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Pentecost 2022: Come Holy Spirit!

Posted June 3, 2022

During the season of Pentecost, we are called to reflect on the great gift of the Holy Spirit, who came to the disciples in Jerusalem. 

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2: 1-4) 

The readings for Pentecost Sunday call us to contemplate how we fragile human beings can be illuminated by a unity beyond our understanding. 

Among many other places, the gift of unity beyond our understanding is evident in the community of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. Thousands of institutions, communities, and families around the world are standing together to protect our common home. In ways that are as diverse as our communities, we are journeying together towards integral ecology.

During the season of Pentecost, you are invited to enrich your spirit by reading reflections submitted by institutions that have committed to making Laudato Si’ Plans. These reflections explore the values we share in the light of integral ecology, and they represent distinct points of view united by a common spirit of purpose and hope. 

Pope Francis reminds us that “The Holy Spirit is not a force of the past. Rather, Pentecost is occurring in our own time: the ‘Great Unknown’, who has no image, is always contemporary and never ceases to accompany and console us!”

May this Pentecost be a time for us to seek awareness of all of the many ways in which the Holy Spirit is at work in the world today.