“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
St. Felix II
St Felix II, the pope is an ancestor of the future Pope St. Gregory the Great who lived from 540 to 604.
Blessed Charles the Good
Count Charles of Flanders, was called "the good" by the people of his kingdom. They named him for what they found him to truly be.
Blessed Katharine Drexel
Blessed Katharine was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 26, 1858. Katharine's mother died when she was a baby.
St. Casimir was born in 1458, son of Casimir IV, king of Poland. Casimir was one of thirteen children.
St. John Joseph of the Cross
St. John Joseph of the Cross was born in southern Italy on the feast of the Assumption, 1654. He was a young noble, but he dressed like a poor man.
St. Nicolette was named in honor of St. Nicholas of Myra. She was born in 1380. Her loving parents nicknamed her Colette from the time she was a baby.
St. Perpetua and St. Felicity
St. Perpetua and St. Felicity lived in Carthage, North Africa, in the third century. It was the time of the fierce persecution of Christians by Emperor Septimus Severus.
St. John of God
St. John was born in Portugal on March 8, 1495. His parents were poor, but deeply Christian. John was a restless boy.
St. Frances of Rome
St. Frances was born in 1384. Her parents were wealthy, but they taught Frances to be concerned about people and to live a good Christian life.
St. Simplicius became pope in 468. Sometimes it seemed to him that he was all alone in trying to correct evils that were everywhere.
St. Eulogius of Spain
St. Eulogius lived in the ninth century. His family was well-known and he received an excellent education. While he learned his lessons, he also learned from the good example of his teachers.
St. Fina (Seraphina)
St. Fina was born in a little Italian town called San Geminiano. Her parents had once been well off, but misfortune had left them poor.
St. Euphrasia was born in the fifth century to deeply Christian parents. Her father, a relative of the emperor, died when she was a year old.
St. Matilda was born about 895, the daughter of a German count. When she was still quite young, her parents arranged her marriage to a nobleman named Henry.
St. Zachary was a Benedictine monk from Greece who lived in the eighth century. He became a cardinal and then pope.
Blessed Torello was born in 1202, in Poppi, Italy. His life as a child in the village was ordinary and uneventful. But after his father's death.
St. Patrick was believed born in fifth-century Britain to Roman parents. When he was sixteen, he was captured by pirates and taken to Ireland.
St. Cyril of Jerusalem
St. Cyril was born around 315 when a new phase was beginning for Christians. Before that date, the Church was persecuted by the emperors.
St. Joseph is a great saint. He was Jesus' foster-father and Mary's husband.
St. Cuthbert lived in England in the seventh century. He was a poor shepherd boy who loved to play games with his friends.
St. Serapion lived in Egypt in the fourth century. Those were exciting times for the Church and for St. Serapion.
St. Deogratias was ordained bishop of the City of Carthage when it was taken over by barbarian armies in 439.
St. Turibius of Mongrovejo
St. Turibius was born in 1538 in Leon, Spain. He became a university professor and then a famous judge.
Blessed Didacus Joseph was born on March 29, 1743, in Cadiz, Spain. He was baptized Joseph Francis.
ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
The time arrived for Jesus to come down from heaven. God sent the Archangel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth where Mary lived.
St. Ludger was born in northern Europe in the eighth century. After he had studied hard for many years, he was ordained a priest.
St. John of Egypt
St. John was man who desired to be alone with God was to become one of the most famous hermits of his time.
St. Tutilo lived in the late ninth and early tenth centuries. He was educated at the Benedictine monastery of Saint-Gall.
St. Jonas and St. Barachisius
King Sapor of Persia reigned in the fourth century. He hated Christians and persecuted them cruelly. He destroyed their churches and monasteries.
St. John Climacus
St. John was believed born in Palestine in the seventh century. He seems to have been a disciple of St. Gregory Nazianzen.
Blessed Joan of Toulouse
In 1240, some Carmelite brothers from Palestine started a monastery in Toulouse, France.
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?