Living for One Thing
Dear Friends – here’s a fascinating testimony from a friend that is worth reading. Her name is Iwona.
Living for One Thing – Iwona Bednarz-Major
I love to watch people. As I watch, I wonder: what drives that person? What kind of struggles and hopes does he know? If she could have one wish, what would it be?
I grew up in Poland during Communism. My life unfolded like that of many other cultural Catholics, whose desire to preserve the backbone of Christian morality in the Church produced an army of loyal yet often ignorant faithful.
Franco Zeffirelli’s Brother Son, Sister Moon was the first faith-based movie I’ve ever seen. The scene when Francis of Assisi throws his father’s expensive bolts of cloth out the window struck me powerfully. For the first time I saw metanoia: turning toward something, not only from something, as all else becomes rubbish. When you find your thing, you basically don’t care anymore for anything else.
David asked for one thing:
One thing have I asked of the Lord
that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in his temple.
– Psalm 27:4
David was a powerful man. Why in the world would he say contemplating the Lord was all he wanted?
I experienced conversion during my high school years that made my soul hungry for the totality of the experience of Love. Charismatic immersion followed and opened up for me the experience of encountering Jesus who is alive and is breaking through into his disciples’ lives. With other young adults I embarked on weekly community gatherings, daily prayer meetings, evangelization, works of mercy, and so on. We learned that this active life required being hidden in the supernatural activity of God’s Spirit. I read the Fathers and mystics of the Church in those years and was drawn to their teaching of how God moved hearts to realize the one thing needed for our fulfillment was God Himself.
As an adult I became a missionary, started a family, and lived in several countries in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Wherever I have been, I’ve always cherished building community life where a zeal for seeking the Presence of God is central. One such place where my family experienced this was the International House of Prayer in Kansas City (IHOP-KC). There I found a people reprioritizing their lives around the one thing needed. I was hooked; we stayed for six years. Our time there culminated in our reversion as a family to the Catholic Church.
We desire to help all Catholics to seek the one thing needed. And so it is my pleasure to announce the first ever Catholic Track at the International House of Prayer’s Onething 2015 conference this December 28-31 in Kansas City, organized by MajorChange!
Dan Burke will be one of the trailblazing teachers during our Catholic Track as well as Matt Maher, Audrey Assad, Dr. Mary Healy, Fr. Joshua Johnson and others. We are excited to present teaching on the Mystical and Charismatic aspects of Catholic spirituality, as well as a broad infusion of the creative aspect of the Holy Spirit’s inspiration in various expressions of His charisms. Join 20,000 others as we pursue one thing. Learn more at majorchange.org/onething and register today.
By Iwona Bednarz-Major
Co-founder of MajorChange
Art: Holy Spirit detail of Ceiling Peterskirche Munich, artist not listed, Jebulon, 21 October 2013, CCO-Universal Public Domain; Wikimedia Commons.
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