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"The Call to Write"
By Leo Fasciocco
I have been a writer my entire adult life - and I never wanted to be one. By nature, I enjoy numbers and probability. In school, I use to get excellent grades in math.
But through Divine Providence the doors were opened and a career in writing began for me when I got a position with the big Philadelphia newspaper - The Evening Bulletin.
It was there as a young college student I was involved in the coverage of the assassination of President John Kennedy. They were exciting times.
My career went on and I eventually took a position with the big international news service, Reuters, based in London. I worked for them in cities like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
Eventually, I started my own publishing business. I had spent a good part of my life serving Jesus in various ministries.
In May of 2003, I was at a business meeting at the Bally's hotel in Las Vegas. I was working on a publishing deal with a firm that produces investment seminars.
The deal fell through. The head of the firm turned to me and said, "I am sorry. We got someone else."
My reply - to my surprise too - was: "That's all right. The Holy Spirit has something else for me to do."
To this day, I don't know why I said that in a boardroom with six people and talking finance.
Did I know what the Holy Spirit wanted me to do? No. The words just came out. But, I did not forget that incident.
About a month later, I had a dream and woke up. The dream put me back at the start of my writing career in Philadelphia some 30 years ago. I could see the office and all the people.
Then the words came to my mind:
"Now, Write for Me."
Then I knew exactly what Jesus was calling me to do - write for Him.
Write what specifically, I did not know. But I did know that to me the most important thing in the world is to make Jesus the Lord of your life and be obedient to the Holy Spirit.
I have also received in prayer many times the words:
"You are to do what I want, not what you think I want. "
So, this website - jesuschrististhelord.com - is the start of that call.
Many years ago when I was a young writer I surrendered my life to the Master. I wanted to enter religious life. But I was not sure and so I prayed for guidance.
Within the next few days, I bought for the first time in years a Catholic newspaper and paging through it I saw a whole page about St. Francis de Sales, the 16th century saint, who was a great spiritual writer.
It struck me as the answer to my prayer because he was - unknown to me at the time - the patron saint of Journalist.
To top it off, I spent 8 years of school at a place called St. Francis de Sales School in Philadelphia. It seemed the Lord had me tagged from the start.
As someone said there are no coincidences - just God incidences.
So, I hope this sharing might let you know where I am coming from and be an inspiration to you.
"If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts." (Psalm 95)
Mr.Fasciocco has been involved in Christian spiritual ministry for about 30 years and is a director of "The Apostolate of Prayer in the Holy Spirit."
He has traveled from coast to coast in his service for the Lord Jesus having lived in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. He currently resides in Gilbert, Arizona, with his wife Beverly. Their two children are Michael Leo, 25, and Gloriann, 21.
Leo is a speaker and writer on spiritual topics with his specialty being prayer, the interior life and the charisms and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Besides overseeing the Jesus Christ is the Lord website, he also gives spiritual teachings and workshops to both Catholic and other Christian denominations. Leo is Catholic and was most involved in Parish work and the Charismatic Renewal. He was the leader of the Charismatic renewal prayer group at St. Monica's Church in Santa Monica, Ca.,. from 1978 to 1994.
While at St. Monica's Leo gave teachings on the works of the Holy Spirit in a person's life and how to grow in holiness. He was also a leader on the prayer group's healing team which prayed for individuals and their needs. One case in particular was quite profound and involved a cancer healing for a lady, Felecia Bradly, who lived with her family in Santa Monica. The team prayed with her weekly with the laying on of hands. After a few months, she reported back to the prayer group with a complete healing and had a doctor's certificate as proof. Praise the Lord. (see Leo's published article on Felicia)
Interestingly, Leo worked on the healing team at St. Monica's with Rev. John O'Flaherty SJ. He was one of the priest who was involved in the actual exorcism rite in St. Louis on a boy, whose situation was the basis of the move "The Exorcist." The movie portrayed the possessed person as a girl.
Apostolate of Prayer in the Holy Spirit
PO Box 2044
Chandler, Az. 95244-2044
The true story was about a boy. It is a fascinating story that leo often relates during some of his talks linked to spiritual warfare. The child was delivered and there were several conversions as a result. The true story is way better than the movie.
Leo is available to give talks or workshops at churches. Just contact him at Leo@jesuschrististhelord.com for details.
His topics are on prayer, interior life, growing in holiness, and charisms of the Holy Spirit. It is all centered on Jesus Christ. as the Lord. The goal is to help people to pray and listen to the Holy Spirit and also to exercise the gifts of the spirit for the upbuilding of the church.
During his service to Jesus through the church, Leo has been a Lector in the Catholic Church and had the opportunity to read at a Christmas mass with the late Cardinal Manning of Los Angeles. Leo has also been a Eucharistic Minister, and has visited the sick in nursinghomes and hospitals. During his work, he had the wonderful opportunity to be tutored by Rev. Mark Finan, SJ, who lived in California, and taught at several universities such as Loyola in Chicago.
Leo was also a close friend of the late Rev. Raymond O'Flaherty, who was the pastor at St. Monica's in Santa Monica for some 35 years. Father O'Flaherty along with two other priest friends did the wedding for Leo and his bride Beverly back in 1986. Beverly is very active in the Catholic program to educate young children about Jesus and the Church. She served at St. Anne's in Gilbert, Az., and is now at Queen of Peace Church in Mesa, Az.
Leo is also active in the business of investment management. He publishes the internet stock market report called Ticker Tape Digest. (www.tickertapedigest.com). He also manages money for clients with his speciality being equities. In his business career, he has worked on Wall Street in New York and at the Board of Trade in Chicago. He has been on television and has been interviewed many times on radio about investing. He was also a frequent speaker and host at the Money Show conferences (www.moneyshow.com) which drew some 10,000 people
Leo's investment articles were used in the books - "High Performance Investing," - "Focus On Equities" - and "The Encyclopedia of Stock Investing." These books can be purchased through Investor's Business Daily, where Leo was the lead columnist for the paper for several years.. Leo's current investment articles appear at Esignal (www.esignal.com) under the Exchange Report which goes out monthly to some 20,000 readers. The articles cover a variety of investment strategies.
The guiding principle in Leo's life is to be "Obedient to the Holy Spirit." It is that basic theme that he brings to his talks. He believes strongly that every person must pray to God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit - and then listen, surender and then act.
"If today you hear His voice, do not harden your heart!"
Jesus Christ is the Lord