Today’s Gospel: John 20:19-23 (Appears To The Disciples)
The gift of Pentecost is a most joyous, overflowing, life-giving, exciting, incredible, faith-filled, loving gift. We are so blessed in this life to have Jesus Christ and Jesus blessed us with the Holy Spirit. By the power and gift and fruits of the Holy Spirit, we are guided and directed and led to always live a life that stay focused on Jesus. This life can easily distract us and mislead us and lead us astray. It is by the guidance of the Holy Spirit that we will gain the proper understanding necessary to stay more clearly focused on Jesus throughout our journey in this life.
"The holy mystery of the day of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost, is to be understood in the following manner: the spirit of man must be completed and perfected by the Holy Spirit, that is, it must be sanctified, illuminated, and divinized by the Holy Spirit. This holy mystery is realized continually in the Church of Christ and because of this the Church is really a continuous Pentecost.... From Holy Pentecost, the day of the Holy Spirit, every God-like soul in the Church of Christ is an incombustible bush which continuously burns and is inflamed with God and has a fiery tongue within it." ~St. Justin Popovich
"Whatever the soul may think fit to do itself, whatever care and pains it may take, relying only upon its own power, and thinking to be able to affect a perfect success by itself, without the co-operation of the Spirit, it is greatly mistaken. It is of no use for the heavenly places; it is of no use for the kingdom - that soul, which supposes that it can achieve perfect purity of itself, and by itself alone, without the Spirit. Unless the man who is under the influence of the passions will come to God, denying the world, and will believe with patience and hope to receive a good thing foreign to his own nature, namely the power of the Holy Spirit, and unless the Lord shall drop upon the soul from on high the life of the Godhead, such a man will never experience true life, will never recover from the drunkenness of materialism; the enlightenment of the Spirit will never shine in that benighted soul, or kindle in it a holy daytime; it will never awake out of that deepest sleep of ignorance, and so come to know God of a truth through God's power and the efficacy of grace.” ~St. Macarius the Great,
Pondering these thoughts today: I will simply say this, I rely tremendously on the power of the Holy Spirit to guide me and lead me. I want to be inspired by the Spirit and led by the Spirit. I pray every single day that the Holy Spirit stays close by my side showing me the way to Jesus. I do my best in this life, but I know how easily distracted we can get. That is why I always ask for guidance and protection on my journey.
LOVE YOU GUYS !!!!
Your brother in Christ Jesus
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS
Today is Sunday: We pray the Glorious Mysteries:
The Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection (Faith) –Mark 16:1-8
2. The Ascension (Hope) –Luke 24:50-53
3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Love) –Acts 2:1-4
4. The Assumption of Our Lady
(Grace of a Happy Death) –Rev 12:1-6
5. The Coronation of Mary (Mary’s intercession) –Judith 15:9-10
Glory and Honor and Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ!
Rosary Man Jim's Glorious Reflections: http://beads-of-joy-blog.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-glorious-mysteries.html