Pentecost marks the end and the goal of the Easter season, but we also need to observe Pentecost every day.
“It will always be Pentecost in the Church,” affirmed Blessed Oscar Romero, Archbishop of El Salvador, on Pentecost Sunday 1978, “provided the Church lets the beauty of the Holy Spirit shine forth from her countenance.”
Without the Spirit, the Church is a field of dry, dead bones.
The Venerable Fulton J. Sheen once said about the Church, “Even though we are God’s chosen people, we often behave more like God’s frozen people–frozen in our prayer life, frozen in the way we relate with one another, frozen in the way we celebrate our Faith.”
Today is a great day to ask the Holy Spirit to rekindle in us the spirit of new life and enthusiasm, the fire of God’s love.
Let us repeat Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman’s favorite little prayer:
“Come Holy Spirit
Make our ears to hear
Make our eyes to see
Make our mouths to speak
Make our hearts to seek
Make our hands to reach out
And touch the world with your love. AMEN.”