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Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
Easter and Pentecost
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Easter and Pentecost

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This is the second part of a parish mission I gave in Richmond, TX, 2006.

This is the second part of a parish mission I gave in Richmond, TX, 2006.

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  • 1. St. John Fisher Lenten Mission April 5-6, 2006 Richmond, TX
  • 2. Holy Thursday Image: Jesus washes the feet of his disciples God’s mighty work of creation Jesus washes your feet You are created in God’s image (Gen 1:27) You are created very good! (Gen 1:31) Ps. 8:5-6
  • 3. Holy Thursday Ps. 139:13-15 Eph 2:10 Response Faith in the God who created me (CCC 150 and 1814) Almsgiving and works of mercy (CCC 2447 and Jn. 13:15)
  • 4. Good Friday Image: Jesus crucified God’s mighty work of Redemption You have been redeemed and your sins forgiven Is. 44:22-23 Gal. 4:4-5 Col 1:13-14
  • 5. Good Friday God loves you and gave his Son for you (Jn. 3:16; Rom. 5:8) Response Love for the Bridegroom who loves you (Mt. 22:37) Fasting: learning to be free to give myself in love
  • 6. Good Friday “I, N., take you, Jesus, to be [my Lord and Saviour]. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you [with all my heart, with all my soul, with all mind, mind and with all my strength.] I will honor you all the days of my life.”
  • 7. Prayer to the Holy Spirit V - Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. R - And kindle in them the fire of your love. V - Send forth your spirit, Lord, and they shall be created. R - And thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
  • 8. Prayer to the Holy Spirit Let us pray, O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of your faithful; grant that in the same Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.
  • 9. Easter Sunday Image: Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead Holy Thursday reminds us of Creation and our dignity Good Friday reminds of Redemption and God’s love for sinners Easter Sunday reminds us of . . . Glorification!
  • 10. Glorification What do we mean by glorification? The first sign of Jesus’ coming glorification was the Transfiguration “And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.” (Mt. 17:2) Jesus predicted his glorification
  • 11. Glorification “I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.” (Jn. 17:4-5) Jesus gave glory to his Father by doing his will Now he will receive the glory he had with the Father from all eternity
  • 12. Glorification What kind of glory awaits the Christian? “[Jesus] makes partners in his heavenly glorification those who have believed in him and remained faithful to his will. Heaven is the blessed community of all who are perfectly incorporated into Christ.” (CCC 1026)
  • 13. Glorification “Believers who respond to God's word and become members of Christ's Body . . . are united in a hidden and real way to Christ in his Passion and glorification.” (CCC 790) Especially in Baptism where you are united to Jesus’ death and Resurrection And in the Eucharist which is a real communion with the Risen Jesus
  • 14. Your Response Hope! What is hope? “Hope is virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ's promises relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit.” (CCC 1817)
  • 15. Your Response What’s the practical benefit of hope? Hope keeps you from discouragement; it sustains him during times of abandonment; it opens up your heart in expectation of eternal beatitude preserves you from selfishness and leads you to the happiness that flows from charity. (CCC 1818)
  • 16. Your Response 2 Corinthians 4:16-17 “Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison . . .”
  • 17. Your Response There is a close connection between hope and glorification We can therefore hope in the glory of heaven promised by God to those who love him and do his will. The Church longs to be united with Christ, her Bridegroom, in the glory of heaven. (CCC 1821)
  • 18. Your Response Holy Thursday called us to works of mercy Good Friday called us to fasting Easter Sunday calls us to prayer Pope John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte (At the beginning of the 3rd Millenium):
  • 19. Your Response Only the experience of silence and prayer offers the proper setting for the growth and development of a true, faithful and consistent knowledge of the Word made flesh. (NMI 20) Prayer develops that conversation with Christ which makes us his intimate friends: "Abide in me and I in you" (Jn 15:4). (NMI 32)
  • 20. Your Response But it would be wrong to think that ordinary Christians can be content with a shallow prayer that is unable to fill their whole life. Especially in the face of the many trials to which today's world subjects faith, they would be not only mediocre Christians but "Christians at risk". (NMI 34) Does your prayer life keep you in mediocrity?
  • 21. Learn to pray from the Catechism Part Four is about prayer and the Our Father Use the Our Father as your outline Stop after each line and pray “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.”
  • 22. Your Response Stop here and take time to praise God for who he is and thank him for all he’s done “Your kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Pray for his will in your life, your marriage, the Church, the world, etc. Surrender yourself and all you have to God’s will for you
  • 23. Pentecost Image: the Holy Spirit falling like tongues of fire on Mary and the disciples Which of God’s mighty works? Sanctification! The Holy Spirit has come to make us holy
  • 24. Sanctification This is the completion of the Easter mystery Jesus gives us his Holy Spirit God created us and redeemed us from our sin He has given of the hope of glory in heaven
  • 25. Sanctification What happens to us while we wait for heaven? We surrender to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives Both the Old and New Testament call us to holiness
  • 26. Sanctification “Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them: Be holy, for I, the LORD your God, am holy.” (Lev. 19:2) “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt. 5:48)
  • 27. Sanctification “You should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth.” (Eph. 4:22-24) What is holiness really? Are regular people called to holiness?
  • 28. Your Response Pope John Paul II again, Holiness, a message that convinces without the need for words, is the living reflection of the face of Christ. Whether it’s from Popes well-know to history or humble lay and religious figures (NMI 7) Wherever you are, whoever you are, it is possible to be a reflection of Christ
  • 29. Your Response Our response to Creation was faith To Redemption was love To Glorification was hope Our response to Sanctification Is our commitment to live a holy life According to our vocation
  • 30. Your Response Holy Thursday called us to works of mercy Good Friday to fasting Easter Sunday to prayer Pentecost calls us to evangelization Why is a commitment holiness important?
  • 31. Your Response Like those pilgrims of two thousand years ago, the men and women of our own day — often perhaps unconsciously — ask believers not only to "speak" of Christ, but in a certain sense to "show" him to them. (NMI 16) Is evangelization simply one of the Church’s ministries?
  • 32. Your Response “Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize, that is to say, in order to preach and teach, to be the channel of the gift of grace, to reconcile sinners with God, and to perpetuate Christ's sacrifice in the Mass, which is the memorial of His death and glorious resurrection.” Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 14
  • 33. Your Response Do I have to evangelize? “Finally, the person who has been evangelized goes on to evangelize others. Here lies the test of truth, the touchstone of evangelization: it is unthinkable that a person should accept the Word and give himself to the kingdom without becoming a person who bears witness to it and proclaims it in his turn.” (EN 24)
  • 34. Your Response “No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples.” (Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio) You only have to evangelize if you are a believe yourself If you have yourself been evangelized
  • 35. Your Response I don’t know how to evangelize! Two simple things you can do: Tell your story! What has God done for you? Tell others of the mighty works that God has done for them “God created you in his image. He has redeemed you from sin because of his love for you.
  • 36. Your Response He wants you to be in heaven with him forever. Turn from sin, put your faith in Jesus and surrender to the Holy Spirit in your life.”

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