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Pentecost: Receive the Power!

Happy Feast of Pentecost!  Just to inspire you, I have a song for you to listen to.  It is one I hold in my heart as it is the theme song from World Youth Day 2008.  The title of the song is “Receive the Power.”

I could listen to it over and over again!  Isn’t  it amazing, how the Holy Spirit, pure love, comes into our lives?  God wants to be present to us always and this is how He does it.  He sends is Spirit of Love to be with us and inspire us to do great things, in His name and the name of His son Jesus.  Be sure to always be open to the Spirit working in you, but especially today on the Feast of Pentecost. 

To all those who read this, those who are in my life, and those I may never meet.  I pray that you are open to the workings of God Spirit of Love in your lives.  I pray that you feel the presence of the Spirit all around you.  May you be filled with strength through the Holy Spirit to do the work God has planned for you and that Jesus made possible for you to do.  Amen.


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Receive the Power

I was just thinking of my World Youth Day experience in 2008 in Australia then decided to look up the song on YouTubethat was our theme.  It was called “Recieve the Power.”

Every nation, every tribe,
come together to worship You.
In Your presence we delight:
we will follow
to the ends of the earth.

Alleluia, Alleluia!
Receive the power, from the Holy Spirit!
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Receive the power to be a light unto the world.

As Your Spirit calls to rise
we will answer and do Your will.
We’ll forever testify
of Your mercy and unfailing love.


Lamb of God, we worship you.
Holy one, we worship you.
Bread of Life, we worship you.
Emmanuel, we worship you.
Lamb of God, we worship you.
Holy one, we worship you.
Bread of life, we worship you.
Emmanuel, we will sing forever:


Isn’t this song so beautiful?  I loved hearing it so much as we walked all over the place in Syndey.  Listening to it again as I sit her thinking of what to write about brings back so many memories.  If I remember correctly, it was the first time anyone I knew had appraoched me about the religious life.  Sure, I may have been open to all vocations before that, but never really had someone asked me about it. 

In general this song brings it all back to the core of things.  Everyone coming together to worship the Lord and follow Him for as long as we live.  When we hear the call from God because Jesus died for us, through the Holy Spirit…we must rise and do the will that we are called to do. 

So pertaining that to religious life, it is possible and very much there.  Of course this song would take on different meaning for different people.  For me it is a reminder of the constant prayer, praise, worship, and sacrifice that must be made in the name of the Lord.  That does come in some reason, that is.  No one has to understand me and believe me.  That would be a great help if I were allowed to share my side, which I am not, but that is another story.  Anyways, it just resonates with me and where I am now as a reminder of what life is all about.

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Posted by on September 27, 2010 in Inner Reflection, Inspirational Music


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Another Country, Another God Moment

It seems that the topic of religious life popped up not consistently, but rather about once a year in clusters.  Sure, it was on my mind here and there since that first questioning, but there were definitely times it came out more.  The second time (after that weekend mission trip and my friend planning on entering) that religious life came up in my life was on my pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2008 in Australia.

Before I can share with  you my the topic of religious life, I must share something else amazing.  At the Papal arrival, I got to be 5 or so yards away from Pope Benedict XVI!  Three of us started to cry, it was kind of ridiculous.  The thing is, there was someone who has grown in such great holiness and was chosen by God from down the line since the time of Jesus to lead the Church.  It was so amazing.  Almost everything about that trip was so awesome.

Most of my time in Sydney was spent with a young priest ordained June 2008, Fr. Tom.  During the our time hanging out, we visited the Vocations Expo twice.  The first time was just out of pure curiosity.  The second, was because he wanted me to go back.  Fr. Tom asked me at random about religious life (at random because the whatever the previous conversation was wasn’t related).  Out of my mouth slipped the words I guess so.  From there, Fr. Tom shared it with the other priest that was with our group (we were only 14).  As well, we were talking with a sister while heading to wait in line for seeing the cathedral; Fr. Tom mentioned to her that I was thinking of religious life.  Basically, I was forced to think of it more seriously.

Those two weeks abroad changed my view on religious life, as I became more open to it, even though pushing it to the back of my mind was still a road I traveled.  Oh little did I know!  (yes, the point is coming soon, this is a story, suspense folks!)

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Posted by on February 1, 2010 in Retreat Experience


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