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Review of Fr. Corapi’s Buffalo Conference

August 17, 2009

Well, I’m back and Fr. Corapi was great! as to be expected. The HSBC Arena was almost packed. There were about 11000 people there. The conference was called Discover the Power of the Holy Spirit! Lord and Giver of Life!

This is the first of two or three posts on the conference on the Holy Spirit. It is mainly an overview of Fr. Corapi’s sermons.

He started out by talking about the political climate and how that impacts the religious climate. “Insanity is being out of touch with reality, and God is reality.” Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical, Rerum Novarum, On Capital and Labor is applicable to the current political climate as most of the world is turning to socialism or already is.

In the second sermon of the morning Fr. Corapi reviewed the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

  1. Wisdom is seeing God at work in our lives and the world, and matters of judgement about Truth become more clear.
  2. Understanding is comprehending how we need to live as a follower of Jesus Christ.
  3. Counsel is knowing the difference between right and wrong and choosing right.
  4. Fortitude/Courage is overcoming fear and being willing to take risks as a follower of Jesus Christ.
  5. Knowledge is understanding God’s divine revelation.
  6. Piety is humility.
  7. Fear of the Lord is wonder and awe for God’s creation.

You can’t have these gifts unless you have the Holy Spirit and you can’t have the Holy Spirit unless you are in a state of grace.

Today’s world is full of pride (egotistical pride), disobedience, and death. The antidote to these are humility, obedience and life. The Holy Spirit is given to those who obey the Lord. Humility enables obedience and it is the acknowledgement of Truth. So many people are gradually numbing their consciences and eventually nothing bothers them. Their consciences are dead. They fall into disobedience and they die.

The Holy Spirit is the remedy for all of the world’s problems, but we must be open to the Holy Spirit. Sadly we have many today who aren’t open to the Holy Spirit. There is an absence of wisdom in our leadership. Political correctness is a curse. There is a crisis in thinking driven by indifference and cowardice. Socialism takes the life out of people; they have no motivation and they loose their dignity.

What to do? We Catholics need to lead the way and charge into the enemy fire. We are at war with the devil. The disgrace is to cut and run. Be proactive and don’t wait for the Church to educate you or your children. You must step up to the plate and learn the faith on your own, and share it with your family. Don’t be afraid to have a fire for the Holy Spirit, in fact, ask for it. What ever you do, do it right with God, don’t worry about what the other guy is doing. Fear is an emotion, everyone gets it. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you overcome your fear. So pray, plan and prepare. Study your faith (there are lots of resources on the internet, check some of my links to the right). We have to do our part. The Holy Spirit is a good spiritual director; he’s the best!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Larissa permalink
    August 18, 2009 5:00 pm

    I was there with my grandmother and some friends. I felt completely spellbound by his convictions. “fight the good fight, it will be over soon.” He is much more than a preacher, his talks frequently include personal experiences which makes him a leader, a symbol, and a face of redemption, humility and Holy Spirit. His status is nearly “celebrity” in that it is his personality that captures people as much as what he preaches. There are no half-measured, sugarcoated facts, he knows what he is saying and isn’t afraid to say it. he doesn’t care what people thinks of him. I hope he continues to preach, regardless of the weariness of the world, and that God keep him safe from harm, from those who can’t hear the truth.
    he was inspiring, firm and touching. God bless him.

  2. 1862 Redleg permalink
    September 18, 2009 4:44 pm

    Coming from someone that has attended twelve Super Bowl Championship Games, this Catholic Conference given by Father John Corapi at the HSBC Arena by the shores of Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York had all of the spiritual and emotional intensity that is experienced at the annual NFL Championship Finale. The feeling was one of power without a doubt. Sitting in the stands at the HSBC Arena while Father John Corapi made me personally feel like suiting up in an NFL Linebackers uniform and making the ‘Game-Winning’ tackle. Bravo. Well done ‘Devout and Faithful Servant’ Father John Corapi now enter through this narrow turnstyle to Eternal Glory seating reserved only for You.

    • catholicwideweb permalink*
      September 18, 2009 10:58 pm

      AMEN Redleg!!

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