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He Is Calling

He Is Calling

When I was nineteen, the Lord spoke to me: “Come, and I will make you fishers of men.” I have always desired to do big things, but I realized—a little late in the game—that God doesn’t call anyone to go out without first calling them in to follow Him. I did that...

I Met the Messiah

I Met the Messiah

I grew up in a Jewish family with Jewish friends. I went to a Jewish school and lived in a Jewish neighborhood. I didn’t know anything about Christianity. I thought everyone was Jewish.  I learned about God through the Old Testament, but I didn’t know Him personally....

By His Wounds We Are Healed

By His Wounds We Are Healed

In seminary, we started evangelizing in downtown Detroit. I’ll never forget meeting one man asking for money. I said, “Jesus Christ loves you.” He responded incredulously, “Are you serious? I need some money.” I repeated, “We came here to tell you that Jesus Christ...

Stand and Take Heart

Stand and Take Heart

You are the light of the world, a light in the darkness. If we’re not standing on the Word of God and living confidently as his children, our light can go dim. Doesn’t it seem like the light of the Church is going dim at an intense hour of combat? We are called to be...

Lift Jesus Higher Rally Helps Many ‘Take Heart’

Lift Jesus Higher Rally Helps Many ‘Take Heart’

We recently gathered in Toronto with a nearly sold-out crowd of over 2600 adults and nine-hundred youth for the Lift Jesus Higher Rally in Toronto. The theme was Take Heart! from the story of the blind man Bartimaeus in Mark 10. The attendees were grateful for the...

Transforming Lives in Uganda

Transforming Lives in Uganda

I joined the Catholic Charismatic Renewal when I was eighteen. In those days, there were only a couple of prayer groups in the country, so we did not have mentors. But then, a missionary priest gave one of our leaders an address for Renewal Ministries. He wrote to...

Awake, Not Woke

Awake, Not Woke

What is the woke movement, and how we can counteract it? The movement harms people in various ways, so we need various approaches in our response. Some people are truly victims. They have been given some poison of ideology that has harmed and wounded them, and they...

A Spirit-Led Encounter

A Spirit-Led Encounter

This article is condensed from one originally published by the Archdiocese of Detroit.  The powerful Spirit-led encounter between Philip and the Ethiopian in Acts 8:27-35 gives us a roadmap for unleashing the Gospel during this season of Eucharistic revival! Here are...

Young Adult Discipleship: Looking Forward

Young Adult Discipleship: Looking Forward

It was the summer of 2011, and I didn’t know what to do next. I had just graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with the plan of coming back to Michigan for a master’s degree in education. But as I filled out the application and thought about the path...

We Win by Not Giving Up

We Win by Not Giving Up

Over the past few months, the entire Renewal Ministries’ team has been profoundly encouraged by your support. We’re greatly blessed to be surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses that partners with us in mission through prayer, words of encouragement, the sharing of...

Oh, Canada: Grateful for Opportunities to Serve

Oh, Canada: Grateful for Opportunities to Serve

Dear Friends,  I want to write this month about the blessed opportunities we have had to serve our Canadian brothers and sisters for so many years now and all the interconnecting relationships we have there that work for the kingdom.   Way back in the early 1980s, the...

The Rebellion of the Creature Against the Creator

The Rebellion of the Creature Against the Creator

When the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement burst onto the scene, many people of goodwill, including myself, initially expressed support for its efforts to fight racism. Nevertheless, we quickly learned that BLM’s mission extended far beyond overcoming racism.  Reading...

The Radical Nature of Our Catholic Faith

The Radical Nature of Our Catholic Faith

Bishop Juan Hervas, a founder of the Cursillo Movement, said one significant thing weakening the Catholic Church today is a minimalist interpretation of the Gospel: It asks from people less than Jesus asks and offers to people less than Jesus offers. That’s not the...

Serving the Priests and People of Australia

Serving the Priests and People of Australia

Dear Brothers and Sisters,  Unexpectedly, this year has become my busiest ever, and this fall particularly so. I try to discern carefully what I can and should do and what I can’t and shouldn’t do. Sometimes, the calendar itself decides, but often not. And when I’m...

Advent: A Time to Prepare!

Advent: A Time to Prepare!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,  Advent begins soon—preparation for the great feast of Christmas. It’s time to anticipate the Savior’s coming. Let’s look at our priorities. What most takes our attention, time, and effort? Good things that lead to God or things that...

Preach the Word (2 Tm 4:2)

Preach the Word (2 Tm 4:2)

When I was twenty-years old, I was deeply involved in the hippy scene. A close friend, also involved in the scene, experienced a radical change in his life. The change was profound and obvious. He exhibited a peace and a joy I had never seen in him previously. When I...

Finding Healing Through Brokenness & Forgiveness

Finding Healing Through Brokenness & Forgiveness

Part 1 of 2: Finding Healing Through Brokenness God cares for us through brokenness. I grew up in a great family: four kids, two parents, normal, Catholic-but-not-too-Catholic. We lived the average American life until tragedy struck when I was fifteen. During routine...

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