Sunday, May 23, 2010

From the desk of Father Paul

This weekend we are celebrating the Solemnity of Pentecost. In the Old Testament, the chosen people also celebrated a feast of Pentecost. Literally it means 50 days. For the chosen people, it was 50 days after the Passover, for the new People of God (Christians) it is 50 days after the Resurrection. The significance for Christianity is twofold: on this day, the Holy Spirit is “manifested, given and communicated as a Divine Person” (Catholic Catechism #731); and secondly, on this day, the Church is born. Christ had finished the work the Father had given Him to accomplished and now the Spirit is sent to continually sanctify the Church (the new people of God, made so by Baptism). Everything that the Church accomplished from the actual day of Pentecost until today, and everything it will accomplish until the end of the world, is due to this sanctification of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we know God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and we see the work of Christ continue.
The Church has seen many failures over the centuries. It wasn’t because the Holy Spirit is sleeping, but rather because we humans were not listening to His Guidance. We see this in the recent scandal (there have been many scandals over the years) by a small number of Priests and the cover-ups by Bishops. In all cases, worldly lust, desires, power, self indulgence, lack of love and concern for God’s little ones and God’s people, etc led to these deaf ears. The Spirit will lead us back like He always has, but it is up to us to listen and be open to His Guidance. Happy birthday everyone!

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