The Sending of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Excerpts from Against Heresies by St. Irenaeus

When the Lord told his disciples to "go and teach all nations" and to "baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit", he conferred on them the power of giving people new life in God.
He had promised through the prophets that in these last days he would pour out his Spirit on his servants and handmaids, and that they would prophesy.  The Spirit accomplished the Father's will in people, who had grown old in sin, and gave them new life in Christ.
Luke says that the Spirit came down upon the disciples at Pentecost with power to open the gates of life to all nations and to make known to them the New Covenant.  So it was that people of every language joined in singing one song of praise to God.  Scattered tribes, restored to unity by the Spirit, were offered to the Father as the firstfruits of all the nations.
This was why the Lord had promised to sen…
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
From a Sermon by St. Maximus of Turin, Bishop

     Christ is risen!  He has burst open the gates of hell, and let the dead go free.  He has renewed the earth through the members of his Church now born again in baptism.  He has made it blossom afresh with men brought back to life.  His Holy Spirit has unlocked the doors of heaven, which stand wide open to receive those who rise up from the earth.  Because of Christ's resurrection the thief ascends to paradise, the bodies of the blessed enter the holy city, and the dead are restored to the company of the living.  There is an upward movement in the whole of creation, each element raising itself to something higher.  We see hell restoring its victims to the upper regions, earth sending its buried dead to heaven, and heaven presenting the new arrivals to the Lord.  In one and the same movement, our Savior's passion raises men from the depths, lifts them up from the earth, and sets them in the heights.

O Holy St. Joseph

O Holy Joseph,

     Today on your glorious Feast, I honor you as worker, spouse and father.  I kneel before you in awe of your exceptional tasks, that of Virgin-Father of our Savior, Chaste Spouse of our Blessed Mother, and Protector and Provider for both.  
     Your abundance of grace surpasses that of all angelic hosts.  You are enflamed with love that blazes more brightly and powerfully than that of other human beings, with the exception of Mary.

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     Your heart suffered with the hearts of Jesus and Mary.  Yours was a silent suffering, for it was your God-given vocation to shield, as long as God willed, the Mother and Son from the malice and hatred of men.
     Your most painful sorrow was to know beforehand their Passion, while knowing that you would not be there to console them.  Their future suffering was ever-present to you, and became your daily cross.
     In this way, through compassion for the sufferings of Jesus and Mary, you cooperated in the salvation …
Longing for a Joy That Is Complete
“Although I have much to write to you, I do not intend to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and to speak face to face so that our joy may be complete.” (2 John 12) The church has faced pandemics throughout the centuries.  But we’ve never had the ability to move certain aspects of corporate worship online.  Mater Dei is streaming Masses on TV, Facebook, YouTube, and its own website. When I watch, it’s always bittersweet.
I THANK YOU, LORD We can be grateful for the church's opportunity to use today’s technology.  After all, why should the Enemy’s voice be the only one on TV or online?  Pope St. John Paul II explained that technology can help us reach more people.  It is being used by the Lord in ways that we are still only beginning to understand.  Lives are being changed forever as a result of Christian blog posts.  Many sheep are being delivered from the deceitfulness of our culture’s worldview and values.  Millions more are being buil…
Hope Because of God's Mercy!

When we Christians talk about the hope inspired by God's mercy, we're not talking about something we have to create or invent.  We're talking about something that's a sure thing.
The Apostle John tells us something important:

See what love the Father has bestowed on us, that we may be called the children of  
     God.  Yet so we are.  The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  
     Beloved, we are God's children now.  What we will be has not yet been revealed.  We 
     know that when it is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.  Everyone 
     who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.  (1John 3:1-3)

"See what love the Father has bestowed on us"!  God's love, the love that led him to send his Son for us, is so great that John can't even describe it.  All he can say is "See what love!"  And the result of God's love is that we are children…
The Savior of the World: from an Ancient Discourse  by St. Anastasius

Christ has shown by his words and actions that he was truly God and Lord of the universe.  He said to his disciples, as he was about to go up to Jerusalem, 
          We are going up to Jerusalem now, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the              Gentiles and the chief priests and scribes, to be scourged and mocked and crucified.
These words bore out the predictions of the prophets.  They had foretold the death he was to die in Jerusalem.  From the beginning, holy Scripture had foretold Christ's death, the sufferings that would precede it, and what would happen to his body afterward.  Scripture also affirmed that these things were going to happen to one who was immortal and incapable of suffering, because he was God.
Only by reflecting on the meaning of the incarnation can we see how it is possible to say with perfect truth both that Christ suffered and that he was incapable of suffering, and why the Word …
By Hook and by Crook An Easter Homily by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Sunday morning came, and it was one of calm, like the sleep of innocents, and the clear, benign air seemed almost as if it had been stirred by angels’ wings.Mary walked in the garden and someone near her spoke a word, and pronounced it longingly, wistfully, in that touching and unforgettable voice which had called her so many times: “Mary.”And to this one and only word, she made an answer, a word and only one: “Rabboni.”And as she fell at His knees in the dewy grass and clasped in her hands those bare feet, she saw two scars, two red-lined marks of nails—for Christ was now walking in the glory of His new Easter morn.
That was the first Easter Day.Centuries have whirled away since, and on this new Easter Day as I turn from that garden to the altar, I behold placed over the tabernacle, on this Resurrection Day, the image, not of a Risen Savior, but the image of a dying one, to teach me that Christ lives over again in His C…
Have a Blessed Easter!

Matthew 28:1-10
     After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.  And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.  His appearance was like lightning and his clothing was white as snow.  The guards were shaken with fear of him and became like dead men.  
     Then the angel said to the women in reply, "Do not be afraid!  I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.  He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.  Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.'  Behold, I have told you."  
     Then they went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce this to his disciples.  And behold, Jesus met them on their way and g…
    The King Sleeps    
From an ancient homily for Holy Saturday +          +          +       Something strange is happening.  There is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness.  The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep.  The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh, and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh, and hell trembles with fear.      He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep.  Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve.      The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory.  At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: “My Lord be with you all.”  Christ answered him: “And with your spirit.”  He took him by …
Our King’s Triumphant Entry

There was excitement in Jerusalem!The people sensed that the Messiah was about to come.They expected him to be a military conqueror, a leader who would free Judah from oppressive Roman domination.He would restore the nation’s independence and freedom.
The people knew of the mighty things that Jesus had done, his miracles, his teachings, his compassion for even the poor.They hoped that here—finally—was the Messiah.
They placed cloaks and palm branches before him and cried “Hosanna to the Son of David”.But not all expected Jesus to be the kind of king he really was.When they found out that he didn’t intend to fulfill their expectations, they hated him as much as they had loved him.From “Hosanna” to “Crucify him” their cry changed.
Jesus could see that it was coming to a crisis.It was going to be either his death for having disappointed popular expectations, or he must yield to the people’s wishes and be made a king.
You know which he chose.
Now, Jesus was trul…