Today, the Solemnity of Pentecost, we conclude the Easter Season. Today we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit given freely by God to us. The Holy Spirit is a gift given to the Church. With the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the sanctity of Jesus Christ is imprinted on humanity and we have the capacity to love our brothers and sisters with the same love with which God loves us.
The Holy Spirit alone is the one who teaches us how to pray, who stirs us to lift our eyes to heaven in search of our Creator and opens them to recognize the wonderful gifts of faith, hope and love God gives us. The Holy Spirit is the one who teaches us how to understand ourselves, God, others, and the world. When we allow God’s own breath to truly take possession of us, we realize that we are meant to become like God and know Him as He really is. This ultimate helper lifts our eyes from what is below to what is above and empowers us to live life with joy.
This Sunday, June 5th, several young people from St. Louis will be confirmed at the Cathedral with young people from other parishes. We congratulate the members of our parish who have given witness to their faith by preparing themselves for the sacrament of Confirmation through prayer, study and works of charity.