Happy Pentecost!

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Pentecost is a Christian holy day and is always celebrated exactly seven weeks after Easter Sunday. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ before He ascended back into Heaven (Acts of the Apostles 2:1-31). The descent of the Holy Spirit ensured that his followers would continue to spread his Word and convert others to Christianity. In the Catholic Church, Pentecost marks the end of the Lent (Easter) season. The Holy Spirit’s descent is often symbolized by a dove and a flame.

The Holy Spirit isn’t limited to Christians. Anyone can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. You simply have to be in the right frame of mind and be open to its presence. You can ask God (or a Higher Power if you prefer) to fill you with the Holy Spirit. For me, music, nature and writing are three things that open me to its presence. Today’s a gorgeous, sunny day, not too hot, so after church (Mass is going to be held outside this year), I think I am going to take a drive and just enjoy the beauty of nature during this beautiful time of year.

Spend some time with nature, or if the weather is inclement, listen to some music that inspires you while engaging in a creative activity. It could be anything that inspires you–writing, painting, singing, cooking, even doing a spring cleaning. Spend some time in prayer. Don’t dwell on the negative. Give your worries a break. If you can’t take your mind off your cares, ask God to help you focus on the positive and on his presence.

Here is a website that lists some prayers you can say today:

http://www.faithandworship.com/prayers_Pentecost.htm

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6 thoughts on “Happy Pentecost!

  1. “The Holy Spirit isn’t limited to Christians. Anyone can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. ”
    I like that. Beautifully put. Did you ever see “Jesus Camp?” These Pentecostal kids did rituals that reminded me of Wiccan rituals, using a “poppet” to symbolizing what you’re trying to affect.

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    • Dear nowve666, not surprised. Pagan stuff has found it’s way into the Church? Read here and there in the Old and New Testament, was a problem back then. Guess new-agey isn’t anything new.

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  2. Thank you for this a good reminder that we have a source of comfort in this world. It’s easy to get caught up in the grief and drama of narcissistic abuse recovery and forget the beauty! Outdoors is such a beautiful sanctuary.

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