June 12th Bulletin Article

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost.  On this day we commemorate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Mary and the Apostles in the upper room.  Today’s Solemnity brings the Easter Season to a conclusion.  Today we celebrate the fulfillment of the promise that Our Lord made to send the Holy Spirit to lead the Church into all truth.

Last week, we celebrated Our Lord’s Ascension into Heaven.  Even though He returned to the right hand of the Father, Our Lord did not abandon us.  He remains with us in the Eucharist and He sent the Holy Spirit to guide us.

There are several ways in which the Holy Spirit leads us into truth.  On an individual level, the Holy Spirit is given to all the baptized: at our Baptism, each one of us became a temple of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts and fills our hearts with His gifts.  It is the Holy Spirit that inspires faith, hope and love in our hearts.  The Holy Spirit also guides us through our conscience.

The Catechism teaches us that our conscience is the place in our souls where we hear the echo of the voice of God.  (cf. CCC 1776)  We have an obligation to follow our conscience, of course our conscience must be properly formed.  Forming our conscience is a life-long task.

In order to form our conscience, we must look to the Church.  Our Lord promised that the gates of Hell would never prevail against the Church.  Jesus gave the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven to Saint Peter.  The Lord gave the Apostles the authority to teach in His name, and so we look to the Church to assist us in forming our consciences for we know that the Holy Spirit guides the Church.

The Holy Spirit also speaks to us through the Scriptures.  The Holy Spirit inspired the writers of Sacred Scripture and the Holy Spirit continues to speak to us through them.  Reading Scripture regularly is important for our spiritual lives: through Scripture God reveals Himself to us.  Through meditating upon Scripture we gain insight into Who God Is and we also receive inspiration and strength to seek and follow Him more faithfully.

Let us ask the Holy Spirit to continue to guide us and inspire us, that we might be share ever more fully the divine life that God desire to give us: “Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.  Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.  And You shall renew the face of the earth.”

God bless,

Father White