fulfill them….

Now let Me fill you. I fill you with My Love. I fill you with My forgiveness. I fill you with My generosity. I fill you with My gifts. I fill you with My strength….

THIS MEDITATION CONCLUDES WITH A SONG FROM THE RCIA RITE, “THE SIGNING OF THE SENSES”.

What happens when you’re too tired to pray? Or when you’re struggling with a challenge or troubles, and you feel anger or depression or other strong, negative emotion? How do we discern the presence of the Holy Spirit under those circumstances?

This is Part 7 of the Paracletia video course, “How to Pray in the Power of the Holy Spirit.” For the full course, see http://gnm.org/paracletia-course-desc…

There are many things that come between us and the power of the Holy Spirit. And they all boil down to this: We’re not totally convinced that God truly cares about us. Here’s why, and here’s a spiritual exercise for a breakthrough. This is Part 2 of the Paracletia video course, “How to Pray in the Power of the Holy Spirit”. For the full course, see There are many things that come between us and the power of the Holy Spirit. And they all boil down to this: We’re not totally convinced that God truly cares about us. Here’s why, and here’s a spiritual exercise for a breakthrough.

This is Part 2 of the Paracletia video course, “How to Pray in the Power of the Holy Spirit”. For the full course, see http://gnm.org/paracletia-course-desc…

We are given the fullness of the Holy Spirit when we are baptized. In today’s world, we face many challenges and evil forces that threaten our joy and inner peace, and so we need to release the power of the Holy Spirit. Do you feel powerless in dealing with the difficulties you’re facing? Do you feel empty and alone? The Holy Spirit was given to you by Jesus, to be your Helper, a constant, faithful, supernatural Companion. If you feel like there should be more of God’s help in your life, you’re right. There should be. There can be! God desires this for you even more than you do.

This video, “Praying in the Power of the Holy Spirit” introduces the course “Living in the Power of the Holy Spirit”. To find out more and to continue in this course, please visit http://gnm.org/paracletia-course-desc….

Do you hear God speaking to you? How do you know it’s not just your imagination? In this video course, available on our website at http://gnm.org/paracletia-course-desc…, you’ll become more sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s promptings. Wherever you are on your journey of faith, you can have more from your personal relationship with the Third Person of the Holy Trinity than what you’re currently experiencing. Live the Spirit-filled life like never before!

A Multi-Media Meditation for Pentecost or any time you want to reflect on the Holy Spirit’s role in your life or share with others the inspiration of life in the Holy Spirit. Good for youth groups, RCIA neophytes, parish staffs and ministries, etc. Available for download at Catholic Digital Resources: http://catholicdr.com/m-m-m/HolySpiri…

Did you know that God is dialoging with your inner spirit all the time, every day? Here’s the secret to recognizing this conversation and benefiting from it. Thus, all your prayers can be filled with joy.

When we add thanksgiving to our prayer requests, we conquer fears and overcome worries. This video explains how and why thankfulness is so important.

What’s the most powerful way we can pray? Mary the Mother of God set the example. Watch this video to find out what scriptures show us about how Mary prayed.

How we pray can mislead our subconscious into wrong assumptions about God. This affects our prayer life, our faith, and our personal connection to God. Here’s what you can do about it!

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 15 covers the Rite of Peace, the Fraction Rite, and the Rite of Holy Communion. This includes the reason why we say, “Lord I am not worthy that you should come under my roof, but say the word and my soul shall be healed.”

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 12 covers the Eucharist Prayers. Why do we believe that the bread and wine become truly the Body and Blood of Jesus himself?

 

Drawing Deeper Faith through Understanding the Mass: Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ. Part 11 covers the Preparation of the Gifts of the Altar and includes why the sins of the priest do not affect the consecration of the Eucharist.

Does God give his Holy Spirit to everyone? Jesus provides the surprising answer in John 6:63. This video explains what happens at the moment of conception and the choice everyone is given: to live by the Spirit or the flesh — God’s life or our own agenda and beliefs about what is right and what is wrong — and why the flesh does not give us life.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 9th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

In John 4:23-24, Jesus emphasizes the role of the Holy Spirit in worship. Our worship of God in Mass and other experiences should lift our spirits and transform us. God wants to uplift us. This video explains how it happens.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 8th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

John 3:34 contains an often-overlooked but very important truth: God does not ration his Spirit. You have within you the same fullness of the Holy Spirit as Jesus Christ himself did and as much as the Saints who experienced very supernatural, amazing manifestations of God’s power.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 7th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

God’s plan for rescuing our loved ones and our world from darkness is revealed in John 3:16-21. The end of this video contains a powerful but rarely discussed fact about why there is so much darkness in our world today and what the Church needs to repent of.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 6th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

In John 3:1-6, Jesus emphasizes the reality and importance of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Here’s why! (Includes Terry Modica’s personal testimony.)

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 5th video in a series about living the Christian life with miracles and supernatural faith.

In Acts 9:32-35, we see one of many examples in scripture of miraculous healings that resulted in people converting to Christ Jesus. Today, God still wants to convert people by providing his love through supernatural power, because this convinces people that Jesus is real.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This is the 9th video in a series about living the Christian life fully, complete with miracles and supernatural joy.

n the wedding at Cana (John 2), when Jesus performed his first public miracle, the disciples began to believe in him. Likewise, God wants to do miracles through us today so that others will believe in Jesus.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This video series is a Bible study of the Gospel of John to understand how to live the Christian life fully, complete with miracles and supernatural joy.

This video is produced by Good News Ministries, the Catholic center for daily growth in Christ. What do you want to discover today? Visit us at http://gnm.org

Part 2 in the bible study of the Gospel of John covers chapter 1 verses 29-33 where John the Baptist identifies Jesus and prophesies that Jesus will baptize his followers with the Holy Spirit. This video ends with a prayer for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit after explaining why we need it.

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This video series is a Bible study of the Gospel of John to understand how to live the Christian life fully, complete with miracles and supernatural joy.

This video is produced by Good News Ministries, the Catholic center for daily growth in Christ. What do you want to discover today? Visit us at http://gnm.org

How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This video series is a Bible study of the Gospel of John to understand how to live the Christian life fully, complete with miracles and supernatural joy. The first session introduces the series by looking closely at John 1:1-5 (“In the beginning was the Word….”) With this video we begin a Bible Study course on God’s Word and what Satan doesn’t want us to believe about it. We all have doubts to some extent. We all have verses of Scripture that we don’t truly believe. We might think we do, but we are going to uncover the lies that Satan has been giving us down through our lives. You know, his lies are very subtle. He is the father of lies, misconceptions, misunderstandings and disbelief that God’s Word is truly true.

The key to successful Christian living is know the answer to: “How important am I, and why? What’s my purpose?” What are your dreams? What are God’s dreams for you? To figure that out, consider: What impassions you? What energizes you? You have been chosen by Christ to be empowered by the Spirit! But … for what?

This video is a 12-minute excerpt of a Parish Retreat on the Apostolate of the Laity. For information on bringing this to your community, see http://gnm.org/event-topics/

This video is produced by Good News Ministries, the Catholic center for daily growth in Christ. What do you want to discover today? Visit us at http://gnm.org

In Luke 9, the Transfiguration of Jesus, we see Him reveal the uncreated light of his true identity and we hear the Father say, “This is my chosen Son; Listen to Him.” We experience Christ’s deepest identity every time we listen to him and allow the Holy Spirit to enlighten our understanding of his words and guidance. By listening to him, we let his uncreated light consume the darkness that still lingers within us. Then, the people around us experience more of him, because they meet him in us — in our actions, in our compassion, in our forgiveness, etc. This is evangelization!

Saint Paul had a passion for doing God’s work. What do you feel passionate about? That’s the secret to success!

Think about Saint Paul for a minute. What word comes to mind as you think about him? What word best describes him? For me, it’s the word “passion.” Paul was very passionate about what he believed in and therefore passionate about what he did with it.

Passion, I believe, is what empowers us, what makes life successful. When you find what you are impassioned about, and you discover how God wants to use your gifts and talents in that passionate energy, you can make a difference in the world, and it’s a much more enjoyable way and a much more fulfilling way to live. Even the challenges we face become something that we have the energy to get through.

So let me ask you: What are you passionate about?

This excerpt on Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of Love”, is from Session 1 of our Good News Ministries video course. For couples and parents but also anyone in a position or opportunity to help others understand the Catholic Church’s teachings on marriage and family — especially because of today’s world where secular and immoral beliefs about marriage and family have become louder than the truth.

To see the full course, go to http://gnm.org/paracletia-course-desc….

Are you wondering what God wants you to do about difficult relationships? What’s the holy and healthy way to deal with someone who is hurtful, abusive, or alcoholic? People often write to me asking, “How do I handle this relationship? There’s something unhealthy in this relationship, but I need to do something to try to make it work, because isn’t that what God wants? I want to have healing, I want to have reconciliation, I want things to get better, I want that person to be happier, holier, healthier, I want our relationship to be happy, healthy, holy. And didn’t Jesus say that we are to love our enemies and to love even when they seem unlovable? Does this mean staying in the relationship, keep trying, even in a self-sacrificing way? The answer is NO. This video explains the importance of putting up boundaries while continuing to offer love and helpfulness.

What does the Parable of Sowing Seeds (Matthew 13) tell us about God’s character? And about our calling as Christians? When we see the farmer (God) casting seeds even on bad soil, it seems to contradict Jesus’ command to not cast our pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6). Let’s take a closer look!

We’ve learned truths about the Faith, but it’s only head knowledge until we can move it to the heart where we trust it. We don’t like to act on a truth unless we first understand it, and understanding comes from the heart. Here’s a simple truth about how to move from the head to the heart. (Hint: Matthew 7:24)

Do you know how much your Father God loves you? Really, really, really loves you?! Usually we don’t know that, because we project onto God the way human fathers have been, the way authority figures have been, the human failings that we’ve witnessed. Do you think God is disapproving of your sins? Do you think he is accusing you? The truth might surprise you. To understand God the Father better, watch this video.

Does Jesus seem absent? He’s not! “Listen to Jesus, listen with your heart.” What breakthrough from earthly limitations and inadequacies are you yearning for? What problems seem hopeless? What prayers are still unanswered? In frustration and fear, we feel like we’re on the outside looking in at the abundances that other sheep have.

What talents would you like to use, but for which there’s been no opportunity? What calling has God given you, in which others have shut the door on you? Jesus is your open gate. He will give you new opportunities that you cannot even imagine now.

When a holy desire seems to have no outlet, instead of complaining or quitting, we must look for the gate that Jesus is opening. The thieves that come to steal and slaughter can only grab us when we take our eyes off of Jesus. And remember, they’re not as powerful as they pretend to be. They do not speak the truth.

Keep your eyes on Jesus, little lamb, and listen…..

Performed by Robert Metivier. Photos by Terry Modica.

A Good News Ministries meditation using the WordByte “Healing our Image of God’s Fatherhood”. Doesn’t it seem like the Father is the hardest Person of the Trinity to have a close relationship with?

The text version is available at wordbytes.org and can be requested as a free PDF for personal use. Click the “View More” button.

“Who do you say that I am?” It’s the question in Matthew 16:13-23 that Jesus asks each of us. Whenever our relationship with him needs to improve, it’s time to answer it.

This video contains a spiritual exercise. You can find healing and renewal in your friendship with him by meditating on the different names for Jesus or attributes of his nature. By becoming aware of what you do and do not believe, you will begin to believe more fully.

It is also available as a text article at http://wordbytes.org/SpiritualGrowth-who-is-Jesus-to-you/ and can be requested as a free PDF for personal use.

A Good News Ministries meditation using the WordBytes “Living the Beatitudes” and “Growing through the Beatitudes: Seeking True Humility”, by Terry Modica.

The text version is available at wordbytes.org and can be requested as a free PDF for personal use. Click the “View More” button.

How Can You Be Sure What Is God’s Will? Divine guidance is not a complicated business. It is in reality, simple. It’s always available, and God always speaks in the vernacular — He speaks our language, because He wants us to hear Him.

How to be successful in faith. While we’re waiting on God to answer our prayers, we often become our own worst enemies by thinking that we have to retreat to our comfort zones instead of boldly trusting in God. God’s solutions to our problems are usually not in our comfort zones.

Feeling low about yourself? Using the dialog between Jesus and the rich young man in Matthew 19, let’s explore the goodness that’s within you! This scripture about the rich young man isn’t really about giving up all our possessions. Find out what Jesus is really saying!

The story in Mark 2 about the healing of the paralytic, who was lowered through the roof to Jesus by four friends, illustrates the need we all have for friends. Terry Modica describes the four personality types that bring out the best in us.

Make the Magnificat prayer of Mary the Blessed Mother of Christ into your own prayer, especially when life is most difficult.

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Terry Modica’s personal testimony about how she became Catholic, how Good News Ministries has grown because of the Holy Spirit, and how she became connected with the Paulist Fathers. This video is an opportunity to recognize how the Holy Spirit has acted in your own life. (Filmed during the National Paulist Associates Retreat of February 2011.)

Terry Modica tells the story of a miracle that Saint Joseph provided for her family, and then she explains how much Jesus cares about us, using Matthew 12:1-8 and Isaiah 38:6. (Filmed in the remote village of San José in Panama.)

What joy are you hoping for and you’re just not getting it? What awareness of love from God do you need and it’s just not coming? If there’s been something that, for a long time, you need from God and you’re not getting it, it’s not His fault. God’s power is available to you! Ask the Holy Spirit to help you identify the lock you need to turn to open up the door to end the blockage of what God wants to give you. When we do an honest examination of conscience, the Holy Spirit helps us identify the blockage that’s a sin, and he never does it with condemnation. He does it with peace and encouragement and motivation, because he wants us to grow in holiness. He doesn’t want us to sit here crying in our shame, because when we think we’re going to feel ashamed, we don’t examine our consciences, do we?

In this video, Terry Modica shares a person story from her life that reveals the hidden key that unlocks God’s power so you can receive all that He wants to give to you.

Next: Watch the video series on Miracles for Today: God’s Amazing Word, a Bible Study course on God’s Word and what Satan doesn’t want us to believe about it. We all have doubts to some extent. We all have verses of Scripture that we don’t truly believe. We might think we do, but we are going to uncover the lies that Satan has been giving us down through our lives. You know, his lies are very subtle. He is the father of lies, misconceptions, misunderstandings and disbelief that God’s Word is truly true.