Veni Sancte Spiritus!

Well, it took 50 days, but the Milestone Series has come to a conclusion. It was fun to take a stroll down memory lane -- remembering with great affection some of the more significant moments in my life over these past 14 years. But now it's time to shift gears.

So it is with our liturgical year as well! This weekend we celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost. Fearful no longer, the disciples were ready to move forward -- empowered by the abiding presence of Christ in their lives, the disciples would now become unstoppable in building up the Church that we so love today. While we come to the end of the Easter Season on Sunday -- in a more significant way, Pentecost marks a new beginning -- with great conviction and Spirit!

In a similar way, as we move into ordinary time (on Monday) it will be time to use this forum to share other thoughts, issues, dreams... ... as they present themselves to me. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions of topics I should address or anything that's on your mind, don't be shy to share those thoughts with me -- you know how to connect!

Until then, we take great joy in knowing, feeling and celebrating the true presence of the Spirit in our lives!

Holy Spirit, Lord Divine, Come, from heights of heaven and shine,
Come with blessed radiance bright!

Come, O Father of the poor, Come, whose treasured gifts endure,
Come, our heart's unfailing light!

Of consolers, wisest, best, and our soul's most welcome guest,
Sweet refreshment, sweet repose.

In our labor rest most sweet, pleasant coolness in the heat,
Consolation in our woes.

Light most blessed, shine with grace, in our heart's most secret place,
Fill your faithful through and through.

Left without your presence here, Life itself would disappear,
Nothing thrives apart from you!

Cleanse our soiled hearts of sin, arid souls refresh within,
Wounded lives to health restore.

Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen, warm the chill,
Guide the wayward home once more!

On the faithful who are true, and profess their faith in you,
In your seven-fold gift descend!

Give us virtue's sure reward, Give us your salvation, Lord,
Give us joys that never end!

--Sequence for Pentecost

Happy Pentecost, Everyone!

Father James Baraniak, O. Praem.


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