Articles by Al Mansfield
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.
Of the 193 countries in the world that are members of the UN, some 26 of them are monarchies. In the US we are not very familiar with kings, queens, and royalty except for, like, Carnival krewes! In 1925, however, Pope Pius XI established the feast that is now known as the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This was his attempt to address and combat the rampant secularism of his times. How much worse that is today and therefore how much more do we need Christ the King today!
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.