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Footsteps to Heaven - The Soul-lifting Gloria

Footsteps to Heaven - The Soul-lifting Gloria

July 16, 2019

Episode #22: Part 3 of "Going Deeper into Mass" - THE GLORIA 

The timing of the Gloria during the Catholic Mass is important. It comes immediately after the Penitential Rite for a reason. We sing our praises to God after we've opened ourselves to the healing of our souls. Having received forgiveness, we want to sing praises to God and give him our gratefulness. We are grateful that Jesus died on the cross for us to take away the sins that we thought about during the Penitential Rite. We sing “Glory!” because we are excited that we have been set free from the enslavement of sins. In a spirit of thanksgiving, we sing or pray the Gloria together – the priest and laity together as one body. This is when we begin to really enter into celebrating the glory of God. The Gloria is meant to inspire awe. 

Stay tuned for the rest of this series going deeper into Holy Mass.

You might also be interested in our video series on this topic, entitled "Take, Eat, and Drink". This is a set of 17 short segments (three to five minutes) that is used by catechists but is also good for personal use. Each video ends with a question for personal reflection or group discussion. See it @ http://gnm-media.org/take-eat-drink/ 

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Footsteps to Heaven - The Unifying Gift of the Penitential Rite

Footsteps to Heaven - The Unifying Gift of the Penitential Rite

July 11, 2019

Episode #21: Part 2 of "Going Deeper into Mass" - THE PENITENTIAL RITE 

The Catholic Mass is a celebration of our union with God the Father, God the Son our Savior, and God the Holy Spirit who empowers us to become the saints God designed us to be, the saints Jesus suffered and died for us to become. Because Jesus is present in the community, we need forgiveness for the unloving things that we have done to each other – and “each other” means anyone at all, anywhere – all children of God. Therefore our sins, because they divide us from God and from each other, must first be absolved prior to receiving the Eucharist. 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Penitential Rite restore our unity with God and with the Church – with each other – so that we can receive the Eucharist rightly. In other words, so that we can be mystically and fully united to Christ and all that he offers us – all the love of the Father, all the help and all the guidance of the Holy Spirit, all the miracles that Jesus promised when he said in John 15:7, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” 

Stay tuned for the rest of this series going deeper into Holy Mass. 

You might also be interested in our video series on this topic, entitled "Take, Eat, and Drink". This is a set of 17 short segments (three to five minutes) that is used by catechists but is also good for personal use. Each video ends with a question for personal reflection or group discussion. See it @ http://gnm-media.org/take-eat-drink/

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Footsteps to Heaven –Going Deeper into Mass - The Beginning

Footsteps to Heaven –Going Deeper into Mass - The Beginning

July 9, 2019

Episode #20: Part 1 of "Going Deeper into Mass" - THE BEGINNING 

How personal is your relationship with Jesus during Mass? The entire Catholic Mass is an encounter with the True Presence of Christ, and it should change us: We should be healed by it. We should feel loved and become more fully loving as a result of it. Our hearts should become more peaceful. Our tendencies to sin should be transformed into greater strength to resist sin. A true encounter with Christ makes a difference. This is what Mass is designed to do. 

Mass begins with a gathering song and procession. This is as important as any other part of the Mass and should never be missed. Here's why! Jesus begins to reveal himself. Here's how! 

You might also be interested in our video series on this topic, entitled "Take, Eat, and Drink". This is a set of 17 short segments (three to five minutes) that is used by catechists but is also good for personal use. Each video ends with a question for personal reflection or group discussion. See it @ http://gnm-media.org/take-eat-drink/

Do you believe more people should hear this podcast show? Please sponsor upcoming episodes.

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Footsteps to Heaven –The Healing of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Footsteps to Heaven –The Healing of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 27, 2019

Episode #19: What causes the Sacred Heart of Jesus to break? Well, in what ways are you suffering? Jesus suffers with you. Who has broken your heart? Jesus is broken-hearted with you. Which of your loved ones have been rejecting Christian faith and morality? How have you been misled into Satan's territory? How have you been tricked by his deceptions? This breaks Jesus's heart, too. 

What heals the Sacred Heart of Jesus? The same thing that heals your heart! In this episode, Terry Modica shares three steps that will heal your heart while also serving as healing balm for the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

For a Prayer to Place Your Child into the Sacred Heart of Jesus using the prayer of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, visit our website: http://gnm.org/prayers-for-parents/sacred-heart-novena/ 

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Footsteps to Heaven – Will I Be Persecuted For This Episode?

Footsteps to Heaven – Will I Be Persecuted For This Episode?

June 25, 2019

Episode #18: A frank and honest look at what happens when priests do not have an active and alive, personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. When it causes suffering and drives people away from the Church and from Christ, it is "diabolical" (quoting from Bishop Robert Barron's "Letter to a Suffering Church"). It shows up in homilies that preach heresies, in nit-picking without compassion about the norms for Mass, for example, the "right" way* to receive the Eucharist, and in abuses that, because they are not victimizing children, remain covered up and undealt with.

*This episode includes what the General Instruction on the Roman Missal actually says and means about the "right" way. For more information, see Terry Modica’s article "The correct posture at Mass: Can we genuflect when receiving Communion?" at http://wordbytes.org/faqs/posture-communion/

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Footsteps to Heaven – Faith that smashes strongholds

Footsteps to Heaven – Faith that smashes strongholds

June 20, 2019

Episode #17: What do you wish could be better? Your life? Your relationships? Your faith? If it were better, what would it look like? The first step in making anything better is to envision what better really means. Then ask: How does Jesus envision it? What are Father God's dreams for me in this? What is the Holy Spirit telling me about it?

In this episode, Terry Modica shares how to break through the strongholds in your life so you can have a better, stronger faith. 

For more information about the book she mentions, “30 Days to the Heart of the Father”, go to http://gnm.org/books-by-Terry-Modica/30-days-to-Abbas-heart/ 

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Footsteps to Heaven – How to overcome the pain of frustration

Footsteps to Heaven – How to overcome the pain of frustration

June 18, 2019

Episode #16: Feeling frustrated? Want to get rid of it? Here are 8 steps for finding true and lasting inner peace no matter what is going on around you and who is causing it. 

This episode is in shorter form as a WordByte on our website: http://wordbytes.org/suffering/the-pain-of-frustration/ 

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Footsteps to Heaven – Spiritual exercises for supernatural faith

Footsteps to Heaven – Spiritual exercises for supernatural faith

June 14, 2019

Episode #15: If you want to experience all that the Holy Spirit wants to do in you and through you, rather than live a mediocre faith, use the Penitential Rite during Mass as a spiritual exercise. We have given in to the ways of the world – believing lies that Satan wants us to believe – and this is stifling the Holy Spirit. In this episode, Terry Modica teaches spiritual exercises that strengthen what is weak so that you can become who you really are as a believer in Christ: a saint! 

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Footsteps to Heaven – 3 ways to un-stifle the Spirit

Footsteps to Heaven – 3 ways to un-stifle the Spirit

June 12, 2019

Episode #14: It’s time we reclaimed what is rightfully ours as followers of Christ: a faith that works miracles. A faith that fulfills the promises made by Jesus! Read the Bible -- the New Testament -- to find all the times when the supernatural happened and ask, “Is this happening in my life?” And if the answer is no ask, “Why not?”

The answer is in your relationship with the Holy Spirit. The Devil is afraid of what you will do if you become fully aware of what you can accomplish through the Holy Spirit. In this podcast, Terry Modica names eight ways that we stifle the Spirit and identifies three ways to un-stifle the Spirit. 

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Footsteps to Heaven – 7 phases in the battle for union with Christ

Footsteps to Heaven – 7 phases in the battle for union with Christ

June 6, 2019

Episode #13: The daily hardships we experience are affected by Satan and the prayers that we do and our connection to Christ. How much are your hardships demonically influenced? Some hardships are simply because we live in an imperfect world, but how do you know when you should take action against demons? In this episode, Terry Modica reveals the 7 phases of spiritual growth that lead to a life of joy in the Lord during hardships.

After listening to this empowering message, you can find further encouragement and helpful tips on the Good News Ministries website at http://gnm.org/how-can-i-find-healing-from-hurts/

If you believe that this podcast show is important enough to continue, please sponsor upcoming episodes. http://gnm.org/podcast-sponsorship

Footsteps to Heaven – The 4-second prayer that defeats Satan

Footsteps to Heaven – The 4-second prayer that defeats Satan

June 4, 2019

Episode #12: Why is it that we expect less, not more, from God? Why are we not living a miraculous faith? Why do we receive less from God instead of the abundant "more" that he actually wants to give us? Listen to this important episode. Satan is doing everything he can to disempower the Church, because we are a huge threat to him. Satan doesn’t want us to fully grasp the truth about what we can receive from God, because with it we can change the world. So here’s a 4-second prayer that immediately defeats him. 

Download the prayers and scriptures and the spiritual exercise of this podcast by going to the transcript at http://wordbytes.org/holyspirit/the-4-second-prayer-that-defeats-satan/ 

Find the recommended three mini-courses on the Holy Spirit at http://gnm.org/paracletia/

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Footsteps to Heaven - How to ask so miracles do happen

Footsteps to Heaven - How to ask so miracles do happen

May 30, 2019

Episode #11: In John 14:12 & 13, Jesus says to us, “Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works that I am doing and even greater things. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified.” Well then, why do we have unanswered prayers? Terry Modica uses an often over-looked clue in this scripture to turn your prayer requests into miracles.

Also see these WordBytes from her ministry: http://wordbytes.org/holy-spirit/

Please help us continue producing more episodes of Footsteps to Heaven. If you believe that this podcast show is important, please sponsor upcoming episodes. http://gnm.org/podcast-sponsorship

Footsteps to Heaven - God is defending you

Footsteps to Heaven - God is defending you

May 28, 2019

Episode #10: Do you feel like you’re on trial? Is someone misjudging you? In this podcast, Terry Modica unpacks 8 scriptures to assure you that God is defending you. Jesus said that he would give his Holy Spirit to us to be our Advocate. But before the Holy Spirit, Jesus was our Advocate, and before that, the Father was our Advocate. There is no reason to be self-defensive. God has our backs!

Also see these prayer resources:

Footsteps to Heaven - The virtue that releases faith

Footsteps to Heaven - The virtue that releases faith

May 23, 2019

Episode #9: The greatest virtue that releases our faith is submission to the Holy Spirit. This enables us to recognize the voice of Jesus and hear his guidance, his concern for us, and his desire to work miracles in our lives. It enables us to feel the generous love of the Father. And it frees us to do mighty things for the kingdom of God and to transform the world. Terry Modica shares stories from her life to illustrate how this virtue releases supernatural faith. This podcast includes a simple, easy spiritual exercise that can help you overcome your human nature’s desire to be in control. 

To further the releasing of supernatural faith, use our video courses on life in the Holy Spirit.

Footsteps to Heaven - The sin that blocks faith

Footsteps to Heaven - The sin that blocks faith

May 21, 2019

Episode #8: When we identify the sin that interferes with our faith in God, we can overcome it to grow in holiness and live the way God intended -- with the same miraculous faith as the first Christians that we read about in the Book of Acts. The biggest sin is culture-wide, it has infiltrated the Church, and we easily give into it every day. We can change that! And in so doing, we will become more alive in the faith and – if enough of us repent from this sin – we will transform the world. 

(If you believe that Good News Ministries’ podcasts are important enough to continue, please support this work with a donation. If you’d like to sponsor upcoming episodes, go to http://gnm.org/podcast-sponsorship.)

Footsteps to Heaven - How God brings our loved ones to Christ

Footsteps to Heaven - How God brings our loved ones to Christ

May 16, 2019

Episode #7: John 14:12 is an amazing command from Jesus. God wants to work supernaturally through us to bring others to conversion and faith growth. None of us can convince our loved ones who are rejecting Christ to change their minds and become faith-filled believers -- not by our own efforts. God needs to intervene with supernatural help. This is why Jesus said, "Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these." What was the work of Jesus? Everything he did was for the sake of the salvation of souls. Preaching the truth was just part of how he served as Savior. He also did supernatural works: healing diseases, raising people from the dead, multiplying the food -- etc. When he sent his disciples out to help him with his mission, he gave them the power to do what he did. Later, after his death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven, the Holy Spirit empowered every follower of Christ to do the same.

 If you have teen or adult children who have left the Church, you can find helpful prayer resources on our website. See our Prayers for Parents at http://gnm.org/prayers-for-parents/.

Footsteps to Heaven - How to bring loved ones to Christ

Footsteps to Heaven - How to bring loved ones to Christ

May 14, 2019

Episode #6: It's heart-breaking to love someone who is stubbornly rejecting the truth about Jesus. It's hard to watch them suffer the worldly effects of not turning to him to let him be their Savior. You know how important faith in Christ is for their life now, and -- the biggest heart-wrencher -- you fear that they won't spend eternity with you in heaven. We are called and commissioned by Christ to evangelize. But how can we do this successfully for the ones we care about most?

Footsteps to Heaven – Episode 5 – How to Detect God’s Signs for You

Footsteps to Heaven – Episode 5 – How to Detect God’s Signs for You

May 9, 2019

Hebrews 2:3-4 holds the key to experiencing joy even in the midst of trials and sufferings. When we know that God truly cares about our problems, this gives us reason to rejoice. God always reassures us that he cares and that he's involved in helping resolve our problems; he does it by giving us signs. Learn how to identify the divine interventions that he's providing for you right now, today.

Footsteps to Heaven – Episode 4 – Defeating Satan’s Biggest Strategy

Footsteps to Heaven – Episode 4 – Defeating Satan’s Biggest Strategy

May 7, 2019

Satan's #1 strategy in today's world is the disempowering of Christians so that we cannot successfully evangelize non-believers and doubters. In John 14:6-14, Jesus tells us the key to defeating this strategy. We must proclaim the truth about Jesus. However, this is only the first step! People do not become believers in Christ because we tell them that he is the only way to reach heaven. People become believers because they discover that (1) he is real, and (2) he cares about them, and (3) he is more powerful than all the evil they have been suffering. It is hard for non-Christians to believe in Christ when they have not witnessed miracles. 

The problem is -- the thing Satan is counting on -- is that it is hard for us Christians to have enough faith in Christ to evangelize others if we have not witnessed miracles in the midst of our own sufferings.

God wants to change that. God is calling each of us to become his venues of truth and divine power. We are the voice of Christ in the world today, called to proclaim the truth. We are also the hands of Christ, called to reach out to prove that he cares by doing the works of divine power.

Footsteps to Heaven – Episode 3 – How to Forgive When It’s Difficult

Footsteps to Heaven – Episode 3 – How to Forgive When It’s Difficult

May 2, 2019

Is there someone in your life who's difficult to forgive? Terry Modica shares from personal experience and from scripture how to do it and why. Forgiveness does not mean everything is going to be okay. But it does mean that the person who has hurt you no longer has control over you. Protection is part of healthy forgiveness. After listening to this podcast, you can find helpful articles by Terry on the Good News Ministries website at http://wordbytes.org/suffering-and-healing/.