First Down with Fr. Eric (May 1, 2022)

Dear Friends,

At our very baptism we received the gift of the Holy Spirit. That same spirit was present at the beginning of creation, that same spirit descended upon Jesus at the River Jordan, and that very same spirit was given to us at our baptism. Those of us who received the Sacrament of Confirmation were sealed with the Holy Spirit.

Pope Francis has been reminding everyone that the Holy Spirit works in every person. We can forget this at times when we judge that some people do not have the spirit within them, or that others receive more of the Holy Spirit than others or one might think the Holy Spirit has left them.

Soon we will be celebrating the Feast of Pentecost, the sending of the Holy Spirit promised to us by Jesus. We remember the speaking of many languages, the works done by the followers of Jesus. The disciples hidden behind locked doors are now filled with courage to go out and baptize all people.

This spirit moves us to serve others, just as the disciples did. This weekend we acknowledge the cooperation with the Holy Spirit with all those who serve the community of St. Patrick and the greater community. We see the Holy Spirit working in all of you in loving not only the people you feel comfortable in loving, but also loving people who are not easy to love and serve. The Holy Spirit works in us to serve others.

So to all ministers of St. Patrick we bless you, to all the baptized who serve the greater community we bless you, to those who struggle to find self worth that the Holy Spirit is working with you, we bless you, that you might come to realize you have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit by the One who loves all.

Peace in Christ,

Fr. Eric