Posts Tagged ‘Holy Spirit’

The Upper Room at Pentecost and in Our Personal Lives

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

The liturgy at Pentecost vividly takes us again into the Upper Room in Jerusalem. It was there that Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with the Apostles, and where the Lord instituted the sacraments of the Eucharist and Holy Orders. The first reading at Mass for this solemnity tells how suddenly the Holy Spirit filled the […] [Read more]

Finding the Strength to Overcome Adversity and Live Well in Christ

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

It is not uncommon for people to have the wisdom to know what is the right thing to do, and genuinely to want to be virtuous in order to lead a good and truly happy life, and yet they lack the will power to actually do the right and just thing, including fully living our […] [Read more]

The Baptism of the Lord

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

The feast of the Baptism of the Lord flows naturally from our celebration at Christmas of the birth of Jesus, who is Christ the Lord, and from the Solemnity of the Epiphany last week, when we recalled with joy the public revelation of the world’s Savior to the Magi. Today, we remember how the adult […] [Read more]

The Outpouring of the Spirit Upon Our Newly Ordained Priests

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Each year with eagerness, we await the celebration of the sacrament of Holy Orders in this archdiocese. On June 13, we celebrated the ordination of five men to the transitional diaconate. Last Saturday, June 20, our family of faith rejoiced with the ordination of nine new priests of our local Church. In addition, next Saturday […] [Read more]

Trinity Sunday

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity that we will celebrate this coming Sunday honors not an event, but a truth revealed by Jesus Christ – and according to the Catholic faith, it is the most important truth of all. Trinity Sunday, which falls on the Church calendar one week after Pentecost, celebrates the eternal […] [Read more]

“Come Holy Spirit”

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

On this great Solemnity that we celebrate today, the Church sings out in the ancient Pentecost Sequence, “Come, Holy Spirit, come!” With this plea, we remind ourselves that the Church, which was filled with the breath of life on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4), is the Spirit-led yet divine presence of Christ in the world. Our Church’s […] [Read more]

Confirmation: The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit as at Pentecost

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation is among the most enjoyable tasks in the life of a bishop. It is a time to look forward. The parish gathers around the candidates, young and old, to welcome them into full membership in the Church. These people, filled with potential and hope, perhaps can sense how the grace […] [Read more]

Becoming Christ Through Grace

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

As the Church continues to celebrate the Easter Season, for many of us it is during this time that our families gather to celebrate First Communions, Confirmations and marriages. These sacraments are so joyful because they are marked by a sense of hope and a future that seems boundless. Perhaps we even can imagine the […] [Read more]

Open to the Holy Spirit

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

What we celebrate this season is God coming to be with us – to be one of us – walking with us, saving us and sharing divine life with us. Yet while we joyfully await the coming of Jesus at Christmas, we know also that in a few months, the Church will recall his crucifixion, […] [Read more]

The Human Body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

As we come to the end of the Church’s liturgical calendar in November, we reflect upon the last things and our calling to new life in the Holy Spirit. Saint Paul, we hear in today’s liturgy, says to the Church in Corinth, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that […] [Read more]