The Solemnity of Pentecost completes our celebration of the joy of Easter. In the images contained in the marvellous Sequence of Pentecost, ‘Veni, Sancte Spiritus’, we call on the third person of the Blessed Trinity to come into our hearts, bringing light for our darkness, comfort for our distress, healing for our soul’s sickness, warmth for our frozen hearts, and joys that will never end. On the Solemnity of Pentecost this year, let’s especially recall the deep connection between the power of the Holy Spirit and the great gift of God’s forgiveness.
As we go through life, we all have moments when we ask questions and wonder where God is. That is only human. This Easter season we remember especially the despair, the doubts and the agony of the first disciples as they saw their Saviour, Jesus of Nazareth, so senselessly abused, betrayed and crucified.
Our Lenten journey for 2018 is already a few weeks old. How is your Lenten journey going?
Each year the Church continues to remind us that, after his baptism in the Jordan, Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert, where after fasting for 40 days and nights he was tempted by the devil.
I once heard a story of a priest home on holidays in the west of Ireland. At the end of a long summer’s day he was out walking when he was suddenly caught in a cloudburst. Taking shelter under a large tree, it was a few moments before he noticed a very old man also sheltering there. It being Ireland, the visitor engaged in conversation with him on the usual topics—the weather, the local sports scene, etc. After a while the old man fell silent and the priest noticed that he had taken out his Rosary beads and was quietly saying his prayers. Impressed, the priest remarked, ‘You’re great at praying!’ ‘Ah, yes!’, the old man replied, ‘the Father is very fond of me!’