Deacon Paul Ranney gives his homily for Pentecost Sunday.
We begin the Novena to the Holy Spirit asking for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Novena will be leading up to Pentecost Sunday, which is the day the Apostles were given the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit empowered the Apostles to preach the Good News, to heal physical ailments, to raise the dead and to baptize thousands into the Church Jesus founded.
The Holy Spirit has given Himself to all those who have been baptized. This novena is a great way to renew that gift in you. Ask Him to live in you anew.
A limited amount of Novena booklets are on the heat registers in St Joseph Church. Or you can go on this link for the Novena:
Some people are afraid of giving a witness because they may think of giving away big dark secrets. This is not what witnessing is about. You only need to give instances that illustrate how you came closer to Jesus. It does make you vulnerable in one sense. People get to know you. They see you as a person. That is good. You simply want to share with them a positive experience of faith. So it is somewhat personal, but not like something that only your best friend or family members would know. There is an appropriateness in witnessing. Continue reading