On Sunday 31 May, the universal Church will celebrate the Feast of
Pentecost. The Holy Spirit not only transforms the lives of the
disciples into apostles, it brings the Church to birth and sends it out
to all nations, overcoming divisions of language, race, class. The
Spirit gathers us, whatever our state or condition, into the new
community of Christ. Our lives and our world are restored and renewed.
In these past months, we all have experienced the devastation of
CoVid-19. It has shown how vulnerable we are, how precarious our systems
and limited our resources. We have also seen the great generosity and
courage that can fill the human heart as so many risk their own life
care and save the lives of others. Even in the small acts of kindness,
generosity and thoughtfulness we glimpse something greater than we had
thought possible. These moments are the ‘epiphanies of the Spirit’; the
candles of love that light up the darkness and guide us into hope.
What better way to seek the gift and power of the Holy Spirit than as a world-wide community of prayer?
With more than 15,000 Jesuits and countless lay collaborators, the
Ignatian family spans the globe in beautiful diversity. How appropriate,
then, that this family will pray together for Pentecost - when people
from many nations and languages were united in prayer.