Paul traveled through the interior of the country
and down to Ephesus where he found some disciples.
He said to them,
Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?
They answered him,
We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.
He said, How were you baptized?
They replied, With the baptism of John.
Paul then said, John baptized with a baptism of repentance,
telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,
that is, in Jesus.
When they heard this,
they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
And when Paul laid his hands on them,
the Holy Spirit came upon them,
and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Altogether there were about twelve men.
He entered the synagogue, and for three months debated boldly
with persuasive arguments about the Kingdom of God.
Saint Felix of Nicosia pray for us! Born 1715 and given the name Philip James Amoroso. Son of a poor family, the cobbler Philip Amoroso and Carmela Pirro. His mother taught him the basics of Catholic faith. She encouraged him to spend time with the local Capuchin friars. Attempts and refusals, finally accepted at age 28. Entire life in his hometown as quaestor, financial official for more than 30 years. He instructed youth in Christian doctrine and reminded parents of their responsibility to provide their children with catechetical instruction. He taught children the Creed. He confronted those who used profanity. He spoke often of the simple, the learned and the clergy alike. Lord, you taught blessed Felix to serve you in humility and simplicity, and to be attentive on the greater things. Grant that we may imitate his example here on earth so that we may share in his glory in heaven. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.