Pentecost Sunday, May 27, 2012
Fr. Joseph Eddy, O. de M.
Gospel: John 20:19-23 “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Each year at the end of the Easter season we celebrate the solemnity of Pentecost. As Catholics we know that this is a commemoration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples and Mary. We were taught in religious education that the Holy Spirit is a gift from Jesus to the Church. Most Catholics receive this gift for the first time as infants at Baptism.
He was “cut to the heart” in discovering Christian captives
St. Peter Nolasco was shocked and moved in finding Christians held captive and in danger of losing their faith. Read more about his heroic life and what he did about it on the website of the .
We become temples of the Holy Spirit and begin to share in the Divine life of God. Several years later, we will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. In this sacrament, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit as the Bishop anoints our head with Sacred Chrism. Confirmation is intended to be a personal Pentecost for each Catholic. We, like the disciples in the upper room, are given the grace to witness to our faith through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Continue Reading…