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 Fruits of the Holy Spirit

On the last day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit, we celebrate the Vigil of Pentecost. On this occasion, we ask the Holy Spirit to overshadow us with the Fruits of the Holy Spirit: signs of Christ’s love visible to others through our thoughts, words and deeds.

These fruits are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity. (CCC 1832)

Christ built his church with 12 apostles and he builds our heart with the 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit. It is through these gifts that our faith, hope, and charity are sustained and displayed. We must share with others these gifts with the same determination as the apostles shared Christ’s message. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are not meant to be kept to ourselves; lest we commit gluttony and our hearts become ruined.

We want our hearts to produce everlasting harvest. It is, therefore, necessary that we make daily efforts to nourish ourselves with prayer, liturgy, and the Eucharist and to seek and practice the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. By doing this, we enable the Holy Spirit to descend upon us as he did on Pentecost and thus speak in tongues of love.

Have a blessed day!!!

The Thirst for the Holy Spirit

Veni, Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit)

I am always thirsting for the Holy Spirit. It is an indelible thirst born at Baptism. I feel this thirst becoming stronger as Pentecost approaches. The Holy Spirit is the truth that Christ gifted us: “I have much to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.” (John 16:12-13)

It is through the Holy Spirit that our hearts are purified and we remain in God: “A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, nor deprive me of your holy spirit.” (Psalm 51:12-13) Moreover, it is by living through the Holy Spirit that we can say “Jesus is Lord.” (1 Corinthians 12:3);

If you thirst like I do, consider honoring the Holy Spirit in the next 9 days with the Novena of the Holy Spirit. This Novena is an opportunity to seek God’s gifts of grace:

The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD. (Isaiah 11:2-3).

Have a blessed day!!!