Early historians said this author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles was born to a pagan family in Antioch (Turkey) and converted to Christianity. According to Paul's letters and Acts, he was a doctor and Paul's companion during his later journeys and imprisonment in Rome. Luke's New Testament writings in Greek were for gentiles, extending to them the salvation promised to Israel. He is the patron of physicians and surgeons and, because of a legend that he painted a Marian icon, of painters.
This Syrian-born martyr, who gave himself the nickname "God-bearer" because of his certainty of God's presence within him and who may have been a disciple of St. John the Evangelist, became bishop of Antioch about 69. Eventually he was arrested and sent to Rome, where his strong desire for martyrdom was fulfilled when he was thrown to the lions in the Colosseum. In seven letters written to Christians in Asia Minor and Rome, he stressed the need to heal church conflicts, the authority of local bishops and the Eucharist as a source of unity.
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Not one to pour cold water on a fun fundraising idea, the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis is asking people who are taking a popular "ice-bucket challenge" to direct donations to an alternative source that funds morally acceptable research for a cure of Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
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VATICAN CITY -- With baptism, Christians are cleansed of sin, but the sacrament doesn't wash away human weakness nor the obligation to ask forgiveness when they make mistakes, Pope Francis said.
Baptism is "God's powerful intervention in our lives to save us. This saving intervention of God doesn't remove our human nature and weakness; we are all weak and we are all sinners. And baptism doesn't remove our responsibility to ask forgiveness every time we err," the pope said Nov. 13 during his weekly general audience.
Pentecost belongs to sinners only! Pentecost is neither for the angels nor for the saints. They do not need it; we sinners do. Every day every sinner is confronted with an inner rebellion. There are no exceptions! We all have a choice to follow our human spirit, the Evil Spirit or the Holy Spirit; all too often we follow the human spirit and sometimes the Evil Spirit.
For the past three weeks, I have written about the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. With the reception of these great gifts from God, we are reborn spiritually, our sins are forgiven, and we are nourished by our intimate communion with Jesus Christ and strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit.