Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This Sunday we celebrate the third most important solemnity in the Catholic Church – Pentecost, an egalitarian outpouring of the Holy Spirit regardless of age, race, class, economic status or gender. The gifts of the Spirit are wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, piety, fortitude, and reverential God fearing.
The Holy Spirit is the most forgotten person of the Most Holy Trinity. We often invoke the name of Jesus or God the Father in our supplication. How often do we pray to the Holy Spirit to guide us in our daily lives?
We need to keep in mind that the Holy Spirit is the master of surprises, who never fails to be our Counselor, Teacher and Inspirator, always showing creative ways to faithfully reach out and spread the Gospel. Among many fruits of our relationship with the Spirit are inner peace, gentleness, goodness, patience and joy of being a happy Christian.
I am very appreciative of the presentation to me of the award by the Knights of Columbus. This fraternal organization generously helps the needy in our area and serves our parish in many different ways. I am grateful for their presence in our beloved Basilica.
I wish you all a spiritually rewarding Pentecost.
With continued prayers,