Sancte Spiritus

On the Solemnity of Pentecost and the birthday of the Church, I honor the Holy Spirit by the words below. Thanks to Deacon Dan Lupo, co-director of Diaconal Formation for the Austin Diocese, for challenging me to write them.

Sancte Spiritus

An indelible mark you placed in my heart, Sancte Spiritus.

A patronage for a journey past the heavens of my nature, Sancte Spiritus.

A call to be your apostle, Sancte Spiritus.

A witness to the blind and the deaf in spirit, Sancte Spiritus

A voice for the voiceless and a healer for the suffering and sorrowful, Sancte Spiritus.

Redemption to the darned, Sancte Spiritus.

Shelter for the homeless, Sancte Spiritus

Companion for the lonely, Sancte Spiritus

Love for the poor, the abandoned and the marginalized, Sancte Spiritus,

Joy to the widow and the orphan, Sancte Spiritus

Peace to the restless and the worried, Sancte Spiritus

Yet, I asked you, am I worthy of this mark? You answered “imitate Paul”; Veni Sancte Spiritus.

What if I fail to affirm you? You answered “imitate Peter”; Veni Sancte Spiritus

I wondered, can I carry this burden? You said “imitate Christ”; Veni Sancte Spiritus.

I praise God for you, my Advocate, my Paraclete; Veni Sancte Spiritus

May I always rest under your wings, Veni Sancte Spiritus.

 

Have a blessed Pentecost Sunday!!!

The Advocate

“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” ~ John 14:26

This is the great comfort we received from our Lord Christ: He is always present through the Holy Spirit. Fortunately, unlike us, He does not have to be physically present to impart His teachings and to grant us His mercy.

God blessed us with the grace of the Holy Spirit so we are never despondent and always in the light. It is a gift we received through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. Yet, like any gift we receive, we must use it to enjoy it. In today’s scriptures, Jesus tells us how to enjoy His gift to us: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” (John 14:23)

May the Holy Spirit be with you always.

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