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Parish Cells System of Evangelisation - Ireland - Letter from Florida - Mons. Mike Eivers
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Fr. Michael Eivers, The Holy Spirit Way, Pembroke Pines, FL 33029

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How are You Responding to that Call of Jesus: "Follow Me"?

Dear Family in Christ,

I invite you to read and meditate on the Gospel for this coming Sunday, St. Luke 9:51-62, which has a most important message for us all. Did you notice in this Gospel reading how often Jesus repeats: "Follow Me"?

What does Jesus really mean by this invitation to follow Him?
As I reflect on an answer to this question many thoughts come to mind.
Remember what he once told us: "If anyone wishes to follow me, let him deny self,
take up his cross daily and follow in my footsteps".

This is clearly the challenge of the Christian Life given to us by Jesus, our Lord and Savior. So to live a real Christian Life is very demanding. As one scholar once stated: "Jesus, our Savior, is demanding that he is not satisfied with anything short of everything". So the Christian Life is a TOTAL surrender of self to our loving Merciful Lord, and that surrender is "Daily", and each day takes us closer to our homecoming to our Father's House.

I keep on claiming that exciting promise of Jesus:
"In my Father's House there are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you that where I am you may also be."
I remember once claiming that promise as I stood on the top of the Mount of Olives on the spot from which Jesus ascended into Heaven on the day of His Ascension. So, I look forward to following my Lord into Heaven. What an exciting moment that would be.

I invite you to plan a special time of Eucharistic Adoration this week as you personally respond to that call of Jesus: "Follow me". Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the Gift of Discernment in living your Christian Life in its Fullness.

Why not share your thoughts with me as to how you are responding to that call of Jesus- "Follow Me"?

- Father Michael
Are you Responding to that Call of Jesus to be an Evangelizer?

Dear Family in Christ,

I invite you to read and meditate on the Gospel for this coming Sunday Mass, July 3rd, St. Luke 10: 1-12, 17-20. It has a very challenging message for us all. "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few, so ask the master of the harvest to bend out laborers for His harvest."

Imagine this scene as Jesus gathered 72 of his first evangelizers to go forth and preach the Gospel. Imagine their rejoicing when they returned as they told Jesus how even the demons were
"Subject to us in your name" the conversion of the world had just begun and now continues 2000 years later.

Now "fast forward" about three years to the Ascension of Jesus from the Mount of Olives and his final instructions to his Apostles:

"
Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all creation and behold I am with you all days until the end of the world" Mk 16:16.

How are we called to respond to that order of Jesus to go "Into our world and proclaim the Gospel"?

Our "World" is our family, our job, our parish, our ministry. In our ordinary life do we share the Gospel at every opportunity? If we are doing so then that is a sign that we are alive in Christ, and responding to his call to "Go and proclaim". If we don't radiate the Gospel we become what a friend of mine calls "A private, me and Jesus Catholic, a retarded Christian".

To be a dynamic Christian is a charism of the Holy Spirit, a gift to be prayed for constantly. I encourage you in your morning prayer to ask Holy Spirit to give you the grace of the "Holy Alertness" to opportunities to share your faith during the day. You will be surprised as that prayer is answered.

As Jesus tells us un Sunday's Gospel: "The harvest is abundant" and we are all called to be Evangelizers, how do you respond to that call? Why not share your insights with me?

-Father Michael
Do You Really Have an Intimate Relationship with your Guardian Angel?

Dear Family in Christ,

May I share with you some of my thoughts and experiences with one of my best friends, my guardian angel. For many years I have been fascinated with my constant companion who is always available to guide, direct and inspire me on my spiritual journey.

Some years ago as I led a seminar, "Rediscovering the Angels", I remember being amazed to discover that they appear in almost every page of the Bible from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. In the plan of our Heavenly Father the Angels are intimately involved in the mystery of our salvation. I invite you to explore the scriptures and discover how involved they really are in our spiritual lives.

Our Heavenly Father has so blessed us by assigning to each one of us a special angel called a guardian angel. I invite you to meditate on what Jesus revealed to us: "See that you never despise one of these little children for I tell you that their angels in Heaven are constantly in the presence of my Father in Heaven" Mt 18:10.

If as little children, we all have a special angel we can be sure he remains with us all through life on Earth. Remember too how the Lord promises us how our Guardian Angels will care for us in Psalm 91:10-12.
"No disaster can overtake you, no plague come near your tent: he will put you in his angels' charge to guard you wherever you go. They will support you on their hands in case you hurt your foot against a stone; you will tread on lion and adder, trample on savage lions and dragons."

What an amazing promise of the Lord. As I reflect on this promise in my own life I experience my Guardian Angel as my bodyguard, my prayer partner, my constant companion, my protector. As I pray I always invite my Guardian Angel to pray with me and as I celebrate Mass I am conscious of the presence of the Guardian Angels of the congregation.

By the way, do you know the name of your Guardian Angel? It would be strange indeed to have so close a friend and not know his name. Why not do what many do, pray about it and give your angel a name as I have done.

Now can I develop a relationship with the angels? Often without knowing it we live "in a cloud of witnesses". The poet, Jessica Powers, may have said it best of all, as so often poets do: "
Never go blundering through the jungle without a clear-eyed one to part the branches, shout snake or swamp hole! Cry a rock beware! The angels of the Lord encamp around you in any place you pitch your tent for prayer... Know that your soul should take radiance from angels".

So why not ask your Guardian Angel to pray with you? After all we will have them as our companions for all eternity in Heaven. Now is the time to develop a relationship. "
Give him reverence and listen to all he says. Offer him no defiance. He would not pardon such a fault because my name is in him. If you listen carefully to his voice and do all that I say, I shall be an enemy to your enemies... My angel will go before you." Ex 23:20-24

A final word, always remember: "Angels whisper!"
-Father Michael
Have You Heard About This New Ministry: "Catholics Come Home"?


Dear Family in Christ,

Recently I had a wonderful visit from an old friend, who asked me the question: "Now that you are retired what really do you do all day long?" My reply: "I never was busier in all of my 61 years as a priest". The Lord has a plan for me at this stage in my life - internet ministry, something very new to me. At this time my internet family number is about 2000 and growing.

I thank so many of you who respond to my weekly reflection on the Sunday Gospel, all who send me prayer requests. As many already know I place all prayer requests in a prayer basket in my chapel which is prayed over every day.

I would appreciate your prayer support for "Catholics Come Home", an outreach ministry to those lapsed from their faith. Within the next few weeks I will explain by e-mail the wonderful blessed work this ministry is doing all over the world, and how we all can be involved.

All of us have family members and friends who are lapsed from their faith and who need our prayers and an invitation to "Come Home". How can we help them? Some suggestions you may consider:

1. In your daily prayer ask for the blessing of the Lord of the worldwide "Catholics Come Home" ministry and for members of our families and friends who are lapsed from their faith.

2. From your parish bookstore order a supply of a handout entitled "Top Ten Reasons to Come Back to the Catholic Church".

3. E-mail me names of lapsed family members or friends to be placed in my prayer intention basket in my chapel.

At this stage in my life I keep hearing so loud and clear that command of Jesus: "
Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all creation". How are you responding to that command?

Why not share your thoughts and experiences with me?

-Father Michael


The Great Commission


Dear Family in Christ,

Recently I have been reflecting and praying about my response to what is called "The Great Commission", those final words of Jesus just before he ascended into Heaven from the Mount of Olives: "
Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news".

If that "going" and "proclaiming" is missing in our spiritual lives as Christians then, as a priest friend once told me, "You are a retarded Christian". Evangelizing, sharing our faith, by word and living is at the very heart of the Christian life.

There are so many ways, according to our vocation in life that we are called to share our faith. In my case the Lord called me to be a missionary in Africa for many years. In your vocation in life do you feel an urge not only to live your faith but to also share your faith? If you do, then you are personally responding to call of Jesus: "
Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news". Congratulations! Now you are an authentic dynamic Christian.

How does your parish respond to this "going" and "proclaiming" of the gospel? A few years ago the PewForum released a "His Religious Landscape Survey" which disclosed that one of every ten Americans is a lapsed Catholic, and that there is a major lack of interest among cradle Catholics in sharing their faith.

How can we respond to these facts?
One obvious way is to lead people into a "Conversion Experience", after which, people start to live their faith at a deeper level and share it with their world.

All of us have family members and friends who have fallen away from the practice of their faith. We who are blessed with a vibrant faith have an obligation to reach out and help them to return, there are so many ways in which we can offer that help.

May I offer some suggestions:

1. In our prayer let us remember them by name, especially as we receive the Lord in Eucharist.

2. Offer to accompany them to discuss their problems with a priest in their parish.

3. How about inviting them to a parish retreat?

4. Invite them to watch EWTN "Catholics Come Home" to hear the witness stories of those who returned to the practice of their faith.

5. Explore the website www.Catholicscomehome.com.

In a future e-mail I hope to share with you my experience of "Catholics Come Home" a worldwide ministry which reaches to lapsed Catholics, all over the world.

I invite you to send me the names of family members or friends who are lapsed from their faith so that I may place those names in my "Catholics Come Home" basket in my Chapel to be prayed for every day. More to come about "Catholics Come Home" in future e-mails.

-Father Michael