The Joy of Discovery in Scripture with Hal Fletcher

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October 04 2017 The church is one, HOLY, catholic and apostolic…. !

The Instrument of Salvation is the Church. But how are we to understand the Creed’s closing: one, holy, catholic and apostolic church, and particularly the meaning of “holy”? We might begin by looking at sin as unfaithfulness between a husband and wife. Only with sin it is infidelity toward God. As with marriage, this infidelity has consequences. Interestingly, these consequences can be a cause for our repentance. And with repentance comes atonement. But what can we possibly do to make reparation for our infidelity to our marriage covenant with God? Into this infinite inability to repair for what we have done, Jesus comes to save us. Balthasar suggests that God the Father says: “Take my only begotten Son and give him in your place.”

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September 27 2017 SACRED Scripture, HOLY Church: There are Good Reasons for What We Believe!

  Not since the 1333 A.D. has a correction been issued to a pope. Recently, 62 clergy and lay theologians issued a “Filial Correction” to Pope Francis. While the Correction itself is very accessible by the faithful, reconnecting with why the Church is Our Lord’s Instrument of Salvation will help our understanding. In order to glimpse this creation given by Our Lord, here we will consider the divine origins of Scripture. If Scripture is sacred, and we can see the reasons for believing so, then for similar reasons our confidence in the divine origin of the Church can grow because it gave us the Bible! These insights will give perspective to the task of faithfully handing down what was entrusted to the Apostles.

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September 13 2017 Embracing Our Crosses for Greater Happiness and Good

The challenges of our world, even inside the Church, can be disconcerting. On top of our own pains, there can sometimes seem like there’s little left over. Our Lady has allegedly said in Medjugorje that we “have numerous questions… and do not comprehend pain” Yet, at Fatima, we were invited to offer our sacrifices “For the love of you O Lord, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary… ” This is a beautiful way to lighten our pains. Furthermore, let us neither forget the importance of prayer. “Pray the rosary every day” and for the “souls of poor sinners”, Our Lady told us at Fatima. These invitations are for our greater happiness and good.  

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August 30 2017 Perceiving God’s Love for us Through the Prophets

We are familiar with the God’s prophets as messengers, giving God’s words to his people. But is this all? Cardinal Schonborn suggests in his book “God Sent His Son”, that God reveals much about his love for us through the very lives of the prophets who often suffered, willingly, for their God. Experience God’s love by reading Hosea or Jeremiah. They did it for “love of you O Lord, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation… ” (Mary’s exhortation at Fatima)! We can be embraced by this same love.

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August 09 2017 The Closeness of the Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan is none other than Our Lord. He comes into our lives when no one else will. Though we may be half-dead, he bandages us, carries us to safety and even pays for our recovery. This is how much he loves us. In the people of the Old Testament, we find men and women with stories perhaps not unlike our own. There is suffering, to be sure. However, to each person, God is present. Remarkably, he then ‘draws straight with crooked lines’. Scripture echoes this. Rom 8: 28 – “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.”  

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August 02 2017 The Goodness of Saying “Yes” to God

Franciscan University offers some of the world’s best youth conferences each summer. Young people begin on Friday night, like so many we know and love, yet uncertain about their faith, or struggling how to engage. Then, by Saturday night, they can hardly believe what they had been missing! They sense God’s presence and are filled with great joy! Joining me are two young witnesses from a recent conference.

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July 26 2017 Healing to Ascend God’s Heights

God invites us to be like him and live with him in heaven.  There is nothing greater.  Yet, we can be encumbered in responding to his invitation because of wounds we sometimes have experienced.  As the woman in Scripture with the hemorrhage, we too can be healed through contact with Our Lord.  And what then?  Let us rejoice and be the more animated in our ascent!  We might, for example, respond to Our Lady.  Allegedly in Medjugorje (2July2017), she invited us to “pray for those who do not know my Son.”  The reason?  So that “through prayer and the love which comes through prayer, they may become better; that the goodness in them could win; that souls could be saved and have eternal life.”

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July 19 2017 Be Open! …to the Action of the Holy Spirit!

It is said that Ivan in Medjugorje was told by Our Lady (23Jun’17) to “be open”. Through him, Mary invites us to be open to the strength and grace coming from her Son.  God wants us to intercede for others who are far from his Son and we need strength and grace for this.  Our Lady says: “[Pray] that the goodness in them could win” (Mirjana 2Jul’17).  We sometimes have obstacles in our hearts that block the action of the Holy Spirit.  To clear them, we must pray for the grace we need to be healed.

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July 12 2017 Jesus: Prayerful, Passionate

We may be familiar with the key events in Jesus’ life.  But, are we as familiar with his life of prayer, or better yet, that his whole life was a prayer?  We can glimpse it in key moments, for example:  his baptism; the calling of the Twelve Apostles;  the Transfiguration; His death on the Cross; and elsewhere.  These were moments of passionate prayer as we can see at the Transfiguration and reading the Psalms he prays during his Crucifixion.  For us, those of us desiring to draw closer to Jesus and better experience his love, we need the help of the Holy Spirit to clear the obstacles in our hearts, to make more room for him and to ask his help to pray passionately!

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