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Dear friends. There was a book published recently whose title speaks volumes about the importance of this feast day of Pentecost. It’s called ‘Forgotten God: Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit’. It’s true. We do not think enough about God as the Holy Spirit or appreciate the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in our individual lives and life of the community of the Church. What difference does the Holy Spirit make? Here’s how someone summed it up:

‘Without the Holy Spirit, God is distant, Christ is merely a historical figure, the Gospel is a dead letter, the Church is just an organization, authority is domination, mission is propaganda, liturgy is only nostalgia, and the work of Christians is slave labor. But with the Holy Spirit, Christ is risen and present, the Gospel is a living force, the Church is a communion in the life of the Trinity, authority is a service that sets the people free, mission is Pentecost, the liturgy is memory and anticipation, and the work of Christians is made divine’.

Here is a glimpse of how the Holy Spirit makes a difference in our lives and the life of the Church.


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