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Fr. Mathias Thelen: ‘Ask for MORE of God’

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Fr. Mathias Thelen received prayer before his talk and time of prayer and empowerment at Renewal Ministries’ recent Gathering.

At Renewal Ministries’ annual Gathering earlier this month, Fr. Mathias Thelen spoke about asking God for more of Himself.

Fr. Mathias shared part of his own story of conversion into a deeper life with the Lord.

“No matter what Jesus is doing in your life, He wants to give you more of His Spirit,” said Fr. Mathias. “The key is learning there is more, asking for it, and receiving it. There is more—and it’s for those who believe and those who ask.”

He added, “You fan into flame that little light you have, if you are hungry and desperate for more.”

“We have a divine task ahead of us,” Fr. Mathias continued. “We have a charge to proclaim the Gospel to the ends of the world and to make disciples of all nations.”

In order to do that, Fr. Mathias said we need to be desperate to receive the Lord. We need to pray, “God, I need more of Your Spirit. I need more of You, because I see how little I have.”

He explained, “Desperation comes from a place of humility and from a place of union with God. It’s our task to make that happen. I have to become desperate, for the sake of others. Are you desperate? Are you hungry?”

We need to ask God for more of Himself, said Fr. Mathias: “The Lord said, ‘He who believes in me, out of his heart will come rivers of living water’ (Jn 7:38). Some of us have a little trickle. We have to believe God wants the salvation of the world more than we want it. If we ask for bread, He will not give us a stone.’ (Mt 7:9). So we can have confidence that when we ask the Father for a deeper share of His anointing, He’s not going to give us a serpent.”

“We are a people hungry to make Jesus known and loved,” he said. “Ask for more.”

Fr. Mathias Thelen serves on the faculty at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan, as a spiritual director and instructor of theology. He will be the pastor of St. Patrick Church in Brighton, Michigan, beginning June 28.

“Fearless”: Proclaim Good News with Power


A new documentary airs online Divine Mercy weekend that features Ralph Martin, Dr. Mary Healy, Fr. Mathias Thelen, and a hunger to see more of God’s power at work in evangelization.

Fearless is a compelling journey of discovery to find the missing piece of the New Evangelization—the Divine Power.

Early-bird pricing for the movie—which is only available for viewing online—ends April 15. The movie airs April 22-24, and online tickets likely will not be available after those dates. Please purchase tickets by clicking on the link here, or through Renewal Ministries’ homepage here. These are affiliate links that enable your purchase to support the work of Renewal Ministries.

The premier ticket option early-bird price is $19.97 and includes lifetime access to the film, an opportunity to connect with other people viewing the film, bonus clips, expert commentaries, and testimony interviews.

Fr. Mike Schmitz said, “Fearless is a powerful video that demonstrates that we can trust the Father . . . it demonstrates the living and active power of God that continues to be working in the Church and in the world now. Fearless is a great witness to the fact that Jesus continues to move today. Our faith does not rest on human wisdom, but on the Holy Spirit of power. Fearless is a testimony to this reality.”

Fr. Dave Pivonka said, “Fearless sheds light on what the Christian life can look like for the Catholic who is freed from fear and allows the Holy Spirit to be more active in his or her life. By the sharing of personal experiences Fearless chronicles what God can do in and through men and women who allow the Spirit of God to lead them.  Anyone who is interested in releasing the power of God in their life should make a point of watching Fearless.”

You can listen to audience reactions to the movie here.

One woman responded, “I didn’t realize how important the message of forgiveness is to healing. And the fact that Jesus is alive with us today, ever present, just like He was 2000 years ago, healing people. He’s working through us now to do the same.”

Another said, “You need to see it to open to your heart to the Holy Spirit. I’m so excited to see what He’s going to do in people’s lives. It just lights a fire in our hearts.”



Jesus Does Still Heal!

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Larry and Sharon Yelinek (front row) at the Renewal Ministries’ Gathering.

At the 2016 Renewal Ministries’ Gathering, long-time supporter Larry Yelinek, of Whitmore Lake, Michigan, experienced a tremendous healing of his hip. He writes about the experience below:

In the spring of 2013, my right hip started to become painful, and by the summer I noticed my right foot was turning in. The discomfort in my right leg increased throughout the summer and into the fall of 2014.

I told my primary care doctor, Dr. Catherine Foster of the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, about my problem with my right hip and leg. I thought it was a pulled groin muscle. She sent me to the hospital’s pain clinic. After that examination, she sent me to an orthopedist, Dr. Bruce Miller. He said I would need a hip replacement in the future. The next year, I continued to struggle with the pain but still didn’t want to have surgery.

In the fall of 2015, Dr. Miller told me during a routine appointment that I would need to lose twenty pounds in order to have hip surgery. The day I lost twenty pounds, I called for an appointment and was scheduled to see a doctor on May 3, 2016. At that time, the pain level was almost always at a nine.

Then, at the Renewal Ministries Gathering in mid-April, everything changed. Fr. Mathias Thelen prayed for healing for everyone attending the conference. He told anyone who experienced their pain decrease by eighty percent to stand up and come to the podium. My pain decreased by forty to sixty percent. Then—my goodness!—I felt more heat in my leg, and after that I felt that I had reached the eighty percent.

I walked to the podium, about twenty feet away, without my cane. Fr. Mathias asked what was happening, and I told him that my right hip was healed. We praised Jesus together. Then, while Peter Williamson and I stood together proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ, I realized my right arm was straight up. I had not been able to lift my right arm for three to four months.

My appointment regarding the hip replacement surgery I had believed was imminent and necessary came just over two weeks later, on May 3, 2016. At that time, I received news from Dr. Jeffrey Osworth that I am no longer a candidate for hip replacement surgery, because I don’t need it! What is also amazing is the doctor believes in miracles!

Praise Jesus! Praise Jesus! Praise Jesus! Glory be to Christ Jesus! AMEN!

Additionally, my right foot is now straight. It’s not turning inward, I don’t need to use a cane, and I don’t need pain medicines. Hallelujah!

This article originally appeared in the July 2016 Renewal Ministries’ newsletter.