Holy Spirit

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How the Weakness of the Cross Makes Us Strong

“When I am weak, then I am strong”; “power made perfect in weakness.” Such verses are often cited as key to spiritual growth, but do we really understand what they are talking about? Can anyone ever understand? Yes. If we couldn’t understand it at all, God would not have told it to us. God does not waste words. It is [...]

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Encountering the Word — Luke 1:41-42

And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (Luke 1:41-42) If you liked this scripture verse, please share it with your friends and family using both [...]

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They Know I’m Catholic, Right?

I gave a talk one Sunday morning to the men’s club of a large Atlanta Methodist church at the request of an old friend. When he asked me to speak to this group months before the talk, I responded with a question which I would ask him repeatedly every time we got together: “They know I’m Catholic, right?” I engage [...]

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Encountering the Word — John 7:37-39

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; [...]

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The Double Message of The Sower and the Seed

I’ve always loved gardening. The seeds I’ve planted include carrot, cucumber and, of course, zucchini. In each case, I’ve planted seeds in neat rows, expecting nearly all of them to sprout and yield fruit. But the farmer in Jesus’ parable (Mat 13:1-23) uses the broadcast method. Lots of seed cast everywhere. And predictably, many of these seeds do not produce. [...]

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Eucharist: Body and Blood of Christ

The Catholic Church teaches that in the Eucharist, the communion wafer and the altar wine are transformed and really become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.  Have you ever met anyone who has found this Catholic doctrine to be a bit hard to take? If so, you shouldn’t be surprised.  When Jesus spoke about eating his flesh and drinking [...]

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What you need to know about the Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity

We are able to know certain eternal truths without the light of faith. According the Church for example, the greatest truth of all – God exists – is knowable from the light of human reason and the works of creation alone. But there exist truths that we cannot discover until God reveals them to us. The doctrine of the Trinity is an [...]

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Here’s Why the Doctrine of the Trinity Matters

Many are ready to give a polite nod of some sort to Jesus of Nazareth. Most honor him as a great moral teacher.  Many even confess him as Savior. But the Incarnation of the Eternal God?  Second person of the Holy Trinity? God can’t be one and three at the same time.  Such a notion is at worst illogical, at [...]

"La Pentecôte" (The Pentecost - detail) by Jean II Restout"La Pentecôte" (The Pentecost - detail) by Jean II Restout

The Old Testament Roots of Pentecost

Glorious Pentecost! Fifty days after the death and resurrection of our Lord we in the Body of Christ are sanctified by the descent of the Holy Spirit and the abundant gifts and blessings that attend this most holy event. From the 10th day after the ascension of our Lord forward, the Church has been a perpetual Pentecost beginning when the [...]

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No New Evangelization without a New Pentecost

From my position of working in the Church, I’d say the question of the year has been “What exactly is the New Evangelization?” Everyone is asking it. Conferences are popping up like spring flowers spotting the landscape, with the customary “expert” itinerant speaker. Most people, I think, are finding their way to the right answer. We have begun to recognize [...]