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Written by Fr. Philip Bloom   
Sunday, 31 May 2009 06:23

B ottom line: The Holy Spirit is the soul's most-welcome guest: He enables us to pray and empowers us to act.


Today we commemorate the sending of the Holy Spirit. In the words of the Sequence, he is the "soul's most welcome guest." We know his presence by an inexplicable joy he communicates. But he also supports us in times of discouragement. He empowers us to continue on.


Editor’s Note: Noel Tandog, one of the pillars of the Philippine Alliance of Ex-Seminarians (PAX), sends online homilies from time to time. This is one of the sermons that Noel sent to this editor.


Fr. Tom Euteneuer, president of Human Life International, tells a beautiful story about the presence and power of the Holy Spirit: Once he was with a group of people praying in front of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. That day eleven young women passed by them on their way into the clinic. Not one of the girls accepted their offer of help -- or even acknowledged them. Naturally, the people praying felt disappointed. Some even wondered why God did not listen to their prayers.


Well, about a year later Fr. Euteneuer was again with a small group, praying in front of the same clinic. A young woman approached them. She held a bundle in her arm. Lifting a blanket, she showed them a beautiful baby boy. She asked if they remembered her. The people said, "No." She went on to explain that she had passed by them about a year ago. After filling out the papers in the clinic, she took a seat in the waiting area. All of a sudden, tears filled her eyes and she began sobbing uncontrollably. Other girls also began to cry. It took some time, she said, for the staff to establish order. She left the clinic and decided to keep her baby. She believes some of the other girls made the same decision.


When we pray, the Holy Spirit prays within us. Any results depend on him - not on our virtue. I've joked about that with those who participate in our pro-life prayer vigil here at Holy Family. Since the summer of 2002, a small group of us has prayed almost every Friday morning before the Planned-Parenthood clinic, eight blocks away for our church. "As far as I know," I told them, "we have not rescued any babies. But a few years ago, we did rescue a stray puppy."


We called him Fabian, the Planned-Parenthood puppy, because he followed us to that abortion clinic on the Feast of St. Fabian. I cared for that puppy for several weeks until we located the owner. And I took him as a small sign that our prayers did go unanswered. I do know for a fact that our parish Birthright has helped many young women in crisis pregnancies - some who were abortion-minded when they came. That change of heart happens only as a result of many prayers.


In his wonderful book, Mary, Mother of the Son, Mark Shea has a short reflection on The Coming of the Holy Spirit. It is the third of the Glorious Mysteries of the rosary - and it follows the mystery of the Ascension. Citing the verse from Acts where St. Peter speaks about Jesus taking his place at the right hand of the Father and then pouring out the Holy Spirit, Mark says:

"It is worth noting that the 'right hand' is the 'good hand' in antiquity. It's the hand that pours out blessings, the hand that holds the scepter, the hand that works, acts, fights. The hand is the locus of action. We do not theorize with our hands, we do things. Jesus, seated at the right hand of the Father, does things. And he empowers us to do things, too - by his Spirit."


Brothers and sisters, on this Pentecost Sunday, I invite to open your hearts to gift of the Holy Spirit. He is the soul's most welcome guest. He enables us to pray. The results depend on him - and he empowers us to act.


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Questions from Jesus (as Sent by an Anonymous Author):

If you never felt pain, Then how would you know that I am a Healer?

If you never had to pray, How would you know that I am a Deliverer?

If you never had a trial, How could you call yourself an overcomer?

If you never felt sadness, How would you know that I am a Comforter?

If you never made a mistake, How would you know that I am a forgiver?

If you knew all, How would you know that I will answer your questions?

If you never were in trouble, How would you know that I will come to your rescue?

If you never were broken, Then how would you know that I can make you whole?

If you never had a problem, How would you know that I can solve them?

If you never had any suffering, Then how would you know what I went through?

If you never went through the fire, Then how would you become pure?

If I gave you all things, How would you appreciate them?

If I never corrected you, How would you know that I love you?

If you had all power, Then how would you learn to depend on me?

If your life was perfect, Then what would you need me for?


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