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Stirring up the Holy Spirit

We had not so much as heard that there was such a thing as a Holy Spirit” (Acts 19:2).  An informal and unscientific poll of practising Catholics earlier this week revealed a similar level of ignorance regarding Pentecost and the Holy Spirit— it’s about the dove, right?

Among persons with a charismatic spirituality, or with Pentecostal affiliation perhaps there may be more information and devotion but, by and large, the sentiments of Archbishop Pantin when there was the discussion about trading one ‘Catholic’ public holiday for one of another denomination or interest group remain an accurate description of our attitude to the Feast—another day to go to the beach.

In the contemporary confusion of our country and indeed of the world, can this feast that celebrates the coming of the Spirit of Truth into a world left bereft by the departure of the hoped-for Messiah over two thousand years ago shed a ray of light?

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