May 31, 2020 – Incredible Gifts: The Holy Spirit and the Holy Eucharist

Pastor’s Corner:
Incredible Gifts: The Holy Spirit and the Holy Eucharist
This Sunday, the Church celebrates the great Solemnity of
Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came down upon the apostles,
other disciples, and Our Blessed Mother with a “sound like a
mighty wind” and in “tongues as of fire.” The disciples of the Lord
had spent the last nine days in prayer (the very first novena)
preparing for the Gift of the Holy Spirit. When Our Lord left this
earth in his bodily form, He did not abandon us — He remains with
us in the Church, the Sacraments, and especially in the Most
Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. But He also promised that He
would send the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, to
assist and strengthen us for the responsibility of living out our
Catholic Faith, and bringing the Gospel to the entire world.
Our Lord remains with us even today — even in the midst of
disease, a collapsing economy, and all the difficulties that we face
today — and He will never abandon us! And the Holy Spirit remains
with us as well, to give us His seven-fold gifts so that we can
effectively bear witness to the Lord Jesus to a world that so
desperately needs Him. Later this summer, we will have
Confirmation for our young people who have been diligently
preparing for the sacrament in which they will receive the Holy
Spirit. Let us all pray for a renewal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit in
our own lives, and for a renewal of our appreciation for the Gift of
the Holy Eucharist!
Fr. Ben

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