Author Archives: Terry Modica

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!

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/

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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.

Why Do Catholics Do That?!? In this 60-second video about the Eucharist, we look at: Why do Catholics believe the bread and wine become the real body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ?

Jesus said, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” (Luke 22:19-20)

Jesus also said, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them”

Watch this video! It also explains why we call the Eucharist “communion”.

To see the whole Catholic Mass explained, see our set of videos entitled “Take, Eat, and Drink“. It includes discussion questions for personal reflection and for group faith formation classes.

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”.

See and meditate on Christ’s love for you! This version of the Stations of the Cross connects our own lives to the sacrifice Jesus made for us.

The video contains works of art created by people around the world. Each one is a different style to represent the globalness and diversity of the Church while honoring Christ through the talents of God’s people. The prayers were written by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries (gnm.org) and can be found at http://wordbytes.org/prayers/stations/. The stories of the artists and what they experienced as they produced their part of the Stations of the Cross can be found at http://gnm.org/about/StationsProject/.

My Lord Jesus Christ:
You suffered a great deal for me. I cannot even fathom just how much You accomplished for me through Your sacrifice. What I do know for certain is that I am suffering. I have trials I want to get rid of. But You have shown by your journey to the Cross and your death that I should embrace my sufferings as a journey that will lead to glory. Please help me unite my sufferings with Your Way of the Cross, so that I may be healed, purified and strengthened, and so that I may become Your instrument of healing love for others.

Station 1: Jesus is condemned to death (Barbara Boschee from North Dakota)
Station 2: Jesus carries his cross (Nadya Melina David from the Philippines)
Station 3: Jesus falls the first time (Richard Grzywacz from Michigan)
Station 4: Jesus meets His holy Mother (Richard Grzywacz from Michigan)
Station 5: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry His cross (Rosie Yeo from Malaysia)
Station 6: Jesus meets Veronica (Kathleen Ellertson from Oklahoma)
Station 7: Jesus falls a second time (Jane Rullier from Florida)
Station 8: Jesus comforts the weeping women (Angelia Neo from Singapore)
Station 9: Jesus falls the third time (Dorothy Riley from Florida)
Station 10: Jesus is stripped of His clothing (Vanessa Conklin from Florida)
Station 11: Jesus is nailed to the cross (Mariela Gavino, age 13, from Virginia)
Station 12: Jesus dies on the cross (Rei Luzardo from Florida)
Station 13: Jesus is taken down from the cross (Sherry Phillips from California)
Station 14: Jesus is laid in the tomb (Terry Modica from Good News Ministries)
Station 15: The Resurrection of Jesus (Jenny Cabrini Chan from Malaysia)

The doorway into heaven is the cross. Experiencing the glory of the celebration of Easter — deep within our hearts, within our needs, within our desires — began with accepting our sorrows and sacrifices and sufferings are our own personal connections to Jesus. And now, Easter joy comes not only from accepting what Jesus did for you on the cross but also from continuing the journey, side by side, step by step with Jesus.

When we’re sincere about following Christ, if we truly want to grow in faith, we do whatever he does, united to his ministry of helping others grow in their eternal relationship with God. In this, we face the cross again and again. There is no gain in salvation without the pain of sacrificial love.

The victorious alleluia of Easter is the triumph of the cross. It’s the realization that life doesn’t have to be free of troubles in order to be full of joy. It’s the day-to-day living out of a faith that comes from trusting that God is carrying us through the trials and bringing good out of bad.

Our cross is a soft word that we speak when someone else is angry and we feel like shouting. Our cross is a hand outstretched to comfort the afflicted when it’s inconvenient and we feel like withdrawing. Our cross is a good deed that we do to those who treat us unjustly and we feel like retaliating. And our resurrection is the joy that comes from knowing that we have made a difference in the lives of others for the sake of God’s kingdom.

Love that’s given when it’s difficult is a suffering love, a passionate love, a salvific love, i.e., it benefits the eternal lives of others. Then, our sacrifices have a value of endless worth. This is so much better than a self-serving, easy life. It’s eternally better! Easter Sunday Mass is the celebration of rising with Jesus into glorious victory over evil.

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Jesus sacrificed his comfort and his body and blood to take the punishment that we deserve for our sins. In this video reflection on Luke 19: 28-40, we ask: Why do you think the Gospel writer spent time explaining how Jesus obtained the colt for his ride into Jerusalem?

It’s meant to teach us something in our current circumstances. We each have a “colt” tied up somewhere in our lives. It’s anything that belongs to us and is not yet being shared with Christ: It could be our possessions, money, talents and skills, creativity, time and energy, etc. The Master has need of it! But sometimes we selfishly tie these up with our own agendas and busyness. They would be useful to Jesus if we let him have them. Like the colt that Jesus rode, they could become gifts that glorify our Savior.

Jesus deserves to be glorified for his awesome love, which he made visible on the cross. Who else would die for you — with that much suffering? Jesus sacrificed his comfort and his body and blood to take the punishment that we deserve for our sins.

We should rejoice gratefully for this every Sunday with hosannas and admiration, for in the Eucharist we reunite ourselves to that tremendous love. In this communion, why aren’t we grinning like lovers who have become joined to their beloved? The answer to that is: Our “colts” are still tied to the post.

Jesus has sent his disciples to you to ask you to share your “colt” with Jesus. They are at the altar consecrating the Eucharist for you. They are writing bulletin “help wanted” blurbs. They are interrupting you at work asking for your prayers or counsel or other assistance. They are the strangers who are in need of your charitable donations.

Who have you heard asking you to become more involved in the plans of God’s kingdom?

Our WordBytes site has reflections and self-assessment tests to help you discern what God designed you to do. Visit The Master Needs You.

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The Gospel reading John 8:1-11 shows us a good example of how to treat someone who is, as Jesus says elsewhere in scripture (Matthew 25) “the least of these.” The recipient of Christ’s compassion in this story was considered to be unworthy of life itself. She was first of all a woman, which in her society meant she was inferior to men. She was a sinner and deserved punishment. She was one single person facing a condemning crowd alone. How much more of a “least” one could anyone be?

When have you felt alone and insignificant? Perhaps you’ve faced a condemning crowd. Then again, have you ever treated others as if they’re not important? Yes, none of us can cast the first stone.

There are many in the Church who feel forgotten and neglected. We all know some of them. Their loneliness is usually hidden from us, and if we’re busy with many important responsibilities, seeking them out and giving them attention feels too overwhelming. Their needs become too insignificant to warrant the expense of our time, the development of parish resources, and the sacrifice of our personal comfort.

Divorced Catholics often feel condemned, and many who could be receiving Communion stay away because they’ve been misinformed about the Church’s rules, and no one is reaching out to lead them back. And although the Church has been stopping abuses against children, often the lustful or abusive treatment of adults is never addressed, because they are dismissed as “less vulnerable” — they are of least concern.

Identifying the least among us and reaching out to them is a good Lenten exercise — but only if the intention is to make it a year-round habit.

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Who is worthy to receive the love and unconditional forgiveness of God? During every Mass, we pray, “Lord, I am not worthy… but say the Word and my soul shall be healed.” Jesus illustrates in Luke 15:1-32 that we are all worthy, but not because of what we do — rather, it’s because of what Jesus did do: He died on the cross to take our sins into death so that we can rise up with him in the perpetual Easter experience of unity with God.

In the parable of the Prodigal Son, it’s not what the son did that made his return home acceptable. It’s not his repentance that made him worthy of receiving his father’s love. It’s what the father did. He loved his child. Unconditionally. He loved him even while he was far away, even while he was straying in a sinful lifestyle.

The dad’s unconditional, faithful love was his gift to the son even while the son was rejecting it.

The gift that the son gave to his dad upon his return home was an open heart to receive the love that had always been available.

During every Mass, we come to church as prodigal children. It doesn’t matter that we think we’ve been good Christians all week long. In some way or other, we have turned our backs on God’s full, unconditional, faithful love. This is why we always start Mass acknowledging that we have sinned. Let’s take this opportunity very seriously!

Next, we listen to the Word that heals our broken relationships with God. The homily should always be carefully planned to enhance this, but if it’s not, Jesus is nonetheless speaking to you through his Holy Spirit; listen in your heart. Jesus, who is the Word made flesh, has already begun to respond to your presence at Mass.

In the Offertory, we offer ourselves to the Father; it’s our moment of surrender: “I no longer deserve to be called your child, so do with me as you will.” What God wills is for us to be restored to a fully loving, give-and-take relationship with him and his family. And thus, in the grandest moment of the Liturgy, we receive the Eucharist as a gift of unity with God and with his whole family, the Church. (Those who cannot receive the Communion of the Host and Cup are graced with a Spiritual Communion.)

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How do you feel when someone who’s been hurtful, cruel, or morally corrupt gets hit with a hardship that makes them suffer? Our natural tendency is to rejoice because justice has finally been meted out.

Jesus addresses this in Luke 13:1-9. He wants us to understand that we cannot truthfully say that someone is a “greater sinner”, even if that person is doing more damage than anyone else, is more unChristian than we are, or is blatantly an evil-doer.

Every person has been created in the image of God, even the worst ones. Those who display an opposite image are nonetheless loved by Jesus Christ, who died for them. It’s a tragedy that they do not live as the person God created them to be, because this harms others. But it will be an even worse tragedy if no one invites them to turn their lives over to Christ by loving them as he loves them.

No person is an evil person. Evil-doers are children of God living in ignorance of their true identity. They are victims of evil and were seduced by it into believing that it’s the best way to live. They don’t understand that they can be healed by the Sinless One who conquered evil for their redemption. We should feel sorry for them — this is the gift of mercy. We should mourn with Jesus for the tragedy that continues within their souls — this is the most precious gift of mercy.

When we don’t care enough to grieve over a person’s inner destruction, we are sinning. We are disregarding what Jesus did for them on the cross. We are damaging our own souls.

All those who have sinned against you are like the fig tree in Jesus’ parable. If you have access to them, he wants you to till their soil. He wants you to fertilize their souls with love and with the truth of the Gospel as taught by your actions and, when they’re ready, by your words. He wants you to give them a gentle but obvious invitation to grow in the right direction.

Notice that Jesus doesn’t want us to keep a diseased, disintegrating tree in the garden forever. After (and only after) we have done everything possible, if the evil-doer does not want to change, the best care we can give to the garden is to cut down the tree. This means walking away or calling in the authorities for intervention and letting the sinner reap what he sows. This, too, is very loving. When fertilizer won’t produce good fruits, a fallen tree becomes mulch and enriches the ground for a new beginning.

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In Luke 9, the Transfiguration of Jesus, we see Jesus 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!

Lent is a time of concentrating on our need for Christ to shed his light into our areas of darkness. When we let Jesus enlighten us so that we repent (which means change), seeking and receiving forgiveness and the Holy Spirit’s power to change, we become more like Christ. We shine more brilliantly with him. And we enter more fully into his ministry of redeeming the world. Although there is suffering in this ministry, we know that the pain of Good Friday is always followed by the victory of Easter.

It’s in the trials and sacrifices of life — our own crucifixions — where our holiness changes the world. Do we dare follow Jesus all the way to Calvary? It’s the only way to get to Easter! Our trials are his blood being shed again. Our pains are his pains. We’re already on the cross with Jesus! So why not embrace this extreme intimacy with him for the sake of those who’ve scourged us and betrayed us?

By loving those who don’t love us, forgiving those who mistreat us, and working hard to replace evil with the kingdom of God, we reveal the light of Christ to those who live in darkness.

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Jesus’ life is our life if we’re sincere about our faith. We unite ourselves to him by receiving his body and blood in the Eucharist. We meet him in the scriptures and walk with him on the path to heaven.

During Lent, the readings that the Church provides for Sunday and daily Mass will help us with this journey if we listen with an ear that recognizes our personal connections to Christ.

In this Luke 4:1-13, we journey with Jesus into the desert. Consider your own struggles with temptation; reflect on how sin makes your life feel barren and dry like a desert.

When we walk with Jesus, we unite ourselves to his struggle with the devil and to his victory over the devil. Our temptations become his temptations, and in our efforts to remain united to him, we reject Satan and choose the life of holiness. The Church helps us do this by giving us ways during Lent to improve our self-discipline and conquer the self-centeredness that makes us vulnerable to sin: fasting and abstinence, alms-giving, reconciliation services, faith formation events, reading materials, and more.

Every meal and meat that we give up for Lent, every sin that we confess in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, every sacrifice of time that we make to add more prayer and spiritual reading to our daily life, and every other Lenten activity is a practice of self-denial that unites us to Jesus in the desert.

Jesus fasted from food and other physical comforts during his battle with the devil, and this strategy strengthened him and prepared him for the ministry that came afterward. This is what Lent should be for us, too.

Satan is not someone to fear. Jesus already defeated all demons on our behalf, first in the desert and then on the cross. Our battle is really only against temptation and our personal weaknesses that make us vulnerable to succumbing to sin.

We don’t always want to follow Jesus. This is what we must surrender to God during Lent. Then Easter will be far more meaningful, because we will emerge from Lent much stronger in our faith.

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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…

Deepen Your Faith by Understanding the Catholic Mass

Gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist and a more lively relationship with Christ.

Take, Eat and Drink is a set of 17 short segments (three to five minutes). Each video ends with a question for personal reflection or group discussion. It appeals to all generations: youth, young adults, and older folks, from traditional Catholics to spiritual explorers who aren’t sure they want to show up at Mass. It’s designed for those who want to deepen their faith by understanding the Mass better and for catechists to use in classrooms.

Help yourself, or your parishioners and catechists, or your teens gain a new, deeper appreciation of the Mass and a more lively relationship with Christ! Use it to explain the Mass in a way that evangelizes and builds interest in full participation in the liturgy.

Features Msgr. Rick Hilgartner, who at the time was Executive Director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Father Gary Dowsey of the “Hey Father Gary!” show on SpiritFM Catholic Radio, and Father John Gerth of “Ask Fr. J” fame on Lifeteen.com.

Reformatted for catechists!

In 2011, Good News Ministries produced a DVD to help prepare parishes for the changes in the New Roman Missal. Although the Church has finished transitioning to the new Mass, the content of the DVD is too good to throw away. We’ve updated it and repackaged it in short segments for catechists to use in adult and youth faith formation classes, including RCIA.

Part 1 covers the Introductory Rites.

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!

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.

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.

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?

 

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….

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.”

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.