The next Heart Conference starts today and runs for three days.
We are going to hold the Heart Conference in the USA. As it will be the first we are going to do it for the women who are a part of the Engine Room Prayer T.E.A.M. in the US who are able to attend. More details will follow. If you are interested in helping, please let Rosemary and I know. More details will follow. Write to Heart@TheCatholicGuy.com
For those outside the United States we will send you the sessions to watch wherever you are.
Pope Francis wrote a document called The Joy of the Gospel and he started by saying;
The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness.
Joy is a notion that we often confuse with happiness and laughter, and while they can be aspects of it, joy is a far deeper and richer concept. It captures the idea of complete contentment that comes from encountering or knowing someone or something intimately and personally.
The gospel which means the good news, refers to the love of God for every human being and for humanity as a whole. It is ‘good’ because it tells us that while we were yet sinners, cut off from God due to our human frailty, God reached out to us through Jesus overcoming any impediment to us experiencing the fullness of life with God both here and in the life to come.
It is this ‘good news’, the Gospel, that causes us to experience ‘joy’ as a personal reality that fills our hearts and lives.
I say all this to simply say, Jesus can be encountered personally in a manner that we are certain of giving life a completely new meaning.
This new life was introduced to me by a Catholic priest when I was a young teenager. I have never forgotten that I accepted Christ into my life and said, “God I give myself to you. Swamp me with your Holy Spirit so that my life is no longer controlled by me but by you.” In other words, “God, you drive.”
I could take you to the very place I was when this moment that changed the trajectory of my life occurred. I know joy!
It is this confrontation with joy that compels me to share Christ and to invite others to do the same.
You are part of this ministry of proclamation, telling and leading people to Christ. You are crucial to this work. Whether you are from New York in the USA, Cape Town in South Africa, London in England or Sydney in Australia or any of the other places small and large around the world, all of us who work in this ministry, including myself, are relying upon you.
The word T.E.A.M. in the Engine Room Prayer Team stands for Together Everyone At Mission. To me the most important word in this is the word ‘At.’ So often people in the Church talk about getting together and doing mission, that is proclaiming Christ but sadly it does not happen. So often we do not actually find many people ‘At’ it. Together you and I are.
Airline travel is made up of many different tasks. There are the obvious ones such as the pilots and the flight attendants, and then there are engineers, check in people, baggage handlers, flight trainers, cleaners, computer people let alone air traffic controllers, runway service people, the fire people, security etc, etc, etc. Without any of these people a person could not travel by air. All of them make air travel possible.
As a member of the Engine Room Prayer T.E.A.M. know that you are crucial to this work of proclamation. Sometimes, like now, I cannot share all of the details of what is happening behind the scenes, but I can assure you that we are working on some world wide affecting initiatives that will take the Gospel everywhere.
The size of what we are working on is so large, it is possibly why it is so difficult at times to carry out. I am sure it is the reason why Satan and evil works against this work in powerful and often niggling ways to disrupt and discourage us.
Please pray for us at this time, as meetings are being held in various places to help us proclaim the Gospel to our loved ones, our friends and the world at large. Jesus said we would do greater things than He did and yet so often we forget this.
For this to happen we need some people to help us who have the ability to do so in a number of different ways. They will need to do it not for the acknowledgement they will get or for what it will give them back but because it is Christ like in laying down their life for others. They will need to do it because it is the right thing to do.
So please pray.
You and I are called to live bold and daring lives in our homes and out in the world. So let’s agree to be the Christians we read of in the New Testament who have encountered and been captured by the love and presence of God in our lives, so that we would live the life of Jesus Christ on earth of power, impact, freedom and purpose.
Together let’s ask and beg God that more people will hear the message of Jesus and respond.
Thank you for joining me and on this daring journey of faith.
Sometimes Rosemary says to me, “do you think we are crazy for trying this?” “Absolutely” is my only response as it would so much easier to just stay at home. I am inviting you to be a little bit ‘crazy’ in believing we can share Christ with the WHOLE world!!!
Don’t forget to let me know if you want to continue to be a part of the Engine Room Prayer T.E.A.M.