Meeting the Holy Spirit

Here’s a question for men, one that I don’t think gets much attention: Do we know the Holy Spirit?  Have we experienced the Holy Spirit?  Okay, that’s two questions.

I never thought about the Holy Spirit until after I was 40 years old.  I became conscious of the presence of the Holy Spirit as a result of my conversion experience in 1988.

As Catholics, we say we believe in the Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Yet, my guess is that many of us think about the Father and the Son, but not so much about the Holy Spirit.  We should know all the members of the Trinity.

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Catholic Men and the Eucharist

In the blog of September 23, 2014 entitled “Basic Issues for Catholic Men,” we stated that: “Our relationship with Jesus Christ will be enriched and empowered as our understanding and appreciation of the Eucharist continue to grow.”  So in this blog we will focus on how Catholic men can more fully and more deeply experience the Eucharist in their lives. (Also, refer to the blog of September 15, 2014, “God’s Will and the Eucharist: How To Get More Out of Holy Communion.”)

 I’m going to keep this blog really simple.  I’m not going to repeat what was written in the blog of September 15, 2014 on getting more out of Holy Communion.

 The Eucharist at each Catholic Mass is the re-presentation of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.  If we use our imaginations, then, during the Mass it is as if we are at Calvary.  We can feel the burning sun.  We can hear the screaming.  The air is filled with dust.  People are taunting Jesus.  They’re spitting at Him.  His body is already bloody from being tortured by the soldiers.  Think what it must have been like to be physically there at Calvary.

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New Life for Catholic Men

I apologize for the delay in putting out a new blog.  In addition to my presenting a number of retreats recently, my “production studio” has been occupied by my 9-month old granddaughter, Camille.  I will resume weekly updates to my blog and podcasts.

 In our last blog, I promised to give some examples of the rich, exciting life that God has made available to Catholic men.  The goal is to encourage Catholic men for whom the life of faith lacks significant energy and vitality.

I have been involved in the Cursillo Movement in the Catholic Church since 1989.  My involvement was prompted by a Protestant friend of mine, who told me that the Protestant version of Cursillo, called “Walk to Emmaus,” was flourishing in the Tulsa area while the Cursillo Movement in the Diocese of Tulsa was dormant  “This makes no sense,” my friend said, ‘Walk to Emmaus’ is based upon the Catholic Cursillo.  Someone needs to get the Catholic Cursillo going again around here, and I think you are that someone.”

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