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Fr. Mark’s Desk - May 31, 2020
Solemnity of Pentecost
“Receive the Holy Spirit.”

Receiving the Holy Spirit is an everyday opportunity, but often missed, I suspect. It takes extraordinary self-discipline to know its presence. It begins with an awareness of every part of our day, and an appreciation of each individual thing. For example, each breath we take, every sip of water, every morsel of food, every kind word, every gentle smile… taken with full awareness and appreciation is rarely done. But when life gets difficult or hectic, a simple examination of what surrounds us can ground us again.

Let’s take one simple ritual for prayerful examination. When entering or leaving church we often bless ourselves with holy water. This blessing is a reminder of our baptism in which we are born again, it is water which cleans and purifies, it is blessing ourselves with the sign of the cross, and it is the dedication of our lives in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. One simple ritual often done without much thought contains tremendous mystery.

Let’s take one more look at the power of the Spirit. In the words of consecration by the priest, we witness the Holy Spirit change the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. “Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall, so that they may become for us the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The Holy Spirit, hard at work at every Mass for our benefit.

The power and presence of the Spirit surrounds us, like it surrounded the disciples. It surrounds us, because it was a promise of Jesus to us. Take the time each day to receive the Holy Spirit. It isn’t hard to find, it is just hard to notice!!

“It is the Spirit who counsels us, but we have to make room for the Spirit, so that he may counsel us. And to give space is to pray, to pray that he comes and helps us always.” - Pope Francis

Spiritual Works of Mercy:

  • To Convert Sinners
  • To Instruct the Ignorant
  • To Advise the Doubtful
  • To Comfort the Sorrowful
  • To Bear Wrongs Patiently
  • To Forgive Injuries
  • To Pray for the Living and the Dead

Have a great week!!
Fr. Mark Walter - Pastor of St. Linus Parish

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