“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”~Acts 2:1-4
I want to wish all of my readers a wonderful and blessed Pentecost! Today is the day we celebrate the birthday of the Church! The Holy Spirit fell upon the apostles, and they were empowered to go and begin preaching to the ends of the earth, healing, teaching, and baptizing at a large rate! Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit and promised we would not be orphans, until the end of the time. The Holy Spirit is still with us.
Every Pentecost is a joyful day. This Pentecost, though, is an especially important one for Catholics! It marks the 50 year anniversary of the Charismatic Renewal! This renewal occurred at Duquesne University in Pennsylvania in 1967, and you can read the story here. From there, the Charismatic renewal has spread again throughout the world, to bring back the Church as it was at the first Pentecost! (Though there is still a long way to go in awakening all the members of the body to a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit!) Thousands of Catholics are gathering in Rome this weekend to celebrate Pentecost & the 50th anniversary!
The Holy Spirit is present and active in our lives. Be attentive to the Holy Spirit! Ask for more of the Holy Spirit! Attend a Life in the Spirit seminar, if you have not already. With the Holy Spirit, our lives will never be the same!