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  • Looking at the Jewish roots of Pentecost

    Looking at the Jewish roots of Pentecost

    The word “Pentecost” comes from the Greek for “the fiftieth day.” Therefore, in the church calendar it comes fifty days after Easter (including Easter Sunday itself). This celebration links back to the Jewish festival of Shavuot or the Festival of Weeks, which falls fifty days after Passover. This was kept as a commemoration of Moses receiving the Divine Law on Sinai. The Christians understood that as the law came down from heaven to Moses for the people of God, so the Holy Spirit came down on the church. The age of the Mosaic Law was therefore fulfilled and completed by the new age of Spirit and Grace.

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  • The Holy Spirit is our wind and hope is our sail, pope says

    The Holy Spirit is our wind and hope is our sail, pope says

    “The Spirit is the wind pushing us forward, keeping us going,” Pope Francis said during his general audience at St. Peter’s Square May 31. Hope “collects the wind of the Spirit and transforms it into energy,” the pope continued, adding that we must share that hope not only with those who need it the most, but also with God’s creation.

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  • Charismatic Catholics arrive in Rome for Spirit-filled week

    Charismatic Catholics arrive in Rome for Spirit-filled week

    Some 30,000 Charismatic Christians from 130 countries are in town for four days of high-octane praise and adoration prayers and liturgies, as well as workshops, testimonies, healings, and not a few invocations of the Holy Spirit. The events culminate in a vigil in the Circus Maximus with Pope Francis on Saturday evening, and Pentecost Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday.

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