Happy birthday to the Catholic Church! Happy birthday to you, who are the body of the Church!
The word Pentecost is Greek and it means “50th day.” Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their Earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations.
“Faith can move mountains and see over green hills to distant horizons. The heart response at such times can be powerful and lead to great actions.“
“One of the peak moments in the early Church was Pentecost Sunday which we celebrated in the month of May. We celebrate the many ‘tongues’ which recognised Jesus as our Master and the calling of all peoples to follow him then and in our world today. The Spirit who enlivened the early disciples and gave them the courage to share their post-Easter experience of Jesus is the same Spirit inviting us to be missionary disciples today.”
“This is the Spirit which inspires us, opens our eyes and gives us the insight to see beyond our own cultural lens to what God is inviting us to become.”
“This conversion experience is not just about seeing with new eyes but also listening with new ears. At our recent Columban Regional Convention in Melbourne ordained Columbans and co-workers shared what they have been hearing in Australia and New Zealand. They recognised that there has been a reversal of roles in that civil society is now holding the Church to a higher standard of moral purpose and conduct. The overarching principle is to promote the value and dignity of all persons, especially women. Listening to the variety of ‘tongues’ on Pentecost Sunday and in civil society today has a new meaning for our Church. We now need new ‘hands and feet’ to carry out this important dimension of our Church’s missionary call.” (Fr Brian Vale_Columban Director)