Pope Francis Celebrates Pentecost Mass at Vatican - "The Holy Spirit teaches us" SHARE - Video/Homily
For More Breaking News, Novena Prayers, and Free Catholic Movies LIKE http://fb.com/catholicnewsworldDuring the celebration of the Eucharist, after the proclamation of the Holy Gospel, the Pope gave the homily which we publish below: Homily of the Holy Father "And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit" ( Acts 2:4). (Image Source: Google Images/Tony Riley/2013) Speaking to the Apostles at the Last Supper, Jesus said that, after his departure from this world, he would send them the gift of the Father , that the Holy Spirit (cf. Jn 15:26).
This promise is realized with power on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples gathered in the Upper Room. That outpouring, though extraordinary, did not remain limited and only at that moment, but it is an event which has been renewed and renewed again. Glorified Christ at the right hand of the Father continues to fulfill his promise, sending the life-giving Spirit upon the Church, we teach and we remember and we do talk . The Holy Spirit teaches us : it is the interior Master. Guide us to the right path through life's situations.
He teaches us the way, the way. In the early days of the Church, Christianity was called "the Way" (cf. Acts 9:2), and Jesus is the Way. The Holy Spirit teaches us to follow him, to walk in his footsteps. More than a teacher of doctrine, the Holy Spirit is a teacher of life. It certainly is a part of life even knowing, knowing, but in the broader horizon of Christian existence and harmonious. The Holy Spirit reminds us , reminds us of all that Jesus said. And 'the living memory of the Church. And while it makes us remember, let us understand the words of the Lord.
Remember this in the Spirit and through the Spirit not be reduced to a mnemonic fact, is an essential aspect of Christ's presence in us and in his Church. The Spirit of truth and charity reminds us of all that Christ has told us to enter more fully into the meaning of his words. We all have this experience: a moment, in any situation, there is another idea and then connects with a passage of Scripture ... And 'the Spirit that makes us do this way: the way of living memory of the Church. And this calls for a response from us: our response is more generous, more than the words of Jesus we become in life, they become attitudes, choices, actions, testimony. In essence, the Spirit reminds us of the commandment of love, and calls us to live it. A Christian without memory is not a true Christian is a Christian halfway, it's a man or a woman prisoner of the moment, he does not know to treasure its history, does not know how to read it and live it as a history of salvation. Instead, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can interpret the inner inspirations and events of life in the light of the words of Jesus as we grow in the knowledge of the memory, the wisdom of the heart, which is a gift of the Spirit. May the Holy Spirit revives in us all the Christian memory! And on that day, with the Apostles, was the memory of the woman, the one who from the start meditating all those things in her heart. There was Mary, our Mother. That you help us in this way the memory. The Holy Spirit teaches us, reminds us, and - another trait - it makes us talk with God and with men. There are Christians dumb, dumb spirit; no, there is no place for it. We are talking to God in prayer . Prayer is a free gift that we receive; is dialogue with Him in the Holy Spirit, who prays in us and allows us to turn to God as Father, Daddy, Abba (cf. Rom 8:15, Gal 4:4); and this is not just a "way of saying," but the reality is, we are truly children of God "For all who are led by the Holy Spirit of God are sons of God" ( Rom 8:14) . There is talk in the act of faith. None of us can say, "Jesus is Lord" - as we have heard today - without the Holy Spirit. The Spirit makes us talk to men in fraternal dialogue . It helps to talk with others in recognizing their brothers and sisters; talking with friends, with tenderness, with gentleness, understanding the anxieties and hopes, the griefs and joys of others.
But there's more: the Holy Spirit makes us speak to men in the prophecy , that is making us "channels" humble and obedient to the Word of God Prophecy is made with frankness, to show openly the contradictions and injustices, but always with meekness and constructive intent. Penetrated with the spirit of love, we can be signs and instruments of God who loves, serving, which gives life. To recap: the Holy Spirit teaches us the way; reminds us and tells us the words of Jesus; makes us pray to God the Father and say, makes us speak to men in fraternal dialogue and makes us speak in prophecy. On the day of Pentecost, when the disciples "were filled with the Holy Spirit," was the baptism of the Church, who was born "out" in "start" to proclaim to all people the Good News. The Mother Church, which begins to serve. Recall the other Mother, our Mother who departed promptly to serve.
The Mother Church and the Mother Mary, both virgins, both mothers, both women. Jesus was peremptory with the Apostles were not to leave Jerusalem until they have received from the power of the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 1,4.8). Without Him there is no mission, there is no evangelization. For this reason, with the whole Church, our Mother the Catholic Church we call: Come, Holy Spirit! [00951-01.01] [Original text: Italian]
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Feast: June 8
|ST. MEDARD, one of the most illustrious prelates of the Church of France in the sixth century, was born of a pious and noble family, at Salency, about the year 457. From his childhood he evinced the most tender compassion for the poor. On one occasion he gave his coat to a destitute blind man, and when asked why he had done so, he answered that the misery of a fellow-member in Christ so affected him that he could not help giving him part of his own clothes. Being promoted to the priesthood in the thirty-third year of his age, he became a bright ornament of that sacred order. He preached the word of God with an unction which touched the hearts of the most hardened; and the influence of his example, by which he enforced the precepts which he delivered from the pulpit, seemed irresistible. In 530, Alomer, the thirteenth bishop of that country, dying, St. Medard was unanimously chosen to fill the see, and was consecrated by St. Remigius, who had baptized King Clovis in 496, and was then exceeding old. Our Saint's new dignity did not make him abate anything of his austerities, and, though at that time seventy-two years old, he thought himself obliged to redouble his labors. Though his diocese was very wide, it seemed not to suffice for his zeal, which could not be confined; wherever he saw the opportunity of advancing the honor of God, and of abolishing the remains of idolatry, he overcame all obstacles, and by his zealous labors and miracles the rays of the Gospel dispelled the mists of idolatry throughout the whole extent of his diocese. What rendered this task more difficult and perilous was the savage and fierce disposition of the ancient inhabitants of Flanders, who were the most barbarous of all the nations of the Gauls and Franks. Our Saint, having completed this great work in Flanders, returned to Noyon, where he shortly after fell sick, and soon rested from his labors at an advanced age, in 545. The whole kingdom lamented his death as the loss of their common father and protector. His body was buried in his own cathedral, but the many miracles wrought at his tomb so moved King Clotaire that he translated the precious remains to Soissons.|
(Taken from Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler)
Pope Francis has invited the presidents of Israel and Palestine, Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, to join him in a prayer encounter. Peres and Abbas will arrive at the Vatican within a few minutes of each other. The Holy Father will receive them at the entrance of Casa Santa Marta, and will briefly with them individually. All three will then join with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and proceed by car to the Vatican Gardens where the event will take place, beginning with a musical introduction and an explanation in English of the structure and form of the celebration, which will follow the chronological order of the three religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
At around 7pm there will be a prayer (creation) in Hebrew, a brief musical interlude, a prayer invoking forgiveness, another musical interlude, a prayer invoking peace, and finally, a Jewish musical meditation. The Christian part will follow the same structure, but the first prayer will be in English, the second in Italian, and the third in Arabic. Finally the Muslim part of the celebration will proceed as above, in Arabic. The reader will then introduce in English the final part of the celebration, beginning with Pope Francis' discourse invoking peace.
The Holy Father will then invite each of the two presidents to formulate his own invocation. Shimon Peres will begin, followed by Mahmoud Abbas. As a gesture of peace, in which the Patriarch Bartholomew will also participate, they will all shake hands and the Pope will then accompany them in planting an olive tree, symbol of peace. At the end of the celebration the four will remain side by side while the delegations pass by to greet them. The Holy Father, the two presidents and the Patriarch will then proceed to the Casina Pio IV to speak in private. Finally, Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas will leave the Vatican, while Pope Francis and the Patriarch Bartholomew will return to the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Source: VIS