20 May 2013 Anno Domini
by Sofia Guerra
Posting a day late for Pentecost, for this I am sorry. I wanted to share some beautiful images, prayers and Mass videos like I normally do for such a magnificent Feast Day of the Church.
Instead I went to Saint Norbert’s Roman Catholic Church in Roxbury, WI and GOT the Holy Spirit. Spent the day after this beautiful Mass outside reveling in our glorious Faith.
The funny thing is that I feel the same way every time I go to Mass. The only difference is that on Pentecost the Scripture and prayers included in this Solemn High Mass (Extraordinary Form) were not only teaching us, but showing us a sacred path to the Holy Spirit in a particular way.
I first remember seeing the Dairy Council’s Ad for milk in print. It was simplistically brilliant. they had featured a simple professional portrait shot of a famous celebrity with a milk mustache over their lip from drinking milk. The tag line below was a simple question, ”
Got Milk?” The ad still runs today with current celebrities.
I always loved the ad because, in particular, at the time of its’ initial airing and to this day, milk was being attacked as harmful and skim milk or soy was the answer. the dairy farmers in America knew better and approached the Dairy Council to do something about it. I truly did not understand how important the diary industry was until I moved to WI. I live on the edge of the capital city of Madison but just a mile behind me and for miles from that there are small dairy farms one after another. the simplicity of the landscape and farmers working so hard on it is inspiring.
Pentecost is about the simplicity of God, the Holy Spirit,,,that “fire” within us to know Truth. The milk ad was about the simplicity of truth that milk is good for our bodies. Pentecost teaches us about that which is good for our souls.
Remember how the apostles huddled around our Blessed Mother in the Upper Room. The place where Our Lord instituted the Eucharist and Holy Orders. Even with those Sacraments it was not enough for them to forge the Church as Jesus wanted. He promised to send the Paraclete (the Consoler), the Third Person of the Trinity to bring them the “fire” they needed to be not afraid.
It happened. On the great Feast of the Birthday of the Church, they “GOT HOLY SPIRIT”. the rest of course is history. Got Holy Spirit? If you have had the great Sacrament of Confirmation, you do. Now use it.
Pentecost Treat for the Week: the Consecration of the Solemn High Mass of Pentecost at Christ the King Roman Catholic church, Sarasota, Florida. the parish is staffed by the Fraternity of Saint Peter and features the Extraordinary form of the Mass. the Live Stream site for thie daily, Sunday and Masses on Holy Days of Obligation can be found by clicking HERE.
Happy Pentecost throughout the year!