May I never miss a sunset or a rainbow because I am looking down. ~ Sarah June Parker
The best and most beautiful times in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal. ~ John F. Kennedy
The Spirit of God moves us to new heights of understanding, to new types of witness, to new dimensions of life needed in the here and now. ~ Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB
Featured Feast Day: Pentecost Sunday ~ The Spirit of God Is Here and Now
Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB, writes: “The Spirit of God is a wild thing, breathing where it will, moving as it pleases, settling on women and men alike.” As I read this, I ask myself: “Do I REALLY believe this is true in my daily life?” Every morning, I end my prayer time by whispering: “Spirit of God, let me see you today in every person I meet, in each event on my pathway, and in today’s newscasts.” I ask God to speak through me and act through me. Before falling off to sleep, I review my day. In faith, I know I am Spirit-filled, but I am far from truly living the desire I express in my morning prayer: to be ever more conscious of the Spirit of God here and now.
To remind me of the gifts of the Spirit, I have created some “Fruits of the Spirit” cards for this season of Pentecost: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-26) I added some other fruits or gifts: compassion, serenity, hope, faith, perseverance, understanding, wisdom, discernment, justice, steadfastness, trust, strength, hospitality, mercy, consolation. Many others may be added to my list.
May God’s Spirit reach out to all the ends of the earth, creating a communion of faith, hope, and love!
Lectio Divina: Scripture quotes for praying and meditating
The coming of the Holy Spirit: Acts of the Apostles 2:1-21
The Fruits of the Spirit: Galatians 5:22-26
We are God’s temple: 1 Corinthians 3: 10-16
Audio Divina: YouTube Music to celebrate the season of Pentecost
Visio Divina: Art for prayer and meditation
(See Pentecost in Art for more)
Jorge Tarifa & Fernanda Baffa (Argentina)
- Name: Espíritu Santo (Holy Spirit)
- Author: Jorge Tarifa & Fernanda Baffa (Argentina), 2011
- Description: The Holy Spirit is described in the Bible in many different ways. Some of the “symbols” of the Holy Spirit are here expressed: dove, blow, living water, new wine, light, finger of God, flame… everything coming from the cross of Jesus.
The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
Veronica Dimae (Australia)
- Name: The outpouring of the Holy Spirit
- Author: Veronica Dimae (Australia), 2010
- Description: Flapping his wings, the Holy Spirit —as a dove— springs his grace giving cocktail of colours to the life of a multitude of people that raise their hands waiting life from Him.
Sr Marina Poglianich & Aurora Colecchia
- Name: Pentecost
- Author: Sr Marina Poglianich & Aurora Colecchia (on an original from an anonymous master from Westfalia [Germany] of 1.380 A.C.), 2009
- Description: The icon represents the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles in the cenacle. The dove brings in his beak the Bread of life that, once at the centre of the table, sends out his fire rays, symbol of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. The flames that we usually see over the heads of the apostles are here represented in the color of their clothes as symbol of the evangelization.
For Spiritual Reading
Three Attitudes That Can Help Us Celebrate for 50 Days (a reflection by our next resource person, Marina McCoy)
Featured Retreat House
Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center, Westfield, MA (website)
I have frequented Genesis for many years. I treasure this haven and have roamed many acres of its woodland and fields. The hospitality makes it a home, away from home. Excellent spiritual directors are available and the variety of programs offered can meet every “spiritual taste.” I have had inspirited conversations with guests of many faiths. All are welcome at Genesis! The staff cannot do enough for you and the center’s animals (chickens and two cats) welcome you, too. If you are a bird watcher, many species can be seen and heard. I give it a 5-star rating.
~ Sr. Yvette Bellerose, SSA