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Use Your Gifts to Build God's Kingdom

Catholic scholar Mary Healy teams up with international healing minister Randy Clark to address the importance of gifts of the Spirit and why they are not optional for the Church. Mary explains, “We have written this book in the conviction that manifestations of God’s grace and power like these are not meant to be rare in the life of the Church. They are part of the normal Christian life.” Mary and Randy (a Protestant) wanted to show that Protestants and Catholics can speak in a united voice regarding the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Even though both churches have different ways of approaching things, they have more in common than most people think. Mary explains, “Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, many Christians have discovered a deep kinship with one another that they never knew possible.” The Catholic church practiced the gifts of the Spirit centuries ago until some sects began misusing the gifts. Unfortunately, this attributed to the decline of the gifts in Catholicism. “Although charisms (gifts of the Spirit) never disappeared from the life of the Catholic Church, for a long time they were neglected in both theology and practice,” Mary explains. However, there was a resurgence in the late 1960’s when the Catholic Charismatic Renewal began. Today, approximately 150 million Catholics believe in those gifts. While Catholics and Protestants may practice their faith differently, they still have a lot in common. For example, both churches have practiced the gifts of the Spirit for centuries, both churches are centered on Jesus, and both churches are hungry for more of God. Mary believes that sharing the history of these gifts in the Church will help others learn how to activate those gifts by focusing on: Being Filled with the Holy Spirit; Staying Close to Jesus; Getting God’s Heart for the Lost and Broken; Asking, Seeking, Knocking; Taking Steps in Faith; Doing Whatever He Tells You; Knowing Your Authority in Christ; Learning from Others; Using Testimonies to Stir Up Faith; Removing Obstacles and Misunderstandings; Giving the Holy Spirit Room to Work; and Taking It Out.  

Mary Healy is professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and an international speaker on topics related to Scripture, evangelization, healing, and the spiritual life. She is a general editor of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture and author of two of its volumes, The Gospel of Mark and The Gospel of Hebrews. Her other books include Men and Women Are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II's Theology of the Body, and Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World. Dr. Healy is Chair of the Doctrinal Commission of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services in Rome. She serves the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian unity as a member of the Pentecostal-Catholic International Dialogue. In 2014, Pope Francis appointed her as one of the first three women ever to serve on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

Mary grew up in a Catholic home and had a hunger for God early in her life. At the age of six she had a dream about Jesus and that is when she remembers falling in love with Him. In the years that followed, she tried to get closer to Christ through learning more about Him which led her to become a scholar. She felt led to go to Mother of God Community, a charismatic group in Maryland. While there, she learned about the power of the Holy Spirit. Later, she met Randy Clark at the insistence of several friends and was invited on a mission’s trip his team was taking and it just confirmed Mary’s passion that the miraculous should become the norm in the Catholic Church. With a shared vision for unity, Randy and Mary, decided to co-author this book.

The Church of the Ascension in Virginia Beach, Virginia is hosting the Making Disciples Formation Day with Dr. Mary Healy all day on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Viewers can register to attend or watch online ​ via livestream by going to www.MakingDisciples2018.com. The purpose of this event is to help those who lack the confidence to pray with a person in public, to minister emotional, spiritual or even physical healing to their family, fellow parishioners, friends or co-workers.

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Co-Author (w/Randy Clark): The Spiritual Gifts Handbook (Chosen, 2018)

international speaker

Author of several books

Professor of Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission

Several degrees: Sacrae Theologiae Doctor (STD), biblical theology, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, 2000; Sacrae Theologiae Licentiatus (STL), theology, International Academy of Theology, Gaming, Austria, 1998; MA, philosophy, Catholic University of America, 1991; MA, theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1988; BA, University of Notre Dame (magna cum laude), 1986.

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