Become Familiar with the Holy Spirit – A New Pentecost for a New Evangelization

HOLY SPIRIT – DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT HIM!

I love the Holy Spirit!

I can’t live without Him!

In fact, none of us can because He is “the Lord and Giver of life.” (The Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed)

And no one can say “Jesus is Lord!” except in the Holy Spirit, Sacred Scripture tells us. (1 Cor 12:3)

I love the Holy Spirit. At a very early age I discovered His presence and power in my life when I discovered Christ precisely thanks to the action and anointing of the Holy Spirit. He has guided me ever since, taking me here and there and everywhere, much as He did the early Christians as we see in the Acts of the Apostles -especially in Acts 13-16- in what is truly a beautiful recounting of the “acts of the Holy Spirit” which we are privileged to enjoy each year in the daily Mass readings of this glorious Easter Season.

I love praying to the Holy Spirit! One of my favorite and shortest prayers is the ancient “Come, Holy Spirit, come.” Along with it, I love to pray the longer “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love…” prayer. And at least twice a year, I pray the Novena for the Seven Gifts (https://ievangelize.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/pentecost-novena-for-the-7-gifts-of-the-holy-spirit-day-1/) and throughout the year, other novenas and prayers to the Holy Spirit, especially for wisdom, guidance, and growth in the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22ff).

I love Pentecost! I need it. I always have. I have celebrated it with great joy and solemnity since I was 19 years old.

I love helping others see the significance and necessity of the Holy Spirit and Pentecost, and help them pray for “more love, more power, more of You in my life”, to use the words of a song of praise. To that end, over the years I produced a five-part series on the Holy Spirit with Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR and two shows on the Holy Spirit and Pentecost with Fr. Tom Forrest, CSSR and Fr. George Montague, SM (http://vimeo.com/marthafernandezsardina/videos). I have authored several articles about the need for a New Pentecost for a New Evangelization: https://ievangelize.wordpress.com/category/pentecost/; www.satodayscatholic.com/052308_Martha.aspx; www.satodayscatholic.com/Martha_051812.aspx; www.pemdc.org/ee0512-fernandez/; www.archsa.org/evangelization/documents/2012_Pentecost_Eve_Extra.pdf; www.archsa.org/evangelization/TodaysCatholic.aspx.

As the founding Director of the Office for (the New) Evangelization of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, I developed a Holy Spirit and Pentecost web page and posted resources to help people prepare for a worthy celebration of the Solemnity of Pentecost and a “culture of Pentecost” all year-long. I had the privilege of designing and planning the yearly Archdiocesan Pentecost Eve Vigil Mass and Celebration for four consecutive years (2009-2012), gathering between 700 and 1,200 each time. And year after year, I have invited all the Faithful to pray the Pentecost Novena to the Holy Spirit.

This Thursday, we will begin that yearly nine-day prayer pilgrimage to a fresh outpouring of grace. In preparation for the great Solemnity of Pentecost on May 19, Christians across the globe will again pray the Novena to the Holy Spirit that has been prayed by millions over the centuries between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday. We will pray for more love, more power, more of God in our lives and in the lives of our Pastors. We will pray for the newly baptized, the recently Confirmed, for all believers, as well as for unbelievers. We will pray for the grace to surrender more fully to the action and the will of the Holy Spirit in our lives, for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be fully activated in our lives by a “new Pentecost” for personal conversion and growth in holiness and to
establish a “culture of Pentecost” that will allow us to establish a true “culture of witness” in which we might, at last, fully and effectively implement the new evangelization of individuals and of culture we so desperately need today
(https://ievangelize.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/a-culture-of-pentecost-for-a-culture-of-witness/).

This Year of Faith is a great time to pray for a New Pentecost and a New Evangelization!

Pope Francis suggests we become accustomed to the companionship of the Holy Spirit and to a daily Holy Spirit review, asking ourselves at the end of each day what the Holy Spirit did in us: “We should get into the habit of asking ourselves before the end of the day what did the Holy Spirit do in me?” and “what witness did he give me?”, he said during daily Mass on May 6. “Without this presence, our Christian lives cannot be understood… He is a divine presence that helps us move forward in our lives as Christians,” the Holy Father stated, adding that the Holy Spirit is important for mission because He “bears witness to Jesus so that we can give it to others” (www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-suggests-daily-holy-spirit-review/HOLY).

Will you follow Pope Francis’ invitation to become better acquainted with the Holy Spirit, let Him take you places and use you as He did the early followers of Christ, and make of you a saint?

I am as ready and as eager as ever! I will join the Pope and Bishops and Faithful around the world and pray this year’s Pentecost Novena (May 9-18) and joyfully celebrate the life-changing Descent of the Holy Spirit on this Year of Faith’s Solemnity of Pentecost!

 Find the Pentecost Novena for the Seven Gifts at http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/pentecost/seven.htm.

Ask me about articles and talks on the Holy Spirit and a New Pentecost for a New Evangelization.

Let’s be disciples!

Let’s be new evangelizers!

Let’s be saints!

Come, Holy Spirit, come!

I can’t live without You!

I can’t witness without You!

But with You… with You nothing is impossible, all things are possible, and the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ will renew the face of the earth through a New Pentecost and an effective New Evangelization!

Come, Holy Spirit, come! 

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