Of Pentecost, Peonies and Papal Quotes

Things That Give Me Hope This Week

Clockwise from left: the Blessed Sacrament, peonies and Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Holy Spirit window in St. Peter’s Basilica
Clockwise from left: the Blessed Sacrament, peonies and Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Holy Spirit window in St. Peter’s Basilica (photo: Eric Mok/Fallon Michael/Gianna Bonello / Unsplash)

I look for hope amid the headlines, including among intriguing current events.

But I look for hope elsewhere, too.

Friendship With Jesus

Leading up to Pentecost — thanks to a book compilation of some of Benedict XVI’s general audiences from 2006 and 2007 — I have been reflecting on the apostles and how their closeness to Christ was the key to their lives and ministry:

“Before being sent out to preach, they had to ‘be’ with Jesus (Mark 3:14), establishing a personal relationship with him” (March 22, 2006).

Likewise, Benedict reminded the faithful how “the Lord wishes to make each one of us a disciple who lives in personal friendship with him.”

And he discussed the holy women who were close to Christ, firstly Mother Mary, highlighting their assistance to the Church since the beginning: “In short, without the generous contribution of many women, the history of Christianity would have developed very differently.”

Sweet Stories 

I love editing and reading the features on the Register’s “baby beat.”

But other heartwarming stories make my day too:

Little Flower

I am always grateful for the holy witness of St. Thérèse, but I was reminded once again this week of her heavenly aid and intercession. Our friends the saints are friends indeed!

By Celine Martin (Sor Genoveva de la Santa Faz) - Archivos del Carmelo de Lisieux, CC0, Link

Beautiful Blooms

Speaking of flowers, did you know that peonies are also known as Pentecost roses?

Come, Holy Spirit!

Pope Francis participates in Mass on the solemnity of Pentecost, May 19, 2024

Pope Francis on Pentecost: The Holy Spirit’s Work in Us Is Powerful

In his homily, Pope Francis explained how the Holy Spirit helps us to overcome sinful passions and then gently plants the seeds of virtue and helps them to grow. The Pope also recommended that people spend time praying in silence in Eucharistic adoration to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.

The schismatic decision of the Poor Clares "seems absolutely wrong to me" but we must see "if it is possible to heal it, cure it, reverse it," said Spanish Archbishop Mario Iceta.

Spain Archbishop on Schismatic Nuns: ‘I Don’t Know if they Realize the Profound Consequences’

On May 13, when they announced their departure from the Catholic Church, the Poor Clares of Belorado indicated in a letter and a declaration that they recognize “H.H. Pius XII as the last valid Supreme Pontiff,” a decision that was explained through an attached 70-page text titled “Catholic Manifesto” claiming that “the see of St. Peter is vacant and usurped.”