Thursday July 31st: I'm in Houston for a few weeks. Today is the feast day of the great St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Of course, Pope Francis is a Jesuit. (Won't hold that against him!) The Suspice prayer is attributed to Ignatius. Parts of it are: "Take Lord, Receive, All my liberty. My memory, my understanding, my entire will. You have given all to me and I return it. Give me only your love and your grace. That's enough for me. Amen.
I was one of four presenters at the Charismatic Conference in Albuquerque, NM. last weekend. Wow, what a great time we all had. An enthusiastic crowd of over 500 people made each session come alive. The theme was: "If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!" We are all walking in greater freedom now. I sold many resources and met some faith-filled people. I have fond memories!
Monday night: Café Catholica was a Big Hit. Some 900 young adults packed St. Michael's church in Houston to attend Mass and listen to John Michael Talbot. I presided at the Mass and preached about "super-sizing" your faith. I told how I once ate at McDonald's (rare by the way!) When I ordered a Big Mac, they asked me if I wanted to Supersize the fries and drink. I said "No way." But the Gospel was inviting us to "Supersize" our faith! It starts small as a mustard seed but wants to grow and progress and become Huge so that branches occur and birds come to nest in them! A great time was had by all. Some signed up for our young adult retreat Aug. 8-10th and others talked about vocations. What a night!! Here is a picture of the huge crowd!
My new book "You Are Loved!" has been published. I just received the books. They look great! If you are on my mailing list, letters went out about the book and you will be receiving them any day now. Thank you for supporting my ministry! I am signing the books now for those who are supporting me. The book will be posted in my website store in August.
I'm in way HOT Houston and catching up on things and working out today.
Here are some "pearls" of wisdom I collected: Pearls
Every year there is a solemn novena to St. Ann at our monastery/shrine in Scranton, PA. Here are the talks from this year: http://www.stannsmonasterybasilica.org/news/
I wrote many new talks for TV. I just filmed 14 new talks (June and July)! When my producer finishes editing them, I will have two new 7 program series: "Challenges make Champions" and "More than a Conqueror." It was a lot of work, but challenges make champions! Now I have some time to catch up on emails, work on ministry matters and watch the British Open. Here is a picture from the shoot with my producer Buddy:
Mom had many tests in Gainesville July 15th. The doctor cleared her for heart valve surgery. She has one bad valve and one artery is 50% blocked. This will take place on August 14th in Gainesville at the U. of Florida hospital. Here is a video explaining the procedure. Thank you for your prayers for her. HEART
Meditations about Ordinary Time.
Here is a booklet I recently wrote that can help you receive the Holy Spirit: Revolution.
Here is a booklet I wrote that can help you receive the new birth of the Holy Spirit: REBIRTH
The filming of my new series went perfect May 20-21 and July 13-15. I have 14 new programs that will air this fall. Here are a few pictures from the filming:
Check out this one minute video about our Worldwide Passionist Community: The Passionist in a minute
Check out my updated ITINERARY
Here are some of my favorite sayings. Some mine and some from others: PASSION
Jesus is Risen! Now and forever. The tomb is empty and the throne is now occupied. Easter isn't one day. Easter is a "season" of 50 days. Read my explanation of the Season of Easter here: EASTER
Here is a great opportunity to help folks in prison: Please prayerfully consider this: PEN PAL.
I now have my Rebirth booklet in Spanish. Rebirth Go to "Free Stuff" for other goodies...