Father Bob’s Weekly Message
“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love”
…and some very sad news from the Philippines. I begin this week’s Bulletin Letter with some very sad, bittersweet news. Fr. Abelardo Gabriel’s father, Billy Gabriel, passed away after suffering a stroke this past week. I believe he passed away on Friday, May 18th. I have sent an I-Message and Facebook Message of condolence to Father Abelardo and his Family from all of us. Please keep him and All his Family in your prayers. May his father, +Billy Gabriel, have a wonderful first Pentecost Celebration in the Reign of God.
Some Scripture passages from Pentecost follow:
“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim” Acts 2:1-11.
“Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth” Psalm 104.
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone” 1stCorinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13.
“In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” Galatians 5:16-25.
“Veni, Sancte Spiritus” “Come, Holy Spirit, come” Sequence from Pentecost.
“the Spirit of truth, will guide you to all truth” John 15:26-27; 16:12-15.
The Founder of the Society of the Divine Word, the SVD’s, St. Arnold Janssen, had a great devotion to the Holy Spirit in his personal prayer. Fr. Janssen knew he needed the guidance of the Holy Spirit to do what Jesus was asking of him. And, he founded the Society of the Divine Word-Priests & Brothers, the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters and the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters. He prayed every day for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
“O Holy Spirit, Spirit of Reverence, inflame our hearts with the fire of your love. Pour into our lives the fullness of love so that we are able to love you and all our brothers and sisters. Lord, you are our God, make us your people.” May we be inspired by Fr. Arnold Janssen’s perseverance in our daily lives.
Let the Holy Spirit lead and guide you every day. “Come, Holy Spirit, come!”
Happy Pentecost-Fr. Bob Kelly, SVD-Bro. Aloysius Aisi, SVD-Fr. Mark Weber, SVD