Lay Director (Each month, one of our Lay Directors will write an article.)
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
"When you pray, pray first for the Holy Spirit because when you have the Holy Spirit, you have everything." - Medjugorje April 4, 1985
"You have forgotten that through prayer and fasting you can avert wars and suspend the laws of nature." - Medjugorje Dec. 2, 1982
The language Jesus uses— “that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me”—shows us that the Father and the Son are united in love, and this love is itself the divine life. Thus, there is a Spirit, coequal to the Father and the Son. (Bishop Barron)
As we celebrated the Ascension of Our Lord into heaven today, I am transfixed as the apostles were. Imagine standing there and Jesus blesses you and then… He goes up into the clouds and beyond! WOW! It is no wonder that they were filled with joy. And Awe. And now they wait, together for the “promise of my Father upon you”. They had no idea how long they would be waiting. 10 hours, 10 days, 10 weeks, 10 years. They only knew that Jesus had promised to send them a present. And they were willing to wait by staying together as Jesus had told them. And to pray.
And so, as you wait for Pentecost, are you joyfully waiting? I am!! I am waiting for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all of us. On our nation. Come Lord Jesus Come!! Heal us. Open our hearts, our minds, our ears that we may be open to the love of God the Father, with the Son and through the gifts of the Holy Spirit, that we may love more fully those that cross our daily paths. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, may we then step out as we are called to evangelize and minister to those around us.
One more thought. Are you using your gifts to build up the Kingdom? What gifts do you have? We have some openings in the Secretariat that maybe you could help with. Pray about it. Call or text or email Kathy or myself. We would be more than happy to answer your questions or concerns. We are praying too! So don’t be surprised if you are tapped on the shoulder or get a phone call from one of us or another member of Secretariat. (We do have a fun time).
Prayers, and blessings to all of you! DeColores!
John Lyons firstname.lastname@example.org Kathy Otermat email@example.com