Saturday, May 22, 2021

The Solemnity of Pentecost.

 “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.  And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning." (John 15: 26 - 27).

Sunday 23rd May 2021, the Solemnity of Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church.

My friends, the waiting is over. The promise has been fulfilled. If you thirsted for the Spirit, you are now filled. Brethren, this is Pentecost! This is the Birthday of our Mother, the Church. She is Mother and our Teacher. Very old and ever young and beautiful. Virgin and Mother of many children. Queen of Peace and Seat of Wisdom. Happy Birthday Mother Church! 🎂🎂🎂🌹🌹🌹❤️❤️❤️

The Holy Spirit descended on the disciples in the Cenacle "like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were." (Acts 2: 2). The waiting and praying are over. The Father has delivered the Big Gift He promised.

"The Spirit prepares men and goes out to them with his grace, in order to draw them to Christ. The Spirit manifests the risen Lord to them, recalls his word to them and opens their minds to the understanding of his Death and Resurrection." (CCC 737).

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in us the fire of your love.

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Friday, May 21, 2021

The Feast of St Rita of Cascia.

 "It is this disciple who testifies to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true.  There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written." (John 21: 24 - 25)

Saturday May 22nd 2021, 7th Week in the Easter Season is also the feast of the Italian mystic, St Rita of Cascia (1381 - 1457), Augustinian nun. Rita was able to stop a vendetta between the relations of her murdered husband and the murderers. That was a feat in those days. Rita subsequently entered a convent where she spent 40 years in contemplation, austerities and service to the poor and sick.

We summarize our understanding of the two verses of the key Scripture thus: The word of God, Sacred Tradition and Apostolic Magisterium.

#1. The word of God: John the Evangelist testifies to the veracity of the word of God he committed to writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
#2. Sacred Tradition: John warns that it is an error to limit God's word to what is written. There is so much more. The Holy Spirit is promised to lead the Church into the fullness of truth.
#3. Apostolic Magisterium: Anyone who doubts that full teaching authority is given to the Apostles headed by St Peter and his successors should read the New Testament prayerfully. This authority was foreshadowed in the Old Testament by the authority given to Moses and the Prophets to teach and interpret Scripture. God is not the author of confusion.

On the eve of Pentecost, let us pray to God to restore unity of heart and mind in the Church.

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Feed My sheep.

“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” (John 21: 15).

Friday 21st May 2021, in the 7th Week of Easter is also the feast of St Christopher Megallanes (1869 - 1927), Priest and his companions martyrs. The Mexican government was very anti-Catholic and anti clerical in the 1920s.  It massacred 21 priests and 3 lay men during the Cristeros movement.

Peter denied Jesus three times. After the Resurrection, Jesus met the Apostles on the shores of Lake Tiberius. Jesus offered Peter the opportunity for complete reconciliation. Peter confirmed three times that he loves Jesus dearly. Jesus confirmed Peter's leadership of the Church.

What if Jesus asks us: Do you love me more than your family? Do you love me more than your job, money, country? Consider carefully how you respond to the Lord. Peter was very presumptuous before the Passion of Christ to claim that he loved Jesus more than the rest of the Apostles.

Our love for Jesus may not be perfect. But this love can grow through our openness to receive the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. The highest proof of love is for a man to lay down his life for his friends. This is what our saints of the day did. St Christopher Magallanes and his 21 companion martyrs laid down their lives for their faith in Jesus in Mexico.  As Tertulian prophesied: "The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christianity."

St Peter and the other Apostles would lay down their lives to prove their love for Christ.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Feast of St Bernardine of Siena, Franciscan Friar.

"I pray..... 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 world may believe that you sent me." (John 17: 21).

Thursday 20th May 2021, in the 7th Week of Easter is the feast of St Bernardine of Siena (1380 - 1444). Italian Franciscan Priest. St Bernardine had a great charism for preaching. During his relatively short life, he was able to evangelize all Italy. Below is a snippet from his biography.

"When other priests consulted him for advice, Bernardine gave them a simple rule: “In all your actions, seek in the first place the kingdom of God and his glory. Direct all you do purely to his honor. Persevere in brotherly charity, and practice first all that you desire to teach others.”

Bernardine came down to us in history for his special love for the holy name of Jesus.
Here is a great quote from St Bernardine on the name of Jesus:

“The name of Jesus, is in fact,
the great foundation of the faith
that turns people into children of God.
The Catholic Faith indeed,
consists in the news of Jesus Christ, as light of the soul, gate of life and foundation of eternal salvation.”

In our key Scripture for today, Jesus prayed for Church Unity. He wants Christians to be of one heart and one mind so that the world would look at Christians and see Jesus in us.  The standard for this unity is: "Just as you [Father] are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me."
Today there may be more than 60,000 denominations in the world.  You may wonder: What type of answer is this to prayer? This is surely mystery of Divine Providence.

One of the greatest obstacles to Unity is that a sizable number of denominations do not believe in the type of Unity that Jesus prayed for His Church. Number one obstacle without doubt is Sin. Sin exists in all churches. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit deals  with sins in the churches. We may still hope to see visible unity in our lifetime.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Lord Jesus, consecrate us in the truth.

"Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth." (John 17: 17).

Wednesday 19th May 2021, in the 7th Week of Easter.

In the high priestly prayer on the night before His Passion, Jesus prayed to His Father that His disciples should be consecrated in the truth. God's word is truth. Jesus, the Word of God is truth. To consecrate means to set apart, to sanctify, to purify for holy purposes.

Have you ever seen a new Altar or Chalice consecrated by the Bishop? It is a worthwhile experience. It will help to appreciate the prayer of Jesus in our key Scripture. What will you do if you walk into your church and find gansters partying around the Altar and drinking beer with the Chalice. Calling the police will not make the Altar and Chalice pure, holy and consecrated again. The sacred objects have been desecrated. They have been made unholy through sacrilegious action. The Bishop may  order both objects to be destroyed or he may decide to reconsecrate the expensive Altar and have the Chalice destroyed and buried.

You are consecrated by your Baptism for Mission and Witness. When one fails through a serious sin, the person has become desecrated. Our Supreme High Priest, Jesus the Christ who delights in mercy has made provision for our re-consecration through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

When you live as one consecrated to the truth, you will avoid conforming yourself to the ways and habits of this world. Rather through daily renewal of your mind by the word of God the Holy Spirit will transform your mind. When being fed by the Scriptures becomes your habitual manner of living, discerning what is the will of God for you becomes a habit. The will of God is our peace and prosperity.

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Feast of Pope St John I, Martyr.

"Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ." (John 17: 3).

Tuesday 18th May 2021, in the 7th Week of Eastertide is the feast of Pope St John 1, (+ 526). Martyr. St John was martyred by the Arian King Theodoric.

Before expositing on our key Scripture for today, let us look at an alternative translation:

"And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent." (AMPC).

Let us consider a number of points about eternal life:

#1. What type of knowledge of God and Christ leads to eternal life? It is not book knowledge. Like knowing the facts in the Catechism. It is to know and experience God as God. It is knowledge mixed with faith. It is also knowledge that engenders love.

#2. Eternal life actually begins here and now. It begins when you are baptized and maintains the original innocence and purity of that state. Because God is rich in mercy, He established the Sacrament of Confession as the means of restoring the original innocence and purity.

#3. Eternal life is to know deeply that you are enjoying the Abundant Life promised by Jesus in John 10: 10. Jesus also promised: “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid." (John 14: 27 TLB).

#4. Eternal life is the awareness and enjoyment of the presence of the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of abundant and eternal life.

St Catherine of Siena, a great Mystic and Doctor of the Church says that Eternal life starts here and continues all the way to eternity.

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Holy Spirit Novena


Novena to the

Holy Spirit

Begin by reciting the following prayer...

O Holy Spirit, Divine Consoler!

I adore you as my True God.

I bless You by uniting myself to the praises

You receive from the angels and saints.

I offer You my whole heart,

and I render You heartfelt thanks

for all the benefits You have bestowed 

and do unceasingly bestow upon the world.

You are the author of all supernatural gifts

and who did enrich with immense favors the soul

of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

the Mother of God,

I beseech you to visit me by Your grace and Your love,

and grant me the favor

I so earnestly seek in this novena...

State your request here...

O Holy Spirit,

spirit of truth,

come into our hearts:

shed the brightness of your light on all nations,

that they may be of one faith and pleasing to You.


Come, O Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of Your love.

Recite the prayer of the appropriate day...


O Holy Spirit,

bestow upon us Your seven holy gifts.

Enlighten our understanding that we may know You.

Give us wisdom that Your will may be clear to us

and that we may accept it.

Grant us the gift of counsel

that we may always perceive what is right.

Fortify us that we may always be capable

of fulfilling Your Divine Will.

Inspire us with the spirit of learning

that we may be able to penetrate more deeply

into the truths that You have revealed.

Let our hearts be steeped in the spirit of childlikeness

that we may bring You joy.

Let us have proper fear of God

that we may never grieve You

or wander from the path of goodness.

Give us the fullness of Your gifts

that we may glorify You.


Look with compassion upon us,

O Holy Spirit,

and grant us the favor we seek in this novena...

State your request here...

if it be in accordance with Your Holy Will.


O Holy Spirit,

make me faithful in every thought,

and grant that I may always listen to your voice,

and watch for Your light,

and follow Your gracious inspirations.

I cling to You,

and give myself to You,

and ask You by Your compassion

to watch over me in my weakness.

Holding the pierced feet of Jesus,

looking at His Five Wounds,

trusting in His Precious Blood,

adoring His opened side and stricken heart,

I implore You adorable Spirit,

helper of my infirmity,

to keep me in Your grace,

now and always,

and grant us the favor we ask in this novena...

State your request here...


Come, O Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of Your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of Your love.


Heavenly Father,

You have called me to be a member

of the mystical body of Your Son, Jesus Christ,

and to be a temple of the Holy Spirit.

I ask You to give me these gifts of the Holy Spirit:

wisdom, that I may understand the follies of this world;

understanding, that I may grasp more fully

the meaning of my existence

and the purpose of all things in the world;

counsel, that I may always choose the proper way;

fortitude, that I may remain faithful to You

under the pressure of temptation.;

piety, that I may revere You in all I do, think or say;

fear of the Lord, that should the motive of love fail me,

I may quickly be awakened to the eternal consequences of my deeds.

Visit me by Your grace

and Your love

and grant me the favor I so earnestly seek in this novena...

State your request here...


Come, O Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of Your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of Your love.


O God, Who today by the light of the Holy Spirit

did instruct the hearts of the faithful,

give us, by the light of the same Holy Spirit,

a love for what is right and just

and a constant enjoyment of His comforts.

Pray Holy Spirit,

that I may strive to learn more of my faith;

that I may ever be conscious that reason in all

its human magnificence is capable of grasping 

but a glimpse of the reality that is God.

Pray that I may accept as the motto of my life:

"All for the greater glory of God"

and grant me the favor I so earnestly seek in this novena...

State your request here...


Come, O Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of Your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of Your love.


Come, O Spirit of sanctity,

from the glory of heaven

and send forth the radiance of Your light.

Father of all the poor,

light and peace of all hearts,

come with Your countless gifts.

Consoler in desolation; 

refreshment full of loveliness, 

come dear friend of my soul. 

In weariness send repose; 

breath gently cool refreshing breeze; 

console the desolate who weep alone. 

Light of Beatitude, 

make our hearts ready; 

come enter our souls. 

Without Your grace, 

man stands alone; 

he cannot be good or sure. 

Cleanse what is soiled; 

heal what is wounded; 

moisten what is arid. 

Bend the stubborn will; 

warm the cold heart; 

guide the wandering footstep. 

O Holy Spirit, 

we beg You to give us grace through Your sevenfold power 

and grant me the favor I so earnestly seek in this novena...

State your request here...

Give us merit for the present, 

and one day beatitude when we have finished our earthly journey.


Come, O Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of Your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of Your love.


O Father in Heaven,

I beg You to send the Holy Spirit.

May Your Holy Spirit remind me 

when I am apt to forget Your law.

Your love, Your promises.

May Your Holy Spirit strengthen my memory 

to recall frequently Your sanctity, 

omniscience, wisdom, and goodness,

faithfulness, and love.

May Your Holy Spirit encourage me when I am slothful;

strengthen me when I am weak;

enlighten me when I no longer can help myself.

Breathe into me, O Holy Spirit, 

that I may do what is holy.

Stir me, that I may love what is holy.

Strengthen me, that I may preserve what is holy.

Protect me, Holy Spirit, 

that I may never lose what is holy 

and grant me the favor I so earnestly seek in this novena...

State your request here...


Come, O Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of Your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of Your love.


Come, Holy Spirit,

creator of all things: 

come visit our hearts with Your power. 

Fill with grace, friendly guest, 

the hearts which You have created. 

You are called the Consoler, 

gift from the hand of God, 

source of life, light, love, 

and flame, highest good. 

You are the pledge of sevenfold grace, 

finger of the Father’s hand, 

promised us by Him, 

and You make our tongues speak the truth. 

Cast light on our senses, 

pour love into our hearts. 

Grant our weak bodies strength 

that they may never grow weary of doing good 

and grant me the favor I so earnestly seek in this novena...

State your request here...

Keep the enemy far from us, 

give us peace always, 

let us willingly follow in Your footsteps 

that we may be far removed from sin. 

Grant that through You 

we may grow in knowledge of the Father and of the Son, 

and that we may ever strongly believe in You, 

the Spirit of both. 

Praise and honor be forever to the Father on the highest throne, 

in the risen Son of God, 

in the Consoler.


Come, O Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of Your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of Your love.


O Holy Spirit, 

life and light of the Church, 

give us thoughts higher than our own thoughts, 

and prayers better than our own prayers, 

and powers beyond our own powers, 

that we may love and live, 

imitating Jesus Christ, 

our Lord and Savior. 

Come to us, Holy Spirit, 

come with the Father 

and the Son 

and grant me the favor I so earnestly request in this novena...

State your request here...

Vouchsafe to dwell within our souls 

and quickly make our hearts Your own. 

Quench in us the fires of hate and strife, 

the wasting fever of the heart. 

From perils guard our feeble life 

and to our souls Your peace impart. 

Let voice and mind and heart 

and strength confess 

and glorify Your name 

and let the fire of charity burn bright 

and other hearts inflame. 


Come, O Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of Your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of Your love.


O Lord, Holy Spirit,

grant me sight to see the wondrous promise of divine love;

insight to see my own weakness;

delight in Your divine presence in my soul

which You have made Your temple through sanctifying grace.

I pray, O Holy Spirit,

that I may be not doubting;

that I be spared the pain of being alone

without trust or hope in Christ;

that my prayer may always be "My Lord and my God!"

I pray that I may acquire a sense of retreat

to prayer and recollection at various times in my daily life;

for prayer is the bond that joins us to Christ.

I pray that I may be aware of the physical needs of the poor

and that I may share what I can with them

in the charitable works of the Church.

I pray, O Holy Spirit,

that You will in Your mercy 

grant me the favor I have sought in this novena...

State your request here...


Come, O Holy Spirit,

fill the hearts of Your faithful,

and kindle in them the fire of Your love. 

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?

"He [Paul] said to them [Ephesian Christians], “Did you receive the holy Spirit when you became believers?” (Acts 19: 2).

Monday, 17th May 2021, in the 7th Week of Easter.

Our key Scripture for today is the interesting conversation between the Apostle Paul and 12 Ephesian Christians. Paul asked if they received the Holy Spirit when they became Christians.
They answered him, “We have never even heard that there is a holy Spirit.”

Why did Paul ask the question?
#1. The men were not manifesting the fruits of the Holy Spirit?
#2. They did not speak in tongues during prayer.

And you:  “Did you receive the holy Spirit when you became believers?”

If you are not manifesting the fruits of the Holy Spirit in your life:  [Charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control and chastity], the chances are that you have not activated the gifts.
After you receive a new credit card, you activate it before you can use it. After the activation of the card, timely payment of your bill is the way to continue to enjoy the credit card.

We receive the Holy Spirit in Baptism whether we are baptized as children or adults. In Confirmation, this gift is strengthened. Once we claim ownership of the gifts through activation, the fruits of the Holy Spirit mentioned above will be evident in our lives.

What if we fail through sin? The Lord is kind and merciful. He gave us the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance. This Sacrament is so powerful and restores us to the original purity of our Baptism.

It is not too late to join the worldwide Novena of the Holy Spirit for the feast of Pentecost on Sunday, May 23rd 2021.

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