Today we celebrate Pentecost or the day when the Catholic Church was publicly officially born. The Blessed Virgin Mother Mary and the Apostles gathered in an upper room and prayed for 9 days. They then received the Holy Spirit who descended upon them as tongues of fire.
They received the gifts of the Holy Spirit as well as the gift of tongues so that people could understand them in their native language as they preached the Gospel of Christ. (Acts 2)
Pentecost means the ‘fiftieth day’ and was the day on which the ‘Feast of Weeks’ or ‘Shevout’ was celebrated. On this day, all Jews recalled the day the Commandments were given to Moses 50 days after their Exodus from Egypt. There was a big harvest on this day.
Jesus had promised the Holy Spirit to the Apostles. He told them that the Helper or Paraclete will come to them reminding them of all He has taught them and will guide them in Truth. (John14:15-31) These are important verses that are ignored by our separated brethren who often claim that the Catholic Church is corrupt and apostate. In America’s infancy, groups such as the Finneyites rose up preaching a form of “primitivism,” or what they called a return to the “original Christianity.” We see many of their sects today such as the Baptists, Pentecostals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Methodists, Evangelicals, Mormons, Adventists and so on.
Anyone who believes that Christ’s Catholic Church became corrupt is basically calling Jesus a liar. If Jesus indeed promised that the Spirit would guide the Church in Truth, how can it become corrupt? How can the Church fall away from Christ? This is a misconception our separated friends must really meditate on and throw away as ignorant rhetoric from the harsh anti-Catholicism that existed in the past – post reformation into America’s infancy.
- Let us pray for the Holy Spirit to come once again and renew the Catholic Church and the world.
- Let us pray to the Holy Spirit to rid the Church of scandals; to rid the Church of her Judas’s who continue to betray Jesus.
- Let us pray for the Holy Spirit to renew our Faith in this Year of Faith and to restore or give the gift of Faith to those who lost it or never bothered to open it.
- Let us pray to the Holy Spirit to tell us what to do in these trying times. To instruct us how to confront with love and reason the ideas of today such as Relativism, Atheism, Secularism, Homosexuality – Marriage rights issues, Feminism, Indifferentism, Personhood distortions.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love, sent forth your spirit and they shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Recently the case was reopened. A basement in a nearby building where Patz was last seen was torn apart but no evidence was found. A man was a suspect for a while, but was then let go because of no leads indicating any involvement.
Today a man from New Jersey, Pedro Fernandez revealed to the NYPD that he killed the young boy after luring him into a Bodega where he worked. He claims he suffocated and put the boy in a bag and then in a box, left the box on the street and when he went to retrieve it, the box was gone. In another story, he says he stabbed the boy. The NYPD is now trying to sort everything out to see if this man is telling the truth, is seeking attention, or is mentally ill.
I pray and hope something comes up that will put closure to this young man’s family. It pains my heart to hear that the family never changed their number since the 70’s in hope Etan would call them. It is horrible to hear these stories, but it is the reality of the evil human beings can do.
Parents and guardians, please take care of the young. Do not let them go out alone for whatever reason until they are at least in their teens. I personally do not believe kids in pre-k to 7th grade should be left to go to and from school or anywhere alone. Kids may give off the appearance of maturity, but they are still kids!
UPDATE: Pedro Hernandez was charged and is said to have mental illness. He is bipolar and has hallucinations. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/25/pedro-hernandez-charged-etan-patz_n_1546858.html?1337985167&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D164524
Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania might be defunded. We can only hope and pray that this is the case. This evil empire of death must be shut down. How many more women and children will be killed or injured before the government steps in?