DAILY CATHOLIC     FRIDAY-SATURDAY-PENTECOST SUNDAY     May 29-31, 1998     vol. 9, no. 104

GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

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    INTRODUCTION      "Getting to the Heart of the Matter" is what Sister Mary Lucy Astuto pinpoints in every issue when she takes a common sense approach to living our faith with her practical columns. In this issue she ties in the importance of the Holy Spirit, especially in this year dedicated to the Sanctifier with her column HOLY SPIRIT, POUR YOURSELF OUT ON US!.

         Her column, along with columns by Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. and Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv., provide effective, vital insights into our faith and ways of fulfilling God's Will every day in every way. You can visit Sr. Lucy at her web site for Heart of Mary Ministry at http://www.heartofmaryministry.com or you can reach her at Srmarylucy@aol.com by e-mail.


HOLY SPIRIT, POUR YOURSELF OUT ON US!

          This coming Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of the Church, the day we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles (and Our Blessed Mother).

          What a birthday for the Church when heaven sent the Holy Spirit to confirm those that were in the Upper Room. It was the first Confirmation service. And, oh, what a difference it made in the life of the Apostles!

          They had proven themselves to be "scaredy-cats" prior to Pentecost. They ran for their lives when Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Olives and hid themselves for fear of the Jews even after the reported Resurrection.

          In Scripture we read: "Perfect love casts out fear!" And how we can apply that truth to what happened at Pentecost!

          Christians know that there are three Persons in the Blessed Trinity, the Father , the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But I am not sure how many Christians know (especially the young people) that the love that exists between the Father and the Son is so great, that THAT "makes" or "is" Who the Holy Spirit is. The Holy Spirit IS the love between the Father and the Son.

          Now, if "perfect love casts out fear," then it would follow that those who have the Holy Spirit "poured out" on them will become courageous and bold for the sake of the Kingdom. When the Holy Spirit fills them "to the brim," so to speak, fear is gone. Perfect love (Who the Holy Spirit is) casts out fear.

          Many people today are filled with fear. I hear it all the time. There is fear of losing their health, fear of the coming chastisements, fear of where the moral decline of the world is leading, fear of dying. There are many fears out there in many and varied forms.

          Then all the more do we need an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon us. Because, as Our Lady of Medjugorje has said: "When you have the Holy Spirit, you have Everything."

          This year has been designated by the Holy Father as the year of the HOLY SPIRIT. Our Holy Father wants us to pay particular attention to the Holy Spirit and to pray to the Holy Spirit with special attention and devotion.

          In light of all of the above I would like to propose a couple of prayers that I often offer to the Holy Spirit. One is:

      "Holy Spirit, pour Yourself out on me with all of Your gifts!" and.. "Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your Love. Send forth your Holy Spirit and they will be created and You shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray: O God, Who did instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by this same Holy Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations, through Christ, our Lord. Amen"

          Have a Pentecost that is FILLED with the Holy Spirit Who is LOVE and Who casts out ALL fear! May He bless you with all of His gifts!


May 29-31, 1998       volume 9, no. 104
GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

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