“Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb” (Luke 1:42). May we too, like Elizabeth, proclaim those words in our hearts.
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.
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!!!
I am grateful for today’s solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul. After a week of failed leadership by judges and politicians, it is heartening to remember the lives of two of the most important leaders ever. They are good examples of how to persevere in faith and whom to trust.
St. Peter is the rock on which Christ built the Church; St. Paul, after persecuting Christians, became one of the most ardent and influential evangelists in Christianity.
They both suffered death at the hands of the law; however, their deaths planted seeds of faith, hope, and charity that have inspired countless Christians to carry on the Word of God despite political and judicial injustice, persecution, and self-righteousness. That’s the good news of today’s solemnity.
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