Pentecost Sunday

from the St. Andrews Daily Missal (1937)

Before His ascension into heaven, our Lord charges His apostles "that
they should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promise
of the Father", the out pouring of the Holy Ghost. On their return
from the mount of Olives, the disciples, numbering about one hundred
and twenty, went back to the Cenacle, where they all "were
persevering in one mind in prayer with the women, and Mary the Mother
of Jesus".

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After this novena, the most solemn ever made, occurred the miraculous
descent of the Holy Spirit, which by divine Providence, coincided with
the Jewish feast of Pentecost among the Israelites. This "most solemn
and most holy day" was the anniversary of the promulgation of the Law
on mount Sinai. Consequently a considerable number of foreigners who
had flocked to Jerusalem from all parts, were witnesses of the coming
of the Holy Ghost.

"It was nine o'clock in the morning, when suddenly there came a sound
from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house
where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as
of fire; and it sat upon every one of them. And they were all filled
with the Holy Ghost and they began to speak with divers tongues,
according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak."

Thus, "endued with power from on high," the Church began at Jerusalem
the work of the Apostolate entrusted to her by her divine Lord. Peter,
the chief of the apostles, first addressed the assembly, and become
already "fisher of men", brought by the first cast of his net, about
three thousand converts into the infant Church. On the following days
the twelve met in the Temple under Solomon's porch, and like their
divine Master, preached the Gospel and healed the sick. Thus, "the
multitude of men and women who believed in the Lord, was more

Subsequently, spreading in all directions outside Judea, the apostles
went forth to proclaim Christ and to give the Holy Ghost to the
Samaritans and then to the Gentiles everywhere.

(John xiv. 23-31) for Pentecost Sunday
from the St. Andrews Daily Missal (1937)

"This is the day," says St. Gregory, "on which the Holy Ghost
descended upon the apostles, and changing the hearts of those
carnally minded men, led them to the love of Himself. While the
tongues of fire appeared externally, the hearts of the disciples were
enkindled within, and as they beheld God under the appearance of fire,
they became aflame with love together with unspeakable sweetness of
soul. For the Holy Ghost is love, and therefore St. John says : "God
is Charity." Now love is proved by action. St. John says again :
"Whosoever says: I love God, and does not keep his commandments, is a
liar." Our love for God is genuine if we resist the attractions of
pleasure in order to obey Him, and anyone who goes on devoting
himself to pleasure does not truly love God, since he acts contrary
to His will. Do not think, then, that you love Him unless you prove
it by good works. Let your speech, your mind, your whole life be
consecrated to the quest for God's love, for in that love inertia has
no place" (Homily at Matins).

Christ was the model of this love, since He always did what His
Father commanded.

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Désiré-Joseph Mercier

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(By Cardinal Mercier)

I am going to reveal to you the secret of sanctity and happiness.
Every day for five minutes control your imagination and close your
eyes to all the noises of the world in order to enter into yourself.
Then, in the sanctuary of your baptized soul (which is the temple of
the Holy Spirit) speak to that Divine Spirit, saying to Him:

O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You. Enlighten me, guide
me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do; give me Your
orders. I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me and to
accept all that You permit to happen to me. Let me only know Your

If you do this, your life will flow along happily, serenely, and full
of consolation, even in the midst of trials. Grace will be
proportioned to the trial, giving you the strength to carry it and
you will arrive at the Gate of Paradise, laden with merit. This
submission to the Holy Spirit is the secret of sanctity.

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