「Spiritual Talk」The Feast of the Pentecost – Fr. Anthony Ho

Date: 2020-05-30
Audio Segment Types: Spiritual Talk
Languages: Cantonese


Brief description:

This week, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Pentecost, which commemorates the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Blessed Virgin, the Apostles, and disciples in the form of wind and tongues of fire after the Ascension of Our Lord. After receiving the Holy Spirit, they went out to proclaim the Gospel, receiving three thousand people into the Church. Pentecost is also the birthday of the Church, the mystical Body of Christ whose body is God’s grace and whose soul is the Holy Spirit Who gives her the impetus to continue Christ’s work on earth. One of her missions is to forgive humanity’s sins through the Sacrament of Reconciliation which Christ gave her Apostles after His Resurrection through breathing on them, and through the Sacrament of Baptism which remits the sins of the newly baptized and opens the baptized to forgiveness in Confession. When priests are consecrated, there is a prayer asking God to send His Holy Spirit onto the newly consecrated priest. From this, we see that priests’ authority to forgive sins comes from the Holy Spirit.