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June 4, 2017

PENTECOST

JMJ

Happy Birthday Universal Catholic Church and happy patronal feast day to us, at the church named after the Holy Spirit.

I’m going to do something a little bit different today for this space…I thought I would defer to a much wiser and holier person than myself to share some thoughts on the third person of the Trinity. It is from Saint Basil,  Bishop, and is his treatise on the Holy Spirit. It was a part of last Tuesday’s Office of Readings. OK, maybe a little bit technical, but please read it to the very end.

“The titles given to the Holy Spirit must surely stir the soul of anyone who hears them, and make him realize that they speak of nothing less than the Supreme Being. Is He not called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the Father, the Steadfast Spirit, the Guiding Spirit? But his principal and most personal title is The Holy Spirit.

To the Spirit all creatures turn in their need for sanctification; all living things seek him according to their ability. His breath empowers each to achieve its own natural end.

The Spirit is the source of holiness, a spiritual light, and he offers his own light to every mind to help it in its search for truth. By nature the Spirit is beyond the reach of our mind, but we can know him by his goodness. The power of the Spirit fills the whole universe, but he gives himself only to those who are worthy, acting in each according to the measure of his faith.
Simple in himself, the Spirit is manifold in his mighty works. The whole of his being is present to each individual; the whole of his being is present everywhere. Though shared in by many, he remains unchanged; his self-giving is no loss to himself. Like the sunshine, which permeates all the atmosphere, spreading over land and sea, and yet is enjoyed by each person as though it were for him alone, so the Spirit pours forth his grace in full measure, sufficient for all, and yet is present as though exclusively to everyone who can receive him. To all creatures that share in him he gives a delight limited only by their own nature, not by his ability to give.

The Spirit raises our hearts to heaven, guides the steps of the weak, and brings to perfection those who are making progress. He enlightens those who have been cleansed from every stain of sin and makes them spiritual by communion with himself. As clear, transparent substances become very bright when sunlight falls on them and shine with a new radiance, so also souls in whom the Spirit dwells, and who are enlightened by the Spirit, become spiritual themselves and a source of grace for others.

From the Spirit comes foreknowledge of the future, understanding of the mysteries of faith, insight into the hidden meaning of Scripture, and other special gifts. Through the Spirit we become citizens of heaven, we enter into eternal happiness, and abide in God. Through the Spirit we acquire a likeness to God; indeed, we attain what is beyond our most sublime aspirations—we become God.”

Addenda:

Part of our celebration today should be remembering our founding pastor, Fr. Charlie, as he celebrates the 50th Anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood. I hope to be able to join him at the Open House this Sunday afternoon in DeWitt. All are invited.

I also had a chance to talk with Cesar Helou of The Men of the Sacred Heart. Got some information on how to do an Enthronement of our parish and of individual homes. More to come in this month of the Sacred Heart.

We had a great Memorial Day celebration at the Serenity Court this past Monday. Blessed with great weather and a good crowd.

Fr. J

 

 

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