Rev. Tony Ponticello

Rev. Tony Ponticello

Rev. Tony Ponticello is CMC Minister #20. He was ordained on Oct. 17, 1997. He is Executive Minister of Community Miracles Center and serves on the CMC Board as President. He is the Master of Ceremonies for the CMC Sunday Gathering and teaches 2 other CMC classes.

Sunday, 03 January 2021 12:00

01.03.21 Video "New Year - Delay No Longer"

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Many people appear to be looking for ways to escape from the challenges of life - as if life itself was a problem. Life is a gift, an enormous treasure, and a big work responsibility. There is a quote usually attributed to Abraham Lincoln, although he probably never said it, "Folks are about as happy as they have made their minds up to be." How true. Let's make up our minds to be happy this new year. What I know is we will never be happy if we are not fulfilling our function given us by Holy Spirit, and Holy Spirit doesn't give us the function of escaping physical life since physical life isn't a problem. Holy Spirit has big plans for us. He wants us to be leaders. "Let us together follow in this way that truth points out to us. And let us be the leaders of our many brothers who are seeking for the way but find it not." (WkBk.SpTp361.2) This is not escape. This is work responsibility accepted.

Wednesday, 23 December 2020 07:25

Spend Christmas Day with Your ACIM Family

Dear Miracle Workers,
In less than 2 days it will be Christmas. While for many this year's celebration will seem scaled back ... here's a way to truly scale it UP!! Spend it with you CMC ACIM family of Miracle Workers! We are having a "special" Christmas Day service on Zoom: 2 p.m. Eastern , 1 p.m. Central, 12 noon Mountain, 11 a.m. Pacific. Just click on the link below at the appropriate time (or a few minutes before)
or just enter room number: 973 303 958
This is what we call a "Community Voices" service because we ask different members of our community to give short talks. This year 7 have stepped up to the "podium": Paula Carpe, Rev. Rudy Colombini, Rev. Gwen Evans, Rev. Joanie Goss, Rev. Dusa Althea Rammessirsingh, and Rev. Kim Wilson. They will be talking about what Christmas means for them through the lens of A Course In Miracles. These are wonderful talks that show the diversity of approaches to ACIM and the diversity that exists within the CMC itself.
These are also great events that can serve as an introduction to ACIM since experiencing all the different approaches and different people involved can show people that maybe, just maybe ACIM might be something for them to explore. Please invite family and friends to join you and us. Plus there is an increased desire from many to do "something" spiritual on Christmas Day and the CMC ACIM Christmas Service is just the thing! You can be sure it will be a happy experience! "Let no despair darken the joy of Christmas, for the time of Christ is meaningless apart from joy." (OrEd.15.108) See you on Christmas Day!
(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #267, Dec. 23 2020)

While every ACIM student will probably agree that the Course is all about healing, there are vast differences on whether the Miracles student believes that we COULD – or even SHOULD – expect this healing to manifest physically in our bodies, or in the bodies of others. Various teachers have dug proverbial trenches into the ground about this discussion with dogmatic proclamations. Where a student stands on this issue has defined many things about them: favorite Course authors, favorite ACIM organizations, and even which Course edition they study.

While I definitely have my own opinions about this (you all probably know what they are) I recognize that our community is broad, and we ALL are ACIM students regardless. There is a place for all ACIM students, and all approaches, in the "big tent" that is the Community Miracles Center. The seven, long term, ACIM students who make up the CMC Board of Directors do not all agree on this – yet we all agree in our love of the Course and in our dedication to the Community Miracles Center.

I am the coach of the CMC Healing Team and we DO celebrate and acknowledge when healing manifests in physical form. "WooHoo!" However all healing is worth celebrating and the psychological healing from fear to peace is always worth achieving, and always worth celebrating as well. In this holiday season of 2020 let us put our theological differences aside and acknowledge that we are all Miracles students and with cooperation we can accomplish so much more. "My own injunction, 'Do this in remembrance of me' is the request for cooperation from miracle workers." (OrEd.Tx.3.10)

(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #266, Dec. 16 2020)

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We are in the midst of the Jewish Festival of Lights - Chanukah. Sunday will be day 3 of the 8 day celebration. Chanukah is a wonderful holiday to mesh with the ACIM teaching. The story always relates the miracle of how after reclaiming the Temple the Temple's menorah lamp burned for 8 days even though there was only 1 days worth of fuel oil. Looking out at the world it can seem as if many peoples' - and perhaps our own - fuel oil is running low. The light can seem to be flickering. However our steady light can shine into the lamps of others and ignite their eternally burning flame illuminating and thus reclaiming their Temples. Hallelujah! "The power of one mind can shine into another, because all the lamps of God were lit by the same spark. It is everywhere, and it is eternal." (OrEd.Tx.9.91)

Wednesday, 09 December 2020 07:23

Another Guest "TV" Appearances for Rev. Tony

Dear A Course in Miracles Students,
Fri. Dec. 11 ... and after
2) TGF (Teachers of God Foundation) TV with Kelly Russell (see below)
10:30am Eastern / 9:30am Central / 8:30am Mountain / 7:30am Pacific
Chanukah Up! "Rock Your Inner Menorah and Be the Lamp"
This is a live interview for free, followed by Q&A for subscribers
In the Jewish tradition, Chanukah, also known as The Festival of Lights, celebrates the purification and rededication of the Holy Temple after its reclamation from those attempting to force the people to worship false idols. Fast forward a couple of thousand years, and isn’t that what we’re still pretty much doing right now? Liberating and reclaiming the sacred temple of our minds from the false self of the ego?
Please join Kelly and her special guest Rev. Tony Ponticello as they explore the symbolism of Chanukah and its relationship to the thought system of A Course in Miracles. They will discuss how the power of faith and the miracle of forgiveness allow the abundance of Light to illuminate the temple of our hearts and minds, transforming the darkness of fear, scarcity, lack, and conflict to peace, love, and joy.
In this Season of Light, choose to reclaim your inner temple and BE THE LAMP that lights the world!
Premiers 10:30am Eastern Fri. Dec. 11th on Zoom and TGF's Facebook page

(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #265, Dec. 9 2020)

Wednesday, 09 December 2020 07:20

Guest "TV" Appearances for Rev. Tony

Dear A Course in Miracles Students,
I am excited to report that I have collaborated with two other ACIM content providers to produce two different video "TV" programs. The first will be shown Thu. Dec. 10 and the second will be shown Fri. Dec. 11. Hey I'm in demand! The shows have entirely different topics, so plan to watch them both. Both will be available after their premiers for later and multiple viewings. Please forward this email to all your ACIM friends. (Look there's an angel over my shoulder!)
Thu. Dec. 10 ... and after
1) A Course In Miracles TV with Robin Duncan (see below)
3:00pm Eastern / 2:00pm Central / 1:00pm Mountain / 12noon Pacific
Practical Steps to Healing
This is a prerecorded and edited hour long interview with Robin. We covered:
  • How the ACIM community has evolved
  • Practical steps to physical healing
  • Students approach to practice
  • Miracle Story on Mental Health
Premiers Thu. Dec. 10, 9 am Eastern, on Robin's web site and YouTube channel:

(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #265, Dec. 9 2020)

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Thanksgiving has always been a time to focus on gratitude, abundance, and joy. That begins a Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Holiday Season which also has a foundation in abundance and joy. This year (2020) we face challenges that we have not had before. Many usual abundant celebrations seem restricted, less, or fragmented ... that seems to speak of lack. Yet it is still the ACIM student's challenge to understand that perceptions of lack are "faulty" or broken. Abundance or wholeness is the only ground of being that is a reflection of eternal truth. "42. Wholeness is the perceptual content of miracles. It thus corrects or atones for the faulty perception of lack anywhere." (OrEd.Tx.1.61) Let's look at some practical ways to see wholeness and abundance in the midst of a holiday season challenging us with lack, loss, and fragmentation. Let's manifest abundance miracles instead.

Thursday, 03 December 2020 07:14

"Sparkly" Version of ACIM Resurrecting!

Dear A Course in Miracles Students,
I am happy to announce that the Sparkly version of ACIM is in the process of resurrection. "WooHoo!" Based on the early copy of ACIM found in the Edgar Cayce library during the copyright trials (~1996) the version of ACIM affectionately named "The Sparkly" (because of it's unique cover) is having new life breathed into it. It has been out of print for about 5 years. Published by Ted Poppe and Diamond Clear Vision press The Sparkly was long the least expensive ACIM available and in fact ~20,000 were given away free to anyone who asked for one. While the cover was a bit controversial (just not formal enough for some purists) I (Rev. Tony) always LOVED it. A special Sparkly resurrection and fund raising event will be held on Saturday December 5 through Zoom & Facebook Live.
  • 8 p.m. Eastern
  • 7 p.m. Central
  • 6 p.m. Mountain
  • 5 p.m. Pacific
  • 4 p.m. Alaskan
  • 2 p.m. Hawaiian
There will be: music, talk, and MIRACLE inspiration.

(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #264, Dec. 3 2020)

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I realized recently that my main job, while functioning in my role as miracle teacher and healer, was to keep students trusting in the process, to keep them engaged. Some students drop out of dedication to the ACIM discipline at the exact moment when they should actually be increasing their engagement time and practice dedication. Some form of fear gets the better of them (literally). However we all have to be "... willing to follow the Holy Spirit through seeming terror .... You are severely tempted to abandon Him at the outside ring of fear, but He would lead you safely through and far beyond." (OrEd.Tx.18.87) There is a ring of fear or fire at the foundation of the world illusion. As we approach our center we have to pass through it. Keep trusting both your own path and instill that trust in the people you influence.

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Now that the 2020 presidential election is over (sort of) I feel that we are entering a new time of healing. Regardless of what our political views are, and who we wanted to win the election, it is the time for all of us Miracle Workers to rise above the current "battleground" and let the healing energy flow through the American society. It is actually easier to do than many realize because Holy Spirit is always providing the perspective from above the battleground. "The overlooking of the battleground is now your purpose." (OrEd.Tx.23.50)

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In the midst of abundant miracles this week (literally) I found myself strangely confronting thoughts of discouragement. On one level I knew this was my ego reacting to the miracles that were happening. ACIM tells us that the ego switches from suspiciousness to viciousness when it is severely challenged, and the discouragement was actually an indication that I was making fast spiritual progress. I was also comforted by this thought, "If the way seems long, let him be content. He has decided on the direction he will take. What more was asked of him?" (OrEd.Mn.22.2) I know which way to go, and I was heading in the right direction. That was all that was required. What a comfort it is to be able to declare this confidently. However the miracle was remembering that the healing is happening NOW and actually not in the future at all. "One source of perceived discouragement from which you suffer is your belief that this takes time, and that the results of the Holy Spirit's teaching are far in the future. This is not so." (OrEd.Tx15.2)

Sunday, 11 October 2020 12:00

10.11.20 Video "Letting Go of Insanity"

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ACIM talks a lot about insanity. The ego voice in our minds is COMPLETELY insane. Many still identify with it, and ACIM students still have to deal with it -- but hopefully with the help of the Holy Spirit, so we ARE making progress. ACIM tells us, "You are no longer wholly insane, nor no longer alone." (OrEd.Tx.17.73) (I aways laughs at his. Is this really a complement?) I will embrace this! Why should YOU come to the Sunday Gathering and listen to me, Rev. Tony? Because I am not longer WHOLLY insane! LOL!! Plus it's a great way to prove we are not alone. I have let go of loneliness and insanity and I challenge you to join me.

Wednesday, 30 September 2020 07:07

50,000 Praying, National Mall Washington DC

Dear CMC Friends and Family,
Seems like spiritual and religious people have a lot to say these days. Last week I talked about San Francisco's ArchBishop Cordileone organizing large protests against church discrimination during pandemic restrictions. Just today I heard about the huge prayer rally named "Prayer March 2020" that took place last Sat. Sep. 26, 2020 on the National Mall in Washington DC. Estimates are that about 50,000 people took part. To be able to get crowds like this while still in a Pandemic is noteworthy. It was organized by Franklin Graham who now heads the "Billy Graham Evangelistic Association." This is Billy Graham's son.
They were praying for healing of the political divide between Democrats and Republicans. We certainly could use it. They were also praying for healing from the Covid19 pandemic. They stopped at 7 different, key points on the National Mall to say prayers. "Prayer is the medium of miracles. Prayer is the natural communication of the created with the Creator. Through prayer love is received, and through miracles love is expressed." (OrEd.Tx.1.11) See them below in front of the Lincoln Memorial. I support my traditional religious brothers, sisters, and others. While their faith is not exactly like mine, I found much to agree with in their belief in the healing power of prayer.
(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #261, Sep. 30 2020)
Tuesday, 22 September 2020 06:41

Wow! This Shit Is Getting Real!

Dear CMC Friends and Family,
I live in San Francisco, California and the CMC main office has always been here as well. While we have a global outreach, we have "roots" in San Francisco and a strong connection to the liberal, alternative lifestyle of San Francisco has frequently found it's way into our public messages. This past week the Roman Catholic ArchBishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, who presides over the huge, modern Saint Mary's Cathedral (right in the center of the city) got very active in calling his Catholic faithful to publicly protest the city of San Francisco and Mayor London Breed about their "discrimination" (his stressed word) of churches in general and ArchBishop Cordileone's Roman Catholic faithful in specific. Their banners read, "We Are Essential: Free the Mass" (in 3 languages).
While many businesses in San Francisco have opened with "Shelter-in-Place" guidelines, churches have been last on the list to be allowed to reopen and with stricter guidelines than other businesses have had to comply with. The issue at stake is religious freedom and 1st Amendment rights. I side with Rev. Cordileone on this, and I think A Course In Miracles supports this "defense of freedom" protest for religious assembly. "Yet the argument that underlies the defense of freedom is perfectly valid. Because it is true, it should not be fought for, but it should be sided with." (OrEd.Tx.7.11) I have never seen the San Francisco Catholic Church get political like this before. My first thought was, "Wow! This shit is getting real!!"
(originally appeared in Miracles Weekly #260, Sep. 22 2020)
Sunday, 20 September 2020 12:00

09.20.20 Video "The Pandemic is Healing"

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This past Tuesday we had a milestone. It was a full 6 months, half a year, 26 weeks, of being under an emergency "Shelter-In-Place" order in the city and county of San Francisco. Our order started Tuesday March 17. Yet I felt something else happening. I felt the Pandemic healing on multiple fronts. More and more things are opening up. Gyms are now opened. Hair salons can now see customers inside. Professional sports is back. Our fine San Francisco Museums are scheduled to open next week. These are outer manifestations of what I am sensing intuitively with my connection to Holy Spirit. The fear is ratcheting down. "The only thing that is required for a healing is a lack of fear. The fearful are not healed and cannot heal." (OrEd.Tx.27.45) The pandemic is healing.

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