“When God says that he has a plan and purpose for our lives, he really means it. God is not trying to hide that purpose from us. God wants us to discover our purpose, or our divine mission – to enter it and to walk in that divine mission.” That’s the message from Deacon Larry Oney, a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Deacon Oney is one of five scheduled speakers at the Made for Happiness Diocesan Assembly in Lansing on Sept. 22. An author of several books and a frequent guest on Catholic television programs, he is known across the globe for his dynamic preaching style; messages of hope and purpose; and praying for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
He is the founder and president of Hope and Purpose Ministries, a nonprofit ministry that participates in the New Evangelization through preaching, teaching, leading retreats and parish missions, and helping people foster the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The ministry focuses on five main initiatives: prayer, New Evangelization, urban evangelization, international outreach and ecumenical harmony.
One of the main things Deacon Oney teaches about is the first Pentecost and the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles. The Holy Spirit came suddenly and didn’t send a text message or email to warn us, he explains. The Holy Spirit came suddenly as tongues of fire over the heads of the disciples.
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