Dear Friends in Christ,
This Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the Catholic Church! This is when the Holy Spirit came down upon Our Lady and the Apostles forming and emblazing the Church. This is what allows us to be the Body of Christ even in our own day. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 687 and 688, says of the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity: “‘No one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.’ Now God’s Spirit, who reveals God, makes known to us Christ, his Word, his living Utterance, but the Spirit does not speak of himself. The Spirit who “has spoken through the prophets” makes us hear the Father’s Word, but we do not hear the Spirit himself. We know him only in the movement by which he reveals the Word to us and disposes us to welcome him in faith. The Spirit of truth who ‘unveils’ Christ to us ‘will not speak on his own.’ Such properly divine self-effacement explains why ‘the world cannot receive [him], because it neither sees him nor knows him,’ while those who believe in Christ know the Spirit because he dwells with them. The Church, a communion living in the faith of the apostles which she transmits, is the place where we know the Holy Spirit:
– in the Scriptures he inspired;
– in the Tradition, to which the Church Fathers are always timely witnesses;
– in the Church’s Magisterium, which he assists;
– in the sacramental liturgy, through its words and symbols, in which the Holy Spirit puts us into communion with Christ;
– in prayer, wherein he intercedes for us;
– in the charisms and ministries by which the Church is built up;
– in the signs of apostolic and missionary life;
– in the witness of saints through whom he manifests his holiness and continues the work of salvation.
Awareness of the actions of the Holy Spirit, calling upon him to animate your soul is most beneficial. As we move into ordinary time, the Holy Spirit wants to work in us so that we, who are ordinary, might love in extraordinary ways.
God bless you,