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The following is the prepared text of Bishop Malooly’s Fourth of July homily at the Cathedral of St. Peter.
Today we join with our fellow citizens in celebrating the Fourth of July, that day when our founding fathers declared their independence and their freedom from tyranny. We also join with our fellow Catholics in observing the close of this Fortnight for Freedom, the past two weeks when we have reflected on the great gifts of freedom we enjoy and how we can work to preserve them for the future.
As Catholics we celebrate all this in the context of the Mass—the celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection that brings us salvation and true freedom. At this Mass, and at every Mass, what Jesus did then happens for us now. He gathers us together, he speaks to us in the Scriptures, he feeds us with his Body and Blood, and he sends us out to share the Good News with others.
PENTECOST SUNDAY + MAY 15, 2016
“And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim” – Acts 2:2-4*
My Dear People,
Rejoice, for today we celebrate Pentecost, the great feast which brings to a conclusion our 50-day celebration of Easter. During this time, we have had the opportunity to reflect on the presence of the Lord in our lives, to consider the reality and implications of the Resurrection, and to evaluate our personal response to God’s extravagant generosity.
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