Pentecost Sunday - May
Parish Festival Sunday
FROM THE PREACHING OF VENANTIUS BUESSING,
O.F.M.Cap….COME, HOLY SPIRIT!!!
“Veni, Sancte Spiritus! Come, Holy
Spirit!” Going down on her knees, Holy Mother Church repeats these
words time and again in Holy Mass and in the Divine Office of today.
My dear brethren, make this prayer of Mother Church your own today.
Say it devoutly on bended knees. Say from your heart of hearts: “Veni!!
Come, Holy Spirit!” The Holy Spirit of God is the immortal soul of
the Catholic Church, the soul of the Mystical Body of Christ of
which we are the members. The immortal soul which God breathed into
the body of Adam is its principle of life, and so, in a sense, the
Spirit of God, animating the Mystical Body of Christ, the Holy
church, acts as its principle of divine vitality. The Sacred Text,
in the Epistle of today, says: “And when the day of Pentecost was
drawing to a close, they were all together in one place. And
suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind
coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And
there appeared to them parted tongues as of fire, which settled upon
each of them and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began
to speak in foreign tongues, even as the Holy Spirit prompted them
to speak.” The Sacred Text speaks of a rushing, violent wind and of
tongues of fire. Every word is significant. They are the symbols,
the symbolic forms, under which the Holy Spirit descended upon the
Apostles. He came in the form of light to say to the world as Christ
said: “I am the Light of the world.” He came in the form of fire to
indicate that the Spirit of Love had descended upon the Church; He
came in the shape of tongues to enable the Apostles to speak all
tongues and to go and teach all nations. And the violent wind
reminds us of the words of the Saviour: “The very gates of hell will
not prevail against His Church.” Veni, Sancte Spiritus! Come, Holy
Spirt! Come into our own cold, dark and poor hearts. Come and fill
the hearts of Thy faithful, and we shall become fit and worthy and
holy members of the Mystical Body of Jesus, of which you are the
Soul, the holy and life-giving and immortal Spirit. May God grant
it! Veni, Sancte Spiritus! Come, Holy Spirit!