Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mary "marries" the Holy Spirit: will a "Pentecost Visitation" lead to bishop boldness?

As a daily Mass Catholic who always pays close attention to feast and holy days, I am really intrigued when a "major" saint's feast day falls on a Sunday, and the Church celebrates a holy kind of "daily double." And speaking of major celebrations, what could be more magnificent than Our Lady's Visitation falling on the day of Pentecost?

In these dramatic days of end-times drama, where a great awakening of faithful laity daily battles the formidable forces of the Culture of Death, it cannot be a coincidence that Mary's visit of Elizabeth coincides with the Holy Spirit's visit to the apostles. For Elizabeth's acknowledgement that the babe leapt in her womb (Luke 1:40) in the presence of her holy kinswoman is the pro-life's proof that the child is already alive and kicking. Like the crowds who witnessed the apostles' bold "breakout" Pentecostal preaching, the unborn patiently await the day they can leave the womb, to see their Savior (in the Holy Eucharist) in person, and become baptized in His Holy Name.

Thus my wish and petition on this last day of the month of Mary and the first day of the 2009 summer of the Holy Spirit is this; that the true bishops of the Church, like their apostolic forefathers, go forth and boldly proclaim the Gospel of Life. May they both commend those who stay true to the Church's teaching against abortion, euthanasia and the other life issues, but also condemn (by first laicizing or withholding Communion, and finally excommunicating) those Catholic priests, teachers and politicians who don't. 

Come Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love!

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

1 comment :

JimAroo said...

How good God is that I would wander over to FIT on the feast day of a saint I pray to every day - St. John Fisher. Be of good cheer Tom. The Church survived in England and every single Bishop, except one, defected to the Apostate King Henry VIII. The one who held faithful was St. John Fisher. So did his friend St. Thomas More - Lord Chancellor.