Let us not underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit. In 1 Samuel 16, we see that “the Spirit of the Lord came upon David”. We also know that David, in this “Spirit of God” and without armor, defeats a mighty warrior who is heavily armed. Is this not remarkable? In 2 Timothy 1, the Spirit is given to Timothy by the “laying on of hands”. Afterward, Timothy receives the spirit of power and love and self-control. With the same Holy Spirit, three guests on this program discuss how they have each chosen to defend life. They also share their experiences from the 41st. March for Life in Washington DC and founding of the Walk for Life in San Francisco. These champions began with modest goals, and by God’s grace and the help of other believers, have done much for the cause of life!
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” These are the parting words of Jesus to his disciples before His glorious Ascension, words that describe the anointing that they would receive on Pentecost, which would embolden and empower them to evangelize the world. Every baptized and Confirmed Catholic receives this same outpouring of the Holy Spirit along with His spiritual gifts and charisms. These gifts are to be used for the building up of the Body of Christ and for the advancement of the Kingdom. Yet unfortunately for many believers these gifts remain largely dormant and undiscovered. In this episode we will explore the role of the Holy Spirit in evangelization and the importance of the spiritual gifts.
Kathleen Beckman and Dr. Mary Healy discuss article# 17 in JPII’s encyclical “Ecclesia de Eucahristia” that states, “By the gift of his body and blood Christ increases within us the gift of his Spirit. They dialogue about the the grace called “baptism in the Holy Spirit” and how, in the words of Saint Ephrem, “He who eats his living body, he who eats it with faith, eats Fire and Spirit!” With each worthy reception of Holy Communion, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. How are we changed by this gift of God?
As Christians we know that Jesus was sent by the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit to evangelize a fallen world with the Gospel of salvation. During his earthly ministry Jesus called and formed his disciples to join him in carrying out that very mission of making disciples of all nations. This holy obligation and sacred duty was not limited to the apostles but was intended for all believers and followers of Jesus Christ, regardless of their state in life. Sadly, not all Catholics recognize that by virtue of their baptism and Confirmation, they have been anointed and appointed to evangelize. Unfortunately for many, the “Great Commission” has become “The Great Omission”. In this episode of “Making Disciples” we will outline a basic theology of evangelization and begin to explore the reasons why so many Catholics fail to recognize their call to share Christ with others.
Today Francesca shares information on the New Year, designated as the Year of Faith, Personal and World Change, the New Evangelization, and Baptism of the Holy Spirit from the writings of Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM, Cap the Papal Household Preacher. From her kitchen she relates the history and her recipe for cannoli from her favorite family recipes hailing from Termini- Imerese, Sicilia.