Quotes From Bishop Barron

"Forgiveness is such an anchor of the New Testament, and so central to Jesus' ministry and preaching. This is such an anchor of the New Testament, and so central to Jesus' ministry and preaching. When it comes to the offenses that we have received from others, we are, all of us, great avatars of justice. We will remember every insult, every snub, and every shortcoming, when it comes to our being hurt by others. That's why forgiving even once or twice is so difficult.

Forgiving seven times, as Peter suggests, is beyond the pale. Yet Jesus says to him, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times." In other words, forgive constantly, relentlessly, without calculation. Your whole life must become an act of forgiveness.

Here is the spiritual heart of the matter: whatever anyone owes you (in strict justice) is infinitely less than what God has graciously given to you; the divine forgiveness of you is infinitely greater than any forgiveness you might be called upon to offer.

Becoming an instrument of God's life, grace, forgiveness, and peace is what it is all about. Allow to flow through you what has been poured into you—that is the whole story."

Music Monday🎶 Being On Fire For God


Darren Mulligan of "We are Messengers"

Discovering musicians who have honesty and passion laying the groundwork for their music challenges one to seek the truth within ourselves. Hearing the Message from songs inspired by God moves one to open the heart to those "messengers set on fire" by the Holy Spirit and if the person's spirit is touched, it can not stay still; it moves to spread God's love everywhere, touching souls and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We are Messengers:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=onXiEyaNkBQ

One young Irishman struck by God's love could not turn back to his darkness once the light of the Holy Spirit captured his soul.

Darren and Heidi Mulligan and their children

His story inspires us to look deeper, to let go of selfishness and to respond to the Truth of our lives- that we are God's Beloved children. Mercy from God poured into Darren Mulligan and his song became the voice of Jesus.

Darren Mulligan:

" I am a Christian daddy, a Christian husband, a Christian racquetball player. I'm a Christian voter, I am a Christian gardener. Whatever I do, I do it in His name. I have no issue with bands that say, 'You know what, I'm an artist who believes in Christ but we're not Christian artists.' I get why you say that [but] I'm not ashamed of Him, what He has done for me, I will never…in my life ever turn around say, 'I'm not a Christian anything.'"

He concluded, "Everything I do is imbued with His goodness. The fact that I can breathe today — I'm a Christian breather. I don't deserve to have breath in my bones but He said you can breathe today Darren. And He said, you can go and hold your wife's hand today. And so I'm a Christian hand-holder and that's a stupid thing to say, but it's the truth."

The Pearl

Menacing predator prowling

Finding a rebellious heart
Freezes her senses for a moment
Seeking the delicate treasure
But the pearl cannot be touched

Longing for the love she knew

An abyss of her heart silent
Responding to deception

The deceiver whispering lies
The pearl still cannot be touched

The Rescuer hastens
Illuminating an enslaved soul
Waves of mercy wash her heart
Tenderly restoring brokenness

The pearl saved by His Grace

Stephanie White

"C.S. Lewis often alludes to the idea that if we ever truly saw evil —in its unabashed ugliness— we would be so completely reviled and repulsed that we would never choose it."

Rozann Lee, writer for Word on Fire Ministries