On the Solemnity of Pentecost and the birthday of the Church, I honor the Holy Spirit by the words below. Thanks to Deacon Dan Lupo, co-director of Diaconal Formation for the Austin Diocese, for challenging me to write them.
An indelible mark you placed in my heart, Sancte Spiritus.
A patronage for a journey past the heavens of my nature, Sancte Spiritus.
A call to be your apostle, Sancte Spiritus.
A witness to the blind and the deaf in spirit, Sancte Spiritus
A voice for the voiceless and a healer for the suffering and sorrowful, Sancte Spiritus.
Redemption to the darned, Sancte Spiritus.
Shelter for the homeless, Sancte Spiritus
Companion for the lonely, Sancte Spiritus
Love for the poor, the abandoned and the marginalized, Sancte Spiritus,
Joy to the widow and the orphan, Sancte Spiritus
Peace to the restless and the worried, Sancte Spiritus
Yet, I asked you, am I worthy of this mark? You answered “imitate Paul”; Veni Sancte Spiritus.
What if I fail to affirm you? You answered “imitate Peter”; Veni Sancte Spiritus
I wondered, can I carry this burden? You said “imitate Christ”; Veni Sancte Spiritus.
I praise God for you, my Advocate, my Paraclete; Veni Sancte Spiritus
May I always rest under your wings, Veni Sancte Spiritus.
Have a blessed Pentecost Sunday!!!