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Monsignor’s Message – Feast of the Ascension

Posted on May 26, 2017 in Monsignor's Message

This is a message from Msgr. Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn that appears in The Tablet:

The feast of the Ascension marks a moment of transition in time. In Lent and Easter we have celebrated the saving works of Christ. Now, the inspiration of the Holy Spirit assists us in understanding how the salvation won for us by Jesus is being worked out in the world and our lives. We are unafraid! Yet the devil remains determined to undermine faith by stoking flames of fear. The evil one deploys his weapons skillfully. The manipulation of religious faith to extremism and terrorism in order to spread fear is but one weapon in his arsenal. We have witnessed that most recently with a suicide bombing in England. So what is the response of a person of faith? It is the example of Pope Francis who traveled to Egypt despite the violence there against Christians, and walked amid the people to remind them to be courageous. Christ has indeed ascended to the Father, but He has not left us orphans. Indeed, He sent us a powerful Advocate: the Holy Spirit. We are convinced, and thus fearless that by His power, the Accuser Satan will be cast out! May God bless you.

May God bless you,
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, V.E.