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Allocution, June 5, 2022, Pentecost Sunday

Today, June 5, Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit fifty days after the resurrection of Christ and we also celebrate his continued presence in our midst today. The book of the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2, verses 1 to 11, tells us what happened that day of Pentecost.

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The catechism of the Catholic Church tells us who The Holy Spirit is:

What does the Church mean when it confesses every Sunday: I believe in the Holy Spirit?

To believe in the Holy Spirit is to profess faith in the third Person of the Holy Trinity, who proceeds from the Father and the Son and “who with the Father and the Son receives the same adoration and glory.” The Holy Spirit “has been sent into our hearts” so that we may receive the new life as children of God.

What are the names of the Holy Spirit?

“Holy Spirit” is the proper name of the third Person of the Holy Trinity. Jesus also calls him Spirit Paraclete (Comforter, Advocate) and Spirit of Truth. The New Testament calls it the Spirit of Christ, of the Lord, of God, the Spirit of glory and promise.

With what symbols is the Holy Spirit represented?

There are numerous symbols with which the Holy Spirit is represented: the living water, which flows from the pierced heart of Christ and quenches the thirst of the baptized; the anointing with oil, which is a sacramental sign of Confirmation; the fire, which transforms everything it touches; the dark and luminous cloud, in which the divine glory is revealed; the laying on of hands, by which we are given the Spirit and the dove, which descends on Christ at his baptism and remains in Him.

What does the Holy Spirit do in the Church?

The Holy Spirit edifies, encourages and sanctifies the Church; Like the Spirit of Love, he restores to the baptized the divine likeness, lost due to sin, and makes them live in Christ the very life of the Holy Trinity. He sends them to bear witness to the Truth of Christ and organizes them in their respective functions, so that they all bear “the fruit of the Spirit” (Gal 5:22).

How do Christ and his Spirit act in the hearts of the baptized?

Through the seven sacraments, Christ communicates his Spirit to the members of his Body, and the grace of God, which bears fruits of new life, according to the Spirit. The Holy Spirit, finally, is the Master of prayer.

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The Pope tells us about the Holy Spirit:

Jesus says to his friends: “I am sending you him whom my Father has promised” (v. 49). He is talking about the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the one who will accompany them, guide them, support them in their mission, defend them in spiritual battles. Then we understand something important: Jesus does not abandon the disciples. He goes up to heaven, but he doesn’t leave us alone. On the contrary, precisely by ascending to the Father he ensures the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, of his Spirit. On another occasion he had said: “It is better for you that I go, because if I do not go, the Paraclete will not come to you” (Jn 16:7), that is, the Spirit. Jesus’ love for us can also be seen in this: his is a presence that does not want to restrict our freedom. On the contrary, it makes space for us, because true love always generates a closeness that does not crush, is not possessive, is close, but not possessive; What’s more, true love makes us protagonists.

For this reason, Christ assures: “I am going to the Father, and you will be clothed with power from above: I will send you my own Spirit, and with your power you will continue my work in the world” (cf. Lk 24:49). Therefore, upon ascending to heaven, Jesus, instead of remaining close to a few with his body, becomes close to everyone with his Spirit. The Holy Spirit makes Jesus present in us, beyond the barriers of time and space, so that we can be his witnesses in the world.

Immediately afterwards Christ raises his hands and blesses the apostles (cf. v. 50). It is a priestly gesture. God, since the time of Aaron, had entrusted the priests with the task of blessing the people (cf. Num 6:26). The Gospel wants to tell us that Jesus is the great priest of our life. Jesus goes up to the Father to intercede for us, to present our humanity to Him. Thus, before the eyes of the Father, our lives, our hopes, our wounds are and will always be, with the humanity of Jesus. Thus, by making his “exodus” to Heaven, Christ “opens a way for us,” he is going to prepare a place for us and, from now on, he intercedes for us, so that we will always be accompanied and blessed by the Father.

Brothers and sisters, let us think today about the gift of the Spirit that we have received from Jesus to be witnesses of the Gospel. Let’s ask ourselves if we really are; and also if we are capable of loving others, leaving them free and giving them space. And then: do we know how to become intercessors for others, that is, do we know how to pray for them and bless their lives? Or do we serve others for our own interests? Let us learn this: intercessory prayer, intercede for the hopes and sufferings of the world, intercede for peace. And let us bless with our eyes and words those we meet every day.

Now let us pray to the Virgin, the blessed among women, who, filled with the Holy Spirit, always prays and intercedes for us.

Queen of heaven, rejoice, hallelujah! Because the Lord whom you have deserved to carry, hallelujah!, has risen, according to his word, hallelujah! Pray to the Lord for us Hallelujah! Rejoice and be glad, Virgin Mary, Hallelujah! Because the Lord has truly risen. Hallelujah!

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Saint Augustine tells us about the Holy Spirit:

The eye does not hear, nor the ear see, nor the tongue; nor does the ear or the eye speak; but, nevertheless, they live; the ear lives, the tongue lives; The functions are diverse, but life is the same. This is the Church of God: in some saints it performs miracles, in others it proclaims the truth, in others it preserves virginity, in others marital chastity, in some one thing and in others another; Each one performs their own function, but they all live the same life. What the soul is with respect to the body of man, that is what the Holy Spirit is with respect to the body of Christ, which is the Church. The Holy Spirit works in the Church the same as the soul does in all the members of a single body. But see what you must be careful of, what you have to fulfill and what you have to fear? It happens that in a human body, rather than in a human body, a limb, a hand, a finger or a foot must be amputated. Does the soul go after the severed limb? While he was in the body he lived, once cut he lost his life.

In the same way, the Christian man is Catholic while he lives in the body. Becoming a heretic is equivalent to being an amputee. And the soul does not follow an amputated limb. Therefore, if you want to receive the life of the Holy Spirit, preserve Charity, love the Truth, desire unity to reach eternity. Amen.

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We have received this beautiful reflection from a holy priest:

In the history of the Church we have a treasure of thousands of different saints, who have reflected, each in their own way, the beauty of Jesus. They let themselves be touched by the Holy Spirit and He did wonders in their lives. Saint Francis of Assisi reflected the poverty and joy of the Lord. Saint Rita showed us the strength and dedication of Christ. Blessed Father Olallo showed us his predilection for the poor and his concern for those who suffer. That is why when we begin to pray in front of the image of a saint, Saint Joseph, for example, we see in that simple image of Joseph that the Holy Spirit makes us discover a reflection of the immense tenderness of Jesus; He makes us feel the caress of his love that tells us: “I am at your side; I don’t abandon you; I love you”. But each one should ask themselves now: “What about me? What will the Holy Spirit want to do with me? None of us has to repeat what Saint Rose was, nor Saint Francis, nor Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Each one becomes holy in a particular way because God has made him different; and the Holy Spirit wants to put in your life a reflection of Jesus that he had not put in others. Let us surrender to the Holy Spirit to do his work. Saint Paul tells us in the Letter to the Romans, chapter 12, verse 1. “I exhort you, brothers, to give yourselves to God as an offering, holy life. Make it pleasing to Him. That will be your spiritual worship.”

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We pray to the Holy Spirit for our family members…

Today I leave all my loved ones in your presence, Holy Spirit. Because they will only be safe if you take over their lives…

Penetrate them with your strength. Heal them from every disease and every weakness…

Also heal everything that is hurt inside, every bad memory, every anguish, every bad feeling…

You know their inner disturbances and only you can free them from their deepest evils…

Bless my loved ones, Holy Spirit. Grant them success in whatever they undertake. Enlighten them so that they make the right decisions and grant them that their most precious dreams come true…

Show them the way to achieve their happiness. Pour into them your peace, your joy, your love…

Fill them with hope and light of comfort… And transform them every day, Spirit of Life, so that they can mature and grow, and become more and more beautiful on the inside…

Correct their defects and vices… Show them the beauty of virtues…

Pour out your love on them so that they become more and more like Jesus and follow in his footsteps.

Fill them with you, Holy Spirit, strengthen them, free them, flood them… Amen.

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Come, Holy Spirit, free me, so that I do not feed impatience and contempt for other people.

Take my gaze so that I can look at others like Jesus, with immense patience…

I contemplate Jesus so understanding with sinners, so patient and compassionate with the weaknesses of his disciples… so close to everyone.

I want to learn with Jesus, patient and humble, to find rest and relief in my impatience…

I bless all the people who annoy me, who displease me, who tire me, who disturb me, who interrupt me… I bless them so that they may be more beautiful and holy every day; so that they reflect your love and beauty. Pass your hand through their lives so that they are happy.

Come, Holy Spirit, into my life. Penetrate my interior, caress me with your divine calm, heal the wounds of my intimacy that lead me to reject others… Heal the root of my intolerances, my bad actions and give me the gift of patience… Amen.

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The love of God has been poured into our hearts with the Holy Spirit given to us. Let us say with faith and hope:

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We bow our heads to receive the blessing:

At the end of each invocation we pray Amen.

The God creator of the entire Universe, who today illuminated the minds of his disciples by pouring out the Holy Spirit on them, gladdened them with his blessings and filled them with the gifts of the comforting Spirit… Amen.

May the same divine fire, which in an admirable way rested on the apostles, purify their hearts from all sin, and illuminate them with its clarity… Amen.

And may the same Spirit who gathered together in the confession of the same faith those whom sin had divided into the diversity of languages, grant them the gift of perseverance in this same faith, so that they may pass from hope to full vision… Amen.

And the blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit descend upon you and your families…. Amen.

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