A statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried during a candlelight vigil at the shrine in Fatima, Portugal, Oct. 12. An estimated 300,000 pilgrims converged in Fatima to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the first apparition of Mary to three shepherd children in 1917. A new, modern church was also dedicated at the shrine. (CNS photo/Nacho Doce, Reuters) (Oct. 15, 2007) See FATIMA-ANNIVERSARY Oct. 15, 2007.

Written By: David Gilbert

And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)

Gates are to keep things out. Yet we, the Church, by the admission and by authority of Christ, are to break down the gates of hell.

God’s Kingdom is always on the offensive. Always advancing. At the Mass the procession is modelled like a triumphant Roman military victory march – this is no accident.

Yet, when we look around our churches and the world it seems like we are on the defensive.

It is not normal to have empty churches. It is not normal to have this sense of defeat. It is not normal to be in maintenance mode when Christ sent us out (Matthew 28:18-20). While this is not normal we have become comfortable with it.If we are “crazy” enough to believe in the supernatural in the Eucharist (bread into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinty of Jesus Christ) then why can we not believe in the supernatural gifts that the Holy Spirit has given us?

Christ said, “Amen, amen I say to you, he that believeth in me, the works that I do, he also shall do; and greater than these shall he do” (John 14:12). Jesus, who cured the sick, made the lame walk, rose the dead, casted out demons and turned water into wine, said that we can do these things and greater than these! If we truly believe Him then why are we not tapping into our supernatural gifts?

We need to believe this. How many of us find this hard to beleive? Why is it so hard to believe that the Holy Spirit can do such great works through us but we can believe that bread can become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinty of Jesus Christ?

We need to be people of the supernatural working in the natural.

If we want to set the world ablaze for Christ we need to become who we are called to be  – saints and disciples.

We all have gifts. What gifts has God given you (even though you might not find it supernatural) that you can use for the advancement of The Kingdom?

Come Holy Spirit! Enkindle in us the burning flame of love of Christ.

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