Looking at the Jewish roots of Pentecost
Practically every aspect of the Catholic faith and practice is rooted in Judaism. A good example is this week’s feast of Pentecost. Catholics celebrate Pentecost as the descent of the Holy Spirit and the “birthday of the church.” But there is much more to it than that. Read more here.
“And no small tempest lay on us …” – The Story of a Storm That St. Paul Endured and What It Has to Teach Us About Sin
Storms in life are often beyond our control. Perhaps they come from nature and the sudden vicissitudes of this world. Sometimes God permits storms in order to test and strengthen us. Sometimes, too, others drag us into storms and we suffer on account of their poor decisions. Some storms come from our own foolishness and poor choices.
In this excellent, but long, two-part series by Msgr. Charles Pope, St. Paul is dragged into a storm by the stupidity and poor choices of a military official and a ship’s crew. Read Part 1 by clicking on the link above, and Part 2 here. Or access a PDF of the entire thing by clicking here.