Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for May 19, 2023

Reflection for May 19, 2023

Embracing Pentecost

Be filled with peace and  God's Spirit

by Sister Jane Riha

Sunday we celebrate one of the most beautiful and powerful feasts of the Church, Pentecost Sunday.  Pentecost comes from the Greek word “pentecostes” which means “fiftieth.”  Penetecost is celebrated yearly, fifty days after Easter.  We celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The readings for this Sunday are filled with wonderful symbols to better help us understand the power and presence of God’s Holy Spirit among us always.  There is wind, fire and light, and languages of a great array of cultures and people.  Yet in the Gospel, Jesus comes and greets the apostles with peace.  “Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

The powerful gifts of the Spirit filled those persons so long ago.  That same Spirit fills our lives today.  We are called to take notice for we are called and sent to share the Good News. 

Listen to the inner wisdom    the Holy Spirit gives you.  It may be a gentle whisper or a shaking conversion of heart.   It may be an inspiration to offer your assistance in your parish community or neighborhood.   Trust that the grace you need is already given to you.

You may find this mantra helpful by simply breathing gently in and out.

I breathe in peace.                 I breathe out love


05/18/2024 11:11 am

Excellent Sister Jane, thanks for the reminder.

05/18/2024 1:46 pm

Thank you for the reflections for this great feast of the Church. We rely on the Spirit for so much in our lives, especially for peace and wisdom! Thank you for the beautiful mantra that all of us can use.

John Hansen
05/18/2024 4:51 pm

Great reflection- thank you for sharing!

Debra Haven
05/19/2024 5:01 pm

This is a beautiful breathing mantra, thank-you! Peace Be You and all the incredible sisters!

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