Appeared in Summer 1990, Vol. XVI, No. 2

A homily delivered at a First Mass on the 6th Sunday of Easter (Gospel text.- Jn 14:15-21)

It is quite likely that the words of today’s Gospel were written by an aged and holy Bishop. For many years – ever since he had been newly-ordained – the words had burned into his heart and into his memory. In truth, they had been sealed permanently upon his soul.

His memory of all these words – and many others as well – had remained clear and accurate. No doubt, in addition to his native talent for retention, his memory “of these special things” had been preserved intact by the Spirit whom the Master had promised on that special evening.  Any time he recalled that special evening, he could describe certain details as if they had happened only yesterday.

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