The Ongoing Descent … Wednesday, April 24

Holy Spirit Stained Glass

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Glorious Mystery, the Descent of the Holy Spirit. “Send forth thy Spirit, and they shall be created; and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.” Psalms 103:30. He did, we have been, and it is. God did send forth His Spirit. We see the beginnings of it on Pentecost nearly 2,000 years ago. I say “beginnings” because He hasn’t withdrawn the Spirit and the Spirit is even now sent forth. “They shall be created.” We weren’t a people before, we are a people now. We were dead before, we are alive now. God sent forth His Spirit and created a new and living people, the Body of Christ, His Church. With a rich history, culture, and identity all our own. And the face of the earth HAS been renewed. The Gospel has been spread and is being spread. Good works of mercy and charity abound. And it all started on that Pentecost of long ago. Or is it? Is it long ago I mean. Or is it like Christ’s sacrifice? Is it an ongoing “Descent of the Holy Spirit” just as the Supper in the Upper Room, the Cross on Calvary, and the Mass are one ongoing sacrifice? Isn’t the Spirit poured out, isn’t He sent at every confirmation? At every absolution? At every baptism? At every grace filled moment that we experience? Or is God’s hand shortened?

Today …

St. Sabas Stratelates

St. Sabas Stratelates

He was a Roman martyr. He was supposedly an officer of Gothic descent who was put to death at Rome during the persecutions under Emperor Aurelian. He is identified in some traditions with Sabas the Goth. Ever notice how many “Saint of the Day” are martyrs? They were made martyrs because they belonged to a New People, a new Family.  Ever notice how many were Roman officers of some sort? Or people of wealth? Or people with political rank? Or slaves? Or folks of royal lineage? But they became a part of a New People didn’t they? They stopped, in a sense, being “Roman” or “Goth” or “Irish” or “Native American” or “Whatever”. Oh, sure, they were still all of those, but in a different kind of way they became something,  someone, new. Before any other name or title or race or job they were Catholic. And they became that, they were made or created this, because God’s Spirit was poured out.

Quote … “The nation doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.” – St. Teresia Benedicta (Edith Stein).