Pentecost

Daily Catholic Quote — from Fr. Francis Fernández

“After Pentecost, our Lady is as it were, the heart of the infant Church. The Holy Spirit, who had prepared her to be the Mother of God, now at Pentcost disposes her to be Mother of the Church and of each one of us.” (Fr. Francis Fernández; In Conversation with God) Please share on social media. Print this entry

Daily Catholic Quote — from Saint John Paul II

Saint John Paul II

“Veni, Sancte Spiritus! Thus beginning her invocation to the Holy Spirit, the Church makes her own the substance of the Apostles’ prayer as they gathered with Mary in the Upper Room; indeed, she extends it in history and makes it ever timely.” (Saint John Paul II, Homily for Pentecost, 1998) The Optional Memorial of Saint John Paul II (1920 – 2005) […]

The Difference that the Spirit Makes

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Reflection on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of Pentecost (Year ABC) — Acts 2:1-11; Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34; First Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23. As a teenager, I thought the clergy were supposed to do everything.  We laity were just called to pray, pay, and obey.  Oh yes, and keep the commandments, of course. The original 10 seemed […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

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“The Holy Spirit would appear to create disorder in the Church, since he brings the diversity of charisms and gifts; yet all this, by his working, is a great source of wealth, for the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of unity, which does not mean uniformity, but which leads everything back to harmony.” (Pope Francis, Pentecost Homily 2013) Print this […]

The Difference that the Spirit Makes

Photography © by Andy Coan

As a teenager, I thought the clergy were supposed to do everything.  We laity were just called to pray, pay, and obey.  Oh yes, and keep the commandments, of course. The original 10 seemed overwhelming enough. Then I discovered the Sermon on the Mount and nearly passed out. Perhaps this is why many inactive Catholics are so resentful of their […]

Why is the world not on fire?

A few years ago, I was faced with the task of teaching about the sacrament of Confirmation and the Holy Spirit to a large group of catechists.  It was daunting task.  My own Confirmation had been fifteen years earlier, and I honestly didn’t remember much of the preparation, although I know it was probably better than most.  I don’t remember […]

The Blind Man Speaks

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There were hundreds in the crowd that day at Jericho.  No doubt all of them had needs, many of them urgent.  But this Sunday’s gospel tells us that apparently only one of them had the audacity to speak up and ask for help from the prophet that everyone had come to see. The man happened to be a blind beggar, […]

The Holy Spirit—The Principle of Unity throughout Scripture

  The principle of unity throughout scripture is the Holy Spirit. The Pentecost Sequence, Veni Sancte Spiritus, describes this sanctifying—and therefore unifying—role of the Spirit of Father and Son: Bend the stubborn heart and will; Melt the frozen, warm the chill; Guide the steps that go astray! Beautiful words, but poignant as well for anyone who has ever struggled to […]

The Glory of Pentecost

Do you ever wonder what it might have been like to be present with Christ for those three years of His public life as he preached the Kingdom of Heaven throughout the Decapolis? How many miracles of the Incarnate God might we have been privileged to witness? The Apostle John said of the Christ’s unrecorded works: “but there are also […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

“The Holy Spirit would appear to create disorder in the Church, since he brings the diversity of charisms and gifts; yet all this, by his working, is a great source of wealth, for the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of unity, which does not mean uniformity, but which leads everything back to harmony.” (Pope Francis, Pentecost Homily 2013) Print this […]