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Seek the Gifts of the Spirit

05/31/2017 - 1:03am
To seek the gifts of the Spirit we must know what they are. Although the Spirit has poured out thousands of gifts, there are at least thirty which the Bible describes. The Lord commands us to seek these thirty gifts by prayer, Bible study, and use in ministry.

Praying for a New Pentecost

05/30/2017 - 1:03am
This list of Biblical prayers for the coming of the Holy Spirit can renew and change your life. Come Holy Spirit, give us a new Pentecost!

TWELVE WEAK MEN - One Bread, One Body, May 29, 2017

55 min 55 sec ago
Pentecost Novena - Day 4
Acts 19:1-8 | Psalm 68:2-7 | John 16:29-33

"They answered, 'We have not so much as heard that there is a Holy Spirit.' " —Acts 19:2

The Ephesian believers talked and acted in such a way that Paul questioned whether they had the Holy Spirit. In response to Paul's question, the Ephesians said they had never heard of the Holy Spirit. Paul then found out they had only received ... More

Pentecost Novena

1 hour 55 sec ago
The Pentecost Novena is the first of all novenas, nine days of prayer. After Jesus' Ascension into heaven, He commanded His disciples to come together in the upper room to devote themselves to constant prayer (Acts 1:14). They prayed for nine days before receiving the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

LOOK UP AND GO OUT - One Bread, One Body, May 28, 2017

05/28/2017 - 1:08am
Ascension, Pentecost Novena - Day 3
Acts 1:1-11 | Ephesians 1:17-23 | Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9 | Matthew 28:16-20

"No sooner had He said this than He was lifted up before their eyes in a cloud which took Him from their sight." —Acts 1:9

The apostles asked Jesus: "Lord, are you going to restore the rule to Israel now?" (Acts 1:6) They were interested in knowing the time Jesus would restore the kingdom. Jesus responded: "The exact time it is not yours to know" (Acts 1:7). Then ... More

HE'LL COME IF YOU'LL GO - One Bread, One Body, May 27, 2017

05/27/2017 - 1:08am
St. Augustine of Canterbury, Pentecost Novena - Day 2
Acts 18:23-28 | Psalm 47:2-3, 8-10 | John 16:23-28

"When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him home and explained to him God's new way in greater detail." —Acts 18:26

On this second day of the Pentecost novena, we must think not only of praying the novena but also giving it. We need to take someone home and explain "to him God's new way in greater detail" (Acts 18:26). As we give, we "shall receive, and more ... More

NINE DAYS TO THE HOLY SPIRIT - One Bread, One Body, May 26, 2017

05/26/2017 - 1:08am
St. Philip Neri, Pentecost Novena - Day 1
Acts 18:9-18 | Psalm 47:2-7 | John 16:20-23

"Whatever you ask the Father, He will give you in My name." —John 16:23

Today we begin the Pentecost novena, nine days of prayer in preparation for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday. On this first day of the novena, Jesus tells us to ask for the Spirit in His name (Jn 16:23). Jesus says: "The ... More

FULL-COURT PRESS - One Bread, One Body, May 25, 2017

05/25/2017 - 1:08am
Venerable Bede, Pope St. Gregory VII, St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
Acts 18:1-8 | Psalm 98:1-4 | John 16:16-20

"Paul was pressed in the Spirit." —Acts 18:5, KJV

Tomorrow begins the Holy Spirit novena, nine days of intense prayer to prepare for receiving the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like St. Paul, we are to be absorbed, that is, totally occupied with the coming of the Spirit, as ... More

ARE YOU HARVESTINGWITH A BASKET OR A COMBINE? - One Bread, One Body, May 24, 2017

05/24/2017 - 1:08am
Acts 17:15, 22—18:1 | Psalm 148:1-2, 11-14 | John 16:12-15

"When they heard about the raising of the dead, some sneered, while others said, 'We must hear you on this topic some other time.' " —Acts 17:32

We Christians in the Western world in this new millennium can relate to Paul's ministry in Athens probably better than we can relate to other events in Acts of the Apostles. Paul met the people where they were and received a lukewarm response to ... More

THE BIG PICTURE - One Bread, One Body, May 23, 2017

05/23/2017 - 1:08am
Acts 16:22-34 | Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8 | John 16:5-11

"When He comes, He will prove the world wrong." —John 16:8

God has created the universe. "He holds the whole wide world in His hands." God is big. He has big plans. He wants all to be saved (1 Tm 2:4). He commands us to make disciples of all nations (Mt 28:19). He calls us to live with Him in heaven ... More

LYDIA - One Bread, One Body, May 22, 2017

05/22/2017 - 1:08am
St. Rita of Cascia
Acts 16:11-15 | Psalm 149:1-6, 9 | John 15:26—16:4

"The Lord opened [Lydia's] heart to accept what Paul was saying." —Acts 16:14

Lydia was a dealer in purple goods (Acts 16:14). In that day, purple cloth was an expensive item sought by the wealthy. Thus, Lydia was a woman of some means, as she owned a house, dealt with the wealthy, and knew how to operate in the circles ... More

ARSONIST - One Bread, One Body, May 21, 2017

05/21/2017 - 1:08am
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 | 1 Peter 3:15-18 | Psalm 66:1-7, 16, 20 | John 14:15-21

Peter and John "upon arriving imposed hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit." —Acts 8:17

Near the end of Jesus' public ministry, Samaritans would not allow Jesus and His disciples to pass through their town because they were headed toward Jerusalem. St. John the Apostle was indignant. He asked Jesus for permission to call down fire ... More

THE CONTRARY SPIRIT - One Bread, One Body, May 20, 2017

05/20/2017 - 1:08am
St. Bernardine of Siena
Acts 16:1-10 | Psalm 100:1-3, 5 | John 15:18-21

"They had been prevented by the Holy Spirit from preaching the message in the province of Asia. When they came to Mysia they tried to go on into Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them." —Acts 16:6-7

Six days from today, the Church begins the Pentecost novena. In this way, we prepare our hearts and open them to the Holy Spirit. Although the Holy Spirit is our Joy, our Hope, and the Desire of our hearts, the Spirit, being God, has ways and ... More

HOW TO BE DELIGHT-FUL - One Bread, One Body, May 19, 2017

05/19/2017 - 1:08am
Acts 15:22-31 | Psalm 57:8-10, 12 | John 15:12-17

"When it was read there was great delight at the encouragement it gave." —Acts 15:31

The leaders of the early Church sent a letter to the Gentile Christians of Antioch. The leaders told them that the Holy Spirit and the Church's leaders had decided that the Gentile Christians were "to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols, from ... More

HOW TO MAKE GREAT DECISIONS - One Bread, One Body, May 18, 2017

05/18/2017 - 1:08am
Acts 15:7-21 | Psalm 96:1-3, 10 | John 15:9-11

"After much discussion, Peter took the floor." —Acts 15:7

In an extremely divisive and volatile situation, the leaders of the early Church rightly discerned the will of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 15:28). They were able to do this because they:

  • were submissive to the authority of the leaders of ... More

BEAR THE MOST ABUNDANT FRUIT - One Bread, One Body, May 17, 2017

05/17/2017 - 1:08am
Acts 15:1-6 | Psalm 122:1-5 | John 15:1-8

"He who lives in Me and I in him, will produce abundantly." —John 15:5

We must bear fruit:

  • the fruit of holiness and evangelization,
  • or be "like a withered, rejected branch, picked up to be thrown in the fire and burnt" (Jn 15:6; also 15:2),
  • and be trimmed to increase our yield (Jn 15:2), ... More

The Secret of the Rosary

05/17/2017 - 1:03am

FIGHTING OVER THE WILL - One Bread, One Body, May 16, 2017

05/16/2017 - 1:08am
Acts 14:19-28 | Psalm 145:10-13, 21 | John 14:27-31

" 'Peace' is My farewell to you, My peace is My gift to you." —John 14:27

In Jesus' last will and testament, He left His disciples the gift of shalom-peace. This means He left us a godly order and harmony in our lives. Jesus' Church is the executor of His will in that He has given it the responsibility of spelling out ... More

THE DOCILE WILL INHERIT THE EARTH (see Mt 5:5) - One Bread, One Body, May 15, 2017

05/15/2017 - 1:08am
St. Isidore the Farmer
Acts 14:5-18 | Psalm 115:1-4, 15-16 | John 14:21-26

"The Holy Spirit Whom the Father will send in My name will instruct you in everything." —John 14:26

As Jesus is a Paraclete and Teacher (see Jn 20:16), so the Holy Spirit is "another Paraclete" (Jn 14:16) and another Teacher (Jn 14:26). The right attitude to have towards a teacher is to be teachable, that is, docile. Pope St. John Paul II has ... More

THE TEMPTATION TO DO GOOD - One Bread, One Body, May 14, 2017

05/14/2017 - 1:08am
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 6:1-7 | 1 Peter 2:4-9 | Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19 | John 14:1-12

"This will permit us to concentrate on prayer and the ministry of the word." —Acts 6:4

There is no chaining the Word of God (2 Tm 2:9), but the messengers of God's Word can be chained. We are often chained through sin, selfishness, or fear. However, we can be chained in more subtle ways. For example, the devil tried to chain the ... More