Pentecost Sunday - May 20, 2018
Parish Festival Sunday



“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!