to the Holy Spirit
Easter season is winding down, and soon (June 4) we will celebrate Pentecost
You may be interested in
praying the Novena to the Holy Spirit, which begins on Friday, May
26 and continues
for nine days. According to the
foreword provided with the Novena, "The novena in honor of the Holy Spirit is
the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord
Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem
to await the coming of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost. It is still the
only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person
of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and
love so sorely needed by every Christian."
also came across the Burning
Bush Pentecost Novena, which has different meditations and
if only... unanimous and fervent prayers could be raised to Heaven in every
part of Christendom as they were one in the Cenacle (upper room) of Jerusalem
for a rekindling of the Divine Spirit."
what would happen if
"unanimous and fervent prayers" were raised in every
time zone in the world for nine days! Imagine
what would happen if we witnessed to the power of the Holy Spirit in every
part of the world throughout the 24 hours of Pentecost Sunday!
Imagine what God could do if we united in prayer and celebration for a
fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our world!
(Blessed Elena Guerra
Elena Guerra, founder of the Oblate Sisters of the Holy Spirit in
at the end of the nineteenth century, urged Pope Leo XIII to lead the Church
back to the Cenacle/Upper Room. From 1895 to 1903, Sr. Elena was led of the
Holy Spirit to write twelve confidential letters to the Pope, requesting a
renewed preaching on the Holy Spirit.
her many writings to the Pontiff, she exhorted him to invite the faithful to
rediscover life lived according to the Holy Spirit. She called and prayed for
a renewal of the Church, the reunion of Christianity, a renewal of society,
"a renewal of the face of the earth". In her heart throbbed
the idea of a permanent Pentecost...
in this article, I was overjoyed to read on page 2 that
joined JP2 at St. Peter's Square for Pentecost 1998...
Following is an
Pope John Paul II called the various ecclesial movements and new communities, born as fruits
of the working of the Holy Spirit during this century to join him in St. Peter's Square for the Pentecost vigil. It
was the first gathering of this kind ever to take place and over fifty
different ecclesial movements and new communities were represented, including...
John Paul II stated on that historic Pentecost Vigil, "We could say that
what took place in Jerusalem two thousand years ago is being renewed this evening in this
Square... As the
Apostles then, we too find ourselves gathered in a large cenacle of Pentecost,
longing for the outpouring of the Spirit...
(Pope John Paul II said to the crowd)
...Today, from this upper room in St.
Peter's Square, a great prayer rises: Come Holy Spirit, come and renew the
face of the earth! Come with your seven gifts, Spirit of Life, Spirit of
Communion and Love! The Church and the world need you. Come Holy Spirit, and
make ever more fruitful the charisms you have bestowed on us. Give new
strength and missionary zeal to the sons and daughters of yours who have
gathered here. Open their hearts; renew their Christian commitment in the
world. Make them courageous messengers of the Gospel, witnesses to the Risen
Jesus Christ, the Redeemer and Savior of men. Strengthen their love and their
fidelity to the Church.
us turn our gaze to Mary, the first disciple of Christ, Spouse of the Holy
Spirit and Mother of the Church, who accompanied the Apostles in the First
Pentecost, and ask her to help us so that we may learn from her fiat to be
docile to the voice of the Spirit.
from this Square, Christ says to each of you: Go into all the world and preach
the Gospel to the whole of Creation (Mk 16:15).
He is counting on every one of you, and so is the Church.
"Lo," the Lord promises, "I am with you always to the end of the age"
(Mt 28:20). I am with you. Amen."
readings for Pentecost Sunday can be found here: