Articles by Al Mansfield

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

I remember Fr. Harold Cohen sitting down next to me at a Day of Renewal in the Science Complex Building at Loyola University. It was August 2, 1970 – fifty years ago this month. He told me that he had been advised to form a Pastoral Team and he wanted me to be on it. I asked him, “Do you think this is God’s will?” Fr. Cohen said, “Yes, I think so.” At that time I made a commitment to work together with him for the kingdom of God and the spread of the gospel – a commitment which lasted until the Lord called him home on January 16, 2001.

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SPIRITUAL WARFARE

By God’s grace and mercy we have the victory in spiritual warfare. But when and where did the war start?
When you study any war in history, it’s important to identify when and where it started. So it is with spiritual warfare. The answer may surprise you –

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FLAWED BIBLICAL HEROES

How often did I hear those words from my Dad when I was growing up! My Dad was a tough shipyard worker, a welder. He practiced his Catholic faith devoutly, but not in a showy or pushy way. He didn’t go around...

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ST. BENEDICT, LEADER OF THE HOLY WARFARE

  This invocation from the Litany of St. Benedict has always had a special attraction and meaning for me...but especially now, in the times that we are living through. As we celebrate his feast day on July 11, we realize the need for his help...

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“WHAT HAVE I DONE?”

Lately I’ve been thinking about an old movie, “The Bridge on the River Kwai.” (Anyone remember its catchy theme, “The Colonel Bogey March”?) The movie is about some British POWs in World War II who were forced by their Japanese captors to construct a railway bridge to transport supplies.

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THE COACH, CAGNEY, AND WISDOM

“The strong will beat the weak, but the smart will beat the strong.”

That’s one of my memories from the time I taught at the old Redemptorist High School in the Irish Channel of New Orleans in 1972-73. I used to hear Skeeter Theard, the Rams’ legendary baseball coach, say that a lot. He attributed the quote to a character played by Jimmy Cagney in a movie from the 1930s. Many days at lunch Coach Theard would launch into one of his stories, usually about baseball, and wind it up with the “moral”: “Well, like Jimmy Cagney said, ‘The strong will beat the weak, but the smart will beat the strong.’” I couldn’t always relate it exactly to his story, but I did remember the saying. And I was rather surprised when I found the same thought in Scripture: “A wise man is more powerful than a strong man, and a man of knowledge than a man of might” (Proverbs 24:5). And Ecclesiastes 9:16 says, “Wisdom is better than might.”

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PSALM 91

Psalm 91 is your weapon. It has traditionally been regarded as a powerful prayer for God’s protection against the Evil One and all manner of evil. It is also prophetic for the times we’re living in now. One of the striking things about this psalm...

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TO THE FATHER, THROUGH THE SON, IN THE SPIRIT

The Spirituality of Fr. Harold F. Cohen, S.J.: To the Father, Through the Son, In the Spirit by Al Mansfield Transcript: Holy Spirit Novena, Our Lady of the Lake Church Mandeville, Louisiana, May 25, 2001 Introduction: Thank you for inviting me to...

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SHE NEVER FORGETS!

I heard Fr. John Randall, a pioneer in the Charismatic Renewal of happy memory, share these words many years ago:

“I consecrated myself to Our Lady as a very young person. Then, as life moved on, I forgot about it. However, Mary never forgot about it. She never forgets!”

Recently, I was thinking that my own experience with Our Lady was somewhat similar – not exactly the same – but similar. Let me share a bit about my journey with Mary.

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YOUR TICKET TO HEAVEN

Do you want to go to heaven? I’m thinking that your answer is YES! Well, I certainly do too. I have been thinking about what enables us to get there. What is it that “opens the gates of paradise” for us?  THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS! 

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Articles by Patti Mansfield

Family Prayer … Just Do It!

“Honey, someone wants you to write an article about how our family prays,” Al chuckled. That will be a short article, I thought. How does our family pray? Poorly!

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SAUDADES!

“Patti, I have a great feeling that you will be in my country one day.” These words were scrawled on a postcard from Rio sent to me by a Brazilian Jesuit in 1971. They proved to be prophetic! Since 1994, I have been to Brazil over 25 times.

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TRUST JESUS EVEN MORE!

In 1968 I moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to begin working on campus ministry with Ralph Martin and other early leaders of the fledgling Catholic Charismatic Renewal. It wasn’t called Charismatic Renewal at the time.

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CCRNO Honors Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR

Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR I first met Fr. Michael Scanlan in January 1971, only 15 months after he had been baptized in the Spirit.  It was at a gathering in Ann Arbor, Michigan for leaders of the fledgling Catholic Pentecostal movement as it was called in those days....

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Pentecost Vespers 2006

VATICAN CITY -  Here is the address delivered by Patti Gallagher Mansfield, a witness of the start of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, at the end of the meeting of the ecclesial movements and new communities with Benedict XVI. The meeting was held at the Vespers...

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Articles by Alex Lorio


Guest Articles

IN PREPARATION for PENTECOST

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, ofmcap The Acts of the Apostles recounts this episode in Paul’s life: “The crowd joined in the attack on them, and the magistrates had them stripped and ordered them to be beaten with...

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Wisdom of  the Saints

 

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER: LETTER FROM INDIA ABOUT HEALING

I had been living for nearly four months in a Christian village, occupied in translating the Catechism. A great number of natives came from all parts to entreat me to take the trouble to go to their houses and call on God by the bedsides of their sick relatives. Such...

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ST. THERESE’S EUCHARISTIC FAST AND THE CORONAVIRUS

Dear Friends,   I suspect many of you are suffering from the prolonged fast from the Sacraments. Because we love Jesus, we want to receive Him often, even daily in the Eucharist.   Although we know He forgives us as soon as we ask, we still miss those...

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