apostles

DEAR FATHER | Scriptures, legends shine light on where first apostles shared the Gospel

Before His ascension, Jesus told His apostles, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). While these words were meant for the whole Church, the apostles were the first to embrace them. They traveled, sometimes great distances, to preach the Gospel. All but one of the apostles were martyred for their belief in Christ and proclaiming Him to others.

With that, let us look at what the apostles did after Pentecost:

DEAR FATHER | Scriptures, legends shine light on where first apostles shared the Gospel

Father John Mayo

Before His ascension, Jesus told His apostles, "'Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature'" (Mark 16:15). While these words were meant for the whole Church, the apostles were the first to embrace them. They traveled, sometimes great distances, to preach the Gospel. All but one of the apostles were martyred for their belief in Christ and proclaiming Him to others.

With that, let us look at what the apostles did after Pentecost:

AN EDITOR'S LIFE | Like fishing, evangelization requires faith

Teak Phillips

Starting the new year in a river seemed like a good idea. Sure, the weather was windy and a bit cold -- the ice on a tree limb sticking in the water was proof enough -- but how can fishing be bad? Any day stalking trout is a good day.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Extending the mission of Jesus

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson led a panel discussion for the state meeting of bishops and superior generals Nov. 3 at the Cardinal Rigali Center. With the archbishop were Bishop Edward M. Rice, left, Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph and Bishop Vann Johnston of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

In addition to the healing carried out by Jesus Himself, the Gospels also testify that Jesus shared His healing mission with the Apostles. Each of the Synoptic Gospels affirms how Jesus made His power to heal body and soul present to the world through the Apostles:

"Then He summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. ... 'Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons'" (Matthew 10:1,8).

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Let the Holy Spirit guide you through Scripture

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.

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