Appleton, WI

May 22: Day by Day with Father Bill

The Eve of Pentecost and the Ninth Day of our Novena to the Holy Spirit

-from Sister Miriam of the Holy Spirit, The Spirit’s Name
But when at least you are alone with Him (Her)
deep in the soul and past the senses’ choir,
Oh, give Him (Her) then the title which will place
His (Her) unpredictable breath upon your face:
O Dove, O Flame, O Water, Wind, and Cloud!
O Love that lifts us wholly into God!

from the Acts of the Apostles
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful family at St. Mary Parish and kindle in us the fire of your love. Enflame our hearts with a reverence for You, and guide us in discerning what it is You desire us to do in your Name. Accompany us on our Synodal Path today. Fill in this holy moment our Upper Room in the center of the city of Appleton with the same Holy Spirit which enflamed the hearts of Jesus and His disciples of long ago. Give us a new purpose and compel us to go forth on fire with Your Love. With you, all things are possible. Let us not be afraid. Come Holy Spirit! Amen!