What is Baptism in the Holy Spirit ?

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Baptism in the Holy Spirit Baptism in the Holy Spirit? What is it? Even though I was an active Catholic, I had never heard the term. Heck, in seventh grade I won the local catechism bee but never had that question. I asked one of the other Netters who appeared to be pretty normal but also seemed to know what was going with the whole baptism in the Holy Spirit thing. She said that it was really just being “filled with the Holy Spirit.”

She told me that I could read more about in the scriptures. That, to me, sounded like a pretty good place to start. I began reading the scriptures and found that being baptized in the Holy Spirit (or words similar) is mentioned in each of the 4 gospels as well as the Acts of the Apostles. (See Mt 3:11; Mk 1:8; Lk 3:16; Jn 1:33; Acts 1:5.) John the Baptist made it clear that he baptized in water but that Jesus would baptize ill the Holy Spirit. It became apparent to me that what I experienced as a baby might be different than baptism in the Holy Spirit.

In his gospel, Luke said that we would be baptized in the Holy Spirit and in fire. Again in the Acts of the Apostles, Luke has Jesus instructing the apostles to go back to Jerusalem and wait for the “promise of the Father” and the “baptism of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:5), When I read the various accounts of the baptism in the Holy Spirit I didn’t necessarily have a better understanding of exactly what baptism in the Holy Spirit was, but I was able to see that it was important. It seemed to be something that Jesus intended for us, and it changed people. Scripture states clearly that Jesus came to baptize us in the Holy Spirit. It seemed to me that if this is one of the reasons Christ came, then perhaps I was missing something.

As I made my way through scripture, I was also able to see the effects of the baptism with the Holy Spirit. From my reading the Acts of the Apostles it appeared to me that the disciples experienced the baptism in the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. It became clear that the baptism of the Holy Spirit enabled the apostles to do something that they were unable to do before. Before Pentecost they were locked in a room paralyzed by fear and after experiencing the Holy Spirit they boldly proclaimed Jesus. Something changed in them. Slowly, I was beginning to see more clearly what  the baptism in the Holy Spirit might be about.

It seemed to be about power. The disciples’ experience of the Holy Spirit gave them the power to escape the confines of a locked room where they were bound by fear. It gave them the power to witness to Jesus’ resurrection and the ability to faithfully live the christian life.

This Excerpt is take from the book ‘Breath of God‘ by Dave Pivonka, T.O.R

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Amoris Laetitia, the New Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis.

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Much of the “Amoris Laetitia” consists on the reflections of the Gospels and church teaching on love, the family and children.

It begins with an opening chapter inspired by the Scriptures, to set a proper tone. Thereafter, the Holy Father examines the actual situation of families, and recalls some essential aspects of the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family, thus paving the way for two central chapters dedicated to love.

Further on the Pope highlights some pastoral approaches that can guide us in building sound and fruitful homes in accordance with God’s plan, with a full chapter dedicated to raising of children.

Finally, he offers an invitation to mercy and pastoral discernment of those situations that fall short of what the Lord demands of us, and conclude with a brief discussion of family spirituality.

The copy of this book will be available 15th April. Send your orders to st.paulsmarketing@gmail.com or bybbangalore@gmail.com

 

Psalms of Mercy

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The Psalms have a strong attraction – to believers and non believers alike – because they reflect our deepest experiences as human beings. They are full of the highs and lows of everyday life, the triumphs and losses, our strengths and weaknesses, the beautiful and the painful. They also point to our human search for a merciful and loving God.

Praying with these ten Psalms of Mercy will help us come more deeply into God’s presence and reveal God’s mercy and tenderness for each one of us.

The Psalms of Mercy is one of a series of eight books, the official catechetical resource for the Jubilee of Mercy created by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization at the request of Pope Francis.

As Pope Francis says, we are, as a Church, called to “echo the word of God that resounds strong and clear as a message and a sign of pardon, strength, aid, and love.” These books are a guiding light for individuals  and parishes to answer that call.

Live Inspired Always

If you had just a year to live,

      How differently would you live it?

                          What exactly would you do?

St. Pauls dedicate this book to everyone who has inspired by some or the others.

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The word ‘inspiration’ come from the Hebrew ‘theoneustos’, meaning ‘God breathes’. Let God inspire us.

Live in the Present, do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future; concentrate on the present moment.’ – Buddha

 If you dwell on the negative you become negative minded; if you look for and dwell on the positive you become the positive minded so replace all and any negativity you have in store with positivity.

Today is a brand new day; start fresh.Some people aim for success; others just talk about it. We all know what it looks like when someone else has it. Oftentimes it just seems like something too far out of reach. The truth is

Success is closer than you think. It’s just on the other side. You have to want it enough, and be willing enough to get it.“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Woldgang von Geothe. The darkest moments of one’s life may carry the seeds of the brightest tomorrow since there is always a Light at the end of the tunnel. Life inspired always act, don’t react. Never become discouraged by a small job accept that all things happen for a reason. Find an idea that can change your life, you will never change your life until you change something you do daily. A year from now you will wish you had started today.The only thing worse than being is having sight but no vision.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow – Albert Einstein

Stop waiting for things to happen.

                   Go out and make things happen.