Pentecost, one of my favorite days of the Liturgical year so settle in butter cups. We have already briefly spoken of the Holy Spirit, which sets this up quite nicely.
We teased out the Our Father yesterday, and I broke it down very briefly should you want to catch up there.
What is it?
This year, we celebrate Pentecost on June 8th. It is considered the birthday of the Church, and a very important Holy Day of Obligation – meaning we, as Catholics have to get ourselves to mass. It is at this time that:
He [the Holy Spirit] comes with his Seven Gifts. These make the soul capable of taking in the special lights and inspirations He sends in a much higher way than what is had in ordinary graces. We do not notice much of any effects from these Gifts until we have advanced rather far in the spiritual life, for great docility and purity of heart are needed. (Rev. William G. Most via ETWN)
Why did I choose to share this particular “P” with you?
Aside from being one of the oldest feast days of the Catholic church, it’s mentioned in the Acts written by St. Luke the Evangelist, and we all know how much I love him. It’s also considered the birthday of the Church! No. No cake, but tongues of fire! Let’s get dramatic, people! I want you to really take a look at this image. What do you see? A woman, right in the center. Not any woman, but Mary, Mother of God. She was at the birth of the church, centered as if she were the church itself. All of the other men in the picture (the Apostles in the Upper Room) look scared, concerned, confused. Not Mary. Mary is at peace amidst all the hub-bub of fiery tongues. Oh yea, I said hub-bub. Let’s take a look at scripture, quickly:
And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?
This is the part I love, guys. See how they were all speaking in tongues and different languages? The Holy Spirit that gave them that ability to understand. This is when they were imbued with the ability to preach so others could understand, and about 3,000 were baptized that day.
For more information, resources and Pentecost-y goodness, you’ll want to head to this page over at EWTN If you read anything, anything over there, please read this reflection by St. Augstine. He’s a Dominican, and we all know I’m partial.
Come back tomorrow to read all about my Catholic take on the letter Q. I am blogging my way through the alphabet with others who are doing the same.
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