We Miss Out On So Much!

Recently in the past two months I’ve heard most of the book of Acts proclaimed at mass, talked to a convert who is a former Pentecostal and receive many emails from Reinhard Bonneke’s Christ for the Nations Crusade. What strikes me is how much the Western Catholic Church is missing.
The Spirit filled life is a life of power. We are given the power to serve the Lord and help others. If you read the Book of Acts miracles were common. People expected miracles. People flocked to see Peter and Paul, hoping that their shadow would pass over them and they would be healed. People brought cloth to be blessed so they could touch and heal the sick at home. The Church was a church of miracles.
There is a world of miracles happening today. In the Third World missionaries are doing amazing things and bringing many people to Christ. Hundreds if not thousands of simple preachers and evangelists in Africa are laying hands on the sick and seeing them healed. As Jesus said in the gospel to John the Baptist’s followers, the blind see, the deaf hear and the lame walk. In the United States, evangelists like Charles and Frances Hunter have seen thousands of healings in their ministry.
The shame is that these healings are happening mostly in other denominations. There are thousands of people who join other Christian Churches because of these. Yet we have Jesus Christ in our Tabernacles. Unlike the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment we get to touch Jesus Himself, the Divine Healer, master of the universe.
In the beginning of the Church before most of the New Testament was written down people believed in God’s love and providence. They believed He would supply all their needs, they trusted Him. They laid hands on the sick and they recovered. Miracles played a major role in building the Church.
The Catholic Church is not exempt from these miracles. I know a priest who grew up in Nigeria and returned there regularly on vacation and He witnessed miracles. I prayed with him over people in our parish in N.J. and we saw people healed. I attended a Filipino Charismatic Conference in 2006 and the healing service looked like a battlefield because so many people were resting in the spirit and many were healed physically, emotionally or spiritually. I knew a Catholic Church in Newark N.J. that prayed over the sick two Sundays a month. This kind of thing should be happening in every parish. The Catholic Church is the original charismatic church so why aren’t we seeing more of the Spirit’s power in action? Are we blocking the power of the Holy Spirit? How are we blocking the Holy Spirit?
Is the American Church held back by our superior educations and technological progress? Are we so advanced that we no longer feel the need to depend on God’s healing power? Do we feel that miracles no longer happen, that doctors can do everything? Are we so blinded by our education, so sophisticated that we think we are above the superstitious faith healing nonsense? Are we like the Pharisees so full of ourselves that there is no room for God to act? Are we too busy analyzing, trying to figure out how God will do something that we’re not open to what God wants to do? Are we too full of pride to depend on God?
Have we’ve bought into the world’s lies? We don’t need God. We can take care of ourselves. I’m successful because I am good. I’m intelligent, work hard and make the right decisions. I got where I am by myself. God had nothing to do with it
Or have we believed Satan’s lie that we deserve to suffer because of all our sins so don’t bother praying. God won’t heal us. He made us sick and He wants us to suffer. We’re not good enough. God doesn’t heal people anymore.
Is it that we feel unworthy, that we don’t want to bother God? Do we think that God only cares about things like our salvation but not about the little things in life? Is the problem that we really don’t understand the depth of God’s love for us, how much He wants to be part of our everyday life, how much He wants to do for us?
Could our problem be that our faith is so weak because we’ve haven’t put the time in to develop a relationship with God? Are we more tuned into the world than God? Are we really building up a prayer base, reading scripture and spending time getting to know God? Is our prayer life mainly Sunday mass and a few daily prayers? Are we really at mass when we go or are our minds too full of details that we don’t open ourselves up to God’s love? Are we spending more time thinking about Hotstacks or Ryan’s than praying? Do we limit the Holy Spirit by our expectations? Do we not expect Him to speak through us or to use us? Are we afraid of looking foolish? Do we really want the Holy Spirit to use us? Are we seeking opportunities for God to use us?
Are we limited by our vision of God or our lack of understanding? Do we think we understand everything there is to know. We think of God too often in human terms. We think in terms of what we might do. I wouldn’t like me if I was God. I wouldn’t help me. I don’t deserve help.
But God is not like us. He is divine. He is infinite. His love is infinite and unconditional. His power is infinite. He is so far beyond us that we’ll never understand Him

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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