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Remain Faithful in Small Things

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This article originally appeared in the July 2019 Renewal Ministries’ newsletter, which you can access here.

Dear Fellow Sons and Daughter of GOD!

Isn’t it amazing? We are  truly sons and daughters of God!

With all the “big stuff” going on in the world and in the Church, it sometimes is easy to forget that our mission is to get up every day and faithfully carry out the responsibilities of our state of life with love and sacrifice. And I must admit, I’m pretty excited to have discovered how each of us can do some small but significant things every day that actually can have eternal consequences. You may be getting tired of hearing me speak or write about those amazing words of Mary at Fatima: “Pray, pray very much and make sacrifices for sinners. For many souls go to hell because there is no one to sacrifice and pray for them.”

But this is not getting old for me at all! And I hope it’s the same for you. How meaningful it is to be able to pray and offer small (or big) sacrifices and know that they can make a difference in saving souls from hell! It’s pretty amazing.

At our recent Gathering, I shared how my wife, Anne, when she wakes up at night, prays a chaplet of Divine Mercy for those who are dying. I started doing it myself, adding the intentions of the souls in purgatory, those tempted to suicide or unchastity, and those suffering from depression. I added these intentions because I’ve recently become aware of some people who are dealing with these strong temptations and afflictions. You can add your own intentions or simply pray for the dying, as my wife does.

This idea was encouraging for those who were at the Gathering and for those who heard the talk online who tell me that they’re beginning to do the same thing when they wake up at night! (You can access my talks and other Gathering talks on Renewal Ministries’ free app, or by ordering a Gathering DVD at our online store.

Here are some of the responses we have received:

“Your talk was great. Thanks again for making it available to us who weren’t able to be there.”

“Your dedication to the message of Fatima is important.  Here is how Dostoevsky saw it in Brothers Karamazov through the character of Fr Zossima: ‘Every hour and every moment thousands of men leave life on this earth, and their souls appear before God. And how many of them depart in solitude, unknown, sad, dejected that no one mourns for them or even knows whether they have lived or not. And behold, from the other end of the earth perhaps, your prayer for their rest will rise up to God though you knew them not nor they you.’”

“Your response and Anne’s to use times of restlessness to pray for those dying is a habit I hope to adopt.”

“I listened to your talk given at the Gathering—your mention of Anne reciting the Chaplet when she wakes during the night has encouraged me to start doing the same. Thanks, Anne!”

I’m willing to keep traveling to the far corners of the world to help inspire more people to start doing things like this that can contribute to the salvation of souls!

If you don’t know what the Chaplet of Mercy is or how to say it, see the link here. Incidentally it only take about five minutes or so, and it actually can help you fall back to sleep, although that is not the primary motivation for saying it!

So, in the midst of the “big things,” let’s keep doing the “small things” that can actually contribute to the salvation of souls!

And speaking of “big things,” I recommend reading a remarkable “Manifesto” from Cardinal Gerhard Muller, the former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. As confusion has grown about how to interpret things that are happening in Rome and elsewhere, Cardinal Muller has been a voice of great clarity and truth, a voice that needs to be heard more widely. You will be encouraged and strengthened as you read it.  Pass it on!

Your brother in Christ,


Renewal Ministries Live Streams Gathering

Join Renewal Ministries this Divine Mercy weekend—online!

For the first time ever, Renewal Ministries will be live streaming all of the talks and workshops for its annual Gathering. Please look over the schedule below, and then simply click here to tune in at the correct time!

The Gathering is a unique event, with much faith-building content. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Divine Mercy Weekend in a very Christ-centered way.

Walk-ins also are welcome at the event. Click here for details!

Friday, April 6, 2018

7 p.m. Peter Herbeck: Welcome

7:20 p.m. Praise and Worship

7:45 p.m. Ralph Martin: “Mary’s Mission, Our Participation”


Saturday, April 7, 2018

7:30 a.m. Mass

9 a.m. Intro, Praise and Worship

9:30 a.m. Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT: “Arise!”

10:45 a.m. Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT: Workshop on Healing (followed by Ministry)

2 p.m. Pete Burak and the i.d.9:16 Team: “Reaching the Next Generation”

3:15 p.m. Ralph Martin and Team: “Renewal Ministries’ Report”

4:15 p.m. Holy Hour/Silent Adoration

7 p.m. Praise and Worship

7:20 p.m. Peter Herbeck: “The Glory of the Lord”

8:15 p.m. Empowerment Prayer Ministry led by Peter Herbeck and Barbara Heil


Sunday, April 8, 2018

9 a.m. Praise and Worship

9:10 a.m. Sr. Ann Shields, SGL: “The Steadfast Love of the Lord Never Ceases”

9:50 a.m. Pop-Up Sharing

10:30 a.m. Mass

‘Whoever Follows Me . . . Will Have the Light of Life’

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At Renewal Ministries’ 2017 Gathering, Sr. Ann Shields discussed the need for “our faith to grow” and “our roots to go deep.”

“There’s a way it’s easier to live in faith when the world supports you,” she said. “But that’s not the case right now. Ask God every day: ‘Increase my faith.’”

Sr. Ann’s recommendation for deepening faith include reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Scripture, going to Reconciliation, and receiving the Eucharist.

Sr. Ann explained that following Jesus and His Word allows His light to shine in us. She shared almost a dozen Scripture verses that supported the theme of doing the Father’s will, which can be viewed here.

She shared a quote from Sr. Ruth Burrows on faith, which describes it as “a sustained decision to take God with utter seriousness as the God of my life. . . . (and) a decision to shift the center of our lives from ourselves to Him, to forgo self-interest and to make His interest, His will our sole concern.”

Sr. Ann asked, “Is our life filled with adoration and worship of God? Or is it kept to something we think we can handle?”

She continued, “The Lord says, ‘Open your heart to me, because I have so much to give you. But it has to be what He wants, how He wants—‘not my will, but yours be done.’”

“His will—that’s what brings life out of darkness,” concluded Sr. Ann. “When we’re able to say, ‘Lord, I give You my children, my marriage, my godchildren, my friends—be it done unto me according to Your word. It’s a hard prayer to pray, but my call is to surrender, and then He will use me, and then the light will shine in the darkness.”

To Have the Light of Life

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Peter Herbeck and Tim Green pray at the 2017 Gathering.

This post originally appeared in Renewal Ministries’ June 2017 newsletter, which you can view here.

In Peter Herbeck’s talk on To Have the Light of Light at Renewal Ministries’ 2017 Gathering, he discussed how an intense “battle for human souls” is taking place in the world around us.

“The reason God is disappearing from the horizon is that humanity is pushing Him away,” he said. “The predominant way of looking at the human person today is with self-creative freedom—my identity becomes my own achievement.”

This demand to re-define humanity has extended to the family—which is where the Blessed Mother told Sr. Lucia the final battle would occur. Peter quoted Cardinal Robert Sarah: “Today we’re witnessing the next stage of building a utopia without God. It says children don’t need mothers and fathers. It denies human nature and wants to cut off an entire generation from God.”

Peter also discussed the dangerous trend toward the development of artificial intelligence and the increase of technology use in our world. He said, “We are already cyborgs—half human, half machine.”

“The darkness is going to keep ratcheting up, but the light is going to get brighter as we keep saying ‘yes’ to Jesus. We were made to give glory to God,” he explained. “We need to keep contending, standing, and witnessing to the truth. Expect opposition. The Lord wants you to be all you can be, and that only comes through trials and difficulties. In this world, you will have tribulation. Jesus said, ‘If you have tribulation, be of good cheer.’ He has overcome the world!”

Peter added, “Engage the Master’s mission with everything (you’ve) got. He asks, ‘Are you willing to let go of security? How radical are you willing to become in responding to Me?’ Simplify your life. Fast. Pray. Give your time and money to the pursuit of souls for Christ. The Lord is purifying and empowering His Church, so we can be a light to the nations. We have to pray the Lord will cast fear out of our lives.”

The Light Shines in the Darkness

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Ralph at the 2017 Renewal Ministries’ Gathering: “Our response (to the Lord) should be worship, adoration, praise, and rejoicing.”

Ralph Martin shared some of his own testimony as part of his talk at Renewal Ministries’ 2017 Gathering: “I was in danger, but I didn’t know I was in danger. I once saw a tow truck passing by, they called them wreckers, and I really felt that the wrecker was coming for me—that the devil was coming for me, and the way I was headed was not going to be good.”

“At a Cursillo weekend, I realized that if Jesus really was God, I was faced with a difficult decision. I knew the only sensible response, if He was Lord, was surrender.

“But I also knew that meant writing Him a blank check. And you know what Jesus writes? All.

“I invite all of us to think of all our yesses to the Lord, to make sure we haven’t taken anything back. He’s worthy of adoration. He’s worthy of obedience. He’s worthy of following Him.”

Ralph explained, “People have a choice to make. Will they let go of their darkness and embrace the light, or will they hate the light and embrace the darkness? We want more and more to be transformed by the light of God.”

Ralph said that the key to that transformation can be found in John 3:16. He said, “It’s all about love.”

“What price could ever be found to buy eternal life?” he continued. “Do we realize what we’ve been promised by the Lord is precious and very great? It’s worth making sacrifices to persevere to the end and stay with Jesus. Jesus is very, very close to us, and He wants us to be very close to Him.”

The answer to staying close to the Lord is prayer, said Ralph: “I recently decided to increase my daily prayer life by fifty percent. Think of that as a very practical way of saying to Jesus, ‘I want to be close to You.’”

“Our response should be worship, adoration, praise, and rejoicing,” he explained. “There really is something to rejoice in! The Lord wants us to look forward to what is coming, because that’s supposed to give us hope for today.”

Ralph concluded, “There is sorrow in life, there is suffering. If we just hang in there, and keep on working, and keep on serving, a great reward is coming.”