Pentecost: The Whole Paschal Season

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In Luke's theology the mission of the Holy Spirit is especially related to the event of Pentecost. Consequently, the forgiveness and remission of sins---the Holy Spirit's first gift---forms a theme foundational to the imagery of Pentecost. This is the case, whether "Pentecost" refers to the whole Paschal season (its older meaning) or refers to the specific day of the ... More...

A Little About Hebrews 12:2

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon After his long panegyric on the heroes of faith, the author of the Epistle makes reference to Jesus as "the leader and perfecter of faith" (12:2). This expression requires closer inspection, in order to understand Jesus' relationship to faith. First, we should clear up the misunderstanding created by the incorrect insertion of "our" with respect to faith. There ... More...

Did He Stay or Did He Go?

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon It is instructive to compare and contrast the closing scenes of Jesus' earthly presence as they are presented in Luke/Acts and Matthew. The scenes are similar in that both depict Jesus' final meeting with the group known as the Eleven (hoi Hendeka, Mt 28:16 and Lk 24:33). Connected with each presentation, likewise, is an evangelical mandate (Mt 28:19-20 ; Lk 24:46-47 ... More...

What is the Worst Sin in the Bible?

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 by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon If you answer this question like most modern Christians, you're probably wrong. Because the Old Testament records the historical pedagogy by which God prepared His People for the arrival of the Savior, it is hardly surprising that it says a great deal about what human beings were to be saved from---that is, sin. The Hebrew Bible conveys quite a bit about God's ... More...

What the Holy Spirit Preserves Only in the Church

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon God's gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church is not only original, unique, and exclusive, it is also permanent. This gift is as irrevocable as the Incarnation itself. Much as the event of the Word’s enfleshment irrevocably links the Second Person of the Holy Trinity to the human race, the event of Pentecost joins the Third Person of the Holy Trinity permanently to the ... More...