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  • "St. Peter and St. Paul: Losing Their Lives for Jesus' Sake" (Sermon on Matthew 10:38-39)

    06/28/2014 10:44:12 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 29, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “St. Peter and St. Paul: Losing Their Lives for Jesus’ Sake” (Matthew 10:38-39)Today is the Third Sunday after Pentecost, but it is also June 29. And June 29 is the day in the church year for observing the Festival of St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles. So that is what we are doing today. We just sang the hymn “By All Your Saints in Warfare” with the stanza for St. Peter and St. Paul. We heard lessons from Acts, 2 Timothy, and the Gospel of John that prominently feature Peter and Paul. We used those readings in place of the...
  • In 2014, how can grown men write this with a straight face? "Vatican II was a new Pentecost ... ."

    06/21/2014 6:51:12 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 44 replies
    rorate caeli ^ | June 21, 2014 | New Catholic
    In 2014, how can grown men write this with a straight face? International Theological Commission of the Catholic Church The Church had one Pentecost. One. The Church does not need new foundations, she is not a country in search of new constitutional orders. Enough is enough: 50 years of collapse of the sensus catholicus, collapse of Catholic life in all countries where the Church was firmly established in Europe and the Americas, near-disappearance of all Catholic communities across the Middle East (in this case, mostly through no fault of the hierarchy, but still indicating that speaking of a "new Pentecost"...
  • Who Edited the Tape?

    06/14/2014 12:00:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | June 13, 2014 | Baron Bodissey
    That’s what everyone wanted to know about the notorious 18˝-minute gap in Richard Nixon’s Watergate tape, for which Rosemary Woods eventually took the fall. Now it appears that something similar happened with the Vatican’s tape of the interfaith prayers-for-peace from last Sunday, giving us even more reason to dub this controversy “Imamgate”. As we reported in last night’s post about the imam’s prayer at the Vatican, there seems to be nothing controversial in the chanted Arabic in the prayer and that spoken in his subsequent remarks. However, a reader and commenter named ritamalik — who is a former Muslim and...
  • FRANCIS IN WONDERLAND

    06/10/2014 5:53:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    First Things ^ | 6/10/14 | Maureen Mullarky
    ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace. [Jeremiah 6:14] There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it. [Lord Acton] The papacy is swaddled in sycophancy in the best of times. Add to that the exultant adulation induced by celebrity culture. It is a heady mix that can beguile a decent man into a grandiose conception of himself that blinds him to the limits of his office. And encourages conceit in his own sympathies. Francis’ excursion into Middle East politics illustrated the danger of a pope assuming office as a saint-in-waiting. His incautious...
  • "The Front Porch of Peter's Pentecost Sermon" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, on Acts 2:1-21)

    06/07/2014 9:50:30 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 8, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Front Porch of Peter’s Pentecost Sermon” (Acts 2:1-21)The purpose of a front porch is to get people into the house. The front porch may be small, the front porch may be large, but it does its job if it gets people into the building. The front porch is not the place where you want people to stay, but it should provide a good entryway into the house. And ideally, it should match, and be suitable for, the rest of the building. That’s the way it is with the front porch of a house. That’s the way it is with...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-08-14, SOL, Pentecost Sunday, Vigil

    06/07/2014 7:01:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 06-08-14 | Revised New American Bible
    June 8, 2014Pentecost Sunday, Vigil Mass    Reading 1 Gn 11:1-9 The whole world spoke the same language, using the same words.While the people were migrating in the east,they came upon a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there.They said to one another,“Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire.”They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar.Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a cityand a tower with its top in the sky,and so make a name for ourselves;otherwise we shall be scattered all over the earth.” The LORD came down to see...
  • Clarifying Certain Misunderstandings About Confirmation [Catholic Caucus]

    05/09/2012 9:46:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-23-12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Clarifying Certain Misunderstandings About ConfirmationBy: Msgr. Charles Pope Yesterday we discussed a bit about baptism and some of the pastoral practices surrounding it. Today in a kind of companion piece I’d like to address some of the distortions and confusion that often surround the Sacrament of Confirmation.Some one once said that Confirmation is the Sacrament in search of a theology. While not true, the statement does capture that there is a lot of incorrect and sometimes silly teaching about this sacrament to young people. And since it is the season for Confirmations, it may be helpful to explore what...
  • Distinguishing Knowledge from Wisdom and Understanding

    05/22/2013 1:56:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | May 21, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In this post I am trying to continue our celebration of the lost “Octave” of Pentecost. Today I want to consider three gifts of the Holy Spirit.As you may recall, there are seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Counsel, Piety, Fortitude and Fear of the Lord. Most Catholics cannot define them well in any sort of articulate way. This is due to poor catechesis but also to the fact that modern English has tended to use several of these terms interchangeably, almost as synonyms, though they are distinct theologically.There are also secular usages of these terms that...
  • A PENTECOSTAL LESSON FOR POLITICS TOO

    05/19/2013 9:19:13 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 3 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 19, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The feast of Pentecost is the celebration of one of the most important moments in church history. It commemorates the day when, after the Resurrection of the Lord, the Holy Spirit gave the Faithful a special ability to speak to crowds of different nationalities in their own languages. Now, we don’t know exactly what happened that day – whether the Apostles instantly learned other languages, or their audiences instantly learned to hear them in their heads as if they had. All we know is that the leaders of the Church were suddenly, miraculously, able to reach people, and this was...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Peter And Paul"(1981)

    05/19/2013 12:29:36 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1981 | Robert Day
  • "Parthians and Medes at Pentecost" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, on Acts 2:1-21)

    05/18/2013 1:39:10 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 19, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Parthians and Medes at Pentecost” (Acts 2:1-21)One of the ironic things about the readings for the Day of Pentecost is when the lector--that is, the person reading the lessons--when the lector comes to Acts 2, verse 9, and has to read the following list of persons and places: “Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians.” Now that is a mouthful! It is like the tower of Babel come to...
  • Pope Francis to visit Rome's basilicas before Pentecost (canonize artist who refused Islam)

    04/03/2013 1:53:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | April 3, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    ope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass on March 24, 2013 in St. Peter's Square. Credit: Sabrina Fusco/CNA. Vatican City, Apr 3, 2013 / 10:45 am (CNA).- Pope Francis will be praying or celebrating Mass at all four of Rome’s major basilicas between now and Pentecost, as well as holding four public Masses in St. Peter’s Square. The Holy See’s press office released on April 3 the places and times the pontiff will be presiding over the seven public Masses that will be held between now and May 19. After he was elected Pope in 2005, Benedict XVI ordained priests...
  • Explain how the church wasn't born until Pentecost if the believers were already saved pre-Pentecost

    02/11/2013 8:32:29 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 79 replies
    2/11/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    If those who assembled on the Day of Pentecost (the 120 who assembled together before they spake with tongues on the Day of Pentecost, and before Peter preached his sermon) were already saved, were believers, had seen him ascend to heaven, etc, and the Body of Christ (the church) then must already have been in existence before the Day of Pentecost. Would someone please explain, then, how the church wasn't formed or "born" until the day of Pentecost? Was the church just halfway outside the womb pre-Day of Pentecost? Did it have to wait until the Day of Pentecost to...
  • Were those who assembled on the Day of Pentecost already believers (saved) before that Day arrived?

    02/05/2013 6:54:39 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 71 replies
    2/5/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Many saw Jesus ascend into heaven on the Mount. Before this, Jesus told them to tarry in Jerusalem where they would be endued with power. Not many days afterwards, on the Day of Pentecost, tongues of fire appeared above those who had assembled together, and they spake with tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance. Now, a question that I have asked more than one person is this: were those who spake with tongues saved (believers) before the Day of Pentecost or before the moment they spake with tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance? If these believers were already...
  • "'Ephphatha,' That Is, 'Be Opened'" (Sermon on Mark 7:31-37)

    09/08/2012 2:04:49 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 20 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 9, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “‘Ephphatha,’ That Is, ‘Be Opened’” (Mark 7:31-37)“And they brought to [Jesus] a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, ‘Ephphatha,’ that is, ‘Be opened.’ And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.” This is our text. And thus our theme today: “‘Ephphatha,’ That Is, ‘Be Opened.’” The first thing we should...
  • "Spirit, Breath, Wind: The Lord and Giver of Life" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost)

    05/26/2012 8:24:57 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 27, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Spirit, Breath, Wind: The Lord and Giver of Life” (Ezekiel 37:1-14; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15; Acts 2:1-21)Today is the Day of Pentecost, a day when we call special attention to the person and work of the Holy Spirit. That is what I would like to do now, using as our theme a phrase we just spoke in the Nicene Creed, where we called the Holy Spirit “The Lord and Giver of Life.” Life--this is what the Holy Spirit is all about, giving us life. The Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, gives life to dead people. The Holy Spirit...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-27-12, Pentecost Sunday, Mass during the Day

    05/26/2012 1:45:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 61 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-27-12 | Revised New American Bible
    May 27, 2012 Pentecost Sunday, Mass during the Day   Reading 1 Acts 2:1-11 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,they were all in one place together.And suddenly there came from the skya noise like a strong driving wind,and it filled the entire house in which they were.Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,which parted and came to rest on each one of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Spiritand began to speak in different tongues,as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.At this...
  • Following the Truth: 7 Reasons To Be Thankful For The Holy Spirit [Catholic Caucus]

    05/25/2012 6:36:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | May 17th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    7 Reasons To Be Thankful For The Holy Spirit May 17th, 2012by Gary Zimak.  If we were to poll Catholics and ask which of the 3 Persons of the Trinity they LEAST understood, the odds are good that the Holy Spirit would be the most popular answer. While most of know something about God the Father and God the Son, the mysterious God the Holy Spirit can be rather vague. As we prepare for the great solemnity of Pentecost, let’s take a look at the Holy Spirit and examine 7 reasons to be thankful for His presence in our lives.Before...
  • The Friend Closest to Your Heart -- How well do you know the Holy Spirit?

    05/25/2012 5:44:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    WAU.org ^ | May, 2012 | Alan Schreck
    The Friend Closest to Your Heart How well do you know the Holy Spirit? By: Alan Schreck Jesus’ way of presenting the Holy Spirit made it evident that his followers were supposed to relate to the Spirit as a teacher, a counselor, a consoler—as someone who would help and guide them in their daily lives as Christians. In the Acts of the Apostles, we saw that Christ’s followers were in a dialogue with the Spirit, who actively directed and assisted them in their missionary activity. They knew the Spirit as the gift of Jesus and the Father to help...
  • The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in the World by Fr. John Hardon,S.J. [Catholic Caucus]

    06/12/2011 8:11:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    TheRealPresence.org ^ | 1998 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J
    The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in the World by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.The subject of this article on “The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in the World” is an ocean. We might even say that all of Christianity is summarized in this one statement.As we know, Pope John Paul II has recommended that 1998, the second of three years set aside in preparation for the great Jubilee of Christ’s birth, should be dedicated in a special way to the Holy Spirit and His sanctifying presence within the com munity of...
  • Viewing the Church Through the Lens of the Holy Spirit [Catholic Caucus]

    06/11/2011 10:18:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | June 7th, 2011 | Father Thomas Rosica
    Viewing the Church Through the Lens of the Holy Spirit Biblical Reflection for the Solemnity of Pentecost By Father Thomas Rosica, CSBTORONTO, JUNE 7, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Pentecost is the 50th day that signals the start of the universal mission of the Church -- a mission that overcomes human obstacles and has the Spirit as its driving force. The mighty breath of God and the fire of the Spirit's presence engulf the group of disciples gathered in prayer around Mary, Mother of the Lord in the upper room.Luke's narrative of Pentecost in today's first reading from Acts (2:1-13) consists of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-12-11, Solemnity, Feast of Pentecost, Mass during Day

    06/11/2011 9:25:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 55 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 06-12-11 | New American Bible
    June 12, 2011 Pentecost SundayMass during the Day  Reading 1Responsorial PsalmGospel Reading 1Acts 2:1-11When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,they were all in one place together.And suddenly there came from the skya noise like a strong driving wind,and it filled the entire house in which they were.Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,which parted and came to rest on each one of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Spiritand began to speak in different tongues,as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.At this sound, they gathered...
  • "Out of Whose Heart Will Flow Rivers of Living Water?" (Sermon for Pentecost, on John 7:37-39)

    06/11/2011 8:49:34 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 12, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Out of Whose Heart Will Flow Rivers of Living Water?” (John 7:37-39)In the Holy Gospel for today, Jesus makes this statement: “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But the question then arises: Out of whose heart? Those rivers of living water--out of whose heart will they flow? Today I want to explore two possible answers, either of which comes out as good news for us. We’re going to take two different routes and hopefully end up at the same place. And so our theme this morning on this Day of Pentecost: “Out of Whose Heart Will...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 06-12-11, Solemnity, Feast of Pentecost at the Vigil

    06/11/2011 10:27:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 57 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 06-12-11 | New American Bible
    June 12, 2011 Pentecost SundayAt the Vigil Mass Reading 1Responsorial PsalmReading 2Gospel Reading 1Gn 11:1-9The whole world spoke the same language, using the same words.While the people were migrating in the east,they came upon a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there.They said to one another,“Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire.”They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar.Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a cityand a tower with its top in the sky,and so make a name for ourselves;otherwise we shall be scattered all over the earth.”The LORD came down to see...
  • The First Pentecost [Catholic Caucus]

    06/09/2011 9:57:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    AmericanCatholic.org ^ | 2000 | by Alfred McBride, O.Praem.
    The First Pentecost   by Alfred McBride, O.Praem. The Greek traveler stood bewildered in the Jerusalem crowd. What was happening? All about him Jews from many nations milled excitedly and pointed to a group in the center of the square.The traveler had heard that the Jerusalem holidays were exciting, but he was not prepared for this. The crowd was electrified. What was that group up to? He tried to weave his way closer."You are drunk!" someone shouted at the group.The traveler heard one of them, the big man with the gray-streaked hair, respond: "We are not drunk. We are stunned...
  • "A Trinitarian Pentecost" (Sermon for the Holy Trinity, on Acts 2:14a, 22-36)

    05/29/2010 11:52:36 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies · 114+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 30, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Trinitarian Pentecost” (Acts 2:14a, 22-36)Our text today is the second reading, from the second chapter of Acts. Now if that sounds familiar to you, it should. We said the same thing last week, when our text likewise came from Acts 2, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost and the beginning of Peter’s Pentecost sermon. Today our reading continues on with Peter’s sermon. But wait a minute: Last week was Pentecost. Today is the Feast of the Holy Trinity. What are we doing with a Pentecost text on Trinity Sunday? That’s seems odd. Well, not...
  • Pentecost: Babel Reversed

    05/25/2010 6:03:12 PM PDT · by HarleyD · 14 replies · 261+ views
    Trinity CRC ^ | May 23, 1999 | Rev. Adrian Dieleman
    I Babel: Man Divided A As man began to multiply in number they moved eastward from Ararat, the resting place of the ark. "They found a plain in Shinar and settled there" (Gen 11:2). We know that this is the plains of Babylon and Mesopotamia – a plain so big there was more than enough room for them to settle and multiply there for years to come. Here they said to each other, (Gen 11:3-4) "Come, let's make bricks and bake them thoroughly ... (4) ... Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the...
  • "The Lord Survives The Rainbow of His Will"* [Rainbow Sash Demo Fails to Materialize]

    05/24/2010 1:33:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies · 237+ views
    Some of you may be wondering how many Rainbow Sash Movement members, together with their "allies and friends", attended the 10:30am Mass at Westminster Cathedral yesterday (please see the various posts below). Well, having just spoken with one of the security team at the Cathedral, I can now reveal that NO sash demonstrators turned up! In fact, no-one was seen wearing a sash, or doing anything particularly out of the ordinary. We can safely assume, therefore, that this gay pressure-group has no influence, whatsoever, in the UK. Having said that, it may have been the case that all the members...
  • Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church [Catholic Caucus]

    05/23/2010 3:41:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies · 288+ views
    InsightScoop.com ^ | May 23, 2010 | Carl E. Olson
    Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church A Scriptural Reflection on the Solemnity of Pentecost | Carl E. Olson | May 23, 2010 Readings: Acts  2:1-11Psa. 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 341 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Rom 8:8-17Jn. 20:19-23 or Jn. 14:15-16, 23b-26   In the Old Testament the feast of Pentecost (from the Greek word for “fiftieth”) was one of the three great pilgrimage festivals of Israel, a celebration of the spring harvest that took place fifty days after the offering of first fruits at Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. For Christians, Pentecost marks the fruits and harvest...
  • Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem (5/23/10) [Prayer]

    05/23/2010 5:59:36 AM PDT · by left that other site · 27 replies · 315+ views
    The Holy Scriptures | 5/23/10 | left that other site
    Pray For The Peace Of Jerusalem~The Book of RuthConclusion Shavuot/Pentecost Pieter Lastman ca. 1583 – 1633 Ruth Declares her Loyalty to Naomi The Book of Ruth Chapter Four The Marriage of Ruth 1. Now Boaz went up to the gate and sat down there, and behold, the close relative of whom Boaz spoke was passing by, so he said, "Turn aside, friend, sit down here." And he turned aside and sat down. 2. He took ten men of the elders of the city and said, "Sit down here." So they sat down. 3. Then he said to the closest...
  • "Tongues for Telling the Mighty Works of God" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, on Acts 2:1-21)

    05/22/2010 10:28:27 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies · 207+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 23, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Tongues for Telling the Mighty Works of God” (Acts 2:1-21) The Day of Pentecost was and is one of the most important days in the history of the world. You would not be here today if it were not for the Day of Pentecost. You would not have received the gospel--you would not be saved from the coming day of judgment--if not for what began there in Jerusalem on that day full of grace, the Day of Pentecost. For what happened on that day was that the Holy Spirit empowered “Tongues for Telling the Mighty Works of God.” Here’s what...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-23-10, Solemnity of Pentecost

    05/22/2010 10:21:47 PM PDT · by Salvation · 59 replies · 546+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 05-23-10 | New American Bible
    May 23, 2010Solemnity of Pentecost Reading 1Responsorial PsalmReading 2Gospel Reading 1Acts 2:1-11 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.  And suddenly there ame from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were.  Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.Now there were devout Jews from every nation...
  • Is God Gay? George's "Sash-y" Pentecost Protest Sermon

    05/20/2010 5:49:06 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 17 replies · 340+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | 5-19-10 | Tom O'Toole
    "I think Jesus was a compassionate, super intelligent gay man who understood human problems" --Elton John. "Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator "made them male and female" and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? Therefore, what God has joined together, let no human being separate" --Jesus (Matt 19:4-6). "They exchanged the truth of God for a lie...therefore, God handed them over to degrading passions. Their females exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the males likewise gave up...
  • Boaz and Ruth: Kinsman and Redeemer

    05/18/2010 11:08:29 AM PDT · by Buggman · 16 replies · 258+ views
    The Return of Benjaimin blog ^ | May 18, 2010 | Michael Bugg
    It being traditional to read the book of Ruth for Shavuot, I thought I'd post some commentary for my fellow disciples of Yeshua. The book of Ruth is, on the surface, a simple little romance story set in the backdrop of the time of the Judges. Actually, that’s only true in the minds of modern students since the idea of romantic love is a Medievil invention born of tales of chivalry, but that’s another issue. In truth, Ruth from its inception was intended as a story of redemption, one based in a very Jewish sense of love. And woven into...
  • Shavuot, Torah, Spirit, and Unity

    05/18/2010 8:51:37 AM PDT · by Buggman · 5 replies · 142+ views
    The Return of Benjaimin blog ^ | May 18, 2010 | Michael Bugg
    Shavuot is a Feast that is de-emphasized in the traditional Jewish community (due to two thousand years of being forbidden to own farmland) and largely misunderstood in Christendom. Yet it is one of the three pilgrimage Feasts, in which all the men of Israel were commanded to present themselves before the Holy One. It turns out that the meaning of this Feast is easy to apprehend as long as we look at it first through the lens of the Exodus from Egypt. In the third month after Israel’s departure from Egypt, we arrived at Mt. Sinai (Exo. 19:1). Three days...
  • COME HOLY SPIRIT [Ecumenical]

    05/17/2010 9:21:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies · 148+ views
    The Work of God.org ^ | not given | Joseph of Jesus and Mary
    COME HOLY SPIRITby Joseph of Jesus and Mary     Acts 1:8 But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth.       Introduction In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth through his Word. And the Holy Spirit rested upon the waters [Genesis 1:1-2]. The Father with His Omnipotent Power, The Son with mighty Word and Wisdom and the Holy Spirit with His Love was present in the origin of...
  • Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts [Devotional]

    05/14/2010 8:44:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies · 397+ views
    EWTN.com ^ | 1912 | Holy Spirit Fathers
    FOREWORDThe novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian. First Day Second Day Third Day Fourth Day Fifth Day Sixth Day Seventh Day Eighth...
  • A PENTECOST WORD ... I AM STRUMMING MY HEART FOR YOU " OBEDIENT ONE "

    04/20/2010 8:37:30 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 5 replies · 324+ views
    Overtures of My love are coming your way , This day I have set it before you and in my will you obey , So prepare for your blessings are about to shower down , Much more in obedience shall be required of you but now you wear my crown , For my fullness you now walk in and I AM completed in you , My desires now are yours for you have broken through , So watch as I complete all your dreams and requests , For just as Joshua I have dressed you in my very best ,...
  • Discerning the Dove: Pentecost AD 2009

    06/02/2009 11:28:05 AM PDT · by lightman · 7 replies · 447+ views
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 1 June AD 2009 | Rev. J. Thomas Shelley, STS
    A grand slam hit over the right field wall at Sovereign Stadium could land on the roof or even tumble through the clerestory windows of the tiny Westminster Presbyterian Church on North Queen Street in downtown York. For over two decades ending just before the stadium construction commenced this small congregation was pastored by Rev. Jeffrey Wilson, who supplied here in March of 2007. Pastor Wilson is rather eclectic, a person of diverse interests--a modern day “Renaissance Man”. During his years of pastoring an inner-city congregation he lived on the family farm in Harford County, Maryland, where he had also...
  • Benedict XVI's Homily for Solemnity of Pentecost

    05/31/2009 7:59:09 PM PDT · by ELS · 7 replies · 482+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 31, 2009 | Benedict XVI
    Benedict XVI's Homily for Solemnity of Pentecost "The Holy Spirit Overcomes Fear" VATICAN CITY, MAY 31, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's homily that he gave today in St. Peter's Basilica during Mass for the Solemnity of Pentecost. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters! Every time that we celebrate the Eucharist we experience in faith the mystery that is accomplished on the altar, that is, we participate in the supreme act of love that Christ realized with his death and resurrection. The one center of the liturgy and of Christian life -- the paschal mystery --...
  • Pentecost Past and Present

    05/31/2009 4:01:01 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 7 replies · 773+ views
    The National Catholic Weekly ^ | June 4, 2006 | Daniel J. Harrington, S.J.
    If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit” (Gal 5:25) Pentecost is one of the major dates in the church’s calendar, along with Christmas and Easter. Our word Pentecost derives from the Greek word for 50. The feast occurs 50 days after Easter. Pentecost was (and is) a Jewish festival celebrated in late spring, 50 days after Passover. Its biblical name is Weeks (Shebuot in Hebrew), because it takes place seven weeks after Pentecost. In Jesus’ time the Jewish feast of Weeks was associated with the gift of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. In...
  • The Purpose of Pentecost: and the New Missionary Age of the Church

    05/31/2009 3:39:58 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 1 replies · 369+ views
    CatholicOnline ^ | 5/31/09 | Deacon Keith A. Fournier
    Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. As we came to the close of the last millennium there were groups within the Christian community who claimed to have a special connection with the encounter that the early followers of Jesus had in the upper room on that great and glorious day. A modern “Pentecostal” movement was born. Out of it, much good has come. The Second Vatican Council in the Catholic Church began with a prayer for a...
  • "Tongues for Telling the Mighty Works of God" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost)

    05/30/2009 3:53:12 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies · 562+ views
    Charles Henrickson's blog at the Wittenberg Trail ^ | May 31, 2009 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Tongues for Telling the Mighty Works of God” (Acts 2:1-21)It’s the Day of Pentecost. It’s nine o’clock in the morning. And the disciples are all together in one place. It was true back then, and it’s true today. Back on the Day of Pentecost that we read about in the Book of Acts, it was nine o’clock in the morning--or “the third hour of the day,” as our text says--and the group of disciples was together there in Jerusalem. And on this Day of Pentecost, also at nine in the morning, this group of disciples is gathered here in Bonne...
  • Divine Light Needed

    05/27/2009 10:11:34 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 1 replies · 287+ views
    Catholic Sentinel ^ | 5/27/09 | Archbishop John Vlazny
    This coming Sunday, May 31, is the 50th day of Easter, Pentecost Sunday. As the Easter season draws to a close, the church universal celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit, first poured into the hearts of the Lord’s disciples gathered in that upper room so long ago, and now extended to all baptized and confirmed believers in support of our communion and our evangelizing mission. Every Pentecost before the gospel is proclaimed, a beautiful Sequence prayer of praise is sung, “Come, Holy Spirit, Come!” In that prayer we ask the Holy Spirit to “shed a ray of light divine…...
  • The Lives of Saints Nereus and Achilleus [May 12]

    05/11/2008 5:38:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies · 71+ views
    Catholicorum.com ^ | n/a | Catholic Forum
    Domitilla with Nereus and Achilleus Painting by Peter Paul Rubens. Weblink. May 12: Nereus, Achilleus and DomitillaToday, May 12, is the feast day of Nereus and Achilleus who persuaded the Roman lady Domitilla, niece of the emperor Domitian, to reject her betrothed, Aurelianus, in order to keep her virginity. Aurelianus finally does away with both Nereus and Achilleus and decides to marry Domitilla by force, but he dances himself to death at his own wedding! The legend is set in ancient times, and the names of the characters in this story - Domitilla, Nereus, Achilleus - are associated with some...
  • "From Feast to Feast to Feast" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost)

    05/10/2008 8:42:32 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies · 219+ views
    May 11, 2008 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “From Feast to Feast to Feast” (John 7:37-39; Acts 2:1-21)Today is the Feast of Pentecost, a major festival in the Christian church year. Today we celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit, whom our ascended Lord Jesus Christ poured out on his church, as we read about in the second chapter of Acts. That was the beginning of the worldwide spread of the gospel, and you and I are here today as Christians because of what began on that first Pentecost. Actually, though, that was not the first Pentecost. For the Christian Feast of Pentecost has its roots in the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-11-08, Solemnity, Pentecost Sunday

    05/10/2008 6:20:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies · 76+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 05-11-08 | New American Bible
    May 11, 2008                                             Solemnity -- Pentecost Sunday                                            Mass during the Day       Reading 1Responsorial PsalmReading 2Gospel Reading 1Acts 2:1-11 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,they were all in one place together.And suddenly there came from the skya noise like a strong driving wind,and it filled the entire house in which they were.Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,which parted and came to rest on each one of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Spiritand began to speak in different tongues,as the Spirit...
  • Pentecost Continues

    05/10/2008 4:12:40 AM PDT · by tcg · 98+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/10/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    They were not the most confident lot, this group of early followers of the One who was crucified and then raised from the dead. Even though they had seen Him defeat the final enemy, death, they were afraid as they gathered in that upper room. Right before He ascended He had promised that He would not leave them orphans but would send another comforter once He returned to the Father. He told them they would receive power from on high and be able to continue His work on earth until He returned. In that Cenacle, along with His mother, they...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-10-08, Vigil of Pentecost

    05/09/2008 8:25:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies · 89+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 05-10-08 | New American Bible
    May 10, 2008                                          Pentecost Sunday                                         At the Vigil Mass         Reading 1Responsorial PsalmReading 2Gospel Reading 1Genesis 11:1-9 The whole world spoke the same language, using the same words.While the people were migrating in the east,they came upon a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there.They said to one another,“Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire.”They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar.Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a cityand a tower with its top in the sky,and so...
  • Vigil of the Pentecost and Whitsunday

    05/09/2008 7:46:24 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies · 310+ views
    Fish Eaters.com ^ | not available | Fisheaters
    Vigil of the Pentecost and Whitsunday   The Vigil of Pentecost is traditionally a day of fasting. This requirement has been done away with in the most recent Code of Canon Law, but many traditional Catholics fast anyway. The Feast itself -- a day also known as "Whitsunday" -- is considered a sort of "birthday" for the Church and marks the beginning of the week known as Whitsuntide. Vestments on Whitsunday are red, but the name "Whitsunday" comes from "White Sunday" because, at one time, those who entered the Church at Easter would once again wear their white robes today....