“The Gift of the Holy Spirit”
Do you know and experience in your life the gift and power of the
Holy Spirit? After his death and resurrection Jesus promised his
disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit. Receive the Holy Spirit!
Jesus knew his disciples would need the power of the Holy Spirit
to carry out the mission entrusted to them. The gift of the Holy
Spirit was conditional upon the ascension of Jesus to the right
hand of the Father. That is why Jesus instructed the apostles to
wait in Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high
(Luke 24:49). Why did they need power from on high? Just as Jesus
was anointed with the Spirit at the beginning of his ministry at
the River Jordan, so the disciples needed the anointing of the Spirit
to carry out the mission entrusted to them by Jesus. The Holy Spirit
is given to all who are baptized into Christ to enable us to live
a new way of life -- a life of love, peace, joy, and righteousness
(Rom. 14:17). The Holy Spirit fills our hearts with the love of
God (Rom. 5:7) and he gives us the strength and courage we need
in order to live as faith-filled disciples of Jesus. The Spirit
helps us in our
weakness (Romans 8:26) and enables us to grow in spiritual freedom
(2 Cor. 3:17; Rom. 8:21). The Spirit instructs us in the ways of
God, and guides us in living according to God’s will. The
Spirit is the source and giver of all holiness. Isaiah foretold
the seven-fold gifts that the Spirit would give: wisdom, understanding,
counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord (Isaiah
The gift of Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and the
spiritual gifts and blessings of God are made possible through the
death, resurrection, and ascension of the Lord Jesus. After his
resurrection Jesus “breathed” on his disciples and gave
them the Holy Spirit. Just as God breathed life into Adam, so the
gift of the Holy Spirit is an impartation of “new life”
for his people. With the gift of the Holy Spirit a new creation
begins. God recreates us for his glory. Jesus’ gift of peace
to his disciples was more than an absence of trouble. His peace
included the forgiveness of sins and the fulness of everything good.
Do you want power to live a faith-filled life as a disciple of Jesus?
Ask the Father to fill you with the power of his Holy Spirit (Luke
Basil the Great, a fourth century church father, wrote on the work
of the Holy Spirit: “The Spirit restores paradise to us and
the way to heaven and adoption as children of God; he instills confidence
that we may call God truly Father and grants us the grace of Christ
to be children of the light and to enjoy eternal glory. In a word,
he bestows the fullness of blessings in this world and the next;
for we may contemplate now in the mirror of faith the promised things
we shall someday enjoy. If this is the foretaste, what must the
reality be? If these are the first fruits, what must be the harvest?”
(From the treatise, The Holy Spirit) Do you thirst for God and for
the life of the Spirit within you?
"Lord, I thank you for the gift of Pentecost and for new life
in the Holy Spirit. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and set my heart
ablaze with the fire of your love that I may serve you in freedom
OF THE SAINTS
BLESSED JUNIPERO SERRA
Blessed Junipero Serra was born in Petra, Spain, on November 24, 1713. The boy became a student at the Franciscan school in Palma
St. Otto lived in the twelfth century. He was born in Swabia, present-day Bavaria.
St. Thomas was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. His name in the Syriac language means "twin."
ST. ELIZABETH OF PORTUGAL
St. Elizabeth, a Spanish princess, was born in 1271. She married King Denis of Portugal at the age of twelve.
ST. ANTHONY MARY ZACCARIA
St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria was born in Italy in 1502. While he was still young, his father died.
ST. MARIA GORETTI
St. Maria Goretti was born in 1890. Her father died when she and the other five children in her family were small. At twelve, Maria was already very pretty.
BLESSED ROGER DICKENSON, BLESSED RALPH MILNER AND BLESSED LAWRENCE HUMPHREY
These three martyrs lived in England during the time of Church persecution by Queen Elizabeth I.
BLESSED EUGENE III
Blessed Eugene III was born near Pisa, Italy, in the twelfth century. He was baptized Peter.
ST. FELICITY AND HER SEVEN SONS.
St. Felicity was a noble Christian woman of Rome. She lived during the second century.
St. Benedict was born in 480. He was from a rich Italian family. His life was full of adventure and wonderful deeds.
ST. JOHN GAULBERT
St. John Gaulbert was born in Florence, Italy, at the end of the tenth century. He and his father were devastated when John's only brother, Hugh, was murdered.
ST. HENRY II.
St. Henry II was born in 972. He became the duke of Bavaria in 995. One night he had an unusual vision. St. Wolfgang, who had been his beloved teacher when he was a boy, appeared to him.
BLESSED KATERI TEKAKWITHA
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was born in Auriesville, New York, in 1656. Her mother was a Christian Algonquin. Her father was a non-Christian Mohawk chief.
St. was born in 1221 in Tuscany, Italy, and was baptized John.
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title "Commemoratio B. Marif Virg.
ST. LEO IV.
St. Leo IV lived in the ninth century. He was a Roman by birth and spent his life in that city. Leo was educated in the Benedictine monastery near St. Peter's Basilica.
St. Frederick lived in ninth-century Utrecht, in the central part of the Netherlands. When he was ordained a priest, Bishop Ricfried put him in charge of instructing converts.
St. Macrina was the first child of St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia.
St. Charbel was born to a poor Maronite Family on May 8, 1828 in a mountain village of Biqa-Kafra, Lebanon.
ST. LAWRENCE OF BRINDISI.
St. Lawrence was born Caesar Rossi in Brindisi, Italy, in 1559. Brindisi was part of the Kingdom of Naples, Italy.
ST. MARY MAGDALENE.
St. Mary Magdalene was from Magdala near the Sea of Galilee. Some people identify her as a well-known sinner when she first saw Our Lord.
ST. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN.
St. Bridget was born in Sweden in 1303. From the time she was a child, she was greatly devoted to the passion of Jesus.
ST. BORIS AND ST. GLEB
St. Boris and St. Gleb, the brothers, were born toward the end of the tenth century.
ST. JAMES THE GREATER
St. James was a fisherman like his father Zebedee and his brother John.
ST. JOACHIM AND ST. ANNE
St. Anne and St. Joachim are the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
St. Pantaleon came from Nicomedia, near the Black Sea, in Asia. He lived in the fourth century.
St. Martha was the sister of Mary and Lazarus.
ST. PETER CHRYSOLOGUS
St. Peter Chrysologus was born in the small town of Imola, Italy.
ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
St. Ignatius, the famous founder of the Jesuits, was born in 1491.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?