The Celebration of Pentecost
Speaking the Language of Faith by Dr. Gregory and Lisa Popcak
” . . . Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace . . . it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the cross . . .” Catechism of the Catholic Church
Every Pentecost is an exultant celebration of the gift and presence of the third person of the Blessed Trinity and a deep invitation to live out his guidance and purpose in every area of our lives. Pentecost reminds us that we are called and emboldened by the Holy Spirit to bring him into each moment of our lives and every interaction with others.
The Holy Spirit gives us his gifts to dwell in and his fruits to bear to the world. In Acts 2 we read that people from every nation were gathered, yet with the coming of the Holy Spirit they all heard each other in their own language. How the Holy Spirit enabled the apostles to do this is a mystery– and yet, in a real way we are also called to “speak” to the world with a similarly unifying language as we share our faith: the language of love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control, gentleness, wisdom, understanding,wonder, awe, right judgment, knowledge, courage and reverence.
In the coming months, choose one gift or fruit of the Spirit to focus on each week, and make some notes to have a practical plan for increasing it in your relationships. Doing this in a prayerful way will open you up to the working of the Holy Spirit in your life, and will help you share your faith with the world in a language everyone can understand.