At the third hour (nine o’clock), when all of them were gathered , the air resounded with a tremendous thunder and the blowing of a violent wind mixed with the brightness of fire or lightning centered upon the house of the Cenacle.. It was enveloped in light and the divine fire was poured out over all that holy gathering (Acts 2:2)
Over the heads of each of the hundred and twenty gathered there, appeared a tongue of that same fire in which the Holy Ghost had come, filling each one with divine influences and heavenly gifts and causing at one and the same time the most diverse and contrary effects within the Cenacle and in the whole of Jerusalem, according to the diversity of the persons affected.
In the most holy Virgin, these effects were divine. The purest Lady was transformed and exalted in God and for a short time she enjoyed the beatific vision of the Divinity. The Blessed Trinity was so pleased with the conduct of Mary on this occasion, that It considered fully repaid and compensated for having created the world. In this exalted and blessed spouse were renewed all the gifts and graces of the Holy Ghost.
The twelve apostles were confirmed in this sanctifying grace and were never to lose it. Into all were infused the habits of the seven gifts:
Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Counsel, Piety, Fortitude, Fear of the Lord.
In this magnificent blessing the twelve apostles were created fit ministers of the New Testament and founders of the Evangelical Church for the whole world.
The sacred text of St. Luke says that the Holy Ghost filled the whole house in which this happy congregation was gathered with great light and splendor.
This overflowed and communicated itself to the inhabitants of Jerusalem who had been present at the Passion and Death of Jesus.
All those who with some piety had compassioned Our Savior Jesus during His Passion and death, feeling sorrow for His most bitter torments and reverencing His Sacred Person, were interiorly lighted with new lights and grace which disposed them afterwards to accept the doctrine of the Apostles.
Those that were converted by the first sermon of St. Peter, are those who, by their compassion and sorrow at the death of the Lord, had merited for themselves this great blessing.
Others of the just, who were in Jerusalem outside of the Cenacle, also felt great interior consolations by which they were moved and predisposed by new effects of grace wrought in each one proportionately by the Holy Ghost.
By the dreadful thunders and the violent commotion of the atmosphere on that day, accompanying His advent, He disturbed and terrified the enemies of the Lord in that city … each one according to his own malice and perfidy.
This chastisement was particularly evident in those who had signalized themselves in their rabid fury against Him. All these fell to the ground on their faces and remained there for three hours.
Those who had scourged the Lord were suddenly choked in their own blood, which shot forth from their veins in punishment for shedding that of the Master.
The audacious servant, who had buffeted the Lord, not only suddenly died, but was hurled into hell body and soul.
These chastisements became notorious in Jerusalem although the pharisees diligently sought to cover them up, just as they had tried to cover the Resurrection of the Savior.
As these events, however, were not so important, neither the Apostles nor the Evangelists wrote about them, and in the confusion of the city the multitude soon forgot them.
The Mystical City of God : Venerable Mary of Agreda
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The above article was taken from the Mystical City of God by Sister Mary of Agreda (1602-1665) This is a monumental four volume 2,676 page history of the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as revealed by Our Lady to this 17th century Spanish nun. Venerable Mary saw in ecstasy all the events recorded here. Later Our Lady told her to write them down in a book.
The Mystical City of God, the four volumes, have been acclaimed by Popes, Cardinals and theologians. It has inspired the clergy and laity for over 300 years and has gone into sixty editions in various languages.
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