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In March 2002, during Great Lent, Rev. Fran and I participated in Tony Robbin's Unleash the Power Within personal growth seminar event at DFW Airport, and we both literally walked on fire the first evening (Friday evening).

It was a bed of hot, red (˜ 2000° F) coals about 20 feet (7 meters) long and we walked across it, under trained supervision, in our bare feet.

Now you have to understand, I don't enjoy touching hot objects, and have singed myself more than once in the kitchen. But the coals under my bare feet at this spiritual exercise simply went crunch, crunch, crunch. That last step of the firewalk was a little warm, but not painful. Neither of us got injured. No one there -- out of about 2,000 souls -- was injured. The only after effect that Fran and I and a co-worker experienced was a warm sensation on the soles of our feet for a few weeks afterwards.

It was real noisy there -- a cacophony of loud rock music and human jubilation. We were encouraged to "celebrate" our experience once we finished the firewalk. While I walked on the coals, I made a point of singing out loud -- no one but the Lord and me could have possibly heard it in the all goings-on -- the second verse of Fr. Bob Dufford's hymn, Be Not Afraid: " ... if you walk amid the burning flames, you shall not be harmed ..." [MP3 clip] The text of verse 2 of the song comes straight from Holy Scripture:

When you pass through the water,
I will be with you;
in the rivers you shall not drown.
When you walk through fire,
you shall not be burned;
the flames shall not consume you.

For I am the Lord, your God ...
Because you are precious in my eyes and glorious,
and because I love you ...
Isaiah 43:2-3 (NAB)

I don't pretend to know how or why we mortal humans can safely walk across a bed of red-hot coals. Some try to explain it. No matter how it works, though, the Lord was cleary with me during the experience. If I can walk across fire, with God's help, I can do just about anything! And no human or spiritual enemy can stop me! Praise the Lord!

Fr. Tony

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