We live a masterpiece of God … Wednesday, September 11

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The Descent of the Holy Spirit has created more than hearts afire for fine art. The real masterpiece lives, breaths, over one billion strong.

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Glorious Mystery, the Descent of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, the One Who gives comfort and leads us (the Church) into all truth. Have you ever wondered what things would be like, what the Church would be like, if He hadn’t come? I suppose we could work up with all sorts of scenarios, some might even make good “B” movie plots and fodder for Saturday night made-for-TV sci-fi, but it would all be guess-work. Mostly. One thing is certain. The Church wouldn’t be what She is, and might not, probably wouldn’t, exist. If she did it would be hard to imagine her in a brides gown. But we don’t need to dwell on that or try to hard to figure it out. Playing “what if” has its applications. This is most likely not one of them. But just the thought, the idea, the “what if”, should give us pause. And in pausing should come the conviction that we, the Church, have much to be thankful for.

Today … St. Vincent of Leon was a Spanish abbot and martyr. The abbot of St. Claudius monastery in Leon, Spain, he was martyred by Arian Visigoths. There is some confusion as to the date of his death. Some lists state that he died about 630. Anyone not familiar with Arius or Arianism ought to do a Google and a little reading. This is what happens to faith and religion without the Holy Spirit. Without the Spirit of Life the only option is death. St. Vincent has first hand knowledge of this via his martyrdom.

Acceptance … It’s the door to the heart through which the Holy Spirit enters. Acceptance. Acceptance of Him and of all the Truths He brings.