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Quote/s of the Day – 31 May – Come, O Holy Spirit, come!

Quote/s of the Day – 31 May – The Solemnity of Pentecost

“But it is God,
who establishes us, with you in Christ
and has anointed us,
by putting his seal on us
and giving us his Spirit in our heart,
as a first instalment.”

St Paul
2 Corinthians 1:21

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“Accordingly, in the Church,
one God is preached,
one God who is above all things
and through all things and in all things.
God is above all things as Father,
for He is principle and source,
He is through all things through the Word
and He is in all things in the Holy Spirit.”

St Athanasius (c 295-373)
Father and Doctor of the Church

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“Remember, then, that you received a spiritual seal,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of knowledge and reverence,
the spirit of holy fear.
Keep safe what you received.
God the Father sealed you,
Christ the Lord strengthened you
and sent the Spirit into your hearts
as the pledge of what is to come.”

St Ambrose (340-397)
Father & Doctor of the Church

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“O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart.
Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling
and scatter there Your cheerful beams.”

St Augustine (354-430) Father & Doctor of Grace

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“As the soul
is the life of the body,
so the Holy Spirit
is the life of our souls.”

St Peter Damian (1007-1072)
Doctor of the Church

as the soul is the life of the body so the holy spirit is the life of our souls st peter damian 31 may 2020 pentecost

“Enrich your soul in the great goodness of God –
The Father is your table,
the Son is your food
and the Holy Spirit waits on you
and then makes His dwelling in you.”

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
Doctor of the Church

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“The Holy Spirit leads us like a mother.
He leads His child by the hand…
as a sighted person leads a blind person.”

St John Vianney (1786-1859)

the holy spirit leads us like a mother - st john vianney 31 may 2020

“We ought to pray and invoke the Holy Spirit,
for each one of us greatly needs His protection and His help.
The more we are lacking in wisdom,
weak in strength,
burdened with trouble,
prone to sin,
the more we should turn to Him,
Who is the never-ceasing fount
of light, strength, consolation and holiness.”

Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903)

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Sunday Reflection – 31 May – “…We have only to say “yes” – St John Vianney

Sunday Reflection – 31 May – The Solemnity of Pentecost

Wishing Holy Mother Church
and you all a Blessed and Holy Birthday!

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“…We have only to say “yes” to let Him take us there.“
St John Vianney (1786-1859)

“If the damned were asked – Why are you in Hell? they would answer:
‘For having resisted the Holy Spirit.’
And if the saints were asked – Why are you in Heaven? they would answer: ‘For having listened to the Holy Spirit.’
When good thoughts come into our minds,
it is the Holy Spirit who is visiting us.
The Holy Spirit is a power.
The Holy Spirit …. sustained the martyrs. Without the Holy Spirit, the martyrs would have fallen like the leaves from the trees. When the fires were lighted under them, the Holy Spirit extinguished the heat of the fire by the heat of divine love.
The good God, in sending us the Holy Spirit, has treated us like a great king who should send his minister to guide one of his subjects, saying, “You will accompany this man everywhere and you will bring him back to me safe and sound.”
How beautiful it is, my children, to be accompanied by the Holy Spirit!
He is indeed a good Guide and to think that there are some who will not follow Him!
The Holy Spirit is like a man with a carriage and horse, who should want to take us to Pans. We should only have to say “yes,” and to get into it. It is indeed an easy matter to say “yes”!…
Well, the Holy Spirit wants to take us to Heaven,
we have only to say “yes” and to let Him take us there.“

“O Divine Spirit, draw us to the highest heaven
where Jesus lives forever, interceding for us.
Come, fill our hearts with Your fire,
show us the way to the Lord, that we may find Him
shining with beauty and love.
Amen”

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One Minute Reflection – 31 May – “When you send forth your spirit … you renew the face of the earth.”

One Minute Reflection – 31 May – The Solemnity of Pentecost, Readings:  Acts 2:1-11, Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34, 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13, John 20:19-23

“When you send forth your spirit … you renew the face of the earth.” … Psalm 104:30

REFLECTION – “In the beginning, according to God’s plan, God’s Spirit filled the world, “reaching mightily from one end of the earth to the other and governing all things sweetly.” (Wis 8:1)   But where the Spirit’s work of sanctification is concerned, it was on the day of Pentecost that “the Spirit of the Lord filled the world.” (Wis 1:7)   For it is today, that this Spirit of sweetness is sent by the Father and the Son, to sanctify every creature according to a new plan, in a new way, a new manifestation of the Spirit’s power and strength.

Before this, “the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.” (Jn 7:39) …   Today, the Spirit, coming from His heavenly abode, is given with all His richness, all His fruitfulness to the souls of mortals.   Thus this divine dew, with its diversity and its spiritual gifts, is spread out over all the earth.   And it is true, that the fullness of the Spirit’s richness flowed down for us from the highest heaven, since a few days previously, through our earth’s generosity, heaven had received a marvellously sweet fruit… Christ’s humanity is all of earth’s grace;  Christ’s Spirit is all of heaven’s sweetness.   Thus, a very salvific exchange was brought about – Christ’s humanity went up from earth to heaven and today, the Spirit of Christ descended from heaven to us…

The Holy Spirit is active everywhere;,the Spirit speaks everywhere.   Of course, before the Ascension, the Lord’s Spirit was given to the disciples when the Lord said to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit.   If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them, if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (Jn 20:23)   But before Pentecost, the voice of the Holy Spirit was not heard, His shining power was not seen.   And knowledge of Him had not been given to Christ’s disciples, who had not been confirmed in courage, since fear still made them hide in a locked room.   But starting on that day, “the voice of the Lord is over the waters …it lashes forth flames of fire … and all say, ‘Glory!’ (Ps 29:3-9)” … St Aelred of Rielvaux (1110-1167) Cistercian Monkpsalm 104 30 when you sent forth your spirit you renew-today the spirit, coming from his heavenly abode - st aelred 31 may 2020

PRAYER – Lord God, pour out the gifts of the Holy Spirit on all mankind and fulfil now, in the hearts of Your faithful, what You accomplished at the beginning of the world, every second of everyday and when the Gospel was first preached on earth.   Come, O Holy Spirit, come!   We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.

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Blessed Solemnity of Pentecost! – 9 June

May we all be filled with the Holy Spirit!

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the heart of Your servant and enkindle in us the fire of Your gifts! Be with us, in us and lead us to the light, amen.may-the-holy-spirit-kindle-in-us-all-4june 2018

“…We have only to say “yes” to let Him take us there.“

St John Vianney (1786-1859)

“If the damned were asked – Why are you in Hell? they would answer: ‘For having resisted the Holy Spirit.’
And if the saints were asked – Why are you in Heaven? they would answer: ‘For having listened to the Holy Spirit.’
When good thoughts come into our minds, it is the Holy Spirit who is visiting us.
The Holy Spirit is a power.
The Holy Spirit …. sustained the martyrs. Without the Holy Spirit, the martyrs would have fallen like the leaves from the trees. When the fires were lighted under them, the Holy Spirit extinguished the heat of the fire by the heat of divine love.
The good God, in sending us the Holy Spirit, has treated us like a great king who should send his minister to guide one of his subjects, saying, “You will accompany this man everywhere and you will bring him back to me safe and sound.”
How beautiful it is, my children, to be accompanied by the Holy Spirit!
He is indeed a good Guide; and to think that there are some who will not follow Him!
The Holy Spirit is like a man with a carriage and horse, who should want to take us to Pans. We should only have to say “yes,” and to get into it. It is indeed an easy matter to say “yes”!… Well, the Holy Spirit wants to take us to Heaven, we have only to say “yes,” and to let Him take us there.“

“O Divine Spirit, draw us to the highest heaven
where Jesus lives forever, interceding for us.
Come, fill our hearts with Your fire,
show us the way to the Lord, that we may find Him
shining with beauty and love.
Amen”pentecost 9 june 2019 o divine spirit draw us to the highest heaven

“Accordingly, in the Church,
one God is preached,
one God who is above all things
and through all things and in all things.
God is above all things as Father,
for He is principle and source;
He is through all things through the Word;
and He is in all things in the Holy Spirit.”

St Athanasius (c295-373)
Father and Doctor of the Churchaccordingly-in-the-church-st-athanasius-2-may-2018

Pentecost post here: 

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Thought for the Day – 20 May – The Solemnity of Pentecost, Alleluia!

Thought for the Day – 20 May – The Solemnity of Pentecost, Alleluia!

“If the damned were asked:   Why are you in Hell? they would answer: ‘ For having resisted the Holy Spirit.’
And if the saints were asked:  Why are you in Heaven? they would answer:  ‘For having listened to the Holy Spirit.’
When good thoughts come into our minds, it is the Holy Spirit who is visiting us.
The Holy Spirit is a power.
The Holy Spirit …. sustained the martyrs.   Without the Holy Spirit, the martyrs would have fallen like the leaves from the trees.   When the fires were lighted under them, the Holy Spirit extinguished the heat of the fire by the heat of divine love.
The good God, in sending us the Holy Spirit, has treated us like a great king who should send his minister to guide one of his subjects, saying, “You will accompany this man everywhere and you will bring him back to me safe and sound.”
How beautiful it is, my children, to be accompanied by the Holy Spirit!
He is indeed a good Guide and to think, that there are some, who will not follow Him!
The Holy Spirit is like a man with a carriage and horse, who should want to take us to Pans.   We should only have to say “yes,” and to get into it.   It is indeed an easy matter to say “yes”!… Well, the Holy Spirit wants to take us to Heaven; we have only to say “yes,” and to let Him take us there.“

St John Vianney (1786-1859)

“O Divine Spirit, draw us to the highest heaven where Jesus lives forever, interceding for us.   Come, fill our hearts with Your fire, show us the way to the Lord that we may find Him shining with beauty and love.   Amen”o-divine-spirit, draw us to the highest heaven - 4 june 2017 - pentecost sunday

My most Holy Lord and Sanctifier,
If I differ at all from the world,
it is because You have chosen me out of the world
and have lit up the love of God, in my heart.
If I differ from Your Saints, it is because I do not ask
earnestly enough for Your grace and for enough of it
and because I do not diligently improve
what You have given me.
Increase in me this grace of love,
in spite of all my unworthiness.
It is more precious than anything else in the world.
I accept it in place of all the world can give me.
O give it to me! It is my life.
Come Holy Spirit, Come!
Amen

Bl John Henry Newman – 1801-1890my most holy lord and sanctifier - bl j h newman - 20 may 2018 - pentecost

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Quote/s of the Day – 20 May – The Solemnity of Pentecost, Alleluia!

Quote/s of the Day – 20 May – The Solemnity of Pentecost, Alleluia!

“A fiery sword, barred of old,
the gates of Paradise,
a fiery tongue, which brought salvation,
restored the gift.”

St Cyril of Jerusalem (315-387) Doctor of the Church
(Catechetical Lectures:  Lecture 17 no. 15)

a fiery sword, barred of old - st cyril of jerusalem - 20 may 2018 - pentecost sunday

“O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart.
Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling
and scatter there, Your cheerful beams.”

St Augustine (354-430) Doctor of Grace

o holy spirit descend plentifully - st augustine - 20 may 2018 - pentecost

“A soul, that possesses the Holy Spirit,
tastes such sweetness, in prayer,
that it finds the time, always too short,
it never loses, the holy presence of God.”

“The Holy Spirit forms thoughts
and suggests words, in the hearts of the just.”

“The Holy Spirit is like a gardener,
cultivating our souls.”

St John Vianney (1786-1859)

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“Pentecost is the moment
when a heart of stone is
shattered and a heart of
flesh takes its place.”

Fr Raneiro Cantalamessa
(Preacher to the Papal Household)

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One Minute Reflection – 20 May – Pentecost Sunday, Alleluia!

One Minute Reflection – 20 May – The Solemnity of Pentecost, Alleluia!

Today’s Readings : Acts 2:1-11, Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34, Galatians 5:16-25, John 15:26-27; 16:12-15

O Lord, how manifold are thy works!   In wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy creatures…Psalm 104:24

REFLECTION – “…the Holy Spirit who came down on the Apostles is the same Spirit who fashioned the world.   Pentecost should also be for us a festival of thanksgiving for creation, a cause for reflection on the creative Reason, who is is also manifested in the beauty of the world, as a creative Love.”…Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) 1985theholy spirit who came down on the apostles - pope benedict - 20 may 2018 and psalm 104 24

PRAYER – Lord God, pour out the gifts of the Holy Spirit on all mankind and fulfil now, in the hearts of Your faithful, what You accomplished at the beginning of the world, every second of every day and when the Gospel was first preached on earth.   Come, O Holy Spirit, come!   We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.come o holy spirit - 20 may 2018 pentecost sunday

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Our Morning Offering – 20 May – Pentecost Sunday, Alleluia!

Our Morning Offering – 20 May – Pentecost Sunday, Alleluia!

Veni Sancte Spiritus – The Golden Sequence

Before the Alleluia, proclamation of the Gospel, the ancient sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit) is recited or sung on each day of Pentecost week.   This hymn appeared first in liturgical books around the year 1200.   It has been variously ascribed to Pope Innocent III (1216), to King Robert of France (1031) and even to Saint Gregory the Great (604).   Most probably, however, its author was Cardinal Stephen Langton (1128), Archbishop of Canterbury.   The poem has been known from medieval times as the “Golden Sequence” because of its richness in thought and expression.   Each one of the short stanzas is a sentence in itself, thus facilitating meditation. Below is one of the many translations used today.

Prayer:
Come, Holy Spirit and bring from above
The splendour of Thy light.
Come, father of the poor, come, giver of graces,
Come, light of our hearts.
Best of Consolers, sweet guest of the soul,
And comfort of the weary.
Thou rest in labour, relief in burning toil,
Consoling us in sorrow.
O blessed light, fill the innermost hearts
Of those who trust in Thee.
Without Thy indwelling there is nothing in man,
And nothing free of sin.
Cleanse what is sordid, give water in dryness,
And heal the bleeding wounds.
Bend what is proud, make warm what is cold,
Bring back the wayward soul.
Give to the faithful who trustingly beg Thee
Thy seven holy gifts.
Grant virtue’s reward, salvation in death,
And everlasting joy. Amen. Alleluia.veni sancte spiritus - the golden sequence - pentecost - 20 may 2018

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The Solemnity of Pentecost – 20 May

The Solemnity of Pentecost – 20 May

And when the days of Pentecost were drawing to a close, they were all together in one place.   And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind coming and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.   And there appeared to them parted tongues as of fire, which settled upon each of them.   And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in foreign tongues, even as the Holy Spirit prompted them to speak... (Acts 2, 1-4).BEAUTIFUL PENTECOST! wallpaper -maxresdefault

After Jesus had ascended to heaven, the apostles and disciples returned to the Holy City. They remained together in the Upper Room or Cenacle, the place where Jesus had appeared to them and which may well be called, the first Christian church.   About a hundred and twenty persons were assembled there.   They chose Matthias as an apostle in place of the unhappy Judas; they prayed and waited for the Paraclete.French Book of Hours, c. 1500.

HOLY SPIRIT- Pentecost Upper Room
The Cenacle

Ten days had passed, it was Sunday, the seventh Sunday after the resurrection.   At about nine o’clock in the morning, as they were together praying fervently, the Holy Spirit descended upon them.   Note how all the great theophanies in Christ’s life occurred during the course of prayer.   After His baptism, for instance, when Jesus was praying the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove;  likewise, it was during prayer at night, that the transfiguration took place on Tabor.   Surely too, it was while Mary was praying, that Gabriel delivered his message and the Holy Spirit overshadowed her.   Pentecost followed precedent.   The small community of Christians had prepared themselves through prayer for the coming of the Paraclete.   The same is true at Mass today, every day; through prayer we ready our souls for the advent of the Spirit.

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The descent upon the apostles was internal and invisible in nature although accompanied by certain visible phenomena.   There came a mighty roar, like the onrush of a violent wind.   It came suddenly, from heaven but unlike storms that strike a structure from without, this one penetrated and filled the room where the disciples were gathered.   Therefore it was not a natural wind, it was a miracle peculiar to the occasion. A second visible sign consisted in tongues of fire, that descended upon each one present. These fiery tongues gave visible evidence that the Holy Spirit had descended upon them.

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Louis Galloche – The Descent of the Holy Spirit

Today at Mass, particularly at holy Communion, the power of the Holy Spirit will come down upon us,  fiery tongues will not be seen but invisible tongues of fire will not be absent.   There was still another external manifestation of the Holy Spirit, the apostles and disciples were enabled to speak various languages.

After the roar of the wind many of Jerusalem’s pilgrims hurried to the Cenacle.  Pentecost was one of the three festivals which obliged all Jews to be present in Jerusalem.   Jews from distant lands and Jewish converts from paganism too, attended these feasts.   As a result, a colourful crowd, speaking a variety of languages, surrounded the house.   Now the apostles, who so shortly before had hid in fear behind locked doors, came forth and courageously walked among the multitude, speaking to each in his native tongue.   It was indeed amazing!   Galileans, and multilingual?The Descent of the Holy Spirit - Anthony Van Dyck

But the malicious too were present, they had the answer.   Nothing marvellous at all! Those Galileans were simply drunk and their drunken babble sounded like a foreign language!  Peter showed no hesitation in answering the charge.   None of their number, he said, were intoxicated, it was but nine o’clock in the morning and at that hour men usually are sober.   What the multitude saw was, in fact, the fulfilment of Joel’s prophecy: In those days (of the Messiah), God will pour forth His Spirit upon men and they will prophesy. . . . Then the apostle pointed his words more directly against the accusers, they had killed Jesus, had nailed Him to the Cros; but God had awakened Him and after His departure to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit.

The pilgrims who had heard Peter give this first Pentecostal sermon “were pierced to the heart and said, Brethren, what shall we do?   But Peter said to them, Repent and be baptised and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”   Three thousand responded.

One final question, why the miracle of tongues?   In answer, recall the story regarding the tower of Babel.   Puffed up by pride, men attempted to build a tower that would touch the heavens.   To punish their sin, God confused their speech.   Sin causes confusion and division.   Now Christ came to gather all men into His Church and thereby to unite them to Himself.   This should result in creating but one family of nations again. To this blessed state the miracle of tongues points.

Yes, even we as individuals have a gift of tongues which all men can understand.   It is the gift of love infused into us by the Holy Spirit.   Love unites, love is a common language, by means of love we can speak to all nations…Excerpted from The Church’s Year of Grace, Pius ParschScene from Pentecost depicted in artwork at Our Lady of Divine Providence Church in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Wishing Holy Mother Church and

you all a Blessed, Holy and love-filled Pentecost!  Alleluia!

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Thought for the Day – 8 May – Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Eastertide – Today’s Gospel: John 16:5–11

Thought for the Day – 8 May – Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Eastertide – Today’s Gospel: John 16:5–11

” 5 But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’  6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts.  7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counsellor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.  8 And when he comes, he will convince the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:  9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;  10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more;  11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.” (RSV-Catholic ed)

“It is better for you that I go”
St Bernard (1091-1153) Mellifluous Doctor
3rd sermon for Pentecost

The Holy Spirit overshadowed the Virgin Mary (Lk 1:35) and strengthened the apostles on the day of Pentecost.   In her case it was to soften the impact on her virginal body of the coming of the divinity and, in theirs, to “clothe them with power from on high” (Lk 24:49), that is with burning charity…   In their weakness how could they have fulfilled their mission of conquering death without that “love as strong as death” or not allowed the “gates of hell to prevail against them” without that “passion fierce as Sheol” ? (Mt 16:18; Sg 8:6).   However, when they saw such enthusiasm, some thought they were drunk (Acts 2:13).

They were indeed drunk but with new wine…, that which the “true Vine” poured down from the heights of heaven, that which “gladdens the human heart” (Jn 15:1; Ps 104[103]:15)…   This was a new wine for the dwellers on earth but it is found in abundance in heaven…, it runs in streams in the streets and squares of the holy city where it spreads gladness of heart…

And so in heaven, there was a special wine of which earth was ignorant.   Yet earth, too, had something of its own that was its glory – Christ’s flesh – and heaven thirsted for the presence of that flesh.   Could anyone stand in the way of so reliable and grace-filled an exchange, between heaven and earth, angels and apostles, as that by which earth possesses the Holy Spirit and heaven the flesh of Christ?…

“If I do not go away,” Jesus says, “the Advocate will not come to you.”   That is to say, if you do not allow what you love to leave you, you will not obtain what you desire.   “It is to your advantage that I go” and that I should carry you over from earth to heaven, from flesh to spirit, for the Father is spirit, the Son is spirit and the Holy Spirit is also spirit… And the Father “who is spirit seeks worshippers who will worship him in spirit and in truth” (Jn 4:23-24).

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One Minute Reflection – 4 June

One Minute Reflection – 4 June 2017

“The Spirit of truth…remain with you and will be within you…….John 14:17

REFLECTION – The Holy Spirit does not remain inactive in us:  He wipes away sins, purifies hearts, revivifies the tepid and enlightens the ignorant.
His inspirations suggest to us what we ought and what we ought not to do.  There exists an infinite variety of His commandments…….St Anthony of Padua

the holy spirit does not remain inactive in us - st anthony of padua

PRAYER – Come, Holy Spirit, fill the heart of Your servant and kindle in me the fire of Your gifts! Be with me, in me and lead me to the light, amen.

may the holy spirit kindle in us all