Tongues of Fire: Pentecost and Its Golden Sequence

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Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. We sometimes take it for granted, this Feast of Pentecost.  We know about the upper room, the tongues of fire, the preaching, the conversions of many….  But what an incredible story!Pentecost (that’s Greek for “fiftieth”) has its roots in the Jewish Festival of Week … [Read more...]

Saturday Special: A Garden of Roses for Our Mother

This is a favorite, because it's so personal.  I bought this carefully sculpted large Rosary as a gift for my husband in Savannah; but it actually came from Rome, where shavings of alabaster from stained glass windows--like the Holy Spirit window in St. Peter's Basilica--are formed into a resin, then molded into chunky beads.

In this Marian month, I continue my weekly focus on Mary, the Mother of God. This week:  the Rosary."The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you'll be amazed at the results." - Saint Josemaria EscrivaI confess:  I've sometimes had a difficult time praying the Rosary.I could try to persuade you that I prefer a more intense, less repetitive form of prayer.  But you’d see through that in a second:  Devout Catholics pray the familiar Hail Mary’s and Our … [Read more...]