Considered a dynamic and engaging speaker, Dan Dúet brought a Holy Spirit-packed Lenten presentation to the parishioners of Holy Angels Catholic Parish in Wood River, IL, for the First Week of Lent.
Using the same topics he will cover at all of his Lenten Missions this year, Dan began on Sunday evening with the topic: “Jesus: Liar? Lunatic? Lord!”. The presentation focused on the divinity and authority of Jesus and the authority He had to begin His Church through St. Peter. This teaching authority, given from God, now rests in the hands of Pope Benedict XVI. Dan spoke of the implications this has for all Catholics, but especially here in America. He also spoke of the need to bring our “Sacramental Relationship” with Jesus deeper into our “Personal Relationship” with Jesus.
On Monday night Dan explored the Eucharist with a presentation titled, “Jesus is in the House!”. Using Scripture from the Gospel of John, the Acts of the Apostles, and the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians, Dan focused on not only what Jesus and St. Paul said, but also what the DID NOT say. Very compelling look at the literal sense Jesus spoke with when He said, “My flesh is true food. My blood is true drink.” Truly, at the consecration during Mass, the bread and the wine do indeed become the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. Truly, Jesus is in the house!
The final night of the Mission, Tuesday, provided three events in one. First was a shorter presentation from Dan titled, “Jesus: Healer of My Soul”. This talk focused on the expectation that Jesus has the men and women will seek out forgiveness of their sins not by going directly to God, but by going to a representative of His on earth. This is found in John 20:21-23. Dan pointed out that Jesus gave the Apostles the authority to forgive sins, an authority that we receive in the Church today through Apostolic succession, going back to the first “anchor verses” from the Sunday presentation, found in Matthew 16.
Following the presentation was a short Reconciliation Service, which led directly to the opportunity for all of the gathered faithful to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Pastor Jim Flach was assisted by two brother priests in offering the Sacrament.
The Mission was deemed a success by Fr. Flach and others! Praise God for the power of the Holy Spirit! Dan wishes to thank all of the volunteers who assisted throughout the event, but in particular, Dee Turnbaugh, for going above and beyond in making Dan feel so welcome from the get-go, and for all of her hard work.