- Saturday, 02 June 2012 16:33
The Roman Church celebrated Pentecost last weekend thus concluding the Easter season. This weekend the same Church observes the feast of the Most Holy Trinity.
Also this weekend, our Orthodox sisters and brothers are celebrating the Coming of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:1-4).
Let us beg for the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.
You may read more about the Spirit’s feast here.
- Sunday, 27 May 2012 13:55
Reminding us that the Holy Spirit “continues to inspire women and men who engage in the pursuit of truth” Pope Benedict announced that on October 7, at the beginning of the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, he would proclaim St. John of Avila and St. Hildegard of Bingen as Doctors of the Church. “These two great witnesses of the faith lived in very different historical periods and came from different cultural backgrounds,” he said. “But the sanctity of life and depth of teaching makes them perpetually present: the grace of the Holy Spirit, in fact, projected them into that experience of penetrating understanding of divine revelation and intelligent dialogue with the world that constitutes the horizon of permanent life and action of the Church.”
The Pope continued: “Especially in light of the project of the New Evangelization, to which the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be dedicated, and on the vigil of the Year of Faith, these two figures of saints and doctors are of considerable importance and relevance.”
- Sunday, 27 May 2012 13:44
I am happy to celebrate this Holy Mass with you – a Mass animated by the Choir of the Academy of Santa Cecilia and by the Youth Orchestra, which I thank – on this Feast of Pentecost. This mystery constitutes the baptism of the Church, it is an event that gave the Church the initial shape and thrust of its mission, so to speak. This shape and thrust are always valid, always timely, and they are renewed through the actions of the liturgy, especially.
This morning I want to reflect on an essential aspect of the mystery of Pentecost, which maintains all its importance in our own day as well. Pentecost is the feast of human unity, understanding and sharing. We can all see how in our world, despite us being closer to one another through developments in communications, with geographical distances seeming to disappear – understanding and sharing among people is often superficial and difficult. There are imbalances that frequently lead to conflicts; dialogue between generations is hard and differences sometimes prevail; we witness daily events where people appear to be growing more aggressive and belligerent; understanding one another takes too much effort and people prefer to remain inside their own sphere, cultivating their own interests. In this situation, can we really discover and experience the unity we so need?
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- Sunday, 27 May 2012 06:40
A blessed Pentecost!
Much can be said of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost but I will limit myself to a few items.
The Holy Spirit is understood and taught by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church as being:
1. “the soul of the Church”;
2. “the principle of being and life in the Church… [as Divine Being who] welds together the members of the Church among themselves and with Christ the head”;
3. as “Where the Church is, there is also the Spirit of God; and where the Spirit of God is, there is the Church and all grace” (St Ignatius of Antioch);
4. “the heart of the Church (for Ecclesiae)” (Aquinas);
5. [the Spirit is the principle] that principle … that unites, quickens, teaches, sanctifies the Church, indwells in her, communicates the riches of the one to the others” (Aquinas).
Come Holy Spirit, come through Mary.