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Are You a Pilgrim?

This week we leave for Israel to lead our annual Casting Nets Ministries Pilgrimage to the Holy Land!

Please pray for the 47 PILGRIMS, our travels, and that the Holy Spirit will work powerfully in the Holy Land. You can be assured or our prayers for you.

Preparing and packing got me thinking, “What does it mean to be a pilgrim?” 

St. Peter speaks of Christians as being in “exile” which means they are not in their homeland (cf. 1 Pet 1:1, 17). St. Paul tells us that our citizenship is in heaven (cf. Phil 3:20). And in the Book of Hebrews, Christians are described as “having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland” (11:13,14).

Are you a Pilgrim?
 

10 Things to do in 2019 to Bring a Loved One Back to the Church [PART 2]

We all have family members, loved ones and friends who have left the Church. The ache of the broken heart is all too real for so many of us when we think of their absence. But what can we do?
 
Here are the 2nd 5 of my top 10 things we can (and must) do to help bring them back to the Church:
 
Give – offer up your time, talent and treasure for your loved ones, in other words live as a steward for them. As the Archangel Raphael declared, “Almsgiving delivers from death, and it will purge away every sin” (Tob 12:9) or using the analogy of water putting out fire so does giving do for sins (cf. Sir 3:30). Let me be clear before I say anything here, no one can buy their way into heaven; the Church has clearly spoken on that issue. We fall into these extremes because we do not understand that almsgiving is not simply a “donation” or “tax write-off” but instead it is a prayer. Almsgiving is an act of worship, “an excellent offering in the presence of the Most High” (Tob 4:11). Next time you are writing your tithe check put someone’s name in the memo or envelope, offer them up with your “prayer”, your “worship”, your “sacrificial gift.”
 
Pray – obviously you have been doing this, but this year I want you to pray with a new energy characterized by confidence. When God’s Chosen People betrayed Him by worshiping a cow made of a precious medal Moses prayed to the Lord. The Lord listened to Moses’ prayer of intercession, His anger was abated and mercy was granted (cf. Deut 9:18-20). Have confidence that what you desire (salvation for the lost) is exactly what our Heavenly Father desires (cf. 1 Tim 2:4). Since that is true “this is the confidence which we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him” (1 Jn 5:14,15).

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10 Things to do in 2019 to Bring a Loved One Back to the Church [PART 1]

We all have family members, loved ones and friends who have left the Church. The ache of the broken heart is all too real for so many of us when we think of their absence. But what can we do?
 
Here are my top 10 things we can (and must) do to help bring them back to the Church:
 
Discern – ask for the Wisdom of the Holy Spirit to know what we can and should do. It may be that we need to speak up…or the Spirit may need us to be silent. To be honest, both of those options can be difficult depending upon the situation or person (so also ask for Fortitude from the Spirit as well). Moses wanted to end the oppression of God’s people, but his first attempt at it did not go very well (cf. Ex 2:11-15). Peter knew one of his duties was to protect Christ and the Church, but his first “swing” at it was not the right move (cf. Jn 18:10). While we know the Lord desires our loved ones to make it to Heaven, we need to be sure we are correctly working with and in His plans.
 
Invite – have we actually invited them back, told them that we want them back? Or what are we trying to invite them back to? Some might not be ready for Mass or Confession…but would they join you for prayer in a Blessed Sacrament chapel? Even that could be too much for some…maybe invite them to read a book, listen to a podcast, or watch a video…maybe it is just inviting them to a parish fish fry. Keep in mind that discernment is a major component of invitation, because if the Lord wants you to be silent then you may need to wait on the inviting.

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Holy Land Pilgrimage 2019

Join Casting Nets for an unforgettable Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in January of 2019! We can tell you from experience that walking in the footsteps of Christ in the land called holy is a life-changing experience that will deepen and renew your Catholic faith! Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today! To view the itinerary and register, click here.

Want to learn how to share your faith from the very best evangelizers? The good news is, you can! In this FREE WEBINAR REPLAY, Catholic author and evangelist Chris Stewart discusses his new book "Casting Nets with the Saints" in which he profiles the examples of 56 of the most effective evangelizers in the history of the Catholic Church and the 7 characteristics they share in common. Click on the link and enjoy!

For over a decade now, Casting Nets Ministries has traveled the country proclaiming the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ and equipping Catholics to become missionary disciples. One of the primary means by which we accomplish this important work is through our dynamic Parish Missions. 

Parish Missions have been a wonderful part of our Catholic heritage for centuries. Traditionally celebrated during the penitential seasons of Advent and Lent, the Parish Mission seeks to facilitate, through the preaching of God’s word, a personal encounter with The LORD, which awakens and deepens faith. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ” (Romans 10:17).

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