Monday, April 30, 2012
The Promise of the Spirit
Please read the passage below from the Acts of the Apostles (1:1-5):
In the first book, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While meeting with them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for “the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
I returned from my pilgrimage on Saturday after spending 18 days in Europe. The pilgrimage started in Prague in the Czech Republic. We went to the church where the beautiful statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague is located. We prayed there asking Jesus for His help. The next day the 37 of us were in Poland. We first went to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Jasna Gora, where I celebrated Holy Mass with the group. The next day we were at Krakow at the Great Shrine of Divine Mercy. We spent the day visiting there and I celebrated Holy Mass at the chapel of the religious sisters where the remains of Saint Faustina are kept. We visited the great church that was blessed by the Blessed John Paul II. The next day we visited the church where Pope John Paul was baptized, made his first Holy Communion, was confirmed and was ordained a priest. We also visited a few more beautiful places. The following day, Divine Mercy Sunday, it was raining hard in Krakow in the morning so I celebrated Holy Mass at the monastery where we were staying, and at 3:00 p.m. we were at the shrine again for the chaplet of Divine Mercy. In the late afternoon we left Poland and went to sleep in the Czech Republic. In the morning we left for Austria where I celebrated Holy Mass at the church of the Mother of the Forest. Then we traveled through the Alps to Padua in Northern Italy. I will continue with our trip tomorrow.
I just want to remind you that there will be a Healing Service on the First Friday of May starting with the rosary at 7:00 p.m.
(Below you will find the message of Our Lord and Savior given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words.)
“I bless you, My brother and all My brothers and sisters scattered all over the world. Before My Ascension into heaven, I spoke to the Apostles about the coming of the Holy Spirit. I had to return to heaven before the Holy Spirit could come on the Apostles. God the Holy Spirit is a great gift, which the Father and I sent upon the Apostles on the day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Blessed Trinity. He is the sanctifier whom you all need to become holy. Pray, My friends, that you may receive the Holy Spirit every day with an increase of all His gifts. If you are in the state of grace, He lives in you together with the Father and I. He will give you the strength you need to follow Me. Live in the power of the Holy Spirit and be at peace.”