Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful!

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together (Acts2:1). 53 days ago, the Church led us, with our Lord and the Apostles, to the Upper Room. Here, they were to witness the depths of God’s love for humanity for Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. (John13:1).Última_Cena_-_Juan_de_Juanes  In word and deed, Jesus revealed the love which God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – has for mankind both individually and as a whole, for it was on that sacred night that Christ would institute the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist as the perpetual memorial of HIs One saving Sacrifice, and the Holy Priesthood as the way to make this Sacrifice truly present until the end of time. Both of these Sacraments, in their own way, would bring about the saving Presence of Jesus Christ in the world until Christ’s final return in glory. Continue reading “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful!”

A Catholic Kind of Advent & Christmas

While it may seem simple (or totally predictable, given my background), one of my favoriteIMG_0874 pastimes, especially during the summer is to walk through shallow – and not-so-shallow – streams.  Whether it’s in a field or in the mountains is irrelevant (although I think I’d prefer a stream running through a mountain meadow); there’s something peaceful and intriguing about such an experience. That being said, on multiple occasions I’ve unintentionally found myself up to my neck in water or carried downstream by a powerful current.  To stand in anything more than a trickle requires calculated treading and sure footing. Continue reading “A Catholic Kind of Advent & Christmas”

“Church Drunk”

To be clear, the Church has some strong words about drunkenness which can lead to all sorts of other serious sins as a result of willingly surrendering our free will (see for example Catechism, 2290), but that is NOT what I’m talking about. What I’m talking about is the experience of being around something so awesome to such an extent that you begin to forget just how incredible, amazing, or otherwise awesome it really is! Being in the city of Rome, being “Church drunk” can happen very easily. Continue reading ““Church Drunk””