“He is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.”

(pertaining to today’s Gospel reading: John 1:29-34)

Most of us don’t think much about our baptism or confirmation. Unless you entered the church as an adult, those sacraments may be events that happened long ago. You may not have understood what you were getting into at the time, even if you were a teenager. You heard the Holy Spirit was a major player in those rituals; but what about now? The Holy Spirit has a slender back-story. God’s been part of our saga since creation. The Bible has lots to say about who God is and does and wants. Jesus has four gospels that communicate his identity. And if that isn’t enough, Paul wrote a bushel of letters spelling out “the Christ event” in greater detail. We may wonder: does the Holy Spirit have a personality? What are we to think of this specter of grace? More to the point: how do we embody this Spirit that lives in us? First step is to claim the reality! 

The Holy Spirit ignites our hearts and gives us wise discernment.
When have you been led by a force greater than yourself?

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday afternoon made a visit to the parish of Maria Josefa of the Heart of Jesus in the suburbs of Rome. During Mass, he stressed, that the path to holiness was forgiveness and prayer and that revenge and resentment has no place in the Christian life.

Listen to Lydia O’Kane’s report

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Pope: Christ's law of love overcomes law of retaliation

(Vatican Radio) During his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis said the day’s Gospel – part of the Sermon on the Mount, from the Gospel of Saint Matthew – is one of the Biblical passages that best expresses the Christian “revolution.”

In the day’s Gospel reading, he said, “Christ shows the path of true justice, through the law of love that overcomes that of retaliation, that is, ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’.” Jesus, he continued, does not ask His disciples simply to bear evils patiently, but to return good for evil: “Only in this way can the chains of evil be broken, and things can truly change.”

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Pope prays for victims of violence in DR Congo and Pakistan

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis led the crowds gathered for the Sunday Angelus in a prayer for the victims of violence in Africa and around the world. In particular, he prayed for those affected by violence in the region of the Kasaï Central province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “I suffer deeply for the victims, especially for so many children ripped from their families and their schools to be used as soldiers.”

The Holy Father renewed his “heartfelt appeal to the consciences and the responsibility of the national authorities and the international community, that they might take adequate and timely decisions to assist these our brothers and sisters.”

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