Retreat of Pentecost, Part 6

Comfort in suffering and death

The suffering should be consciously brought into contact with God so that it can be transformed and become a “bright suffering”.

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The name Comforter for the Holy Spirit becomes very meaningful, because it is precisely in times of such tribulation through suffering that the Holy Spirit is present. There is a time of weeping and mourning (cf. Eccl 3,4). This is part of our life and if this were to be completely absent in some people, then we think that they have no heart. Jesus himself wept because of the death of Lazarus (cf. Jn 11,35), he especially wept for Jerusalem because the hour of his gracious coming was not recognized (cf. Lk 19,41), Rachel weeps for her children who were killed (cf. Jer 31,15), etc. Read More

Retreat of Pentecost, Part 5

In trouble you are calm! In the heat moderation

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Outer restlessness

We easily allow ourselves to be absorbed by the dynamics of the works in the world and by their transmission. Also the multitude of encounters and contacts, together with today’s almost unlimited communication possibilities, easily create an almost fundamental restlessness around us. Sacred silence is found less and less often, even the churches are becoming more and more places of restlessness instead of valuable places of silence. Read More

Retreat of Pentecost, Part 4

Come, light of the heart

 

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The Holy Spirit is the light which also pervades the darkness of our heart. It is from the heart that our evil things come (cf. Mt 15,19). It must be purified by the divine light. Thus, when we live in the state of grace, the Holy Spirit sinks into us. We then perceive his presence as a clear light that unites us more deeply with God. Where now this light shines, it encounters the darkness of our heart and attracts us to open the darkness to the light. Read More

Retreat of Pentecost, Part 3

If the Holy Spirit wants to exercise his spiritual fatherhood, then his adequate counterpart is a filial openness of the soul – just as Our Lady Mary had

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Come, Father of the poor

We are not very familiar with the term “Father” when referring to the Holy Spirit. But this becomes clear when we think of the word “beget”, which is connected with fatherhood. The Holy Spirit witnesses and begets. When we think about the term Father of the poor, a word from the Beatitude comes to mind!

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them (Mt 5,3)” Read More

Retreat of Pentecost,  Part 2

Hagia Maria Sion Abbey in Jerusalem on Mt. Zion. Mount on which the Holy Spirit descended

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From our meditation yesterday we carried the question what does this mean what happened at Pentecost!

Let us try to find a first answer.

Because of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, God leads us out of the chaos of sin and confusion into the true relationship with Him. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. It is He who brings about true unity among people. Read More

Come o Holy Spirit!

Retreat of Pentecost,  Part 1

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Sequenz:

Come, O Holy Spirit, come! From Your bright and blissful Home Rays of healing light impart. Come, Father of the poor, Source of gifts that will endure Light of ev’ry human heart.

Within the next days we will use the written text of the retreat of Pentecost which we produced for Pentecost. For those who listened to us it is like a repetition and for those who did not listen they come into contact with the retreat. If you have the possibility you can also hear the conference on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-aBJmnC3Ic

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The inner and outer mission

The Solemnity of Pentecost

Mosaic in the crypt of the Dormitio Basilica on Mt. Zion

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Acts 2, 2-11

When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves. Read More

Fidelity

Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day 9

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Beloved Holy Spirit, You want us to live faithfulness – and this in a time when infidelity is almost becoming a way of life! You will have a lot of work to do, because many people no longer understand the meaning of fidelity, whether it is in the marital relationship or in promises made or even in religious vows! Often we have to learn anew what faithfulness means, reliability, consistency… Read More

Modesty

Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day 8

The Cenacle, The place of the coming of the Holy Spirit

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What ornament, O Holy Spirit, is a humble soul; a soul in which Your fruit, dwells! In her, the disorderly desire is restrained and has come to rest. It does not think for herself constantly and is easily satisfied with everything. She does not want to be the centre of attention, but wants to take the place that You have intended for her! Therefore the precious gift of gratitude and also the fruit of humility is effective in her! Such a soul radiates contentment, makes no fuss about itself and is free from any presumption! But in terms of love this soul wants to be great, in the love for you and for people, and with a little faith she is not satisfied! Read More

True peace

Novena to the Holy Spirit, Day 7

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Beloved Holy Spirit, one of Your wonderful gifts is peace!

It is a peace that the world cannot give (cf Jn 14,27), but neither can it take!

This points to a peace different from the peace we usually know – it is a peace that lasts!

How much the world speaks of peace – but it does not really want to succeed! Read More