Deacon Steve Greco in Catholic Stand: Answering the Call      May 25, 2022

Deacon Steve Greco wrote “Answering the Call,” an article for Catholic Stand.  Click here to read the piece: https://catholicstand.com/answering-the-call/.

Deacon Steve Greco: Chosen to be Holy May 17, 2022

 My brothers and sisters, you are called to have a radical new life of wonder and joy. You are called to be holy.

We see this call to a joyful life in the Old Testament:

Leviticus 20:26 “Therefore, you shall be holy; for I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from other peoples to be my own.” 

Leviticus 11:44 “You shall make and keep ourselves holy because I am holy.”

In 1 Peter 1:16, we are reminded to be holy because the Lord is holy.

When I ask people if they are holy, almost 100% of them say they are not, and most will even say they don’t know anyone who is holy.

The reality? We are holy because we are called to be holy and because of what Jesus has done for us by His death on the Cross and His resurrection. He has wiped clean our sins and made us “whiter than snow.” We must just say “Yes” to being holy.

We have been chosen to be holy.

Ephesians 1:4 “As he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him.”

How do you become holy? There is a seven-step process that leads us to holiness.

The first step is to desire holiness.  We are called to be holy. We are called to be saints. Mother Teresa told us we must desire to be holy and expect that we will become holy. What is more important to you than becoming holy? Nothing!

The second step is to surrender our life to Jesus. We can’t get there if we have one foot in the world and one foot with Jesus. If we are lukewarm, Jesus will “spit” us out of His mouth as seen in Revelation 3. When we seek God with all our hearts, hunger and thirst for Him, we will receive the grace for holiness.

The third step is to repent of our weakness and sins on an ongoing basis. Have we forgiven ourselves for our sins? Have we forgiven others for the hurt they have caused us? Let’s get in the habit of examining our conscience at the end of each day and go to frequent Reconciliation.

The fourth step is to ask for faith, faith that moves mountains and leads us to deeper holiness. Through faith we experience miracles. Faith, through the love of Jesus, heals us.

We have learned in this book that to receive more faith, we must ask for it. We must expect to “move mountains.” Of what are you afraid? It’s okay that you don’t “feel” faithful; ask and you will receive in abundance!

The fifth step is to learn how to pray fervently. Most of us pray by asking God for things. It is critical we learn how to pray from our hearts, beginning with praising God for who He is. Prayer and praise lead us to be thankful for what God has done for us. It often involves praying in the Spirit.

To what extent do we go to Eucharistic adoration? It is amazing what a difference it can make in our lives. I am on the evangelization committee in my diocese, and at one meeting the connection between fervent attending of adoration and vocations was pointed out.

When we are one with God, “abide in me and I will abide in you”; we have the power, love and grace of our Father in heaven. We are connected with God through prayer, praise and the sacraments; we are doing His will. When we do the will of God, we live in holiness.

This also leads us to the Blessed Mother and the rosary. Praying through Mary is the best way to become a saint. She guides us to the will of her Son Jesus. 

The sixth step toward holiness is to love fervently. Ask God to teach you how to love. It is the most important act you can perform. It starts with God teaching you how to open your heart to receive the love He has for you.

To love in holiness and with the love of the Father, we must learn how to forgive—a huge stumbling block for many. We try to come up with excuse after excuse about why we can’t forgive.

My brothers and sisters, we have no choice if we want to be holy. Lack of forgiveness will prevent our “being set apart” or holy. Is holding on to anger, hurts and ill feelings worth it? The answer is no, especially considering what God has told us: we will be forgiven in the same measure we forgive others. When we judge, we place that same judgment on ourselves.

Learn to love unconditionally by asking for this grace, repenting when you are not loving, and asking for the grace to be able to love with the love of Jesus. Do not be prideful in your ability to love, since all love is of God and comes from God.

Finally, to be holy means you are living a sacramental life. It requires leading a life in which you hunger and thirst for the Mass and Eucharist. To what extent is your day based upon receiving the Eucharist or routinely going to Reconciliation?

When God has called us to be holy, He has called us to Himself. He wants to give us every spiritual gift and blessing in the heavens.

The purpose of this book is to teach us that God is close to us at all times and especially when we face adversity and trials. No matter what we are going through, God’s love, grace and forgiveness is greater. You were created to be an instrument of God’s love, joy and peace.

May God our Father bless each of you and your loved ones with His abundant love, through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, the power of the Holy Spirit, in the Name of Jesus. Amen!

All praise, glory and honor be His now and forever. Amen.            

 

This column is excerpted from Deacon Steve Greco’s 2018 book “Overcoming Adversity through Miracles.”  Click here to purchase a copy: Amazon.com : deacon steve greco.

Deacon Steve's Latest Column in Catholic Journal: Chosen to be Holy catholic deacon steve greco prayer spirituality May 17, 2022

Deacon Steve Greco wrote “Chosen to be Holy” for Catholic Journal.  Click here to read the article.

Deacon Steve, SFHM Featured in Legatus Magazine deacon steve greco legatus May 05, 2022

Deacon Steve, SFHM Featured in Legatus Magazine

 Deacon Steve Greco and Spirit Filled Hearts Ministry were featured in the May 2022 issue of Legatus Magazine.  Click here to read the article: HERE

 

Follow Up Dunamis Young Adult Ministry First Meet Up April 29 at Christ Cathedral Diocese of Orange Pastoral Center catholic ministry dunamis healing holy spirit miracles young adults Apr 30, 2022

Last night several people came together to meet up and discus the purpose of Dunamis Young Adults Community.  People that attended were in encouraged to share what they are interested in as young adults and the leadership team expressed the importance of a fruitful and spiritual life which focuses on a healthy relationship with God and to want to share the Good News.  Our aim is to expose the young adults to the receiving, activating and stewarding the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to Evangelize.

It beautiful night of prayer community and opening of hearts to the healing hand of God last night at our first meeting of Dunamis Young Adults. People came to help support in the leadership of Dunamis and learn more about the ministry in which we focus on educating the Church about the Ministry of Jesus of Proclaiming and Demonstrating the Love of the Father for His children.  Every meet up will strive to include time for fellowship and refreshments.

The Holy Spirit showed up in a powerful way where hearts were healed, bodies were physically healed and people received inner healing by the Love of Jesus!

We look forward to our next event for Young Adults Barn Night! Please email us to rsvp and get the location of the event at [email protected]

 

 

 

Forgiveness Through Inner Healing- Part 2 healing forgiveness inner healing jesus Apr 28, 2022

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It is important that we build spiritual muscle. One of the critical areas for us is the sacraments. We can’t have the forgiveness we need within our minds unless we are healed through the sacraments. This is especially true for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This is absolutely necessary for us to have inner healing. Without reconciliation, it is impossible to have the inner healing we need to be made whole.

I can’t recommend enough the importance of having a spiritual director. We simply need someone to go deep into our hearts and souls and give us feedback that will heal us emotionally and spiritually. I often reflect on St. Paul’s words in Romans (7:15-20):

“What I do, I do not understand. For I do not do what I want, but I do what I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I concur that the law is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh. The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not. For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want. Now if [I] do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.”

We need the ultimate healer, our Lord Jesus Christ. We try to do what God wants but we fall short of the mark. We need every tool. A spiritual director will help us understand the triggers to sin. He or she will assist in building maturity and spiritual muscle to overcome the temptation to sin. It is important to try to find someone we can see on a regular basis if we want to be used by the Lord effectively and have our ministries grow and flourish. Ask your pastor who he recommends!

I truly believe that the Blessed Mother and the rosary are absolutely critical for our inner healing. We have a spiritual mother who loves us and will intercede for us. Praying the rosary every day will help protect us from evil and give us the grace to do God’s will. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of having a relationship to Mary. Many devout teachers of our faith, including holy priests, have said the quickest way to become a saint and achieve holiness is through the Blessed Mother. If you don’t have a relationship with her, ask her to come into your life. Pray the rosary daily and expect your life to change in a profound way.

One of the most important tools for us in respect to inner healing is to pray the Scriptures. Truly read it every day and expect it to take over your life. Without reading and imbibing the word of God, I fall prey to my own emotions. What does Scripture do for us? 

“Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

I believe that if we truly understand the word of God, we would have it with us at all times. More importantly, we would read, memorize and use it on a daily basis. When will speak the words of Scripture we speak the power of the Lord through the Holy Spirit. As Catholics, most of us did not grow up with this mentality. The word of God was simply something to listen to at Mass.

An example of the power of Scripture is the teaching of love. We know that God is love! We learn that in 1 John. With love, we are healed emotionally. We learn from 1 Corinthians (13:4-8) the importance of love: “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated. It is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrong-doing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues they will cease; if knowledge it will be brought to nothing.”

Think how our lives would change if we spent our time reading Scripture and having these words in our hearts rather than if we just watched television or spent time on our phones, tablets or computers. This is expressed clearly in Hebrews 5:12-14: “Although you should be teachers by this time, you need to have someone teach you again the basic elements of the utterances of God. You need milk [and] not solid food.  Everyone who lives on milk lacks experience of the word of righteousness, for he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties are trained by practice to discern good and evil.”

The word of God heals us and inspires us to do the will of God. We learn about the power of the tongue in Proverbs 18:21: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who choose one shall eat its fruit.”  

And also James 3:5-11: “In the same way the tongue is a small member and yet has great pretensions. Consider how small a fire can set a huge forest ablaze. The tongue is also a fire. It exists, among our members as a world of malice, defiling the whole body and setting the entire course of our lives on fire, itself set on fire by Gehenna. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. This need not be so, my brothers. Does a spring gush forth from the same opening both pure and brackish water?”

This teaching is critical for inner healing of forgiveness. If we forgive ourselves emotionally and forgive others, we must guard every word we say. Only focus on the positive, what is going to build up our relationships and our image of ourselves.

Jesus wants to heal us, but we must want to be healed emotionally. To forgive is to desire forgiveness. Jesus died on the Cross for us. He did not create “junk” but someone who is blessed, holy and full of love. Ask Jesus to go deep into your heart and mind and heal you emotionally. Go back as far as necessary to sweep out anything that is not of the Lord. He loves us passionately!

The Love of the Blessed Mother mary prayer rosary Apr 28, 2022

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The month of May, during which the Church especially honors the Blessed Mother, is upon us.  How blessed are we that we have the love of the Blessed Mother! We have a spiritual mother who intercedes for us with her Son, just as she did at the wedding feast in Cana (John 2).

John’s Gospel further speaks of the special relationship we have with Mary when he recounts one of Jesus’ last actions as He was dying on the cross:

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman behold your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. (John 19:26-27)

A Marian Experience

My grandmother, Carmella, prayed the rosary every day and during Mass on Sunday. Growing up, I observed how peaceful she was when she prayed, but I did not have a devotion to Mary until later in life.

One time, I felt God calling me to France to visit Paris and Lourdes. In Paris, I received a Marian miracle. The Church of the Miraculous Medal is located on a street called Rue de Bac. I was led to pray in that church at the Communion rail, to meditate on the Blessed Mother.

Dunamis Young Adult Ministry First Meet Up April 29 at Christ Cathedral Diocese of Orange Pastoral Center Apr 25, 2022

Young Adults and Young Adult Leaders

Join us this Friday at Christ Cathedral to help develop the Dunamis Young Adults Community foundation. Dunamis is a ministry focused on all the Powerful Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Most important is Christ Love for His people. Friday night April 29th 7pm at the Christ Cathedral Pastoral Center, we will introduce the mission of Dunamis Young Adults Community , plan for future events for young adults and how to incorporate the young adults of Orange Diocese. Please rsvp by emailing [email protected] We encourage young adults interest in leadership, music talent, desire to help plan events for young adults, people desiring to grow In relationship with the Holy Spirit in a deeper way. Expect to see events that would include retreats, special speaker nights, worship, prayer ministry, confessions, adoration, fun recreational activities, learning more about Catholic Faith and Traditions, the activation of the Gifts from the Holy Spirit. Come hungry for More of God’s Love and Power! #spiritfillledhearts #dunamisyoungadults 

RSVP [email protected]

April 21st Healing Service With Deacon Steve Greco and Deacon Larry Oney healing prayer Apr 25, 2022

You can experience our most recent healing service held on April 21st . Go to this link to watch and pray with us!  April 21st Healing Service With Deacon Steve and Deacon Larry Oney

Healing Service April 18, 2022 Virtual Healing Service with Deacon Larry Oney Apr 19, 2022

Join Deacon Steve Greco and Deacon Larry Oney of New Orleans this coming Thursday, April 21, 6 p.m. (Pacific time) for a Virtual Healing Service entitled “The Power of Easter.”  The evening will include prayer, healing and a teaching.  Click here for additional information and to register.

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St. Joseph, Protector of the Church! catholic blog catholic conference consecration to saint joseph Sep 24, 2021
St. Joseph, you knew the greatest gift of having Jesus in your house.  May you continue to protect Jesus' precious Presence and His people in all the churches in our world.  
 
Prayer for the week of Friday, September 24th - Thursday, September 30th:

We implore you, St. Joseph, Protector of the Church!

We pray for the protection of the entire church.  May the Summit help build and strengthen the church. 

We appreciate your service of prayer to cover this summit with intercession.

Join the St. Joseph Summit Prayer Team! Email: [email protected]

Visit SaintJosephSummit.com to register today to attend OUR SPIRITUAL FATHER: Pilgrimage to the Heart of Saint Joseph this Sept 30-Oct3, and be sure to invite your friends and family. Together, let's pilgrimage to the heart of Saint Joseph! Saint Joseph, pray for us!

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Deacon Steve Greco: Lord, Help Me Always to Speak the Truth

Excerpt from Deacon Steve Greco's 2014 book 365 Days of Praise for April 19:

Proverbs 12:22 “Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD,/but those who are truthful are his delight.”

Have you ever lied? How did you feel in your spirit and soul? I know, you thought you had a good reason. It was to protect the innocent or some other rationalization that sounded good at the time. However, deep down you knew the truth, but you didn’t have the courage to “speak” the truth. Was there a time when you did speak the truth, and you felt the peace of the Lord? You felt His presence and love?

Lord, help me always to speak the truth, no matter the cost. I praise You for being the God of truth, for You are the way, the truth and the life.

When do you feel weak and tell lies or half-truths to those in your life? In your personal life? At work?

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