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What is Pentecost?

A special supplement to This Weeks Free Thing: Pentecost in 2 Minutes

What is Pentecost? In this short Pentecost video we share the basics so you can share them with your family in an easy-to-remember way. We encourage you to watch the vdieo together, and check out the lessons below the video from This Week’s Free Thing, our weekly Mass lessons delivered free to your email inbox every week. Just sign up below!

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The Holy Spirit We Profess

Exploring our belief in the Holy Spirit using the Nicene Creed, Sacred Scripture, and Sacred Tradition.

Video Series

Front view of white dowv representing the Holy Spirit landing with wings outstretched with glowing light rays coming from the right behind and above it. The words Spitit in Life are in red superimposed above the aoustretched wings.

Spirit in Life:
Exploring the Holy Spirit

This series of 5-minute videos about the manifestations of the Holy Spirit gives older family members the knowledge and tools to pass along the information to their younger members in a way that engages them. Teaching young children about the Holy Spirit is important and the relationship a child develops with the Holy Spirit can bare amazing fruit in their lives. Each short episode gives you a brief insights into the Fruits, Gifts, and Virtues and provide accompanying podcast-length discussions with each.

Take this link to just explore the Fruits of The Spirit.

Podcast

Cover image of the On The Road to Perfection Episode 44 titled Pentecost. A husband and wife, Kristofer and Beth Cpwles, holding hands walking away from the camera on the street toward a church.

Episode 44:
What is Pentecost

What is Pentecost? Why do we celebrate it? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy talk about this multi-faceted feast of the Church. It is the Church’s birthday, but it’s also the confirmation day of the Apostles. Mama and Daddy will give you a better understanding of Pentecost!

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Letters Home

What is Humility? Overcoming our Passions

What is Humility? Overcoming our Passions

What is Humility? That is the BIG QUESTION raised in this coming Sunday’s Mass Readings.

It’s hard to be humble when you are from Texas – but that’s not what God is talking about this week. Even though we are from Texas, we submit to the Highest Power.

Humility is granted to us in Baptism, but we only manifest it when we practice it. And perfect practice makes perfect, in the words of Vince Lombardi.

So how do we do that?

This week we have some fun questions and a calming prayer to download as we take up the fight against the several vices Satan uses against us when we are seeking Humility. And we have a free prayer card and bookmark for you, too! As a special bonus, you can listen to our podcast episode #38 from this past winter all about humility, right from the lesson!

Whoever Is Not Against Us Is For Us

Whoever Is Not Against Us Is For Us

This week, Jesus sounds like a cowboy out of the Ol’ West, making sure no bandits try to get any of the good stuff. Or is He?

“If you ain’t with us, yer agin’ us” is an old adage made famous by cowboys, presidents, and even ancient Romans. Jesus, in his usual style of humor and relatability, flips it over and uses it to teach us something very important: Whoever is not against us is for us.

The Truth of Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel is not ours to keep, withhold, or deny to or from others who may not have the fullness of it as we do. Many a lesson can be learned from the ignorant, unlearned, and even impious. An atheist might stumble across Truth and share it, too!

In fact, you and I are not fully versed in the Truth, no matter how much we know or how much we share. So, are we agin’ Him, or for Him?

This week’s Mass warm-up gets your thoughts and feelings flowing with things to talk about and think about, as well as our family-friendly podcast episode covering this topic. We end with a couple of prayers to join with Jesus and the whole world in praying for what Jesus is talking about in Sunday’s Mass Readings.

So, git yer boots on and saddle up, pilgrim! There’s some Truth to be rustled up!

Take Up Our Cross!

Take Up Our Cross!

Wow! Here’s where we take up our cross and go deep into suffering – and why and how we should handle it!

This week’s lesson is chock full of ideas prompted by the prophetic writings of Isiah about the Suffering Servant. It’s Jesus talking to the disciples, and that famous moment where he calls Peter, “Satan.”

How do we take up our cross? Why would we want to? Didn’t Jesus do that for us?

We have links galore and resources at your fingertips for this simple subject – simple once you’ve read this and shared it with your family. It just makes sense!

Video, infographic, podcasts, downloadable prayers – everything is in the week’s lesson because Holy Owned and Operated teaches about suffering and taking up our cross all the time.

C’mon – grab some wood! Let’s take up our crosses and change the world! And share some cross-bearing in the comments so we can carry your cross with you in our prayers!

Elsewhere

The Holy Spirit and answers to what is Pentecost are everywhere. Here are a few good Catholic Resources:

 

The coat of. His coat of arms displays three charges on a blue field. In reference to Francis being a Jesuit, the uppermost charge is the emblem of the Society of Jesus.The emblem is composed of a Sun radiant, within which is the IHS christogram (a monogram of the Holy Name of Jesus) in red, with a red cross surmounting the H and three black nails below the H. Below the Jesuit emblem is an eight-pointed star, the star being a long-standing symbol of the Virgin Mary, and a spikenard representing Saint Joseph. In Hispanic iconographic tradition Saint Joseph is often depicted with a branch of spikenard in his hand. arms of Pope FrancisFull text of the homily for Pentecost Sunday…
Pope Francis
“When the Paraclete comes, whom I will send to you from the Father…” (Jn 15:26). With these words, Jesus promises to send his disciples the Holy Spirit, the ultimate gift, the gift of gifts. He uses an unusual and mysterious word to describe the Spirit: Paraclete. Today let us reflect on this word, which is not easy to translate, for it has a number of meanings. Essentially, it means two things: Comforter and Advocate.

A headshot of Monsignor Charles Pope, Catholic priest, caucasian with male=pattern baldness, glasses,trimmed beard and mustache and a smile.“I have come to cast a fire on the earth” — A homily for Pentecost Sunday..
Msgr. Charles Pope

What a wondrous and challenging feast we celebrate at Pentecost! A feast like this challenges us because it puts to the lie a lazy, sleepy, hidden, and tepid Christian life. The Lord Jesus said to the apostles, I have come to cast a fire on the earth (Luke 12:49). This is a feast about fire, a transformative, refining, purifying fire that the Lord wants to kindle in us…