ITS PENTECOST! TIME TO LET THE FIRE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BURN BRIGHTLY IN YOUR HEART, YOUR MIND, YOUR BELLY!

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost. The apostles, waiting in the Upper Room for nine days in constant prayer, were finally given the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus. The Holy Spirit came upon them with what appeared to be tongues of fire. Thus was born the evangelizing Church. Filled with the Holy Spirit, burning with a desire to preach Jesus Christ Crucified, Risen from the Dead and Seated at the Right Hand of his Father, the Apostles rushed out into the streets, into the countryside, into foreign lands, into the world. In one’s mind’s eye one can visualize them virtually on fire as they traveled.

John the Baptist said of Jesus, “The one who will follow me is more powerful than I…He it is who will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Mt 3, 11) And indeed Jesus himself said, “I have come to light a fire on the earth. How I wish the blaze were ignited!” (Lk 12,49)

If ever there was a time in America for Catholics to come alive and to live their faith in a living witness to the truth which is Jesus Christ and his Gospel, it is now. The Church, all Christians, are going to be under attack in the coming months and years as they have never been under attack before. Come alive! Be filled with the fire of the Holy Spirit!

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I am a retired Roman Catholic Bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas
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