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Wednesday, May 25, 2022, Venerable Bede
Pope St. Gregory VII

St. Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi

Acts 17:15, 22—18:1
Psalm 148:1-2, 11-14
John 16:12-15
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"When He comes, however, being the Spirit of truth He will guide you to all truth." —John 16:13

For many, this Easter season has been fantastic. Others have been discouraged. They may feel like St. Paul after his failure at Athens. When Paul started speaking to the Athenians about Jesus' Resurrection, some interrupted and sneered at him. Others brushed him off, telling him to come back some other time (Acts 17:32). Although a few did become believers, this was the worst response in the Bible to Paul's preaching of the Gospel.

You may also feel like a failure. You may feel like quitting and going back into the fishing business with St. Peter (Jn 21:3) or tent-making with Paul (Acts 18:3). The Lord is not calling you to quit His ministry but quit your discouragement (2 Cor 4:1).

"For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God bestowed when my hands were laid on you. The Spirit God has given us is no cowardly Spirit, but rather One that makes us strong, loving, and wise" (2 Tm 1:6-7). The Holy Spirit is our Paraclete, Helper, Advocate, the One at our side. We need not focus on circumstances around us but on the Spirit within us. We don't need to change churches, ministries, or spouses. We need the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Father, thank You for turning even my failures to Your honor and glory.

Promise: "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now." —Jn 16:12

Praise: St. Mary Magdalene de' Pazzi said, "You will be consoled according to the greatness of your sorrow and affliction; the greater the suffering, the greater will be the reward."

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022,

Acts 16:22-34
Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8
John 16:5-11
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"Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved." —Acts 16:31 "Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires" (Gal 5:24). We are "transformed by the renewal" of our minds (Rm 12:2). "We have the mind of Christ" (1 Cor 2:16).

For example, after Sts. Paul and Silas were arrested, stripped, flogged, and put into maximum security (Acts 16:22-24), the natural reaction would be for them to feel sorry for themselves. However, they focused on God rather than themselves, as they prayed and sang hymns into the night (Acts 16:25). Then when an earthquake made it possible for Paul and Silas to easily escape, they didn't run away, as might be expected. They didn't think this was their only chance for freedom, so they stayed in jail and converted the jailer and his family (Acts 16:28ff). When Paul and Silas were released from jail later that day, they refused to go until the Philippian magistrates personally escorted them out of jail (Acts 16:35ff). Paul and Silas were audaciously bold, supremely confident, and deeply focused on the Lord. Because they were raised with Christ through Baptism (Col 3:1), they thought "on things above rather than on things of earth" (Col 3:2).

Are you living the risen life of faith? Are your desires and thoughts new and transformed? Do you have the desires and mind of Christ? Are you living your Baptism? Live the Resurrection now.

Prayer: Father, may I abide in, reside in, and live in Jesus.

Promise: "I tell you the sober truth: it is much better for you that I go. If I fail to go, the Paraclete will never come to you, whereas if I go, I will send Him to you." —Jn 16:7

Praise: "But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament" (Dn 12:3).

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Monday, May 23, 2022,

Acts 16:11-15
Psalm 149:1-6, 9
John 15:26—16:4: "KHI ĐẤNG BẢO TRỢ ĐẾN....NGƯỜI LÀ THẦN KHÍ SỰ THẬT...." ( GIOAN 15: 26)
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Lydia "reverenced God, and the Lord opened her heart to accept what Paul was saying." —Acts 16:14

Lydia is a significant person in the New Testament. She was "a dealer in purple goods" (Acts 16:14), considered a luxury in the ancient world. Thus, she was both a woman of financial means and able to deal successfully with the influential. She also had a great gift of persuasion. She might be the only person in the New Testament who got the upper hand in dealing with St. Paul, when she prevailed on St. Paul to come to her home (Acts 16:15).

Lydia worshipped God and her heart was open to the preaching of the apostles (Acts 16:14). Additionally, she had the spiritual gift of being an "assistant" to Paul (1 Cor 12:28). Lydia also had the spiritual gift of leadership (Rm 12:8), as the "home church" in Philippi presumably met in her house (see Acts 16:40). Paul and Silas were thrown out of town after a very short stay in Philippi, perhaps no more than a few weeks or months. Yet the foundation started by the apostles flourished in the church which met at Lydia's home. The foundation offered by Lydia's firm faith and stable home led to the perseverance of the Philippian community. The letter to the Philippians is a testament to the importance of the church which met in Lydia's home.

One person with a heart open to the Holy Spirit can make a lasting impact for the kingdom of God. Be a Lydia. Use everything in your life for the service of the Lord.

Prayer: Father, use me for Your Kingdom and use me up.

Promise: The Holy Spirit "will bear witness on My behalf. You must bear witness as well." —Jn 15:26-27

Praise: Warren learned how to create Internet websites so he could reach people with the Gospel. His labor of love now reaches many thousands monthly with the Word of God.

(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)




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Sunday, May 22, 2022, Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23
Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8
John 14:23-29

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"It is the decision of the Holy Spirit, and ours too." —Acts 15:28

Two more weeks and we reach one of the most important events in our lives, Pentecost. Jesus continues to say: "This much have I told you while I was still with you; the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit Whom the Father will send in My name, will instruct you in everything, and remind you of all that I told you" (Jn 14:25-26).

We need the Holy Spirit. Otherwise, what Jesus has told us will not become real in our lives. We will then become "distressed or fearful" (Jn 14:27). Without the Spirit, we will "make a pretense of religion but negate its power" (2 Tm 3:5), foster doubt rather than faith, and promote disunity in the Body of Christ. We receive the Spirit or stay locked by fear in the upper room (Jn 20:19, 26). We receive the Spirit or see our life's work amount to nothing, for "flesh begets flesh, Spirit begets spirit" (Jn 3:6).

The word "spirit" also means "breath." We need the Holy Spirit as much or even more than we need our life's breath. Begin to wait and pray (Acts 1:4), to pray and thirst (Lk 11:13), to thirst and believe (Jn 7:37), to believe and obey (Acts 5:32). Jesus "breathed on them and said: 'Receive the Holy Spirit' " (Jn 20:22).

Prayer: Father, renew my Confirmation. Fill me with the Spirit in a way beyond anything I have ever imagined (Eph 3:20).

Promise: The angel "carried me away in spirit to the top of a very high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God." —Rv 21:10

Praise: "It is the will of Him Who sent Me that I should lose nothing of what He has given Me; rather, that I should raise it up on the last day" (Jn 6:39). Risen Jesus, thank You for Your mercy.

(For a related teaching on Staying Filled with the Spirit, listen to, download or order CD 57-1 or DVD 57 on our website.)




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Saturday, May 21, 2022, St. Christopher Magallanes

Acts 16:1-10
Psalm 100:1-3, 5
John 15:18-21
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Paul "came to Lystra." —Acts 16:1

In the city of Lystra, St. Paul had stones smashed against his skull until he was knocked unconscious (Acts 14:19). His enemies dragged him through and out of town, and threw him to the ground, possibly into the dump. Paul's disciples formed a circle around him, and he either regained consciousness or was raised from the dead. Then Paul amazingly, courageously, went back into Lystra (Acts 14:20).

He even returned on two other occasions to Lystra, the scene of the crimes against him (Acts 14:21; 16:1). The last time we hear of Paul in Lystra was when he called St. Timothy into the ministry (Acts 16:1-3). If Paul hadn't returned to the scene of the crime, if he hadn't been healed enough and courageous enough to go back, possibly Timothy would never have been raised up as one of the great disciples and leaders of the early Church.

Where is your Lystra? Where is the scene of the crimes against you? Where and by whom have you been hurt deeply? Be healed. Go back. Let faith overcome fear. There's a blessing, a miracle in your Lystra, if you have the healing and courage to return.

Prayer: Risen Jesus, take my hand. Lead me through the desert to the promised land.

Promise: "The reason [the world] hates you is that you do not belong to the world. But I chose you out of the world." —Jn 15:19

Praise: St. Christopher served as a priest in Mexico. At the time, the secular government severely persecuted Catholics. He secretly founded a seminary, not allowing intimidation to stop priestly education.

(For a related teaching on Hold Fast to the Faith, listen to, download or order our CD 71-1 or DVD 71 on our website.)


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