Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Sal's Message

Tonight we did not have a pray meeting as all of you know. There was a mass for Joe Bulla Pastoral Assistant at St. Benedict from 1993-2005. The service was beautiful as well as the music, the message was just as beautiful. We were told to go out and be church to all people, just as Joe was. So this week let each of us be church to someone. Until next Monday we will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel to praise and worship our Lord. Please keep Anne and her husband in your prayers as they will be traveling to Rome next week. God Bless, Sal

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Sal's Message

Tonight the Chapel was a little chilly, but as we sang and praised theLord, not only did our hearts warm up but also our bodies. The Joy ofThe Lord was present all evening and I believe each of us felt His presence. The readings are: Ephesians Ch.1-Ver.3-6---Ephesians Ch.6-Ver. 1-11----Psalms-11---15----18--and 1 John Ch.3--Ver. 1-3. The teaching was about The Christ In Us. Galatians 2: 17-21, shares about the Christ that lives in me. When we surrender to the will of God, then the answer will be "yes" Christ is in me. Our walk with Christ is not always easy, but with our Lord with us, He will guide us through it. Next week we will not have a pray meeting, but we will attend the Memorial Mass for Joe Bulla in our church at 7:30p.m. We voted at tonight's meeting and everyone agreed to this. Many would not have been able to make the prayer meeting on Oct. 30. We will be back in the Chapel on Nov.6. Until then, God Bless, Sal

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

A word from the Lord was given tonight, "Are you ready My Children for tonight I will take you on a Spiritual Journey," And He did. We arrived at the Chapel, most of us filled already with the joy of the Lord, and it continued from there. We praised, sang, and worshiped the Lord joy filled. The readings were:--1 Peter 1 Ver.3--9,----Ephesians Ch.1-Ver.15--23. The teaching was on the time we accepted Christ in our life, and a reminder of our Yes to the Lord. We were reminded that when we walk with the light of Christ in us, our life will and has changed. This weeks reflecton our"YES". We will meet next Monday in the Chapel. Let us all come with a clean heart, filled with the Holy Spirit. God Bless, Sal

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Sal's Message

"If only I had angels' wings, I'd ride the rainbow's bend, And there, beyond the universe, I'd meet the Lord, my Friend". Well tonight we met Our Lord, through the Holy Spirit. The music brought the sound of Angels in our chapel and the presence of the Holy Spirit was so touching. The readings were:Isaiah51:Ver.12----Ephesians Ch:1-Ver.15---Romans Ch.8-Ver.14-17. A word was given--"Do not fear the future, but keep your focus on Me." The teaching was on how well do you think you understand the Holy Spirit? We all shared after and our meeting ended in a peaceful, quiet, joy. Until next week, may the Lord and the Holy Spirit be with you all. God Bless. Sal

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Teaching on Growing - Monday Night 10/2/06


I can remember when I purchased this CD and started listening to the individual tracks. They all seemed to have touched my heart because all of them were relating to “today”, not the day of the week, but the “now” times of the present day. As I came upon this track entitled “Growing” for some reason I kept coming back to it playing it over and over again – did God have a word in it for me? Maybe so.

Can you remember back to the time, maybe even the month, day and year, and possibly the event that led you to HIM .... the time when He knocked at the door to your heart....maybe you left your heart open just a tiny bit, maybe just even a tiny crack, just like the door in your home to let in a quiet gentle breeze. He tapped ever so lightly and you heard Him and you let Him into your heart, your soul, your life in a way that you never had before. Can you remember how happy, how on-fire you were, you were so different, you had such joy in your heart, you were on top of the mountain, on top of the world...you never thought you could ever feel this way about the closeness of you and Jesus!!! It seemed also like such a long time that you were honeymooning with the Lord!!!! You were on an all-time Christian “high”.

Then somewhere, sometime, something changed....the Lord was ready to begin the “work in progress” in you. Maybe there were some areas in your life that weren’t quite the way He had wanted them to be. And so He started to show you, bit by bit, tiny pieces at a time, breaking you and refitting you to the image He saw in you. How many times did you pull the other way...because it was too much work to change, maybe too much pain to go through for Him...but He saw the ultimate goal....He saw the end result, even if you didn’t...like a beautiful tapestry, a work of art created after many painstaking hours of sacrifice.

How many of these old ways did He have to help you work on, to rebuild a brand new you...with a different and new loving heart, a brighter set of new eyes to see all His people and the world He created.

Growing – I am sure that sometimes we don’t like it – because that means we have to do the changing in something about ourselves. It’s always that we are the ones called to do the changing and not someone else. Sometimes we crawl at this and set our pace like a snail and we take on the “old” push and pull syndrome with God. But the Lord just sits patiently, always there but in “wait mode” until we get what He wants us to learn. Times like this we may feel that He has left us, abandoned us because we don’t hear Him or feel His presence. He is quiet, because we struggle with the area He wants to change in us, of course for the better in us.

I know there have been times in my life when growing was too painful....it was just easier to stay the way I was – comfortable, not pushing my boundaries – I was happy the way I was, BUT GOD WAS NOT!!!!

Being a Christian is hard work – it is a journey that may take a lifetime to learn and accomplish and sometimes the process is a short one and sometimes a long one. God never said it would be easy – but like I said, He sees the ultimate best in each of us and asks us to come to Him in wholeness. Sometimes we have to come to Him in broken-ness so that He can start the process of refining us like gold. If we can just try to do that, our reward will be great!!

This prayer group is an example of growing. We may have been comfortable and complacent with the ways things might have been. But I believe God has something better for us .... but this will involve change – so we come to Him in our broken-ness, ready to be strengthened with new ideas, new gifts and a stronger faith to what He is calling us to.

Can we accept His call? I hope so.
We’re growing

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Sal's Message

What a beautiful evening! The presence of the Holy Spirit was so powerful and the prayers for the gifts of the Holy Spirit were so strong that it encircled us in such a wonderful way. We sang and praised the Lord, and His words gave us strength. The readings were: John Ch.14-Ver.1-14---Isaiah Ch.42 Ver. 1-7----Psalms 34------Jeremiah Ch.29Ver.11-14. Mary Ann did a great teaching on Growing, which allowed us to think of our growth in the Lord and where He has taken us, since we first walked with Him. The sharing was strong and the prayers that followed just filled the Chapel with the presence of the Holy Spirit. We left filled with His love ready to do God's work with others. Thank You Lord for a powerful evening. We will meet next Monday at 7:30p.m. and I will do the teaching. Hope you all can make it. God Bless and keep each of you safe. Sal