Sunday, April 04, 2010

The Reason for Our Hope

...we see as a distinguishing mark of Christians the fact that they have a
future: it is not that they know the details of what awaits them, but they know
in general terms that their life will not end in emptiness. Only when the future
is certain as a positive reality does it become possible to live the present as
well. So now we can say: Christianity was not only “good news”—the communication
of a hitherto unknown content. In our language we would say: the Christian
message was not only “informative” but “performative”. That means: the Gospel is
not merely a communication of things that can be known—it is one that makes
things happen and is life-changing. The dark door of time, of the future, has
been thrown open. The one who has hope lives differently; the one who hopes has
been granted the gift of a new life.

--Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi #2

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Keystone said...

"... Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect"
~~~ 1Peter 3:15

Another church was being closed in town. The pews were many; the people attending few, spread wide as the stars inside the church, and all were old.

The Bishop moved a man named Larry Richards in, combining the aged St. Joseph's with the modern Bread of Life, a charismatic Mass in town.

Bread of life is filled now. Richards is adamant that if you attend, you tithe or leave. You act out the beliefs of Christ or look for another spot to attend.
His homily is always passion filled, memorable, and practical.
He is as modern as they come; and as old school as they come simultaneously.

He has had no trouble obtaining funds to renovate the stained glass depictions on every wall of the old church. It is beautiful, high on a hill overlooking Lake Erie.

His greatest strength and asset is the prayer chapel he set up 24/7. Two people are always in prayer for needs around the world---large and small. In the event the next hour's person is late or absent, the folks in this hour stay and continue....until someone arrives. The results are miraculous.

Richards is a well respected preacher and in demand everywhere now.

I meandered the prayer list online today, and the concerns of people around the globe are extravagant to critical to unusual.

You may make your requests private---prayed upon by the two-by-two in the chapel, or public, prayed by the global audience.

Larry Richards is in a small community in Pennsylvania, travels and talks widely, and has sent Christ' message far and wide.

His website includes a top list of drop down boxes on anything you need, but the prayer part is on the right side, 3rd box down. Click that and type what your prayer happens to be.

If you check "private", only the chapel will know and pray.
Otherwise, your prayer joins the list you can find immediately upon posting, or look at FIRST, by scrolling below the request area.

A man in Riga, Latvia just wrote this:

"please pray for homeless cats, they live in the ground floor of the office building, and people give them to eat, but some bosses were angry to. please pray for the keeping these unhappy cats safe and be accepted by the bosses...thank you!"

Submitted by anda (riga)

We have been told we may "Ask Anything in His Name".

Many people do just that!
And they ask with the simple heart of a child, fully expecting, fully alive with hope.

Type "Reason For Our Hope" in Google and Larry Richards will show up. Your prayer requests will not sit idle.

There is also a wonderful reference list of links to scoot over to when you have the need, or time, or inclination.

I believe this audience will benefit by

Cathy_of_Alex said...

Blessed Easter to IC, SIC and ChIC's!

LarryD said...

Happy Easter to you and yours, IC.