‘When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth’ (Jn. 16:13). ⧾
With the glorious Feast of Pentecost the seven weeks of Easter come to an end and Christ Our Lord’s Passover is fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, manifested, given and communicated as a divine person: of his fullness, Christ, our Lord, pours out the Spirit in abundance (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 731). The gift of the Holy Spirit begun at Pentecost never ceases. Today, this Mystery is re-presented for us, for our benefit and that of the whole world. Though most Catholics cannot attend Holy Mass today, those who can must all the more pray in the awareness that we stand before God for all and that in the in the intimacy of our own personal, private prayer we remember that to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good (1 Cor. 12:7). A true disciple of Christ is always aware of the communion in Christ that unites us to one another in the sacred and prayerful union of faith, hope, and charity.
Life in Christ by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit is a holy life, a life defined by fruits of the Holy Spirit, listed for us by St. Paul in his Epistle to the Galatians: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). To these we add chastity, goodness and modesty and we have the traditional twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit. These fruits that manifest the Holy Spirit’s presence in our life are not simply infused into our souls. They require effort on our part and cooperation with the grace that God gives us. The Holy Spirit who was given to us sacramentally at Baptism and at Confirmation and whose outpouring we receive anew on this Pentecost Sunday dwells in us through grace, gently leading us and guiding us into all the truth’ (Jn. 16:13).