065: Ascending to Pentecost with Pope Benedict XVI

by Matthew Leonard
by Matthew Leonard
The Art of Catholic with Matthew Leonard

It’s one of the most overlooked miracles in Scripture.

All too often we focus so much on the Passion, death and Resurrection of Our Lord that we breeze right over a pivotal event in our eternal pilgrimage – the Ascension.

That would be a huge mistake.

Not long ago I picked up one of my many books by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Not a good idea if you have a lot of items on your “to-do” list.

He’s so incredibly brilliant that I just couldn’t stop reading.

Benedict’s focus was on the importance of the Ascension and how it leads to Pentecost and beyond. It was a real eye-opener. I learned a lot and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Among other things, in this episode I’ll cover:

  • Why the Apostles were strangely “full of joy” after Christ disappeared
  • Where I would’ve loved to have been a fly on the wall before the Ascension
  • How the Ascension points to our divine destiny
  • Why Jesus rose on a cloud (and not something else)
  • Why the people in Lystra weren’t totally wrong about Paul and Barnabas…and what that says about us
  • How the tongues of fire at Pentecost should burn us now

This was not a planned episode. It just happened…perhaps through the Holy Spirit. I think he’s trying to tell us something.

Give a listen and God bless!


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2 Responses

  1. Hello, Brother Matt. Praise God for those beautiful insights! Pope Emeritus Benedict’s illuminations are always packaged in poetry, glorifying God’s truth with beauty, feeding mind and heart. As always, your presentation displays relatable humility, advanced scholarship, a holy knowledge coming from mind and spirit, served with alluring humor. Great to hear your voice by podcast, as well as to ingest these holy morsels for further prayerful reflection. May the remainder of this Easter Season be filled with Hallelujah moments for you and your holy family, as well as for all of your holy co-workers in the St Paul Ctr. Much love to all from Annie and me.

    1. Greg! So great to hear from you. Thanks for always being so kind and supportive. God bless you and Annie greatly!

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