The Holy Spirit


The Power of the Holy Spirit to Unify

Reading 1ACTS 19:1-8 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior of the country and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They answered him, “We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” He said,

Our Baptism into the Trinity

Reading 1ACTS 18:23-28 After staying in Antioch some time, Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence through the Galatian country and Phrygia, bringing strength to all the disciples. A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus. He was an authority on the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the

Call Upon the Holy Spirit for Discernment

Reading 1 ACTS 18:9-18 One night while Paul was in Corinth, the Lord said to him in a vision, “Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you. No one will attack and harm you, for I have many people in this city.” He settled there for

Pentecost Sunday – Be Not Afraid!!! Peace Be With You!!!

Gospel JN 20:19-23 On the evening of that first day of the week,when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,for fear of the Jews,Jesus came and stood in their midstand said to them, “Peace be with you.”When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.The disciples rejoiced when they saw the

The Gift of Piety – Our Relationship with the Father

Gospel JN 17:20-26 Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: “I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the

The Gift of Wisdom

The Book of Wisdom Chapter 3 1-9 The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,a and no torment shall touch them. 2They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction 3and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in

The Gift of Counsel

ACTS 20:17-27 From Miletus Paul had the presbyters of the Church at Ephesus summoned. When they came to him, he addressed them, “You know how I lived among you the whole time from the day I first came to the province of Asia. I served the Lord with all humility and with the tears and

The Gift of Courage

Gospel JN 16:29-33 The disciples said to Jesus, “Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech. Now we realize that you know everything and that you do not need to have anyone question you. Because of this we believe that you came from God.” Jesus answered them, “Do you believe now? Behold,

The Gift of Understanding – Mary, Our Model

Gospel LK 1:39-56 Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most

The Gift of Knowledge

From the Gosepl of John Chapter 17 3* Now this is eternal life,c that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

Let’s Prepare Together – Day 1

Msgr. Esseff would like to invite all who are listening to prepare together for the events leading up to the Ascension of Christ and then on to Pentecost. Today he would like to discuss the importance of this “retreat” and to suggest everyone focus on the following prayer and scripture passage:   Glory be to

“Go!” – Responding to the promptings of the Holy Spirit

Reading 1   ACTS 8:26-40 The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, “Get up and head south on the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route.” So he got up and set out. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, that is, the queen of the

The Gift of Knowledge – The Charism of Wisdom – St. Thomas Aquinas

From the Gospel of Matthew: a Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, 2* saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. 3Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not

BKL35 – The Great Gift of Penetcost with Msgr. John Esseff

Msgr. Esseff reflects on the readings for the great feast of Pentecost  He discusses the  birth of our true identity, and in particular, what it means to be Christ in the world today. From the NAB ROM 8:8-17 Brothers and sisters: Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in

The Many Gifts of the Holy Spirit – Listen to the Holy Spirit

1 Corinthians 13 1If I speak in human and angelic tongues* but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.a2And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.b3If I

Fear of the Lord – The Gifts of the Holy Spirit – What Sts. Maria Goretti and Thomas More have in common

AMAZING GRACE Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me…. I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now, I see. T’was Grace that taught… my heart to fear. And Grace, my fears relieved. How precious did that Grace appear… the hour I first believed. Through many dangers,

Piety – The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

A special gift of the Holy Spirit; if perfects the virtue of religion, which is the practice of justice toward God. It produces an instinctive filial affection for God and devotion toward those who are specially consecrated to God. As an infused gift of God, it is ready loyalty to God and the things of

Courage – The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus.47x While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, accompanied by a large crowd, with swords and clubs, who had come from the chief priests and the elders of the people.48His betrayer had arranged a sign with them, saying, “The man I shall kiss is the one; arrest

Wisdom – The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Psalm 49 from NAB 2Hear this, all you peoples! Give ear, all who inhabit the world, 3You of lowly birth or high estate, rich and poor together. 4My mouth shall speak words of wisdom, my heart shall offer insights.a 5I will turn my ear to a riddle,* expound my question on a lyre. I 6Why

Counsel – The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: III. THE GIFTS AND FRUITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 1830 The moral life of Christians is sustained by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are permanent dispositions which make man docile in following the promptings of the Holy Spirit. 1831 The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel,

Knowledge and Understanding – Gifts of the Holy Spirit

lpowerpress] The Coming of the Spirit.1* When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.a2And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind,* and it filled the entire house in which they were.b3Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,* which parted and came to rest on

The Power of Confirmation

Reading 1  ACTS 2:14, 22-33 On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed: “You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem. Let this be known to you, and listen to my words.“You who are children of Israel, hear these words. Jesus the Nazorean was

BKL#6 – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Pentecost, Renewal, and the Nature of True Repentance

Show 6 ” Building a Kingdom of Love” – Pentecost, Renewal, and the Nature of True Repentance Msgr. Esseff reflects on the first Pentecost and its meaning for us today. The continuing call to conversion in our lives and the nature of true repentance are topics he explores in this discussion.

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