Dear Sisters and Brothers,
This coming Sunday is the feast of Pentecost, a word which means “fifty days.” We’ve been celebrating Easter for that long.
We’ve been trying to wake up to the world around us. Trying to become conscious and aware. Both of our surroundings and what’s going on inside of us — paying attention to our feelings that are indicators of the health of our body / mind / spirit.
I’ve been submerged in writing my in-depth reflection on my life as a priest for forty years while neglecting you all, my blog readers. I began my 40th year this past Sunday. And I am very appreciative of these forty years. If you’d like to read them, they’re a pdf download titled Both Sides Now.
I said in that article” My prayer is looking forward as I reflect on these years: We need a New Pentecost in
the Church these days. We need to have the windows flung open once again, as
Pope John XXIII did fifty years ago and let the mighty wind of the Holy Spirit shake
us up. No! We need a hurricane to blow through us.
We very much need a rekindling of the fire of love in our church, in our country, in our world.
The story of the radical and remarkable transformation that grabbed hold of the first disciples of Jesus is dramatically told in the Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11. I pray for that continued transformation for me as well as my beging my next 40.
For all of you who have been part of my journey at one point or other I say with Dag Hammarskjöld. . . .
For all that has been Thanks,
For all that shall be, Yes!
Come Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful
and enkindle in them
the fire of your love
and they shall be created
and you shall renew the face of the earth!
priest / writer