Spirit-Filled Pentecost

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On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended with power upon the Apostles; thus began the mission of the Church in the world. The Church has been catholic and missionary from her birth… This is the mystery of Pentecost: the Holy Spirit illuminates the human spirit and, by revealing Christ Crucified and Risen, indicates the way to become more like him, that is, to be “the image and instrument of the love which flows from Christ”.

Deus Caritas Est, n. 33

The Church, gathered with Mary, today implores:

Veni, Sancte Spiritus! – Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love! Amen.

Homily of Pope Benedict XVI – Solemnity of Pentecost 2006


In the Book of Isaiah 11:2-3, the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are described. Through Jesus, we also receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

WISDOM helps us recognise the importance of others and the importance of keeping God central in our lives.

UNDERSTANDING is the ability to comprehend the meaning of God’s message.

KNOWLEDGE is the ability to think about and explore God’s revelation, and also to recognise there are mysteries of faith beyond us.

COUNSEL is the ability to see the best way to follow God’s plan when we have choices that relate to him.

FORTITUDE is the courage to do what one knows is right.

PIETY helps us pray to God in true devotion.

FEAR OF THE LORD is the feeling of amazement before God, who is all-present, and whose friendship we do not want to lose.


Charity – Joy – Peace – Patience – Kindness – Generosity – Goodness Gentleness – Faithfulness – Modesty – Self-Control – Chastity.

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