June 18, 2019

Tag - Holy Spirit

What Would We Change?

What are the things that you would change in our Church, in our city, in our family, in our nation, in the world? As you compile your list, let me try to anticipate it by offering a simple solution to any of the problems that bother you and to any...

The Art of the Witness

I recently read Deacon Kurt Godfryd’s incisive article, A Gentle Breeze, in this publication. It was a powerful witness for the faith and the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It led me to wonder just how many times I have felt that gentle...

A Gentle Breeze

Cardinal Basil Hume, O.S.B., once remarked: “There is a gentle breeze if we can but catch it, which blows all the time to help us on our journey through life to our final destination. That breeze is the Holy Spirit. But the wind cannot be caught or...

Listening to That Unseen Voice

My friend has a dog named Diamond. Whenever I talk to my friend on the phone, my friend will frequently put the phone on speaker. When my friend does put the phone on speaker, I like to call the dog’s name and say, “Hi Diamond. Would you like a...

God’s Breath of Life

And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” (John 22:23) The unmistakable message that John is conveying to...

The Spirit of Truth

The context of the passage from the Gospel of John (14:15-21) possesses echoes of intimacy so intense as to elicit or, rather, to impose sentiments of somber, sacred reverence. They are words spoken in the most atypical setting by One about to give...

Jesus Teaches Us How to Pray

When Jesus visits Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42), we understand that there is need of only one thing in life: i.e. to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as the source of reassurance of being loved with infinite love, of being protected by his omnipotence...

Jesus is Lord!

Even a quick overview of the Bible, especially the New Testament, tells us that people are divided in two groups: the group of Jesus and the group of Satan. There is the group of those who gather with Jesus and the one of those who scatter with the...

Boxing with Ghosts

I might have missed my chance to write the great American novel. A streak of creative genius might have flashed across the horizon of my mind, but I’ll never know because at that moment, I was looking the other way. I was busy fanaticizing about...