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St. George
St. Adalbert

Acts 13:44-52
Psalm 98:1-4
John 14:7-14

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the cost of pentecost is the _____

"The disciples could not but be filled with joy and the Holy Spirit." —Acts 13:52

In thirteen days, we will begin praying the Pentecost novena. The Lord intends to give us a renewal of our Baptisms and Confirmations that will truly change the world. In the Holy Spirit, we will receive power (Acts 1:8) and be "clothed with power from on high" (Lk 24:49). In the Holy Spirit, we will do works even greater than Jesus did (Jn 14:12).

Because of our great power in the Holy Spirit, we are a threat to the devil. He must stop us by bribing us with fleeting, enslaving pleasures. If that doesn't work, he attempts to intimidate us by threatening to inflict pain on us and persecute us. Consequently, we must be willing to endure "violent abuse" (Acts 13:45) and even death, rather than compromise the gospel.

Do you want to receive the Holy Spirit in much greater ways? Knowing that you will receive both power and pain, will you cry out: "Come, Holy Spirit!"? Let us decide to take up the cross, the cost of Pentecost.

Prayer:  Father, work in unprecedented glory through the Pentecost novena this year.

Promise:  "Anything you ask Me in My name I will do." —Jn 14:14

Praise:  St. George, patron of England, was martyred in Palestine.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Baptism in the Holy Spirit order, listen to, or download our CD 43-1 or DVD 43-CH.1 at presentationministries.com or order our tape on audio AV 43-1 or video V-43.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, November 6, 2015

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