Follow the Joy

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Follow the Joy by Fr. Tom Sparacino | Listen as Fr. Tom Sparacino, from the Diocese of Pittsburgh, proclaims with exuberance ‘Follow the Joy’ with his crowd-pleasing humor. He shares many stories that will captivate your attention. Joy at the foot of the cross with Mother Mary (“Ma” as he calls her) and answering the call of Jesus to “feed my sheep” are charisms of Fr. Tom | #christianpodcast #podcast #catholicpodcast #catholicpriest #testimony #CatholicTestimony #MagnificatInt'lConference2023 #FollowtheJoybyFr.TomSparacino #FollowtheJoy #Fr.TomSparacinoFollow the Joy by Fr. Tom Sparacino

Listen as Fr. Tom Sparacino, from the Diocese of Pittsburgh, proclaims with exuberance ‘Follow the Joy’ with his crowd-pleasing humor. He shares many stories that will captivate your attention. Joy at the foot of the cross with Mother Mary (“Ma” as he calls her) and answering the call of Jesus to “feed my sheep” are charisms of Fr. Tom. To live in joy is walking with purpose and overcoming any fear and pain when we give it all to Jesus. There may be sadness and atrocities all over the world, but there is joy in the house of the Lord. How we follow the joy is not done alone; we follow Jesus.  We focus on Him who strengthens us. Living in joy is embracing Jesus and holding onto Mary. Joy is the breath and grace of the Holy Spirit.  If we are joyful messengers, we will live out the good news with joy, passion, death, and resurrection. We need to remember the crib, the cross, and the crown. Fr. Tom suggests five habits to receive joy: live to listen to Him, live to praise Him, live in contentment, live in focus, and live to serve. We belong to the kingdom, so count it all JOY.

Fr. Tom has been a priest of Jesus Christ for the Diocese of Pittsburgh since 1998.  He has served as high school chaplain, co-vocation director and is currently the Rector of St. Paul Seminary and the Director of Pre-ordination Formation.  Fr. Tom has been the spiritual advisor to the Magnificat Pittsburgh Chapter since 2010.  The Holy Spirit has poured His joy into Fr. Tom, and he gladly pours it out on all of us.  His infectious laughter and lightheartedness and like a bright light in a dark world.  We know you will be inspired as you listen to this joyful servant of the Lord.

This talk – Follow the Joy was given at the 17th Magnificat International Leaders Conference in Pittsburgh, PA in October 2023.

Fall on Me

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Fall on Me | Bishop David Toups introduces his dear friend for over 20 years, Dr. Carol Razza.    What we are about to experience is a woman who has stepped into the Holy Spirit with everything she's got, and that is what she is going to help us do | #christianpodcast #podcast #catholicpodcast #catholicpriest #testimony #CatholicTestimony #MagnificatInt'lConference2023 #FollowtheJoy #Fall on Me #Dr.CarolRazzaFall on Me

Bishop David Toups introduces his dear friend for over 20 years, Dr. Carol Razza.    What we are about to experience is a woman who has stepped into the Holy Spirit with everything she’s got, and that is what she is going to help us do. Carol expressed, ‘Expect the unexpected.’ We can expect God to move, and in fact, He’s already moving. He doesn’t stop moving. What happens is we just don’t keep up. We need to keep up. We need to cry out, ‘Holy Spirit fall on me, over and over again.’ Fall on me, and not just to be filled but to be overflowing. We need to be spilling out all over filled with Him. All you must do is take that first step. Because that first step says I trust you. Lord. We experience abundant life filled to overflowing in Him. Carol takes us through a healing process to experience freedom though forgiveness and fullness of the Holy Spirit. Her lively and animated delivery leads you through a time of transformation to be rid of the lies we tell ourselves to a place of peace and freedom as a child of God and an heir to the kingdom.

Dr. Carol Razza is a full-time faculty member and formation advisor at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida.  Her degrees include an Ed. D in child and Youth Studies from Nova Southeastern University, an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Nova, and a B.S. in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University.  She has worked in Private practice as a psychotherapist for over twenty-five years.

Dr. Carol has written two books, Sonblock – How Christians Unknowingly Shield Themselves from Grace and Parent Me Please!, helping parents parent their adolescents.  Carol has been called to bring the awareness of God’s Kingdom throughout the world as an international evangelist.  She lives in Father God’s supernatural joy and encourages to do the same.  Dr. Razza’s greatest blessings are to her husband Paul, their wonderful sons and daughters-in-law and grandchildren.

This talk – Fall on Me was given at the 17th Magnificat International Leaders Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on October 7, 2023.

Exhortation to the Ministry

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Exhortation to the Ministry | In the final general session of the International Leaders’ Conference, Donna Ross, Coordinator of the CST (Central Service Team), gave a talk on the ‘Exhortation to the Ministry.’ She defined the word ‘exhortation’ to strongly encourage us, and as you listen to her talk, she will truly inspire you | #christianpodcast #podcast #catholicpodcast #catholicpriest #testimony #CatholicTestimony #MagnificatInt'lConference2023 #FollowtheJoy #ExhortationtotheMinistryExhortation to the Ministry

In the final general session of the International Leaders’ Conference, Donna Ross, Coordinator of the CST (Central Service Team), gave a talk on the ‘Exhortation to the Ministry.’ She defined the word ‘exhortation’ to strongly encourage us, and as you listen to her talk, she will truly inspire you.  Donna emphasizes the importance of not grieving or quenching the Holy Spirit with our sinful thoughts and behavior. Paul exhorted that warning in Ephesians 4:30. We need to rise up and follow the Holy Spirit’s lead. To be truly effective, we must model our Blessed Mother to be humble, trusting in God, and obedient in our lives. Donna shares a story about a Monastery that was transformed by the message, ‘The Messiah was among them.’ We need to remember that message in our Ministry and in our daily lives.

Donna Ross is a cradle Catholic who strayed from the Church for many years before she realized what she was missing! A powerful call of the Holy Spirit brought her back to the Church with a new appreciation for her faith. She ended a 25-year career with the Magic Kingdom of Disney in 1994 to work for the Eternal Kingdom of God. With numerous skills developed in the workplace and enriched by the Lord’s grace, she was called into full-time ministry in His beloved Church. She has shared her conversion of heart on programs such as St. Joseph Catholic Radio, Wordnet’s “From Kingdom to Kingdom,” and Women of Grace®. In addition, she hosts the “Magnificat Proclaims” radio series featuring testimonies of Catholic women from around the world. Donna has been a leader in the Southern California Charismatic community, founded the Palm Desert Magnificat Chapter, and is currently part of Magnificat’s Central Service Team. She received the Diocese of San Bernardino’s “Our Lady of Guadalupe Award” for using her God-given gifts for the sake of God’s people.

This talk was given at the 17th Magnificat International Leaders’ Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on October 8, 2023.

Testimony of Monique Moussot

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Testimony of Monique Moussot | Monique shares her personal testimony at the Magnificat Saturday night dinner held in Pittsburgh. The audience was enamored with her every word as she shared her ‘awe–inspiring’ testimony, and so will you | #christianpodcast #podcast #catholicpodcast #catholicpriest #testimony #CatholicTestimony #MagnificatInt'lConference2023 #FollowtheJoy #TestimonyofMoniqueMoussotTestimony of Monique Moussot

Monique shares her personal testimony at the Magnificat Saturday night dinner held in Pittsburgh. The audience was enamored with her every word as she shared her ‘awe–inspiring’ testimony, and so will you. To set the stage for Monique’s early years, she was baptized Catholic and received the sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation but had no sense of a loving God. She was quiet and did not talk much. She had few friends growing up. Her family life was unpredictable due to young and inexperienced parents. Her family was poor and lived in meager surroundings. She and a younger brother endured the uncertainties of home life and struggled with a low self-image.  Her college life brought new hope but then she got ill. She met a group of praying women, and that was the beginning of her physical and spiritual healing.

Monique Moussot was born and raised in the Bronx, New York.  Born to teenage parents struggling with, shame, drug addiction, bitterness, betrayal, and rejection, her stage was set for a lifetime of difficulty and failure.  Instead, Monique was transformed by God’s powerful grace. Hers is a joyful story of rescue and deliverance.  Small graces, turned into healing and transformation. Monique was freed from crippling illness, anxiety, resentment, and rage after she met a community of Prayer Group women who told her about Jesus. Monique will share her experiences of how living a new life and learning how to say ‘yes’ to Jesus led to unexpected miracles. Over 30 years in Corporate America, serving in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, working for the Archdiocese of New York, and now serving Magnificat with the Regional Communication Service Team, Monique knows that nothing is impossible for God, because He makes all things new.

This testimony was given at the 17th Magnificat International Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, October 7, 2023.

Stepping Into Your Anointing

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Stepping Into Your Anointing | Psalm 18:20 “He set me free in the open; He rescued me because He loves me.” Janice had a life changing encounter with the writings of St. John Paul II and through the power of the Holy Spirit a deep passion for ministering to women began | #christianpodcast #podcast #catholicpodcast #catholicpriest #testimony #CatholicTestimony #MagnificatInt'lConference2023 #FollowtheJoy #SteppingIntoYourAnointing #JaniceCharbonnetStepping Into Your Anointing

Psalm 18:20 “He set me free in the open; He rescued me because He loves me.”

Janice Charbonnet had a life-changing encounter with the writings of St. John Paul II, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, a deep passion for ministering to women began.  Born and raised in Canada Janice felt the call to quit her PR coordinator position in Canada and began service as a missionary with NET Ministries, traveling with teams across the US preaching the Gospel to teenagers. Janice moved to the New Orleans area and now serves on the women’s team for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans.  She and her husband, Jean, speak at marriage retreats and draw on their life as parents of five children.  Janice preaches freedom in the power of the Holy Spirit.

This talk – Stepping Into Your Anointing, was given at the 17th Magnificat International Leaders Conference in Pittsburgh, PA in October 2023

Power OF The Holy Spirit- Fr. Dave Pivonka

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Power OF The Holy Spirit - Fr. Dave Pivonka | One of the struggles we have in the Church today is that we get exactly what we expect. We do not expect much as a people, parish, and community. We do not see the Lord do great things because we do not expect him to | #christianpodcast #podcast #catholicpodcast #catholicpriest #testimony #CatholicTestimony #MagnificatInt'lConference2023 #PowerOFTheHolySpiritFr.DavePivonka #PowerOFTheHolySpirit #Fr.DavePivonkaPower OF The Holy Spirit – Fr. Dave Pivonka

One of the struggles we have in the Church today is that we get exactly what we expect. We do not expect much as a people, parish, and community. We do not see the Lord do great things because we do not expect him to. If we open our world, we will see God do amazing remarkable things. We need the Holy Spirit. We would then see things that have been there all along, but we just weren’t aware of it. The Holy Spirit wants us to see a world that is supernatural. A world of power, grace, freedom, and mercy. The Holy Spirit is the one that opens that up. There is lot of anxiety in our world today.

‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ Romans 15:3 ‘Hope does not disappoint because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.’ Romans 5:5. Our hope is in God and that can only happen through the power of the Holy Spirit. Because of that we can go through trials and tribulations and not be disappointed. Our question to God then changes from ‘why is this happening’ to ‘what do you want me to see?’

Fr. Pivonka is a well-known Catholic speaker, author, Priest, and President.  He received his undergraduate degree in 1989 from Franciscan University and has since earned a master’s in theology a doctorate in education and an executive juris doctorate.  He was ordained in 1996 and after holding various positions at Franciscan University of Steubenville was elected President of the University in May of 2019.  Fr. Dave has served as Director of Post- Novitiate Formation for Franciscans and hosts the Wild Goose video series on the Holy Spirit, a documentary on St Francis of Assisi and Metanoia.  Fr. Dave is the author of 7 books including Living Metanoia and Finding Freedom and Fulfillment in Christ.  He is the host of Franciscan University Presents and host a popular pod cast, They That Hope.  Fr. Dave believes that God is laying a foundation for revival in our Church and that Franciscan University is being invited to be the center of that revival.

As we too pray for revival in our church, let us place ourselves in the presences of our Heavenly Father, inviting the Holy Spirit to Enter In and allow Him to heal us, fill us and use us as only He can.

Enter In was given at the 17th Magnificat International Leaders Conference in Pittsburgh, PA in October 2023.

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Joy and Peace

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Joy and Peace | Sunday Homily of Bishop David Toups. Two of the themes echoed throughout the weekend are ‘joy and peace.’ The gifts the Lord wants us to go forth with as you return to your homes, Chapters, husbands and children, work, friends, and community | #christianpodcast #podcast #catholicpodcast #catholicpriest #testimony #CatholicTestimony #JoyandPeaceJoy and Peace

Two of the themes echoed throughout the weekend are ‘joy and peace.’ The gifts the Lord wants us to go forth with as you return to your homes, Chapters, husbands and children, work, friends, and community. He wants us to bring joy and peace as our traveling companions. Bishop Toups refers to the scripture from Philippians 4:4-7 in Paul’s epistle.

 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The word in Greek for Joy is ‘Chara’. It is a greeting, the same word the angel Gabriel greeted Mary. Hail Mary is to be filled with joy.  He wants us to rejoice always. The word in Greek for peace is ‘Eirini,’ to be a peacemaker. Be peaceful, quiet, rest, to be unified, to be calm in the midst of the storm. The most peaceful place in a hurricane is in the eye of the storm. The heart of it, we need to remain in the center of it. That is what the Lord wants us to bring to the table, the table of the Magnificat Meals. It is the gift you have to offer to the women who come to join us. That is the anointing.

Bishop David Toups was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Beaumont, TX, in 2020.  Before becoming Bishop, he was a previous professor and dean of students at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL, becoming Rector/President in 2012, along with numerous other positions Bishop Toups served the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC.  He is the Arthur of Reclaiming Our Priestly Character and serves as the Spiritual Advisor to the Magnificat Central Service Team.  Bishop Toups’ charisma draws you in, but the real beauty is his interior life and how he lives it for the Lord.   From his ordination in Florida to his studies in Rome to now becoming a Bishop in the state of Texas, it is undeniable that he is on a journey allowing the Lord to send him where he is needed most.

This Homily was given at the 17th Magnificat International Leaders Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, in October 2023.

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Rejoice & Be Glad

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Rejoice & Be Glad | Saturday Mass Homily – Fr. Bao Thai. Rejoice & Be Glad.  Fr. Bao swags his joyful body up to the podium to give his homily, and the audience laughs at his amusing behavior. He begins with the theme of the gospel reading from Luke, where Christ sends out the 72. Fr. Bao states,” Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Rejoice. Your name is written in heaven. | #christianpodcast #podcast #catholicpodcast #catholicpriest #testimony #CatholicTestimony #ThePoweroftheHolySpirit #Rejoice&BeGladSaturdaMassHomilyFr.BaoThai #Rejoice&BeGlad #SaturdaMassHomily #Fr.BaoThaiRejoice & Be Glad

Fr. Bao swags his joyful body up to the podium to give his homily, and the audience laughs at his amusing behavior. He begins with the theme of the gospel reading from Luke, where Christ sends out the 72. Fr. Bao states,” Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Rejoice. Your name is written in heaven.”  Fr. Bao shares his trip to Rome with his Bishop from the Diocese of Orange, the 42nd Anniversary of Magnificat, and the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. He said jokingly, ‘My homily is about all you can eat.’ Fr. Bao shared special events in his family and how they fell on significant feast days of the Blessed Mother and the Holy Spirit through the intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary. He concludes with how he became Rector of Christ Cathedral by giving his ‘yes’ just as his Mother Mary’s fiat. We are baptized and anointed in the Holy Spirit, so do not be afraid. Be Magnificat sisters to the world, sharing God’s love. It takes courage to change the hearts of the people. Remember, rejoice, and be glad your name is written in heaven.

Fr. Bao Thai was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and moved to the U. S. with his family in 1993.  Fr. Bao was appointed Rector of Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA. in 2022.  He is a fourth-generation Vietnamese-American rector of a cathedral in the United States.  He was instrumental as an advisory board member for the July 2021 dedication of Christ Cathedral Our Lady of La Vang Shrine, an outdoor display devoted to the Virgin Mary.

This Homily was given at the 17th Magnificat International Leaders Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, in October 2023.

The Power of the Holy Spirit

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The Power of the Holy Spirit | Bishop David Zubik, Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh welcomed the women of Magnificat to Pittsburgh, PA, and how we were all brought together by the Holy Spirit | #christianpodcast #podcast #catholicpodcast #catholicpriest #testimony #CatholicTestimony #ThePoweroftheHolySpiritThe Power of the Holy Spirit

Bishop David Zubik, Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh welcomed the women of Magnificat to Pittsburgh, PA, and how we were all brought together by the Holy Spirit. Bishop Zubik reflected on Luke’s gospel and the power of the Holy in the visitation of Mary and Elizabeth, who were recipients of the promises of God through the Holy Spirit. Bishop Zubik shared a story of the arch enemy the devil wanting to stop the power of God from spreading. He wanted to stop the good news of God’s love. The devil and his cohorts came up with a plan to delay God’s plan by influencing the people not to take God’s word seriously which resulted in their exile. It is apropos and necessary in our own times, as we too do not listen and put God’s plan aside as we live out our own selfish desires.  Bishop Zubik enthusiastically encouraged the women of Magnificat to be moved by the power of the Holy Spirit and stay true to the 5 principle objectives of the Ministry: the Meal, fellowship, praise, personal testimonies, and intentional prayer.

Bishop Zubik was appointed auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1997, eleventh Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay in 2003 by Pope John Paul II and twelfth Bishop of Pittsburgh by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.  Bishop Zubik has had numerous assignments including, Parochial Vicar, Vice Principal, Chaplain, Spiritual Director, Administrative Secretary to then Pittsburgh Bishiop Anthony J. Bevilacqua, Administrative Secretary and Master of Ceremonies to then Pittsburgh Bishop Donald W. Wuerl, Director of Clergy Personnel, Associate General Secretary and Chancellor, and Vicar General and General Secretary.

This Homily was given at the 17th Magnificat International Leaders Conference in Pittsburgh, PA in October 2023.

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The Kingdom of God Is At Hand

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The Kingdom of God Is At Hand | Magnificat 2023 Thursday Homily.  The kingdom of God is at hand, and Fr. Dave Privonka dives into the Gospel reading of Luke 10:1-12 | #christianpodcast #podcast #catholicpodcast #catholicpriest #testimony #CatholicTestimony #MagnificatInt'lConference2023 #TheKingdomofGodIsAtHandThe Kingdom of God Is At Hand 

Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR. The Thursday evening opening Mass at the Magnificat Int’l Conference 2023 was held on November 5th, the Feast of St. Faustina and Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, in the ballroom of the Pittsburgh Airport Hyatt Hotel. Bishop David Toups, Ministry Spiritual Advisor and Bishop of the Diocese of Beaumont, Texas, was the presider to open the Conference weekend. Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR president of Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH, was the homilist. The first reading is from Nehemiah 8:1-4a, 5-6,7b-12.

The Kingdom of God is at Hand

The Gospel reading is Luke 10:1-12. Fr. Dave Pivonka recalled in his homily how the Israelite people had been exiled for generations and were coming back to rebuild the temple and hear the law from the prophet Ezra. The Word of God moved them, and they began to fall in worship, repentance, and tears. They were raising their hands and praising God. They spent their whole life longing for the Messiah, for Him to come with His Kingdom and reign. The kingdom of God is at hand; It is in our midst. It should stir something in your heart. The reality is that He is present in our midst. The Lord wants us to come with freshness as we celebrate the Eucharist, as we eat his body and drink his blood so that we have new life in us. We would then approach the Eucharist differently. Our lives should be profoundly changed in the Mass. We would experience the longing, the hope, and the hunger. Come, Lord Jesus, the kingdom of God is at hand. Magnificat 2023 Thursday Homily.

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