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Church history, #1 Pentecost

While awaiting “Lost” on ABC, I caught a bit on PBS on the Inquisition.  I realized that I didn’t know much about Church history, especially the bad stuff.  So I found The Story of the Church: Peak Moments from Pentecost to the Year 2000, a book we used in the 2-year lay ministry program I went through some years ago.  I wanted to review it (especially since I didn’t read it during the course) and started with peak #1, Pentecost.

Pentecost (50 days after Easter)After Pentecost, Peter reminds the crowd that Israel is to be the light of nations, that is, to be a missionary witness helping all people to know God, just like in the story of Jonah.  The Tower of Babel was human pride resulting in a breakdown in communication, separating people.  In Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit unified the people in mind and heart for God.  The day coincides with the Jewish feast of Shavuot.  As the old covenant was commemorated in Passover and completed on Mount Sinai with the 10 Commandments, so the new covenant begins with the Easter Triduum and ends with the coming of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), the birth of the Church.

That alone should rally all Catholics to evangelize the world, but then I read this:

Only two percent of Catholics are willing to witness their faith to others and invite them to faith in Jesus and communion with the Church.  Contrast this with evangelical Protestant Christians, who are far more enthusiastic about sharing their faith.

That 2% may account for all priests and religious.  As if priests don’t have enough to do.  Lighting a fire under apathetic Catholics is what frustrates me about our faith, and a major reason I put off pursuing the priesthood.  I’ve got patience, but this requires a real revival.  I guess I just got tired of just complaining and want to be part of the solution.  So here I am.  “Send me!”  

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  1. Liz
    May 16, 2007 at 12:00 am

    If anyone can answer the call to be sent it is you! I am so proud of you and you are such an inspiration to me! I love you!

  2. April 14, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Dear catholickermit,

    We’re very interested in the artwork depiction of Pentecost you’ve used on this page (https://catholickermit.files.wordpress.com/2007/05/z_pentecost1.jpg).

    Was this an original artwork? We are interested in using it in the pentecost issue of our monthly newspaper for the Anglican diocese of Melbourne. Please email me any deatails you have.

    Thank you,
    Bryce Amner.

  3. LW
    May 10, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Hi – where did you get the image of Pentecost that you use on your site?

    I want to find a larger version of this image.

    Thank you.

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