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The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2, Verses 1-11.
And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak.
Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue.
And they were all amazed, and wondered, saying:
Behold, are not all these, that speak, Galileans? And how have we heard, every man our own tongue wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews also, and proselytes, Cretes, and Arabians: we have heard them speak in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.
Please stand for the Holy Gospel.
The Gospel for today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 14, Verses 23 to 31.
At that time Jesus said to His Apostles:
If any one love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and will make Our abode with him. He that loveth Me not, keepeth not My words. And the word which you have heard, is not mine; but the Father's Who sent Me.Thus far are the words of today’s Holy Gospel.
These things have I spoken to you, abiding with you. But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, Whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. You have heard that I said to you: I go away, and I come unto you. If you loved Me, you would indeed be glad, because I go to the Father: for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it comes to pass: that when it shall come to pass, you may believe.
I will not now speak many things with you. For the prince of this world cometh, and in Me he hath not any thing. But that the world may know, that I love the Father: and as the Father hath given Me commandment, so do I: Arise, let us go hence.
Please be seated.
“And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak.” (EPISTLE of today’s Mass [Acts of the Apostles 2:1-4]).
In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.
The Church reminds all of us how, on that first Pentecost Sunday, God the Holy Ghost, the 3rd Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, the Paraclete promised by Christ, came upon the entire Catholic Church which was totally sequestered in what is called the “Cenacle” where Christ had completed the Old Covenant of the Old Testament with the Last Supper and instituted the New Covenant of the New and Eternal Testament with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Let’s now consider a few things about God the Holy Ghost.
The Scripture says:
“And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished”.What is “the Pentecost”? The word “Pentecost” comes from the Greek which means “the 50th day”.
In the Old Testament, it was one of the Holy Days God commanded Moses to be kept by the progeny of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob which was the day of the completion of the wheat harvest in Palestine. It was celebrated 50 days after the completion of the barley harvest (Leviticus 23:15-21).
Pentecost later referred to the giving of the Law, i.e. the Ten Commandments, on Mount Sinai.
In the New Testament, the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles is called “Pentecost” because it happened on the 50th day after the Resurrection of Christ from the dead.
Today is the Feast Day of God the Holy Ghost Who is called “the Paraclete”, which means “Helper”, “Comforter”, and “Consoler”.
Pentecost is the fulfillment of Christ’s promise that was read at the beginning of the Gospel for last Sunday:
“But when the Paraclete cometh, Whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth, Who proceedeth from the Father, He shall give testimony of Me.” (John 15:26).This explains why the Second Œcumenical Council, the First Council of Constantinople [May, 381 A.D. - Thursday, July 30, 381 A.D.], used the expression “Who proceedeth from the Father” in the original text of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, the same Creed used during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Ancient Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.
Christ teaches that God the Holy Ghost is “the Spirit of Truth” which explains why the Angelic Doctor teaches that:
“God is Truth.” (Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., Summa Theologica I, Question l16, Article 5 and II-II, Question 93, Article 2, Reply to Objection 2; Summa Contra Gentiles Volume I, 60).God the Holy Ghost, “the Spirit of Truth”, through the pen of the inspired writer, Saint Paul, tells us:
“that, in the last days, shall come dangerous times. Men shall be... Ever learning, and never attaining to the knowledge of the Truth.” (2 Timothy 3:1-2, 7).Parading about on the stage of the world are many people who are worldly and materialistic, puffed up with their own success in life and extremely proud of having acquired a great deal of knowledge about various things.
Yet many of them hate the Truth so much that they see nothing wrong in lying, as witnessed more recently by the many fake news outlets, on television, in newspapers, in magazines, on radio, etc. As a matter of fact, lying for many of them seems to be nothing more than a standard business tool, along with their cell phone, their laptop, and other such-like paraphernalia.
But, because “God is Truth” , those who hate the Truth also hate God. This is also why God the Holy Ghost, “the Spirit of Truth”, again, through the pen of Saint Paul, tells us that:
“...because they receive not the love of the Truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying: That all may be judged who have not believed the Truth.”, (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11).That is scary!
But it also explains in part why Synod Vatican 2 [Thursday, October 11, 1962 - Wednesday, December 8, 1965] happened and why its diabolical effects surround all of us today in many different ways, not to mention also why it still continues its amoral, heretical, apostate, and anti-Spiritual “strangle-hold” on the minds and Souls of otherwise sincere “Catholics” who are seemingly oblivious to the prophecized “abomination of desolation” [Daniel 9:27; Daniel 11:31] which is performed in their very midst every Sunday, as well as on all other days!
We respectfully suggest, in addition to whatever other devotions you may have, whether they be to the Holy Trinity, to the Sacred Heart of Jesus , to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to Saint Michael the Archangel, to your Patron Saints, and/or to those of your special devotion as, for example, to Saint Jude, and to the Poor, Suffering Souls in Purgatory, that you seriously consider adding a daily prayer to God the Holy Ghost.
Throughout Our years in the upper grades of Grade School, then High School, and, of course, also in the Seminary, We frequently prayed to God the Holy Ghost. Since Our reception of the Sacrament of the Holy Priesthood, and also Our reception of the Sacrament of the Episcopacy, We discovered that having devotion to God the Holy Ghost has greatly helped Us in many ways in Our various Pastoral and Ecclesiastical Offices.
This is true, not only of the wonderful help God the Holy Ghost gives Us in the Confessional, but also when offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Administering the Seven Sacraments, teaching, writing, and, of course, in Sermon preparation, as well as in the exercise of Our Ecclesiastical Offices.
For example, before We begin the Sermon, We try to remember to invite each of you to silently join Us as We publicly prepare to preach the Sermon, first by an Act of Contrition and then by a Prayer to God the Holy Ghost because unless God the Holy Ghost prepares the minds and hearts of those who read what is written, and/or who listen to Sermons or teachings, the Readers read in vain, and the Hearers listen in vain. .
“Hence [Pope Saint] Gregory [the Great; Friday, September 3, 590 - Monday, March 12, 604] says in a homily for Pentecost (Sermon XXX , Forty Homilies on the Gospels): Unless the Holy Ghost fills the hearts of the hearers, in vain does the voice of the teacher resound in the ears of the body.” (Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., [b. 1225 A.D. in Rocca Secca, Naples, Italy - d. Wednesday, March 7, 1274 A.D. in Fossa Nuova, Italy], Doctor of the Church: “Angelic Doctor”, “Common Doctor”; “Summa Theologica”, Part II-II, Question 177, Article 1, Conclusion of the Article: Whether any Gratuitous Grace attaches to words? emphasis added.)
God the Holy Ghost is also the Comforter. Sometimes people get so focused on asking God the Holy Ghost for guidance and inspiration that they forget He will also help to heal their Souls by bringing them peace of mind and Soul by comforting them during stress and at other difficult and sorrowful moments in their lives.
For example, We learned of a case in which a very emotionally-stable, mentally-balanced, rational, mature adult Catholic claims that during a very stressful time in life, God the Holy Ghost came in a “strong, loud wind” and put His arms around this person leaving this person feeling totally at peace and also filled with a vibrant love of God!
Finally, of so many other great things We could mention about God the Holy Ghost, remember that the body of a Baptized Catholic is the Temple of God the Holy Ghost. This is why an extreme abuse of the body is tantamount to a sacrilege. One example is masochists; another is those with all kinds of body tattoos and piercings.
“It can neither profit me, the speaker, to speak, nor you, the hearers, to hear, unless we comply with the things which are spoken, ...so let us not limit the display of our zeal to hearing only, but let us observe what is said in our deeds. For it is indeed a good thing to spend time continually in hearing the Divine oracles: but this good thing becomes useless when the benefit to be derived from hearing is not linked with it.” (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church. Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)
For our resolutions, let all of us, by the Grace of God, firmly resolve to pray the Prayer below - An Act of Consecration to Prepare the Soul for Docility to God the Holy Ghost - and also the Prayer - Submission to God the Holy Ghost - in the spirit of true and genuine Humility and Meekness so that each of us may always remain lovers of the Truth, and thus lovers of God, including God the Holy Ghost Who is “the Spirit of Truth”, lest instead we be condemned to believe lying and falsehoods.
Also, pray every day to God the Holy Ghost for His wonderful Divine guidance, inspiration, and comfort and always be sure to thank Him for everything.
O Holy Spirit, Soul of my Soul, I adore Thee. Enlighten, guide, strengthen and console me. Tell me what I ought to do, command me to do it, and give me the Graces necessary to do it. I promise to be submissive in everything that You permit to happen to me, only show me what is Thy Holy Will. Amen.
In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.