The Pastor of Saint Agnes writes a weekly bulletin article. They are reposted here.
A Good Word from St. Irenaeus (2nd century)
When the Lord told his disciples to go and teach all nations and to baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, he conferred on them the power of giving men new life in God. He had promised through the prophets that in these last days he would pour out his Spirit on his servants and handmaids, and that they would prophesy. So when the Son of God became the Son of Man, the Spirit also descended upon him, becoming accustomed in this way to dwelling with the human race, to living in men and to inhabiting God’s creation. The Spirit accomplished the Father’s will in men who had grown old in sin, and gave them new life in Christ.
Luke says that the Spirit came down on the disciples at Pentecost, after the Lord’s ascension, with power to open the gates of life to all nations and to make known to them the new covenant. So it was that men of every language joined in singing one song of praise to God, and scattered tribes, restored to unity...Read more
The Days Between the Resurrection and the Ascension of the Lord
A Sermon of Pope St Leo the Great (400-461 A.D.)
Dearly beloved, those days which intervened between the Lord’s Resurrection and Ascension did not pass by in uneventful leisure, but great mysteries were ratified in them and deep truths were revealed.
In those days the fear of death was removed with all its terrors, and the immortality not only of the soul but also of the flesh was established. In those days the Holy Ghost is poured upon all the Apostles through the Lord’s breathing upon them, and to the blessed Apostle Peter, set above the rest, the keys of the kingdom are entrusted and the care of the Lord’s flock.
It was during that time that the Lord joined the two disciples as a companion on the way, and, to sweep away all the clouds of our uncertainty, reproached them for the slowness of their timid and trembling hearts. Their enlightened hearts catch the flame of faith, and lukewarm as they have been, they are made to burn while the Lord unfolds the Scriptures....Read more
Baptism. You became a child. A deep innocence overtook you. So deep, it’s not seen on life’s surface. It’s that dimension of you that knows no evil. Innocence can’t comprehend sin, malice, lies or machinations. It only desires and seeks pure good. Therefore, it loves as God loves and in the way that He loves. Love: to will the good of the other. That’s love’s definition. It’s the New World into which we’re born at Baptism. It’s the New World that blossoms, like a radiant rose at dawn, at the Second Coming. When you see this World, you’ll say, “I’ve become a child again!”
Life is a journey. Biologically and psychologically. We can’t remain children on that level. “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me” (1 Corinthians 13:11). But life’s also a spiritual journey, which affects our biology and psychology, but paradoxically progresses in the opposite direction. Jesus says we must become like little children. "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you cannot enter the...Read more