Articles by Al Mansfield
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.
“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.”
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 is the specific way...
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 be a speaker at the...
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.
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!
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 preaching, but neither was he afraid to stand up for his faith when he felt he needed to. And he definitely had a great love and admiration for St. Joseph. He turned to St. Joseph for one need after another and claimed that St. Joseph always “came through” for him. He told me that he felt close to St. Joseph because he also was a “workingman.” And every so often – to me it seemed quite often – my Dad would give me a serious look and say those words: “Boy, never forget St. Joseph!”
Go ahead, admit it…you’ve either said that, or perhaps thought it, or at least you’ve heard it before. I have heard that myself more times than I care to count over the last 50 years of Catholic Charismatic Renewal. So I thought I would actually make note of some advantages, in my opinion, to praying in tongues. At least ten reasons occur to me right off the bat, and I want to go through them here. So what is the gift of tongues good for, anyway?
Someone once asked St. Teresa of Calcutta, “Mother, what is your secret?” And Mother Teresa answered, “My secret is simple – I pray.” I heard my wife Patti share this quote in a talk and she followed up by saying, “Do you want to know my secret? It is living in the union of the Holy Spirit and Mary.” This all got me to thinking…how would I describe my “secret,” (or my spirituality)? I think I would say it this way – I want to always… Desire God’s Will; Seek God’s Wisdom; Remain in God’s Word.
Did that title get your attention? It usually does. We all want to know when it will happen, don’t we? “Enquiring minds want to know!” This, despite what Jesus told us – that no one knows, not even the Son, but only the Father (cf. Mt 24:36). But Jesus did tell us quite a few things about the end times. They are found in what is called the “Synoptic Apocalypse” – Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21. I have picked out three key words or topics that, for me at least, make a reasonably good summary of the Lord’s teaching here. The key words are: Deception, Persecution, and Watchfulness/Preparation.
Articles by Patti Mansfield
“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!
We are in the Garden of Gethsemane with Jesus. He has called us friends and He has a prophetic word to speak to us. Let’s begin by reading Mark’s account of the agony in garden.
“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.
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.
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....
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...
Articles by Alex Lorio
Several weeks ago, when I first heard of the contents of the recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, I needed to find a quiet place. It was hard to stomach what I had just heard.
Wisdom of the Saints
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...
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...