DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     July 29, 1998     vol. 9, no. 147


Column by Father John H. Hampsch, C.M.F.

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          "Keys for Living God's Will" by the respected religious Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. is a regular feature of each issue. Fr. Hampsch continues with excerpts from his book, co-authored by Clint Kelly, entitled "Faith: Key to the Heart of God" in which we see Fr. John's teachings put into succinct stories that all can relate to and which will unlock the door to understanding how faith can come alive in our own daily experience. Father has made available, through God's Living Word, how to capture Heaven's fire in our soul and how to blaze a victory trail both here on earth and in Heaven. Fr. John illustrates how Jesus exudes faith in and for us and only by loving Him unconditionally can we truly demonstrate our love for Him through nurturing our faith as he illustrates in his topic: Intelligent Commitment part two. Fr. John's column along with columns by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto and Father Stephen Valenta, O.F.M. Conv. promise simple, but effective and vital insights into our faith and ways of fulfilling God's Will every day in every way. We invite you to visit his website at http://members.aol.com/HampschCTM/ctm/home.html or you can reach him at HampschCTM@aol.com or John Hampsch@WebTV.com by e-mail.

"Faith: Key to the Heart of God"

Fiftieth Installment: Intelligent Commitment part two

          In II Corinthians 13:5, Paul says to test yourself to see if you have faith. I've presented here some tests of faith. You might try using these tests periodically to see what kind of faith you possess and to what extent. If you have especially yielding faith that believes in God's personal love for you, you will find it much easier to open yourself to God's healing love. And His compassion for you in your problems will appear more obvious.

          At one Life in the Spirit Seminar, we were preparing people to receive the Baptism in the Spirit. One couple there absolutely hated one another. Their divorce lawyers had lined up the machinery for legally rupturing their marriage. Strangely enough, both had decided to attend the seminar in the midst of dismantling their marriage.

          Because our team had heard about their hatred and antagonism for each other, we were secretly praying for them. Then we prayed for them to receive the Baptism in the Spirit. All that hatred and resentment that had been accumulating for years suddenly dissolved. They fell madly in love with each other and started a second honeymoon-which utterly frustrated their divorce lawyers. This was an instantaneous healing of their minds. They had been contaminated with the forces of evil. We prayed for their deliverance from the spirits of divorce, resentment, and hatred before we prayed for their Baptism in the Spirit, and deliverance came. What a fantastic testimony they gave the following week, standing arm-in-arm at the microphone, telling of their miracle of grace!

          The couple had not even known we were praying for them. The power of the faith of the core group worked on their behalf, even without their knowledge! Such situations show us that we have control over heaven's floodgate of power and grace. If we exercise the prayer of faith, we can do marvelous things, not only in our own lives, but also in the lives of others. "In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you'll be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one" (Ephesians 6:16).

          The concern of a faith-filled person reflects higher priorities and is very altruistic. The faith champion often asks, "What can I do for this community, how can I enrich others how can I contribute to community spirit, how can I glorify God - not merely, how can I get cured? Hence, this admonition is appropriate: Beware of a selfish attitude in prayer. A weak, almost useless faith is found in persons frequently asking to be prayed over for healing, but who seldom pray for the needs of others except their own family. These persons usually give far more emphasis to petition prayer than to praise prayer. Theirs is a kindergarten faith.

    In the next installment, part one of "Survival of the Spiritually Fittest."

July 29, 1998       volume 9, no. 147


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