From the Pastor's Desk
Fr. Dan White, S.J.
May 19, 2013
The feast of Pentecost offers an embarrassment of riches for spiritual reflection. The Scriptures are engaging, the prayers are beautiful, and the imagery is profound. One could spend a week praying over and savoring the sending of the Holy Spirit. In fact, I recommend doing just that.
One of my favorite ways to celebrate Pentecost is to recall in prayer the various faith communities I have called home. My formative years were spent at the Cathedral parish in La Crosse, Wisconsin. My Jesuit formation has taken me from Denver to Cambridge, MA to Kansas City to Belize to Australia to Louisiana. This year, of course, my reflection has focused on the College Church and the profound impact it has had on my faith.
All those places have been for me an experience of Pentecost. They have been my personal encounter with the Spirit that enlivens every race, language and way of life. The very first out pouring of the Spirit remains alive in the diversity of the Church. The Christian community in every land and place is a reminder of the multiplicity of the Holy Spirit’s manifestations that find their unity in the one God.
This day asks us to revel in the Spirit at work in the community of St. Francis Xavier and in the Church spread throughout the world. We rejoice in the ties that bind us to the person in the pew next to us. We rejoice as well in knowing we are members of the Body of Christ around the globe.