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Pentecost: the Holy Spirit Comes ^ | not given | Fr. Victor Hoagland, C.P.

Posted on 05/30/2009 9:59:44 PM PDT by Salvation

Pentecost: the Holy Spirit Comes

by Victor Hoagland, C.P.

Following his resurrection Jesus was seen by his apostles for a period of forty days, according to the Acts of the Apostles, during which “he spoke to them of the kingdom of God”. (Acts 1) The Sundays of Easter before the Feast of Pentecost recall these meetings when the Good Shepherd, risen from the dead, goes searching for his sheep. He will not leave them orphans, he tells them, “I will come back to you.”

At the same time Jesus directed his apostles to “wait for the gift promised by the Father, of which I told you.” The gift of the Holy Spirit.

So they waited in Jerusalem until the Jewish feast of Pentecost arrived, fifty days after the Passover. Then, as they were all together in one place, a strong wind and sound filled the house where they were, and flames like tongues of fire came to rest on them. They were filled with the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is Jesus’ “first gift to those who believe, to complete his work on earth, and bring us the fulness of grace.” ( 4th Eucharistic Prayer) Just as the Father sent him, his disciples are to go into the world to renew the face of the earth. With different gifts, they form one body. Performing different works, they are members of the body of Christ, the church.

They were not to be survivors reminiscing until death about those few glorious years he was with them. They were to be on their way to new uncharted lands. “Go and make disciples of all the nations. Baptise them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you.” Their lives were not ending, but beginning.

The Acts of the Apostles records the beginnings of the church. Jesus’ disciples would take his message from Jerusalem to all parts of the world through the power of the Holy Spirit.

“Receive the Holy Spirit”, Jesus said to his apostles when he first appeared to them on Easter sunday. A new age has come.

The same Holy Spirit still abides in the church, with us, making all things new.

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator come
from your bright heav’nly throne:
come take possession of our souls,
and make them all your own.

You who are called the Paraclete,
best gift of God above,
the living spring, the living fire,
sweet unction and true love.

You who are sev’nfold in your grace,
finger of God’s right hand:
his promise, teaching little ones
to speak and understand.

O guide our minds with your blest light,
with love our hearts inflame;
and with your strength, which ne’er decays,
confirm our mortal frame.

Illustration: a page from the Gospel Lectionary portion of the Bamberg Apocalypse

TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Prayer; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholiclist
Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.

by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


1 posted on 05/30/2009 9:59:44 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: Salvation

Come Holy Spirit!!

If we ever needed you it’s NOW!

2 posted on 05/31/2009 12:03:23 AM PDT by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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3 posted on 05/31/2009 3:18:52 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Salvation


4 posted on 05/31/2009 5:52:09 AM PDT by beefree
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To: chicagolady
Come Holy Spirit!! If we ever needed you it’s NOW!

Don't be afraid. If the Holy Spirit is in you, God promises He will never, never leave you.

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor TO BE WITH YOU FOREVER - John 14:16 (my emphasis)

Read the passage and notice it's not followed with "but" or "unless". I know God's Spirit is in me and He will be with me always. You can't imagine how that feels!!! :-)

5 posted on 05/31/2009 9:52:39 AM PDT by T Minus Four (Matthew 15:8 - 9)
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To: chicagolady

Amen to that prayer! It should be something we all say everyday of our lives.

6 posted on 05/31/2009 3:11:44 PM PDT by Salvation ( With God all things are possible.)
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To: All
Vultus Christi



A Pentecost Meditation

Today the Spirit of the Lord has invaded the cosmos and filled it!
Life spills out of the Cenacle
and, like a torrent of wine,
courses through the streets of Jerusalem.
God arises and His enemies are scattered;
those that hate Him flee before his face,
and those that love Him sing: Alleluia!

Today He who came down to see Babel’s tower
and confused the speech of the proud
visits the Upper Room.
He unties the tongues of the humble
and unites into one holy people those long divided by sin.
Amazed at what she sees and hears,
the Church intones her birthday song: Alleluia!

Today He who on Sinai descended in fire,
causing rocks to quake and peaks to pale,
descends upon Jerusalem;
tongues of fire dance over the heads of those
who, cloistered in the Cenacle, waited to meet their God
and at His coming, they cry out: Alleluia.

Today the valley of dry bones
begins to stir, to rattle, and to reverberate.
Behold, I will cause the Spirit to enter you,
and you shall live:
and they lived and stood upon their feet,
an exceeding great host
singing: Alleluia!

Today the Cenacle sealed like tomb
opens, a joyful Mother’s fruitful womb.
None was ever born of the Spirit
who did not take his birth from her,
and each, claiming from her the springs of his life,
calls her forever glorious, repeating: Alleluia!

Today the Spirit is poured out in superabundance;
today sons and daughters prophesy;
today old men dream dreams and young men see visions;
today menservants and maidservants
join the choir to chant with one many-tongued voice: Alleluia!

Today the Virgin whom the Spirit covered with His shadow
is wrapped in Love and crowned in flame.
Today the Woman who interceded at Cana
tastes New Wine, for the Hour has come.
Today the Mother who stood watching by the Tree
remembers the stream of water and of blood
and filled with sweetness, cries: Alleluia!
Today the Spirit helps us in our weakness
and we who do not know to pray as we ought,
pray in a way that is wonderful and new;
for now the Spirit Himself intercedes for us
with sighs too deep for words.
In the valley of the shadow of death
there rises the canticle of life: Alleluia!

Today, for the poor there is a Father,
for the destitute a Treasury,
for hearts grown dark an inblazing of brightness.
Today, for those who weep there comes the Best of Comforters,
for the lonely, there arrives a gentle Guest,
for the worn and weary there is a refreshment so sweet
that even they begin to sing: Alleluia!

Today, for workers there is repose,
for those scorched in the heat of discord, refreshment,
for those brought low by too great a weight of sorrow, solace,
and for those with tears to shed,
a chalice ready to receive them.
Today there is no one who cannot say: Alleluia!

Today, even where there is nothing good
Goodness elects to dwell;
and where there is nothing holy
Holiness makes a tabernacle,
so that the broken, the sad, and the powerless
find their voices to sing: Alleluia!

Today, there is a balm for every wound,
a dew sprinkled over every dryness;
a cleansing water for every stain.
Today, the stubborn heart learns to bend
and the stiff spine learns to bow.
In the twinkling of an eye the frozen are thawed
and icy hearts warmed through and through,
making them declare as never before: Alleluia!

Today there are Seven Gifts
lavishly given for each according to his need:
Wisdom for the foolish,
Understanding for the dull,
Counsel for the hesitant,
Fortitude for the weak,
Piety for the feckless,
and Fear of the Lord for those who have forgotten to adore,
saying humbly: Alleluia

Today for sinners there is forgiveness,
for the stranger a home,
for the hungry a Holy Table,
for the thirsty a river of living water,
and for every mouth the long-awaited Kiss.
Today heaven is poured over the face of the earth,
while the children of men in amazement sing: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

I have another meditation for Pentecost here.

7 posted on 05/31/2009 3:12:20 PM PDT by Salvation ( With God all things are possible.)
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To: All
Pentecost Past and Present

The Purpose of Pentecost: and the New Missionary Age of the Church

8 posted on 05/31/2009 4:19:08 PM PDT by Salvation ( With God all things are possible.)
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