The People in Jerusalem on Pentecost: Who Were They?

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Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd,but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language.They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and P … [Read more...]

What Is the Gift of Counsel?

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What is Counsel?That was the theme of the Holy Father's catechesis today, in his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square.  Counsel, Pope Francis taught, is that gift by which the Holy Spirit enables us to make concrete decisions according to the logic of Jesus and the Gospel.Vatican Information Service has the report: The Holy Spirit “helps us to grow positively both inwardly and in the community, and helps us not to fall prey to selfishness or to our way of seeing things”. “The … [Read more...]

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...]


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