And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Acts 2:4
As we approach Pentecost Sunday and celebrate the birthday of our Church, let’s keep in prayer the gifts of the Spirit that each of us possesses. Whether that be to speak, literally, many languages and proclaim the Gospel in different tongues; or to serve in small, kind and humble ways, those in our immediate vicinity; or to lead largely in a post within or beyond the walls of church, carrying Christ’s example in our hearts, let’s be mindful of how Love and Spirit are at work.
On this Sunday, I will invite you each to pray especially, too, for those called into community with the Visitation Sisters as a way to live out the Divine’s Calling and the Spirit’s nudge in our lives. We are still seeking young women and men for the Visitation Internship Volunteer Program for this next year; we are grateful for your prayers this Pentecost Sunday!
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another the expression of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit; to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy; to another discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues; to another interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as he wishes. –1 Cor 12: 4-11