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Solemnity of Pentecost

May 19, 2013

RECEIVING IS DIFFICULT

What do you most want to know?

  • How to let go?  Of the stress?  Of the crippling weight of worry?
  • How to be more aware?  Of the goodness of others?  Of the beauty in the world?
  • How to transform the ordinary movements of life into sacred experiences of God?
  • How to move beyond toleration . . . of others. . . of life. . . of work. . . to praise?

Yes.  Emphatically yes!  For to do all of those things is to know how to love God. . . which is, after all, what we say we are about.

Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit will teach us everything that we need to know and remind us of everything that He taught us.  Which means we need to practice awareness so that we can recognize the Holy Spirit.

And if we say that we are willing to receive the Holy Spirit, then that has consequences.  It requires discipline.  It is like saying I am going to quit smoking or lose weight.  In fact, it is very much like that because it is just as hard.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for Pentecost: (Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13; John 14:15-16, 23-26)

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