Come Holy Spirit, Empower Our Heart, Your People

Joyful greetings in Jesus as we, His people, set our hearts with our families and communities to welcome the Holy Spirit on the coming Sunday of Pentecost.

May 31, 2020

Diocese of Keningau

Dear brothers and sisters, joyful greetings in Jesus as we, His people, set our hearts with our families and communities to welcome the Holy Spirit on the coming Sunday of Pentecost (31/5/2020).

It has been a tradition for us Catholics to have a spiritual preparation or Novena for the Holy Spirit for nine consecutive days (May 22 - 30) to welcome the presence of the Holy Spirit within us personally, in our families and in our communities. The Apostles, together with Beloved Mary and the disciples of Jesus, gathered together and prayed for the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Acts 1: 12-14). So do we, His people.

On this occasion, I would like to invite the people of God of the Diocese of Keningau — Priests, Religious and Public — to spare a time for this spiritual preparation, especially Novena to the Holy Spirit  so as to let the Holy Spirit fully participate in and accompany our journey of life and faith. Without the Holy Spirit in us, our families and our communities, we would not be able to live proudly our Christian identity, committed to our mission as witnesses of Jesus, or more confident of our purpose in life. The Holy Spirit that we received in baptism is “giving us the power, the love and the ability to self-contentment”, if we abide in His presence and let His power guide us (2 Tim. 1: 6-7).

We are grateful that throughout our journey of life and faith, the Holy Ghost has been with us. He is the one who helps, teaches, and reminds us of Jesus’ teachings (John 14:26). Our Pastoral plan, stated in the Diocese Mission Objective, would not be possible without the Holy Spirit. In the Church’s experience, from the days of the Apostles to the present day, the Holy Spirit  unites the people, enlightens their minds and enables them to live ‘in the same mind’ as Christ’s family and community, (Acts 4: 32). I dare to say that it is the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit that enables His people to walk together this time, and I am confident that He will continue to guide us in our next journey of faith.

Therefore, let us ask for His participation in our daily lives and ministry so that we, His people, may  be empowered to journey in the unity, faithfulness and holiness of Jesus Christ, “formed into a Community of Committed and Effective People of His Kingdom”.

Mary, Mother of God join us as we prepare to welcome the Holy Spirit.

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