(From the Bulletin of Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church, June 4, 2017)
Today we celebrate the birthday of the Church!
As the Holy Spirit entered into Mary at the Annunciation, making her fruitful with the Son of God, so too, at that first Pentecost, the Holy Spirit entered into the expectant twelve apostles (Mathias replacing Judas), swooping down with wind and fire.
As breathing fresh air purifies blood, so too did the Spirit gave vigor to the hearts of the apostles, freeing them from their fear of proclaiming publicly the truth they knew and had experienced. The Holy Spirit infused them with gifts beyond value: wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord. As He breathed into them, they would in turn breathe out the Holy Spirit for the rest of their lives, even to death, for love of that Truth.
And fire!! We often joke about the heat from birthday candles. Can you imagine the heat from nearly 2017 birthday candles today! Far greater is the heat from millions of flames radiating from those confirmed in the Spirit. Pray that our young people confirmed this season will make a difference through the faith and love they could bring to their families and parishes. And they are only a part of many thousands throughout the world whose faith could create a "second spring" for the universal Church. That faith could engender a revolution of love and the establishment of justice among the peoples of this bleeding earth.
On this feast of Pentecost, a new energy comes to the Church through the grace of the Holy Spirit. In the Spirit of hope, we are called to be courageous in witnessing to our faith through an outpouring of prayer and activity inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Fr. Louis Kemayou, Pastor
Come Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of thy faithful!
And enkindle in them the fire of thy love.
Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created,
And thou shall renew the face of the earth!
PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
“0 Holy Spirit
Beloved of my soul
I adore you.
strengthen Me and Console me.
Tell me what I ought to do
and command me to do it.
I promise to submit to everything
that you ask of me
and to accept all
that you allow to happen to me.
Just show me what is your will.”