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The Catholic Mass (1) by Florence D’Costa

The Mass is the pinnacle of prayer.  Mass is a Celebration where we celebrate Christ.   Christ Jesus died only once on Calvary.  At every Mass we go into time and we are present at Calvary.  We are there when Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was betrayed, tormented, tortured and crucified.  He died for you and for me.  He died for the whole world and for all people.  If we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, then Salvation is ours for free.  The Mass is a powerful weapon against Satan and his wiles.    The whole of heaven is present during Mass with all the angels and saints.  At Mass, there are readings and the gospel – The Liturgy of the Word.  We have the prayers of the faithful.  At the Offertory, the priest offers the whole congregation to God – as we are, including our sinfulness.  Liturgy of the Eucharist – When we receive Jesus Christ in Holy Communion, God, the Father, blesses us and a lot of graces is given to us so that we can continue to live for Christ and for what He stands for.  At Holy Communion, we receive Jesus Christ Himself.  Let us pray that Christ whom we receive in Holy Communion will make us a new creation and will make us more and more like Him.  I will continue to write about the Mass as and when I feel prompted by the Holy Spirit.

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April 7, 2018 Posted by | Blogs, Catechesis, Catholicism, Celebration, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Cross, Evangelisation, Gospel, Holy Spirit, Kingdom of God, Mass, Youth | Leave a comment

Baptised? So, what is your role as a Catholic?

This question I guess will make each one of us think.  Why have I been created? What is my purpose on this earth?  What is my role in my family, church community, my work place, my neighborhood, state, country and the world at large?  Am I happy being a Catholic? As a Catholic, am I aware that it is important for me to share with the poor. Do I have a great desire to pray and to worship Our Lord Jesus Christ?

Am I ashamed of being Catholic, of making the Sign of the Cross in the presence of non believers. Do I make the Sign of the Cross Quite a few questions will run through our minds.

It is good to have some quiet time and to think.  We are very busy people and we are too busy to give ourselves some quiet time to think about Our Role as a Catholic.

My thoughts on this topic are :
Baptism makes us Children of God.  At baptism, we are born again.  When my mother gave birth to me, I was born in this world.  I left the comfort of my Mother’s womb.  This was my first birth. When I was born into this world, I grew up to know the things of this world.   At baptism I was BORN AGAIN – Born of the Spirit and through the Power of the Holy Spirit and the teachings of the Catholic Church, I began to know the things of Heaven.

Through the Power of the Holy Spirit, I began to believe that Jesus Christ is Lord.  None of us can say that Jesus Christ is Lord without the Holy Spirit.  Because we are born again, BORN OF THE SPIRIT, we begin to develop a CHARACTER, the character of Our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.  We become people who are ready to forgive and forget.  We begin to develop a deep love for Jesus Christ and a desire to be like Him.

There is one thing that I would like you to remember. None of us are perfect.  There are times when we are challenged or our faith is challenged or when we face difficult times, then we might falter or we begin to question God.

Everyone’s faith journey is different but the devil will constantly try to take us away from Christ Jesus. Situations would arise in our lives when we would begin to question if God really loves us.  But we must remember that troubled times are when God is pruning us or shaping us into the kind of people that He wants us to be.  When we face problems in our marriage, at our work place or wherever, we must not run away from our problems. If you are not able to handle your problems yourself, then seek help.  Go to your nearest church and seek help.  There are priests and Laity who would help you.  No matter what be your problem or problems, NEVER GIVE UP, the people are God  will not abandon you.  ALWAYS SEEK HELP AND YOU WILL FIND HELP.  This is how we get a touch from the Lord and it is very real.  Through that touch, our eyes would be opened.  It is a moment or a period of Grace.

We then would develop a hunger and a thirst to be like Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God.  When we do develop this HUNGER AND A THIRST, we begin to seek knowledge.  We read the bible, go for Scripture classes or for Theology study.  We begin to attend retreats, go for Prayer Meetings, we go for Confession as often as possible and for Mass everyday, if possible or at least every Sunday.  We begin to know the Power of the Mass and then we have our eyes on our Goal – Heaven.  There are different phases in life.  We go through various situations that makes us more and more like Jesus Christ.  Once, we get a touch from the Lord or a Look from Him, WE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN.

This is when we become EVANGELISERS because we do EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL,  we find this tremendous LOVE, JOY AND PEACE in our hearts which surpasses all understanding.  All we want to do is to CONVEY THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL to all those whom we meet or convey the Joyous message through the Media or even if possible to STAND ON THE ROOF TOP AND PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS.  ONCE WE BECOME EVANGELISERS WITH THIS GREAT DESIRE TO SPREAD THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL THAT WE ARE EXPERIENCING, IT IS VERY HARD TO WALK AWAY FROM CHRIST.  So, wherever we go and wherever we are, we as CHILDREN OF GOD can only SPEAK OF JESUS CHRIST AND OF HIS GREAT LOVE FOR US AND EACH AND EVERY PERSON.

Every time, we see people suffering and having problems, we automatically respond to them and try to assist them or we try to lend a helping hand.  Our Pope Francis is now encouraging us to reach out to the poor and to help them in whatever way we could.

It is important to remember that every morning as soon as we open our eyes, we must begin to pray and thank God for the Gift of a New Day.  A day that would bring us new opportunities to be Another Christ to members of our family, our work place, church community, neighourhood, State, Country and the World at large.

If you want to grow closer to God and to know more about Him,  you can go to the nearest Catholic Church – Go to the office or when you go for Mass, ask those whom you feel can help you to become A TRUE CHILD OF GOD.  THIS WOULD BE A BEGINNING AND THEN THERE IS A LONG ROAD TO KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM THAT WE NEED TO SEEK TO BECOME EFFECTIVE EVANGELISERS AND TRUE CHILDREN OF GOD.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH OUR HEAVENLY FATHER THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND MASTER 24 x 7.  I WILL EXPLAIN IN MY NEXT POST HOW TO PRAY 24 x 7.

MAY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST BLESS ALL MY READERS.

 

 

 

December 30, 2014 Posted by | Baptism/Children of God, Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Deliverance, Family, Mass, Presence of God, Youth | Leave a comment

A Testimony of David – “I am not Gay…I am David”

I am Not Gay . . . I am David

by David Prosen

Are people born “gay” or do they choose to be gay?

The answer to both questions is no—although in many passionate debates generated by this topic, we are quick to dismiss objectivity. In reality, these questions provide a smoke screen to a much bigger problem that is pervasive in our society, in religious circles, politics, and clinical settings. The problem I speak of is the idea that homosexuality is an identity.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that every individual must “acknowledge and accept his sexual identity” (no. 2333). This refers to the “physical, moral, and spiritual difference and complementarity” of both genders which are “oriented toward the goods of marriage and the flourishing of family life” (Ibid.). At the most basic level, our identity is rooted in the fact that we are created in the image and likeness of God—”Male and female He created them” (Gen. 1:27).

I used to believe I was a “gay” person. I had been attracted to the same gender for as long as I could remember. Because this attraction was present from early on in my life, without my conscious choice, I concluded that I must have been born this way. After all, that’s a logical conclusion . . . right?

The attraction I had to the same gender when I was a little boy was normal and similar to what many boys experience. Boys look for heroes, role models who they respect and want to emulate. For me, the attraction to men started out with normal admiration but then began to take some dysfunctional turns. As a child, I was often made fun of and told by my peers that I wasn’t like them. This made me question what the difference between us was. At this point, shades of covetousness characterized my admiration. I secretly wondered, “If I looked like so-and-so, would I be accepted?”

In puberty, this attraction or admiration became eroticized. The derogative homosexual label was given to me by my peers, and I yielded to their accusations because I truly did have a sexualized same-sex attraction. Eventually, I embraced this label and called myself “gay.”

Although I didn’t freely choose same-sex attractions, I did willfully choose to act upon them. My decision to sin brought me intense pain, loneliness, and—worst of all—separation from God. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith explained this reality in a statement that observed, “As in every moral disorder, homosexual activity prevents one’s own fulfillment and happiness by acting contrary to the creative wisdom of God. The Church, in rejecting erroneous opinions regarding homosexuality, does not limit personal freedom and dignity realistically and authentically understood.”[1]

Eventually, in my brokenness, I responded to the Lord’s loving call to forgiveness and healing. He has brought me through the valley of shame and out of the darkness of my past and shined His light of truth upon the many lies I believed about myself—especially the one that claimed that I was a “gay” person.

Defining Terms

By defining myself as a “gay” male, I had taken on a false identity. Any label such as “lesbian,” “bisexual,” or even “homosexual” insinuates a type of person equivalent to male or female. This is simply not true. One is not a same-sex attraction, but instead experiences this attraction.

In his book, Growth into Manhood, Alan Medinger shows that homosexual tendencies and behaviors have been around for thousands of years, but the idea of a homosexual identity only began to evolve about 150 years ago with the emergence of the term “homosexual.”[2]

In a later study, Medinger further demonstrates his findings, revealing a number of untruths that tend to surface when one accepts homosexuality as an identity:

  1. I must have been born this way.
  2. If I was born that way, God made me this way.
  3. If God made me this way, how can there be anything wrong with it?
  4. It’s in my nature and I must be true to my nature.
  5. If it’s my nature, I can’t change.
  6. If I try to change I would be trying to go against my nature and that would be harmful. +Accepting myself as gay feels so good—I feel like a thousand pound load has been lifted off of my back—so it must be okay.
  7. If people can’t accept my being gay, then something is wrong with them.
  8. If people can’t accept my being gay, then they don’t accept me because that’s who I am.[3]

When I read these, I was floored. I believed each and every statement deep down to my core. When I was engaged in this lifestyle, it made perfect sense to go along with what felt natural. However, it was logical only because it appeared to be truth. In reality, lies had to be built upon lies for them to add up to something with the semblance of truth.

I believed I was gay. But I was also certain that I didn’t choose this for myself, and so I believed that God must have made me this way. However, Scripture verses like the following made no sense in light of my feelings: “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them” (Lev. 20:13).

How could a God of love create me this way and then condemn me to hell? I began to do what many other Christians struggling with same-sex attraction do and searched for “pro-gay” theologies for explanations. I desperately wanted to be in a loving relationship with the same gender, but at the same time, I had a gnawing feeling in my heart that this was wrong.

Time for Truth

Looking back, I believe that my search for truth and struggle against accepting this lifestyle was ultimately the way in which the Holy Spirit convicted me. Still, this gnawing feeling—that same-sex attraction was not God’s plan for my life—was not easy for me to reconcile with because I believed that my sexuality alone was my identity.

Ignorance of this distinction is dangerous. My false beliefs regarding my identity deterred me from accepting the conviction in my heart from the Holy Spirit. St. Paul acknowledged this very same process, explaining:

Because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator . . . God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error (Rom. 1:25-27).

Only after I accepted the truth that acting on homosexual attractions was a sin did I begin to ask for the strength and the grace to carry that cross—and the Lord abundantly poured these upon me. Several years later, He showed me that homosexuality was a false identity that I had embraced. And at this point, my integral healing began as I searched out who I really was. My reflections led me to the discovery that I never truly believed I was a man, and yet I didn’t think I was a woman. In that searching process, I realized that I did not fully identify with either gender.

Through the sacraments—especially the Eucharist—as well as counseling, spiritual healing retreats, and much prayer, Christ revealed to me that I am a man. I have many masculine traits that I was never aware I possessed—such as courage and strength. I can never adequately express the tremendous joy I felt when I began to internally recognize and accept the fact that I am a man, I am masculine, and I do belong in the world of men. At the same time this recognition occurred to me, my attraction to men continued to decrease drastically and my attraction to women increased.

Identity and the Church

At the beginning of this article, I mentioned the discussion over whether persons are born homosexual or if they choose to be. Neither is true because same-sex attraction is an experience—not a type of person. Accepting homosexuality as an identity, which has largely been affirmed in our culture, brings so much confusion. In order for a Christian to justify homosexual behavior, he or she needs to alter and contort Sacred Scripture.

Many individuals from within are trying to force the Catholic Church to change her stance toward homosexuality because it seems like discrimination against those who are just “being themselves.” But it is not discrimination when we identify and seek to correct falsely held beliefs.

The problem has not just effected those dissenting in our Church. There are very good Catholics and even good priests who wrongly assert that people cannot change their sexual orientation. These people may have the best of intentions, but for whatever reason they have bought into the lie that homosexuality is a type of person.

The Church’s response to those suffering with same-sex attraction offers us this perspective:

The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition (CCC, no. 2358).

There is hope for those who have same-sex attraction, and we must not abandon efforts to help others understand the truth. This is not to say that God will “change” His creation, the person, because He did not make them this way or intend for them to experience this attraction. Rather, God can change the person’s way of thinking by revealing the lie that the individual has accepted and assimilated into their sense of self.

Once the lie is exposed, wounds that led to this lie such as abuse, rejection, or lack of affirmation in one’s gender identity can be addressed, healing can begin, and the person’s true identity can emerge. When this healing process begins, the attraction to the opposite sex for many has increased.

Courage, the Catholic support group for those with same-sex attraction, as well as many Christians, refrain from using words such as “gay,” “lesbian,” “bisexual,” “transgender,” or even “homosexual.” Words can have powerful effects. Because these words are labels which insinuate that homosexuality is an identity, they reinforce untruths and continue to escalate the problems in our society and our Church. As Catholic Christians, I encourage each of us to be careful with our speech and eliminate the use of labels and instead use the words “same-sex attraction” which more accurately describe the experience that these men and women go through.

Heart Knowledge

Earlier, I spoke of the importance of recognizing that I am a man and feeling it internally within my heart. Fr. Larry Richards’ challenging book Be a Man! helped me obtain even deeper healing. Intellectually, I knew that God was my Heavenly Father, but I didn’t really know and believe it with my whole being. And then I read the following passage in Fr. Larry’s book:

When we were baptized, the sky opened up just like it did upon Jesus, and spiritually, God the Father, the Creator of the universe, looked at you and me and said, ‘You are my beloved Son.’ You stopped being a creation and you became a son of the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit.[4]

Talk about the power of words! In Jesus, we are sons and daughters of the Creator of the universe. He truly loves us more than we could ever imagine. This is our true identity; this is who each of us truly is.

Isaiah 43:4 states, “You are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you. . . .” Fr. Larry brought this verse home to me in a very personal way by explaining:

We must enter into a relationship with God knowing that truth. We must know that our relationship begins where Jesus began, with the knowledge that we are loved by the Father. The God of the universe looks at you and says: ‘I love you!’[5]

This touched me deeply. Before this inner healing took place, I had known with certainty that God loved everyone. But when it came to Him loving me personally, I only knew this intellectually— not in my heart. Fr. Larry helped me to connect this truth from my head to my heart.

I am grateful to God for showing me my true identity in Him. Now, I embrace my masculinity and know that I am a man of God. In Jesus, I know I am a beloved son of God who is uniquely and wondrously created, and whose name is David.

[1] Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Some Considerations Concerning the Response to Legislative Proposals on the Non-Discrimination of Homosexual Persons,” July 22, 1992, no. 3.
Holy Spirit Interactive: David Prosen: I am Not Gay
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I would like to comment on the above testimony.  I think that many Catholics and Christians are suffering like the way David Prosen suffered.  I thank God that he delivered David from this lie.  God creates everyone with great love and tenderness and Everyone is very ‘SPECIAL’ TO HIM.

Circumstances in life allow many individuals to believe themselves to be Gay or Lesbian.  This is a lie and I hope that many people who reads David’s testimony will have an eye opener and will seek for help at their nearest Catholic or Christian Church.  Our Lord Jesus Christ will bless all people who are suffering from this notion and will bring them back to full and complete health.   Jesus Christ will give you New Life and you can live in peace and happiness once again. 

There are many people in this world who live to destroy others, though not wilfully.  They do many things without thinking as to what drastic effects it could have on the persons concerned.   I think people who are teased in this manner are very brave and I am sure that when they seek help and they are eventually healed in emotionally, these people could work for the Lord in avery powerful way and they can work in this particular ministry – Guiding and bringing people who think they are Gay or Lesbian back to Christ Jesus and to be normal once again in their thoughts, words and deeds.I can assure people that I will be praying for them.
I give below the following quotes:

1. We cannot do much about our appearance, but we have total control over the kind of person we become.

July 5, 2012 Posted by | Blessing, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Confidence, Faith in God, Family, Gay, God's Love, Happiness, Healing, Jesus Christ, Lesbian, Mass, Miracles, Singles, Suffering, Testimonies, Trust in God, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

St Elizabeth of Portugal – July 4, 2012

St. Elizabeth of Portugal

Feast Day: July 04
Born: 1271 :: Died:1336

Elizabeth was a Spanish princess and the daughter of Constantia and King Pedro III of Aragon. She was named after her great-aunt St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Elizabeth was beautiful and very lovable. She was well brought up and went to Mass every day.When she was just twelve, she married King Denis of Portugal. So she became Queen Elizabeth of Portugal when she was not even a teenager. She was a charming wife and her husband was fond of her at first, but soon he began to cause her great suffering.Though a good ruler, he did not have his wife’s love of prayer and virtue. In fact, his sins of impurity were a disgrace and well-known throughout his kingdom.St. Elizabeth tried to be a loving mother to her children, Prince Alphonso and Princess Constance. She was also generous and loving with the people of Portugal and spent time helping the sick and the poor.Even though her husband was unfaithful, she prayed that God would change his heart. Elizabeth trusted God and refused to become bitter and angry. She strengthened her own prayer life and followed the Franciscan spirituality.A little by little, the king was moved by her patience and good example. He began to live better. He apologized to his wife and showed her greater respect. In his last sickness the queen never left his side, except for Mass. King Denis died on January 6, 1325.He was very sorry for his sins and his death was peaceful. This gentle woman was also a peacemaker between members of her own family and between nations. She rode out into the battlefield and was able to prevent war on two occasions.

After the king died Elizabeth gave her wealth to the poor and joined the lay Franciscan order. There she started the monastery of the Poor Clares, living a life of poverty, performing loving acts of charity and penance. She was a wonderful model of kindness toward the poor.

St. Elizabeth of Portugal died on July 4, 1336 of a fever. After her death, many miracles took place at her tomb.

Reflection: “If you love peace, all will be well.’ St Elizabeth

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July 4, 2012 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, couples, Faith in God, Faithful, Family, God, God's Love, Jesus Christ, married couples, Mass, Miracles, Peace, Politics, Poor, Portugal, Presence of God, Queen of Portugal, Religious, Saints, Singles, Solution to problems, Spain, Suffering, Trust in God, Women, Youth | Leave a comment

Be Still and know that I am Lord – Listen to my voice

Surrender is very important in our lives. Let us surrender ourselves totally and completely to the Will of Our Heavenly Father. What He wants, should be what we want. His Will should be our will.

Yes, I have been continuing to do what God’s wants me to do. I have not changed anything. Till today during Mass, I always fall at Christ’s feet and I touch His right pierced foot.

Everyday, I wait on the Lord and listen to what He has to say to me. So far, whatever He has been telling me is the same. Nothing is changed.

My dear friends, it is very important that each one of us surrender totally and completely to God this lent. That we fast and pray and listen for His voice. Christ is always talking and it is very necessary that we listen. He will talk to each one of us in different ways. We must be attentive to His Voice.

I leave you to meditate on what I have written. Pray for a few minutes and then close your eyes. Concentrate on the face of Christ Jesus. Silence your mind and stop listening to the sounds around you. Be silent and still and wait on the Lord. As I said Christ is always talking to us but we are preoccupied and hence we are not able to listen. So when we are silent, then we would be able to hear the voice of God.

So Be still, silent and listen…………..


February 23, 2012 Posted by | couples, Family, Jesus Christ, Lent, married couples, Mass, Presence of God, Youth | , | 1 Comment

02/16/2012 Wednesday 22 February

Ash Wednesday: Benedict XVI to visit Roman churches and basilicas

On the first day of Lent, the Pope will visit the Basilica of St. Sabina for the celebration of the Blessing and Imposition of the Ashes and the Roman Station Liturgy and Penitential Procession. Benedict XVI will hold a Mass in St. Anselm’s Church in Rome. Benedict XVI will then lead the procession on to the Basilica of St. Sabina, where Mass will be celebrated and the Blessing and Imposition of the Ashes will take place. Cardinals, archbishops, bishops, Benedictine monks from St. Anselm’s and the Dominican Fathers of St. Sabina will all be participating in the procession and the mass.

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February 21, 2012 Posted by | Ash Wednesday, Cardinals, Catholicism, Mass, Politics, Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican | Leave a comment

Let us Give Glory to God

Let us give glory to Our God. Our God, who is our Lord and Saviour.  This week end I am sure all of us or most of us would have gone to church and attended Mass.  The Eucharist is the greatest and the highest form of prayer.

Eucharist means  ‘Thanksgiving’ and this weekend we have thanked God for all his countless blessings that he has given our family and friends and our parish.

Today, Our Lord Jesus Christ blessed our families, our parish and the entire world.  He blessed every human being and every living creature.  Our finite minds are not able to comprehend the love that Christ Jesus has for each one of us. 

God has created us to give Him Glory.  How can we give God Glory.  We can give Him glory by following His Commandment of Love.  When we love God, we would automatically love our neighbour and those around us.  Believe me, my dear people, God will give us the grace to love and to do good towards our enemy.  The grace of God is awesome and our prayer should be for God to give us grace to live according to His Holy Will.

My earnest prayer and request is that when you go to church, my dear people do not doubt even for a minute that Christ Jesus has abandoned you.  When you are having great problems, believe me that Christ Jesus is carrying each one of you on His shoulders.  He never abandons us – not even for a split second.  His loving gaze is constantly on each one of us.  When you believe, then your faith becomes a spiritual hand and you are able to receive all the blessings that God is handing over to each one of us.  That is why it is very important for us to believe – to have faith.  My earnest request is never doubt in God – never doubt in His power and never ever doubt that God wants to bless each one of us and that when He blesses, He always gives us His best and special blessings. 

I would like to teach you how to look into the eyes of Christ Jesus.  Close your eyes and say a prayer – Call out to Christ to come and rescue you.  Call out to Christ to come and save you.  My dear people, when you call, He will come.  Keep your eyes closed and with your spiritual eyes see the eyes of  Christ Jesus looking at you.  His eyes would be bright and shining -His hair would be flying in the wind – the wind of the Holy Spirit and His loving gaze would fill your heart and soul with His love, joy and peace.

I leave you to do this exercise.  Try it and you will find the Son of God gazing into your eyes – gazing into your soul and you will find peace that surpasses all understanding.  Enjoy Christ’s company.

I would like to end with the Glory Be!

Glory Be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.  As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end, Amen.


February 13, 2012 Posted by | Charismatic Renewal, Family, Mass, Prayers, Testimonies, Youth | , , | Leave a comment