Father Stefan Notes for 2 nd week of ordinary time the Holy Spirit comes upon Jesus in the form of a ‘Dove’

We will read in the Gospel Today ‘John bore witness ‘I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from Heaven and remain him….I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'”

We read in Genesis ‘The Earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the earth.’

The word the Spirit was Hovering is meant to give an image of the Dove of the Holy Spirit. The hovering is like a Dove. In the same way when a priest puts his hands over the bread and wine during the ‘epiclesis’ the hands of the priest are meant to be a image of the ‘Dove of the Holy Spirit.’ The action of the priest is meant to invoke the Holy Spirit ‘Dove’ over the void of creation in Genesis.

Song Come Holy Spirit Heavenly Dove
‘Come Holy Spirit Heavenly Dove
With all they quickening power
Kindle the flame of sacred love
In these cold hearts of ours

Come Holy Spirit Heavenly Dove
With all they quickening power
Come give us the Savior Love
And Kindle that Love in our Hearts’

As Noah released the Dove out of the Ark. The Dove came back with an Olive Branch in its mouth. The Dove proclaim a New Creation. The Dove of the Holy Spirit has descended on Jesus Today. The Dove has broken the Olive Branch on Jesus. And from the Olive Branch the Oil of the Holy Spirit has descended on Jesus. The Dove of the Holy Spirit proclaims that the flood is over. When we were baptized the Father sent the Dove of the Holy Spirit upon us and the Father said ‘You are my beloved Child in whom I am well pleased.’ Saint John Paul II wrote ‘The symbol of the dove indicates forgiveness of sin, reconciliation with God and renewal of the covenant.’

St Cyril says ‘Having been baptized into Christ and have put on Christ you have been made like the Son of God. Having become partakers of Christ. You are properly called Christ. And of you God says ‘Touch not my Christ or anointed’ You have been made Christ.’

The Father says to us ‘behold, you are beautiful, my love, behold you are beautiful! Your eyes are doves.’

We are the the little dove of Jesus. the Dove is symbol of Purity and Peace
We are too be like the the Dove and be ‘Pure and Peaceful.’

‘Once on a Pentecost Sunday ‘Saint Theresa of Avila experienced an ecstasy. She saw a dove come down and rest on her head, its wings like flakes of mother-of-pearl glowing brightly. But far from upsetting her. Her spirit ‘Was filled with great peace and began to rejoice in sweetness and quiet.’

‘The Church is the House of the Dove’
St Basil Speaks of the ‘Eucharist as the Dove.’ ‘The Eucharist is Clothed with the Holy Spirit.’

Look- the Symbol over the tabernacle is a Dove. The Eucharist is reserved in the Heavenly Dove.

This Year is the 100 year since Fatima. If you look at the feet of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima you often see 3 doves. This is because of a little miracles concerning the Statue of Fatima in Portugal in 1946.

Ask Mary to send upon you the Dove of the Holy Spirit
Mary I ask you today ‘Send Down upon Us. Send Down upon me the Dove of the Holy Spirit. Help me to hear that I am the ‘The Little Dove that Jesus delight to see’
Mary send the Dove of the Holy Spirit upon me and Help me to be Pure Peaceful and Simple like a Little Dove.

Father Stefan Notes for 2 nd week of ordinary time the Holy Spirit comes upon Jesus in the form of a ‘Dove’

We will read in the Gospel Today ‘John bore witness ‘I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from Heaven and remain him….I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'”

We read in Genesis ‘The Earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the earth.’

The word the Spirit was Hovering is meant to give an image of the Dove of the Holy Spirit. The hovering is like a Dove. In the same way when a priest puts his hands over the bread and wine during the ‘epiclesis’ the hands of the priest are meant to be a image of the ‘Dove of the Holy Spirit.’ The action of the priest is meant to invoke the Holy Spirit ‘Dove’ over the void of creation in Genesis.

Song Come Holy Spirit Heavenly Dove
‘Come Holy Spirit Heavenly Dove
With all they quickening power
Kindle the flame of sacred love
In these cold hearts of ours

Come Holy Spirit Heavenly Dove
With all they quickening power
Come give us the Savior Love
And Kindle that Love in our Hearts’

As Noah released the Dove out of the Ark. The Dove came back with an Olive Branch in its mouth. The Dove proclaim a New Creation. The Dove of the Holy Spirit has descended on Jesus Today. The Dove has broken the Olive Branch on Jesus. And from the Olive Branch the Oil of the Holy Spirit has descended on Jesus. The Dove of the Holy Spirit proclaims that the flood is over. When we were baptized the Father sent the Dove of the Holy Spirit upon us and the Father said ‘You are my beloved Child in whom I am well pleased.’ Saint John Paul II wrote ‘The symbol of the dove indicates forgiveness of sin, reconciliation with God and renewal of the covenant.’

St Cyril says ‘Having been baptized into Christ and have put on Christ you have been made like the Son of God. Having become partakers of Christ. You are properly called Christ. And of you God says ‘Touch not my Christ or anointed’ You have been made Christ.’

The Father says to us ‘behold, you are beautiful, my love, behold you are beautiful! Your eyes are doves.’

We are the the little dove of Jesus. the Dove is symbol of Purity and Peace
We are too be like the the Dove and be ‘Pure and Peaceful.’

‘Once on a Pentecost Sunday ‘Saint Theresa of Avila experienced an ecstasy. She saw a dove come down and rest on her head, its wings like flakes of mother-of-pearl glowing brightly. But far from upsetting her. Her spirit ‘Was filled with great peace and began to rejoice in sweetness and quiet.’

‘The Church is the House of the Dove’
St Basil Speaks of the ‘Eucharist as the Dove.’ ‘The Eucharist is Clothed with the Holy Spirit.’

Look- the Symbol over the tabernacle is a Dove. The Eucharist is reserved in the Heavenly Dove.

This Year is the 100 year since Fatima. If you look at the feet of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima you often see 3 doves. This is because of a little miracles concerning the Statue of Fatima in Portugal in 1946.

Ask Mary to send upon you the Dove of the Holy Spirit
Mary I ask you today ‘Send Down upon Us. Send Down upon me the Dove of the Holy Spirit. Help me to hear that I am the ‘The Little Dove that Jesus delight to see’
Mary send the Dove of the Holy Spirit upon me and Help me to be Pure Peaceful and Simple like a Little Dove.

The Gospel Today is about the Dove of the Holy Spirit Fr Stefan ideas for his homily today

Song Come Holy Spirit Heavenly Dove
‘Come Holy Spirit Heavenly Dove
With all they quickening power
Kindle the flame of sacred love
In these cold hearts of ours

Come Holy Spirit Heavenly Dove
With all they quickening power
Come give us the Savior Love
And Kindle that Love in our Hearts’

As Noah released the Dove out of the Ark. The Dove same back with an Olive Branch in its mouth. The Dove proclaim a New Creation. The Dove of the Holy Spirit has descended on Jesus Today. The Dove has broken the Olive Branch on Jesus. And from the Olive Branch the Oil of the Holy Spirit has descended on Jesus. The Dove of the Holy Spirit proclaims that flood is over. When we were baptized the Father sent the Dove of the Holy Spirit upon us and the Father said ‘You are my beloved Child in whom I am well pleased.’

St Cyril says ‘Having been baptized into Christ and have put on Christ you have been made like the Son of God. Having become partakers of Christ. You are properly called Christ. And of you God says ‘Touch not my Christ or anointed’ You have been made Christ.’

The Father says to us ‘behold, you are beautiful, my love, behold you are beautiful! Your eyes are doves.’

We are the the little dove of Jesus. the Dove is symbol of Purity and Peace
We are too be like the the Dove and be ‘Pure and Peaceful.’

‘Once on a Pentecost Sunday ‘Saint Theresa of Avila experienced an ecstasy. She saw a dove come down and rest on her head, its wings like flakes of mother-of-pearl glowing brightly. But far from upsetting her. Her spirit ‘Was filled with great peace and began to rejoice in sweetness and quiet.’

‘The Church is the House of the Dove’
St Basil Speaks of the ‘Eucharist as the Dove.’ ‘The Eucharist is Clothed with the Holy Spirit.’

Look the Symbol over the tabernacle is a Dove. The Eucharist is reserved in the Heavenly Dove.

This Year if the 100 year since Fatima. If you look at the feet of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima you often see 3 doves. This is because of a little miracles concerning the Statue of Fatima in Portugal in 1946.

Ask Mary to sen upon you the Dove of the Holy Spirit
Mary I ask you today ‘Send Down upon Us. Send Down upon me the Dove of the Holy Spirit. Help me to hear that I am the ‘The Little Dove that Jesus delight to see’
Mary send the Dove of the Holy Spirit upon me and Help me to be Pure Peaceful and Simple like a Little Dove.

Father Stefan Little Poem for Epiphany

As Moses struck the Rock and Water came out of the Rock
By faith we strike a Bee Hive and the Bess flow out of the Hive like a roaring wave
The Bees go off on A Mission
The Bees are a symbol of prophecy in the Church
The Bees are a symbol of the Church
By Faith we punch a hole in the Heaven and the Honey of the Holy Spirit pours down upon us
The Honey of the Holy Spirit is poured into our very self
I pick up a precious baby boy
His Eyes shine divinity to me
Maybe Jesus allowed those who have faith to be given a glimpse of the Divinity in His Eyes
Maybe Jesus allowed the poor with faith to catch the sparkle of the divinity in His Eyes
As a woke up I noticed a white feather on my shoulder
An Angel was near
The Dove of the Holy Spirit hovered over me and has never left me
On waking I realized that Christmas Season was over
The Baptism of the Lord was Today
Today is a New Day filled with the Holy Spirit
A White Feather has landed on your Right Shoulder
Do You see It?

Father Stefan Idea to Help renew the Church The sick in the hospital are vital members of the Body of Christ’One Body and Many Members’

Fulton Sheen once said “The greatest tragedy is Wasted Suffering.’ Pope Francis surprised the world when he first words were ‘Pray for Me.’ Pope Francis didn’t say these words as a pious gesture. He truly meant what these words. He knew that he needed the prayers of the People of God.

We are one Body one Body in Christ. St Therese the little flower had a deep understanding of the Body of Christ. She would offer some discomfort so that a missionary on the other side of the planet would be helped. When I visit people in the hospital I have a deep faith that ‘We are One Body in Christ.’ I ask the sick to pray for me.

Prayer in powerful. But more powerful still is prayer said in Faith, Hope and Love united to suffering. The hospital are good mines of untapped grace. Fulton Sheen was right when he said ‘The greatest tragedy is wasted suffering.’

I have ‘A Vision.’ to help all the sick, those who suffer in the hospital and out of the hospital as Vital and essential members of the Body of Christ. When we learn to help the sick offer up their suffering for the good of the Church we will see many graces and blessing flowing down on the Church from Jesus.

Mary Healy writes in her book ‘Healing’ “How much wasted suffering there in the world today! How many people are lying in hospital or nursing homes simply enduring their pain and loneliness or even letting bitterness fester. If only they knew how much potential their suffering has for empowering the Church mission to bring the light of Christ into the world. Often it is because no one has told them: no one has called upon their intercessory muscle. If they lovingly offer their suffering in union with Christ, especially of they offer it for specific intentions, their seemingly unless lives will actually be bearing abundant fruit. As one priest I know says, ‘Their loves are not a waste, they are the Marine Corps of the Church.’

One Body with Many Members
1 Corinthians 12-26
“12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. 13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles,[a] some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.[b]

14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. 15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?

18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, 24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.”

St Paul is telling us that the less honorable parts are the most important. This means that the very parts of the Body of Christ that we often overlook are often the most important. The sick are a vital and necessary part of the Body of Christ.

Thought and prayer for the day.

Jesus I offer you this discomfort, this pain, this inconvenience, for this person, intention. Jesus I know there is nothing small in your eyes. And the smallest suffering offered in love are powerful in Obtaining Graces and Blessing from You Jesus. If the smallest suffering offered in Love have such power in the sight of God. I can only imagine what the Divine value of a Holy Soul offering up their pain and suffering to You Jesus can Obtain in the Sight of God.

The Star that we must follow Fr Stefan working notes and thughts for his Homily Epiphany

O, Star of wonder, star of night
Star of royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

The Gospel tells us ‘Where is the Newborn king of the Jews? We saw His Star at it rising and have come to do him homage.’ ‘And behold The Star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.’ ‘They were overjoyed at seeing The Star.’

We read in Genesis 1:16 ‘God made two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; he also made the stars.’

Jesus is the greater light. And Mary is the lesser light the moon. Mary reflects the light of the Sun to those who walk in darkness. Mary has no light of her own. Mary as the moon reflects the light of the Sun. We read in the book of Revelation that Mary is clothed with the Sun.

Jesus is also the Star. Jesus say to John in the book of Revelation 22:16 ‘I Jesus have sent my Angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star.’

Jesus is the bright morning star
Mary is also called the morning star.Mary is the Morning Star that precedes the Dawn. We read in the Song of Songs 6:10 ‘Who is this that looks like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army with banner.’

We read in the Psalm 147 4-5 ‘He counts the number of the stars. He gives names to all of them. Great is our Lord and abundant in strength.’

The prophet Isaiah 40:26 tells us ‘Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars. The One who leads forth their host by number. He calls them all by name. Because of the greatness of His Might and the strength of His Power, not one of them is missing.’

Jesus holds the Stars in His Hand Jesus says in Revelation 2:15 ‘In his right hand he held seven stars and out of His Mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and his face was like the Sun shining in its strength.’ Jesus even tells us in Rev 2 26-28 ‘He who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, I will give him power over the nations. And he shall rule them with with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received power from my father, and I shall give him the Morning Star.’

Why does scripture tell us at the death of Jesus Lk 23:44 ‘It was mow about the sixth hour and their was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while sun light failed.’

All of creation points to Jesus. As the psalm tell us “All of creation proclaims the glory of God.’ But in the end all of creation points to Jesus the true light of the world. The lesser lights give way to the greater light.’

While it is true that we will all shine like the stars in the sky as St Paul tells us. Creation and it beauty only serve as a pointer. Because in Heaven we will not need the suns and the stars to point to Jesus. We will have the True Light. As we read at the end of the book of Revelation ‘And the night shall be no more; they will need no light or lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they shall reign for ever and ever.’

Jesus will be our True Light
Jesus will be our True Light
Jesus will ve Our True Light

Father Stefan working on Homily for Father Day ‘An examination of conscience from Pope Francis Amoris Laetitia’ ‘Soul Institue’ 

An examination of conscience for Father Day from Chapter 4 ‘Love in Marriage’ Pope Francis writes: In a lyrical passage of Saint Paul, we see some of the features of true love Love is p…

Source: Father Stefan working on Homily for Father Day ‘An examination of conscience from Pope Francis Amoris Laetitia’ ‘Soul Institue’