Jesus ascends to the top of the cliff and takes his seat on the edge. He attaches us to the Holy Spirit and gives us full attention as we climb. Through the Spirit we receive what we need and share our love, joy, thanks, and suffering. (17 May 2015)
God loves being in the Tabernacle but His favorite place to be is your heart. At Baptism you were made a temple of the Holy Spirit. Is your temple clean and pure like Jesus, or cluttered and distracted? Listen to the Spirit as he reminds you: stop making My house a marketplace. (8 Mar 2015)
Like Jews and Muslims, Christians believe in one God. However, Christians are unique in believe that God is a Trinity of persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Although they are three distinct persons, there is no division among them: they are perfectly united. The unity of the Trinity teaches us that although there are many differences between people, we don’t have to be divided. Instead, we can be united in love.
Pentecost. Mass at Breakfast on the Farm. The Spirit moves through the world giving life. In place of our our desperate, frenetic pace, the Spirit offers to let us be co-creators with God, and so experience God’s Peace. Move with the Spirit. (8 Jun 2014)
Today we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. We can use three images to describe the work of the Holy Spirit. He is the navigator, the giver of life, and the bond of love.
“Jesus did not leave His Father when He came to be with us, and He did not leave us when He went back to the Father.” The Holy Spirit kept Jesus connected with His Father, like a climbing rope, or a lifeline. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus shares our struggles and we share His joy, peace, and love. Wait for the Lord and Witness to Him.
Without the Holy Spirit, the Church would just be like any other community. The Holy Spirit gives us power to overcome the obstacles that we face and to do more than we could do on our own. Like the reactor that powers Iron Man’s supersuit, the Holy Spirit is the motive force that powers the Church. The life and death of Fr. Frans van der Lugt is an example of what the Holy Spirit enables us to do.
Today the Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church celebrated Mass together in St. Peter’s Basilica, before entering the Sistine Chapel. There is a strong Catholic sense that all the important moments of life should be connected to Mass, and so it is almost taken for granted that the Conclave would begin with the celebration of Mass. What struck me most …
Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | RSS | How to SubscribeThe Spirit stands with Us (12:00) Pentecost Sunday. Jesus knows that we need help, so he sends us the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is known as the Paraclete because he stands with us. He defends us …
Podcast: Play in new window | Download ()Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | RSS | How to SubscribeThe Spirit moving on Pilgrimage Easter, Pentecost Sunday. Just like the wind, you cannot see the Spirit, but you can see the effects of the Spirit’s presence. We just returned from a 50-mile walking pilgrimage to …