Hearts on Fire

“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” Luke 12:49

Reflection was based on this Sunday’s readings.

During my third year in college, a friend visited me because I was sick at that time.

When she came over, I noticed she dressed differently.  She also had a certain glow in her face…

She prayed for me that day.  And she prayed in a way I never heard anyone do it before.  Her prayer had authority and sincerity of heart.  I had goosebumps…

This was a significant change for her because she used to take illicit drugs.  And as you know, when you’re under the influence of drugs you can say and do things that can harm your family and everyone around you.  When someone is under the influence of drugs, that person not only harms another person emotionally but physically as well.

She had a total conversion …

Weeks passed and I noticed her entire family also changed.  There was no more shouting.  The heavy hand was gone.  There was more time spent together.   Later on I discovered they joined a Life in the Spirit Seminar (LSS) with a Charismatic Group.  And it was the catalyst for the change.

You might be wondering what is this “Life in the Spirit Seminar”?

“The Life in the Spirit Seminars are designed as an introduction to a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. They provide an opportunity for people to find out more about that life, and to be helped in taking the first steps of a new relationship with the Lord. For those who are not Christians at all, they can serve as an introduction to Christianity and a time to make a first commitment to Jesus Christ. For those who are already Christians, they offer help in finding a fuller release of the Holy Spirit to live a deeper Christian life.”  (Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Archdiocese of Miami)

Because we’re human, it’s hard to do the right thing sometimes.  Romans 7:19 states  “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.”

So many people turn to enrolling into self help courses or obtaining a coach.  For example, there is a good course out there about how to handle children who are misbehaving without having to shout or get angry.   And I have nothing against those.  I am always hungry to learn new helpful things and as long as the result is good, then I don’t see why we shouldn’t take the courses or get a coach.

However, we shouldn’t forget God who can change the hearts and minds of man.

I’ve heard of many, many stories like the one above.  Stories of transformation.  Stories of healing.  Stories of forgiveness.  Stories of empowerment.  Stories of miracles.

All brought about because lives were touched during the LSS.  Because when you know you’re forgiven no matter how dark your sin may be … when you know you weren’t alone during those difficult times in your life…when you know the God who helped you yesterday will always be there for you no matter what…when you know God is always there even though you hardly ever pray…when you know you have the power to break any addiction…

When you know you are loved by God…when you know there is hope for a better life…when you start believing you don’t have to be stuck …

Then the heart of stone starts melting with the fire of God’s love …

And this is what happens during the Life in the Spirit Seminars.  And this is what happened to my friend.  And it continues to happen to the lives of thousands and thousands of people.

It all starts with one simple step – opening the doors of your heart to let God come in.

And when you do, then the fruit of the Holy Spirit becomes manifest in your life.

“In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control.”  Galatians 5:22-23


36 thoughts on “Hearts on Fire

  1. Total religious conversion is really a big serious personal matter. People who discover God this way tend to be more attuned to their spirituality than those born into it through their family.


    1. Thank you, Fred. I remember a priest once mentioned in a homily, “He who is forgiven much, testifies much.” I’m a cradle catholic. I joined religious organizations and attended sunday masses. But it wasn’t until the LSS that I became more attuned to God and His love.


  2. Drug is one of the worst thing in this world,drug addict and their family both suffer due to it.Anyway iit’s nice to go through your article,nice one.Like it.


  3. I got the chance to join LSS back in junior high school. I know the feeling that you mentioned about how your friend’s aura changed. I remember feeling this calm and soothing feeling – actually, my words can’t do justice to how peaceful I felt when I joined the LSS.


    1. Hi Russ! Thank you for sharing! I joined the LSS back in college. My friend invited me. After her conversion story, I couldn’t resist going. I felt so peaceful and happy. Like you said, words are not enough to express that moment. That was the first time I “felt” God’s love.


    1. Thank you, Kylie! There is a book by David Mangan called “God loves you and there’s nothing you can do about it.” God’s love is always in the air. May people feel his love in the sunshine, in the goodness of others, in the blessings of family and friends…


  4. Yes i really agree with opening the doors of your hearts to let God came in and that’s when you will start to get miracle and wonderful things in your life,just with a small steps and don’t forget to Thank God everyday for what He ha sgiven to us.


  5. it’s heartwarming to hear about the positive changes in your friend because she found the enlightenment in her religion. and i absolutely agree that because we’re human, it’s hard to do the right thing sometimes. but as long as we keep in mind that for every action we take, we will eventually bear the consequences (karma), it should be slightly easier to keep on track, i hope?


    1. Hi Mia. I agree with what you said. There’s a poem that goes somewhat like this: “Like ripples on a pond that reaches the farthest shore, our sins affect those close to us and many, many more.” Every action will have some repercussions on us and others. It’s always good to seek strength and guidance to do the right thing.


    1. Thank you, Fernando! I agree. There is always hope to become a better person through God’s grace and love. It is acceptance to the fullest and surrendering all the kingdoms of our hearts to God.


  6. Some people need more guidance than others and it takes great courage to admit to that. I’m glad your friend and her family went through the change together. In the end, it brought them closer as a family and they have improved their ways as individuals.


    1. Thank you, Bhushavali! She really has a good heart and I’m also glad she is off drugs. It has been more than 20 years now and she has never touched drugs ever again.


  7. I often find myself getting angrier with my children when I’m not: in the word, singing praise songs, or praying like I should.


    1. Hi…me too. Especially when I’m tired or under stress. I think there is no perfect parent. We’re not alone. May God continue to give us mothers the grace to be patient and loving to our children.


  8. That is great news! The seminar sounds very intriguing, and your friend’s conversion to a different life speaks volumes about it! I am happy that this transformation also affected others in a positive way! We are not an island, for sure.


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