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The Timings And Origins Of Pentecost 

The Timings And Origins Of Pentecost 

​The Timing And Origins Of Pentecost.

Pentecost always occurs 50 days after the death and resurrection of Jesus, and ten days after his ascension into heaven. Because Easter is a movable feast without a fixed date, and Pentecost depends on the timing of Easter, Pentecost can fall anywhere between May 10 and June 13.

The timing of these feasts is also where Catholics get the concept of the Novena – nine days of prayer – because in Acts 1, Mary and the Apostles prayed together “continuously” for nine days after the Ascension leading up to Pentecost. Traditionally, the Church prays the Novena to the Holy Spirit in the days before Pentecost.

The name of the day itself is derived from the Greek word “pentecoste,” meaning 50th.

What Happens At Pentecost?

In the Christian tradition, Pentecost is the celebration of the person of the Holy Spirit coming upon the Apostles, Mary, and the first followers of Jesus, who were gathered together in the Upper Room.

A “strong, driving” wind filled the room where they were gathered, and tongues of fire came to rest on their heads, allowing them to speak in different languages so that they could understand each other. It was such a strange phenomenon that some people thought the Christians were just drunk – but Peter pointed out that it was only the morning, and that the phenomenon was caused by the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit also gave the apostles the other gifts and fruits necessary to fulfill the great commission – to go out and preach the Gospel to all nations. It fulfills the New Testament promise from Christ (Luke 24:46-49) that the Apostles would be “clothed with power” before they would be sent out to spread the Gospel.

Where’s That In The Bible?

The main event of Pentecost (the strong driving wind and tongues of fire) takes place in Acts 2:13, though the events immediately following (Peter’s homily, the baptism of thousands) continue through verse 41.

Happy Birthday, Church

It was right after Pentecost that Peter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, preached his first homily to Jews and other non-believers, in which he opened the scriptures of the Old Testament, showing how the prophet Joel prophesied events and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

He also told the people that the Jesus they crucified is the Lord and was raised from the dead, which “cut them to the heart.” When they asked what they should do, Peter exhorted them to repent of their sins and to be baptized. According to the account in Acts, about 3,000 people were baptized following Peter’s sermon.

For this reason, Pentecost is considered the birthday of the Church – Peter, the first Pope, preaches for the first time and converts thousands of new believers. The apostles and believers, for the first time, were united by a common language, and a common zeal and purpose to go and preach the Gospel.

To Non-Catholic And Ex-Catholic Friends 

To Non-Catholic And Ex-Catholic Friends 

​To my non-Catholic and ex-Catholic friends who keep on saying that the Catholic Church and all Catholic Priest is the most hypocrite institution and people across the globe.

First, Christmas (Christ Mass) is a Catholic celebration by nature starting from the beginning of Christianity so if I were you, I won’t join any Christmas parties and accept gifts especially salary increase during this time. How pathetic are you to take advantage of our own celebration, customs and traditions and worse, receive alms because of a tradition that does not belong to you and claim as it was yours. For your information, we celebrate Christmas before your so called religion and founder even existed.

Second, don’t attend celebrations like “prayer vigils” and events corresponding to our faith because you always criticize us for “worshipping idols” and even shout at the top of your voice while we are celebrating Mass and desecrate the entire event with your baseless heretic and liberal argument. And what is wrong of honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary, remember the angels honor her and also, the Most Holy Trinity honored her first and blessed her with the gift of graces among all generation and if you dont mind she is the Mother of Jesus Our Lord, the Living God. Lastly, she was conceived without original sin and I must prefer to honor her than your so called Pastors, Ministers, Founders and etc.

And how pathetic are you to blame us with all the worldly things happening in this world and even criticizing us at the same time in our beliefs on Holy Saints and the venerable people that we declared as the Servant of God. If you dont mind the first Pope of the Catholic Church is St. Peter the Apostle, the first Pontiff and if you are not satisfied and contented with that information and explanation here is the other one, Our Beloved Founder is Jesus Christ the Living God, Our Lord and definitely stays with us always in the Blessed Sacrament in the Eucharist.

Third, protest if there is a declared holiday in our country and even in the whole world like for example “the whole Month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to honor a Catholic person and event.” If I were you, don’t participate in any of our celebration. If you don’t mind you can travel out of the country and have a vacation with your relatives, family and friends, instead of opposing it by convincing the entire humanity to reconsider removing all Catholic inspired holidays from the official list of declared public holidays in the world. Remember you also benefit from it, don’t lie to yourself.

Fourth, Outside the Catholic Church there is no SALVATION and by the way, the place called PURGATORY truly exist as real as Heaven and Hell. And if you say that faith alone is the only means for salvation, well Noah built an ark and not just faith alone.

Fifth, the Catholic Church, Yes our Beloved Church compiled all the books in the bible. And of course if you tell us that our doctrines are fake and unreliable, well we compiled the bible and completely studied it with divine will before your so called Founders, Miniters, and Pastors did.

Sixth, the Catholic history can be traced back to the Apostles, not unlike your cult.

And lastly, stop using the Calendar, the Gregorian calendar. This is our calendar invented by Pope Gregory the Great, as well as telescope and other instruments made by our members, use your own, invent your own.

Repent now or else you will see fires of Hell burning your soul! This is just a few reminder and few information, again repent before its to late for all of you, pray the Holy Rosary unceasingly and ask for the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary and you will obtain pardon, mercy and salvation.

Simon, Do You Love Me? 

Simon, Do You Love Me? 

*🎷Simon, Do You Love Me?🎷*

Friday 7th June, 2019.

*Read Acts 25:13-21, Psalm 103 and John 21:15-19)_*

_*“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’… ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ … ‘Feed my lambs.’ … ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ … ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ … ‘Tend my sheep.’ … ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ …’Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ …. ‘Feed my sheep.’” (John 21:15-17)*_

Love cannot pretend. It cannot hide. Your life is very often defined by the object of your love whatever and whoever it may be. If you do not love your work or who you work for, you would soon think of quitting. If you are married and you love someone other than your spouse, that marriage is bound to suffer. Before handing over the flock to Peter, it is absolutely necessary for Jesus to question Peter’s love.

If Peter did not love Jesus more than everything else in life, his ministry to the Church would have suffered. When we love, we are able to bear whatever suffering or pain from that may result from that which we love. No matter how hot the kitchen may be, a woman who loves cooking will not step out. Jesus knowing how hot the task of leadership would be and the persecutions ahead needed to be sure that Peter truly loved him more than anything else.
For all those times, Peter would have to suffer something, the only thing that would keep him going is the memory of his triple “yes” to Jesus’ question. You know, when you love someone, there is this feeling of being used by that person. This happens when we find ourselves doing things or letting go of certain things for the sake of that person which ordinarily we would never do for anyone else.

Love is patient and kind; love takes no record of records; love never ends; love never gives up. Jesus even went as far as predicting the kind of death Peter would die; how he would stretch his hands while others will tie his belt and take him where he does not wish to go. Note that Jesus does not promise Peter any reward for what he would have to suffer. Jesus simply repeated the same words he said to Peter when he first called him: “Follow Me.”

Do I love God? Am I willing to let go of everything else for His sake even when I am to get nothing in return? Or is it the case that my love for God is just a _”cunny-cunny love”_? In truth, if you do not love God above everything else in this life or if your love is not big enough to withstand whatever sacrifice or pain, your Christian commitment would suffer greatly.

Going through our first reading, we find the story of Paul who was held in prison for the sake of the Gospel. His case is now pending for the Emperor himself. King Agrippa reports Paul to Festus, the Roman Governor, how he tried to settle the matter only for Paul’s accusers to start disputing among themselves meanwhile he couldn’t find him guilty of any evil. Even in his reportage, King Agrippa displays his lack of understanding and faith in Jesus Christ. Paul for his part did not seem too disturbed, as said to the Ephesians, “I have played my part, I am innocent of the blood of you all, (meaning: I am ready for anything now, even death).”

Like Paul, have you suffered anything for the sake of your Christian Faith? Is your love for Jesus big enough to accommodate flogging, imprisonment, loneliness, shipwreck, false accusation and so on?

*Let us pray: Come Holy Spirit and Fill my heart, enkindle in me the fire of your love. Amen.*

Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you.

Friday of the 7th Week of Easter.

Bible Study: Acts 25:13-21, Psalm 103 and John 21:15-19).

-Fr Evaristus Abu.

The Saints Amazing Stories Of Heaven 

The Saints Amazing Stories Of Heaven 

The Saints Stories Of Heaven.

Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori told a story shared with him by a superior of the Jesuit order about a different superior who appeared to him after his death and gave a detailed report about what sort of treatment different people could expect in heaven. According to the departed superior, the rewards of heaven are not equal for all who enter, but all who enter are equally satisfied:

“Now I am in heaven, Philip II, king of Spain, is in heaven as well. We both are enjoying the eternal rewards of paradise, but they are very different for us. My happiness is much greater than his, for it is not like when we were still on earth, for then he was royalty and I was a commoner. We were as far apart as the earth and sky, but now it has been reversed: As lowly as I was compared to the king on earth, I now exceed him in glory in heaven. However, we are both happy, and our hearts are completely satisfied.”

What Saint Lutgarde Saw In Heaven.

Saint Lutgarde a 13th Century Religious Sister was speaking with a sister in religion on heavenly and spiritual matters, and searching for fresh means to appease the wrath of God, they were both overcome with so intense a longing for the salvation and rescue of sinners, that for very pity their hearts did faint away, and they were consumed with hot and fiery love for God and their fellow men. 

Even as they spoke together quickly and eagerly, they were both overpowered by ecstasy, and in that state lay as dead during four whole days. But while their bodies lay thus, they themselves were led in spirit into the clear light of eternal joy, and they saw the whole heavenly host, and the Most Holy, Undivided Trinity. During the four long unbroken days when the holy servant of God and her spiritual sister lay on the ground as though dead, they saw how the Heavenly Court was so exquisitely adorned and ordered with such beauty and regularity that their hearts were not able to grasp it nor their lips to express it.They saw how the Most Holy Trinity lit up the whole of Heaven with an unutterably clear light; and how the noble Queen Mary, as Mother of the eternal Wisdom, shone with a radiance incomparably more beautiful than does the hottest mid-day sun.

And this all high and holy Court resounds with the most entrancing music, and with the songs of the dear Angels. THERE the holy patriarchs and prophets, who had foretold the coming of the Redeemer and longed after it with so great a longing, lifted up their voices in merry gladness.

THERE the holy Apostles sit as Judges, because they forsook all on earth to follow Christ, their Lord and Master, and beside them sit the Evangelists, who did so faithfully transmit to us the teaching, life, and miracles of Christ, leaving behind them a record for all future generations of men.

THERE the glorious martyrs reign in triumph – they who yielded up their bodies to a thousand kinds of pain and martyrdom for love of Christ, and by the shedding of their blood deserved to win a heavenly crown.

THERE stand all glad and joyous the holy priests and confessors who witnessed to the Name of God openly and boldly and by their side are all the holy virgins, who led down here a life austere and upright, chaste and mortified, silent and hidden.

And all these together encircle the vast hall of Heaven like a garland of beautiful red roses and glorious white lilies, filling it with the sweetest perfume, all the while they sing to the Most High God their ceaseless hymn of praise.

Last of all, St Lutgarde and the Sister saw a great company that no man could number, who by the earnest pursuit of good works had laid hold of salvation, and through the conquest of self, the world, and Satan, had deserved to enter in the company of the blessed. 

Now it was revealed to our Saints that in one particular quarter of the Holy City reigned the greatest joy of all the Heavenly Court. Here existed, as it were, a very overflow of happiness, for here the all-sweet odour of Divine love and of every conceivable goodness and virtue, was united to the most soul-entrancing music of the great Song of Praise. The least little gleam from this spot surpasses all the gleam of a hundred thousand earthly suns. So far indeed does it surpass them, that it was quite useless to try to describe it.

The Privileges And Liberties Of The Heavenly Court.

In Heaven many privileges and liberties are enjoyed:

1. Love without Suffering

2. Eternal Life without Death

3. Eternal Youth without Age

4. Riches without Poverty

5. Unfailing Health without Sickness

6. Unspeakable Joy without Grief

7. Everlasting Peace, and the Perpetual Grace of God.

God The Father Describes Heaven To Saint Catherine Of Siena.

St. Catherine of the Siena (1347-1380) wrote down what God the Father told her about heaven. From her famous Christian work ‘The Dialogue of Saint Catherine of Siena‘ (excerpts are below).

Of the Glory of the Blessed: 

“Similarly, the just soul, for whom life finishes in the affection of charity and the bonds of love, cannot increase in virtue, time having come to naught, but she can always love with that affection with which she comes to Me, and that measure that is measured to her. She always desires Me, and loves Me, and her desire is not in vain — being hungry, she is satisfied, and being satisfied, she has hunger, but the tediousness of satiety and the pain of hunger are far from her. 

In love, the Blessed rejoice in My eternal vision, participating in that good that I have in Myself, everyone according to his measure, that is that, with that measure of love, with which they have come to Me, is it measured to them. Because they have lived in love of Me and of the neighbor, united together with the general love, and the particular, which, moreover, both proceed from the same love. And they rejoice and exult, participating in each other’s good with the affection of love, besides the universal good that they enjoy altogether. And they rejoice and exult with the angels with whom they are placed, according to their diverse and various virtues in the world, being all bound in the bonds of love. 

And they have a special participation with those whom they closely loved with particular affection in the world, with which affection they grew in grace, increasing virtue, and the one was the occasion to the other of manifesting the glory and praise of My name, in themselves and in their neighbor and in the life everlasting, they have not lost their love, but have it still, participating closely, with more abundance, the one with the other, their love being added to the universal good, and I would not that you should think that they have this particular good, of which I have told you, for themselves alone, for it is not so, but it is shared by all the proved citizens, My beloved sons, and all the angels — for, when the soul arrives at eternal life, all participate in the good of that soul, and the soul in their good. 

Not that her vessel or theirs can increase, nor that there be need to fill it, because it is full, but they have an exultation, a mirthfulness, a jubilee, a joyousness in themselves, which is refreshed by the knowledge that they have found in that soul. They see that, by My mercy, she is raised from the earth with the plenitude of grace, and therefore they exult in Me in the good of that soul, which good she has received through My goodness. And that soul rejoices in Me, and in the souls, and in the Blessed spirits, seeing and tasting in them the beauty and the sweetness of My love. And their desires forever cry out to Me, for the salvation of the whole world.

And because their life ended in the love of the neighbor, they have not left it behind, but, with it, they will pass through the Door, My only-begotten Son in the way that I will relate to you. So you see that in those bonds of love in which they finished their life, they go on and remain eternally. They are conformed so entirely to My will, that they cannot desire except what I desire, because their free-will is bound in the bond of love, in such a way that, time failing them, and, dying in a state of grace, they cannot sin any more. 

And their will is so united with Mine, that a father or a mother seeing their son, or a son seeing his father or his mother in Hell, do not trouble themselves, and even are contented to see them punished as My enemies. Wherefore in nothing do they disagree with Me, and their desires are all satisfied. The desire of the blessed is to see My honor in you wayfarers, who are pilgrims, forever running on towards the term of death. 

In their desire for My honor, they desire your salvation, and always pray to Me for you, which desire is fulfilled by Me, when you ignorant ones do not resist My mercy. They have a desire too, to regain the gifts of their body, but this desire does not afflict them, as they do not actually feel it, but they rejoice in tasting the desire, from the certainty they feel of having it fulfilled. Their desire does not afflict them, because, though they have it not yet fulfilled, no bliss is thereby lacking to them. Wherefore they feel not the pain of desire. 

And think not, that the bliss of the body after the resurrection gives more bliss to the soul, for, if this were so, it would follow that, until they had the body, they had imperfect bliss, which cannot be, because no perfection is lacking to them. So it is not the body that gives bliss to the soul, but the soul will give bliss to the body, because the soul will give of her abundance, and will re-clothe herself on the Last Day of Judgment, in the garments of her own flesh which she had quitted. For, as the soul is made immortal, stayed and established in Me, so the body in that union becomes immortal, and, having lost heaviness, is made fine and light.

Wherefore, know that the glorified body can pass through a wall, and that neither water nor fire can injure it, not by virtue of itself, but by virtue of the soul, which virtue is of Me, given to her by grace, and by the ineffable love with which I created her in My image and likeness. The eye of your intellect is not sufficient to see, nor your ear to hear, nor your tongue to tell of the good of the Blessed. Oh, how much delight they have in seeing Me, who am every good! Oh, how much delight they will have in being with the glorified body, though, not having that delight from now to the general Judgment, they have not, on that account, pain, because no bliss is lacking to them, the soul being satisfied in herself, and, as I have told you, the body will participate in this bliss”.

Saint John Bosco’s Vision of Heaven.

Saint John Bosco had a vision of Heaven in the form of a dream, which he related to his boys during one of his famous “bedtime talks.”

In 1876, his recently-deceased disciple Saint Dominic Savio appeared to him in a dream. Saint John Bosco told his pupils:

“As you know, dreams come in one’s sleep. So during the night hours of December 6, while I was in my room – whether reading or pacing back and forth or resting in my bed, I am not sure – I began dreaming.

Marvelous Garden.

It suddenly seemed to me that I was standing on a small mound or hillock, on the rim of a broad plain so far-reaching that the eye could not compass its boundaries lost in vastness. All was blue, blue as the calmest sea, though what I saw was not water. It resembled a highly polished, sparkling sea of glass. Stretching out beneath, behind and on either side of me was an expanse of what looked like seashore.

Broad, imposing avenues divided the plain into grand gardens of indescribable beauty, each broken up by thickets, lawns, and flower beds of varied shapes and colors. Each species and each single plant sparkled with a brilliance of its own.

None of the plants we know could ever give you an idea of those flowers, although there was a resemblance of sorts. The very grass, the flowers, the trees, and the fruit – all were of singular and magnificent beauty. Leaves were of gold, trunks and boughs were of diamonds, and every tiny detail was in keeping with this wealth. The various kinds of plants were beyond counting.

Each species and each single plant sparkled with a brilliance of its own. Scattered throughout those gardens and spread over the entire plain I could see countless buildings whose architecture, magnificence, harmony, grandeur and size were so unique that one could say all the treasures of earth could not suffice to build a single one. If only my boys had one such house, I said to myself, how they would love it, how happy they would be, and how much they would enjoy being there! Thus ran my thoughts as I gazed upon the exterior of those buildings, but how much greater must their inner splendor have been!

An Enchanting Melody.

As I stood there basking in the splendor of those gardens, I suddenly heard music most sweet – so delightful and enchanting a melody that I could never adequately describe it. … A hundred thousand instruments played, each with its own sound, uniquely different from all others, and every possible sound set the air alive with its resonant waves.

I suddenly heard music most sweet, blended with them were the songs of choristers. In those gardens I looked upon a multitude of people enjoying themselves happily, some singing, others playing, but every note, had the effect of a thousand different instruments playing together. At one and the same time, if you can imagine such a thing, one could hear all the notes of the chromatic scale, from the deepest to the highest, yet all in perfect harmony. Ah yes, we have nothing on earth to compare with that symphony.

Deepest Pleasure.

One could tell from the expression of those happy faces that the singers not only took the deepest pleasure in singing, but also received vast joy in listening to the others. The more they sang, the more pressing became their desire to sing. The more they listened, the more vibrant became their yearning to hear more…

As I listened enthralled to that heavenly choir, I saw an endless multitude of boys approaching me. Many I recognized as having been at the Oratory and in our other schools, but by far the majority of them were total strangers to me. Their endless ranks drew closer, headed by Dominic Savio, who was followed immediately by Father Alasonatti, Father Chiali, Father Guilitto and many other clerics and priests, each leading a squad of boys…

A Most Radiant Joy.

Once those host of boys got some eight or ten paces from me, they halted. There was a flash of light far brighter than before, the music stopped, and a hushed silence fell over all. A most radiant joy encompassed all the boys and sparkled in their eyes, their countenances aglow with happiness. They looked and smiled at me very pleasantly, as though to speak, but no one said a word.

Dominic Savio stepped forward a pace or two, standing so close to me that, had I stretched out my hand, I would surely have touched him. He too was silent and gazed upon me with a smile…at last Dominic Savio spoke”:

Why do you stand there silent, as though you were almost devitalized?’ he asked. ‘Aren’t you the one who once feared nothing, holding your ground against slander, persecution, hostility, hardships and dangers of all sorts? Where is courage? Say something!’

Loving Warmth.

I forced myself to reply in a stammer, “I do not know what to say. Are you Dominic Savio?”

Yes I am. Don’t you know me anymore?”

How come you are here?” I asked still bewildered.

Savio spoke affectionately: 

“I came to talk with you. We spoke together so often on earth! Do you not recall how much you loved me, or how many tokens of friendship you gave me and how kind you were to me? And did I not return the warmth of your love? How much trust I placed in you! So why are you tongue-tied? Why are you shaking? Come ask me a question or two!”

Abode of Happiness.

Summoning my courage, I replied, “I am shaking because I don’t know where I am.”

“You are in the abode of happiness,” Savio answered, “where one experiences every joy, every delight.”

“Is this the reward of the just?” asked St. John Bosco.

“Not at all! Here we do not enjoy supernatural happiness but only a natural one, though greatly magnified.”

“Might I be allowed to see a little supernatural light?” asked St. John Bosco.

“No one can see it until he has come to see God as He is. The faintest ray of that light would instantly strike one dead, because the human senses are not sturdy enough to endure it.”

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