Posts Tagged ‘Pentecost’

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]

Our Participation Today in the Mystery of Pentecost

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

When we celebrate Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit, we need to pause and reflect on just how pervasive and ever-present the marvelous gift of the Spirit is. If we neglect the Spirit, the giver of life and font of all saving grace, then we impoverish our own lives and we remain unknown […] [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]

Being Catholic Today: Catholic Identity in an Age of Challenge

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

On a weekly basis, it seems, there is news of yet another challenge to our freedom to live our Catholic faith. Many of these arise from those social, cultural and political trends that I have discussed previously with respect to our need for a New Evangelization. Recent years have now seen various efforts by federal […] [Read more]

Mary, Queen of Peace

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

As we move closer to the celebration of the great Solemnity of Pentecost we find ourselves in a spiritual sense with our Blessed Mother in the Upper Room waiting for the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised that he would not leave us orphans, that an Advocate would be sent on behalf of this young Church, the […] [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]

The Ten Commandments and Pentecost

Monday, May 18th, 2015

In the Paschal Mystery, we celebrate our redemption and deliverance from slavery to sin and death through Jesus Christ. The context and frame of reference for our appreciation of our salvation begins with the observance of Passover, during which the people Israel recalled how God led them out of bondage in Egypt. This holy feast, […] [Read more]

The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

To be Catholic is to have a faith that marks our hours, counts our days, and measures our months and seasons. Our liturgical calendar is marked by special days – feasts – which are all celebrations of Jesus Christ, reminding us who we are as people of faith. These feasts form a kind of catechism, […] [Read more]

Homily: Mass for Archdiocesan Synod

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

It is a pleasure to welcome all of you to the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle as we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost.  While it is true that the Pentecost we commemorate today happened almost 2,000 years ago, what we are celebrating is the continuing outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church – […] [Read more]

Mary: Bringing People to Jesus

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

In this second reflection as part of our Marian pilgrimage, we consider how Our Blessed Mother shows us how to share our faith.  In the first part of this series, we reflected on Mary as the “Star of Evangelization”. Today, we consider another title for Mary: “The Perfect Disciple.”   Here we consider how Mary is […] [Read more]