Pentecost Sunday (A)

Reflect

Pentecost is often seen as the birthday of the Church, when the Apostles received the gift of the Holy Spirit into their lives, which enabled them to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News to all people.

Pray

The Pope has launched the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year...

Prayer to accompany the celebration of the commencement of Laudato Si year.

Loving God,
Creator of Heaven, Earth, and all therein contained.
Open our minds and touch our hearts,
so that we can be part of Creation, your gift.

Be present to those in need in these difficult times,
especially the poorest and most vulnerable.
Help us to show creative solidarity
as we confront the consequences of the global pandemic.
Make us courageous in embracing
the changes required to seek the common good.
Now more than ever, may we all feel interconnected and interdependent.

Enable us to succeed in listening and responding
to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.
May their current sufferings become the birth-pangs
of a more fraternal and sustainable world.

We pray through Christ our Lord,
under the loving gaze of Mary Help of Christians,

Amen.

Act

We received the gift of the Holy Spirit into our lives, initially when we were baptised into the Catholic Faith and then when we received the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Holy Spirit was given to us - we were gifted the Holy Spirit. Do we graciously accept that gift or do we just ignore it? Do we allow the Holy Spirit to work through us, or do we hide those Gifts of the Spirit away?

Challenge

To mark Laudato Si CAFOD have suggested that we share our lockdown legacy by reflecting on the world we hope to see post-lockdown. You can share your #LockdownLegacy on social media and tag @CAFOD. Have a look at this link for further information.

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