Thought for the Day – 22 September – The Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C and The Memorial of St Ignatius of Santhia OFM Cap (1686-1770)
“Receive the Holy Spirit, whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven” (Jn 20, 22-23).
With these words, the Risen One bestows on the Apostles the gift of the Spirit and with it the divine power to forgive sins. The Capuchin priest Ignatius of Santhiá lived uniquely the mission of forgiving sins and of guiding men and women on the paths of evangelical perfection.
For the love of Christ and to advance more quickly in evangelical perfection he walked in the footsteps of the Poverello of Assisi.
In the Piedmont of his time, Ignatius of Santhiá was father, confessor, counsellor and teacher of many – priests, religious and lay people – who sought his wise and enlightened guidance.
Even today he continues to remind everyone of the values of poverty, simplicity and authentic Christian life.
“Come, Holy Spirit fill the hearts of your faithful
and enkindle in them the fire of your love.”
The Holy Spirit radically transformed the Apostles who out of fear had locked themselves into the Upper Room, making them fervent heralds of the Gospel. Down through the ages, the Spirit continues to support the Church in her evangelising mission, raising up in every age courageous witnesses to the faith.
With the Apostles, the Blessed Virgin Mary received the gift of the Spirit (cf. Acts 1,14). With her and in communion with the new saints, let us also implore the miracle of a new Pentecost for the Church. For the humanity of our time let us ask an abundance of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Come Holy Spirit, enkindle the hearts of your faithful!
Help us to spread the fire of your love in the world. Amen!
St Pope John Paul II – Canonisation Homily – Sunday, 19 May 2002