St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Acts of the Apostles 3

Last week we looked at how the “Kerygma” (the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection) is the reason for conversion. This is how the Apostles, inspired by the Holy Spirit converted so many people to the faith. We do not need eloquence or some high and lofty programs. All we need is to know the love of God, that He loved us so much, He was willing to come down to us and sacrifice Himself for us. Continue reading

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Bible, Acts of the Apostles 2

In the last article starting the Acts of the Apostles, we discovered how the Apostles assumed the authority Jesus established in them. Just by a casting of Peter’s shadow, which would be considered superstitious or idolatry by denominations, is a means of God’s Grace, chosen by God. The authority of the Apostles is real and is lived and experienced by the people. It was something celebrated by the people. The hierarchy of the Church is well under way and common knowledge in its time. Continue reading

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Bible: Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of the Apostles is unique. The Gospel readings give an account of what Jesus did during his life and after the resurrection. The letters from Paul, Peter, Jude, and John are letters to the various communities. They give advice on how to live as Christians and they give some corrections for the people. The Acts of the Apostles give an account of what the apostles did after Jesus ascended into heaven. It may have advice and corrections, but the point of the book is to give an account of the actions the apostles took. Continue reading

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The Bible: The Gosple of Luke

The Gospel of Luke is twenty-four chapters long. Like Mark, Luke is not an Apostle, but he was taught about Jesus by the Apostles. He was known to take care of Mary, the mother of Jesus. He was a physician by trade. Many scripture scholars believe that Luke was possibly writing to people of gentile origin while he himself being in depth of Hellenistic Jewish origin. The Gospel of Luke is the first volume of his works, he also wrote the Acts of the Apostles to the same person, Theophilus. Continue reading

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Pope’s Morning Homily: True Harmony Is From Holy Spirit … Not Man

Only the Holy Spirit grants true harmony. 

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis highlighted this during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, as he reflected on today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles and observed that one word sums up the lifestyle and sentiments of the very first Christian community: harmony.
The harmony which bound together the Church’s first Christians,  Pope Francis pointed out, “came as a gift of the Holy Spirit,” and was not “man-made” nor a contrived form of tranquil coexistence.” …

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Pope Francis’ Homily at Canonizations of Four Blesseds

Vatican City State, May 17, 2015

Here is the Vatican-provided translation of Pope Francis’ homily at the today’s canonization of Blesseds Giovanna Emilia De Villeneuve, Mary Christine of the Immaculate Conception, Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, Maryam Baouardy held in St. Peter’s Square:

The Acts of the Apostles have set before us the early Church as she elects the man whom God called to take the place of Judas in the college of the Apostles. …