Pentecost 2016

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“Red-emption” Painting by: Ronald Raab, CSC

Painting: Mixed media. The writings are copies of the parish bulletin using pictures and text of my writings and paintings. “Red” is both the blood of Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit. We die to self in God’s forgiveness and mercy. We come humbly before God who is our salvation. We are redeemed in love.

 

(From today’s parish bulletin)

Pentecost Sunday

May 15, 2016

Dear Believers in the Holy Spirit,

We celebrate Pentecost this day. Today is the birthday of the Church.

In my column last week and in my preaching, I invited you to do some homework for today. I asked that you pray for what you need. I encouraged you to pray for what your family needs and for what this community needs. Then, I asked you to pray for what the world needs. Here is a litany to help you pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit today. This litany is not complete because it needs your prayers from your heartfelt needs, from your own brokenness, from your own heart-fractures, from your own longing. Take this home and sit with the Holy Spirit and see what happens. Pray from your gut. Pray from your wounds. Pray from the isolation you experience in all areas of your life.

 

Litany Response: “Come Holy Spirit, set my heart ablaze with love and mercy”

 

Jesus, reveal to me your wounds so that I may touch your healing mercy…

Jesus, open my cramped heart and my small imagination about the potential of faith…

Jesus, send me from my fear so that I may find my true vocation…

Jesus, breathe new life into my conscience and forgive me of my sin…

 

Receive my loneliness and set my life ablaze with love…

Receive my lack of self-worth and help me again appreciate my talents and gifts…

Receive my ill health and help me serve from my pain…

Receive my stubborn will and help me get over myself…

 

Receive my hardened and negative opinions of myself…

Receive my sharp tongue about other people’s lives…

Receive my lack of imagination about my own gifts and talents to serve others…

Receive my hurtful remarks and my inconsiderate expressions toward people…

 

Open new doors in the Church for people who struggle in their vocations…

Open new doors for people in broken, fragile and abusive marriages…

Open new doors for priests who have given up battling the institutional Church…

Open new doors for divorced people who seek annulments within the Church…

 

Open new doors for our homosexual son and daughters within our families…

Open new doors for the elderly who sit alone in their homes locked in fearful pasts…

Open new doors for people who live outside beyond any physical doorways…

Open new doors for the alcoholic who drinks himself to sleep every night…

 

Open new doors for our children who have given up on faith and the Church…

Open new doors for our grandchildren who do not even know Jesus…

Open new doors for our exhausted parents who work meaningless jobs…

Open new doors for spouses who cannot admit their infidelities…

 

Console our people who live with mental illness and depression…

Console our brothers and sisters locked away in jails and prisons…

Console our family members addicted to the next needle or the next bottle of booze…

Console every heart that carries the sorrow and grief of abuse, fear and loss…

 

Console every person faced with unknown and undiagnosed diseases…

Console our elderly and our children in hospitals and long term care facilities…

Console the bruised and weary heart…

Console the lost, the forgotten and the neglected…

 

Show us how to live the peace you bestow on us…

Show us how to build bridges and not walls…

Show us how to extend our lives to others and to appreciate diversity…

Show us how to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the world…

 

Show us how to pray for what we need…

Show us how to concentrate on goodness, love and beauty…

Show us how to speak so to build up people and their potential…

Show us how to live daily with the changes that come into our lives and the world…

 

Show us how to serve people who face natural disasters and unbelievable loss…

Show us how to love beyond our negativity, our stubbornness and our lack of caring…

Show us how to serve without counting the cost…

Show us how to live and pray as the tribe of saints within our Church…

 

Inspire our hearts to love with profound mercy…

Inspire our hearts to imagine a more thoughtful and loving Church…

Inspire our hearts to be honest with our gifts and talents…

Inspire our hearts to be voices of prophesy, truth and challenge…

 

Inspire the lost, the angry and those in a cloud of grief…

Inspire the rich, the talented and the privileged to offer the gifts with love…

Inspire the poor to pray, to know mercy and hope…

Inspire us all to love with great clarity and purpose…

 

Inspire our faith community…

Inspire us to move into a deeper and more loving relationship with God…

Inspire us to change what needs changing and to hold fast to what is of value…

Inspire us to love…

 

Send us wisdom to live the mystery of faith…

Send us wisdom to serve people in need…

Send us wisdom to love beyond our expertise and experience…

Send us wisdom to discern our future…

 

Send us wisdom to love with full measure…

Send us wisdom to comfort people in need and to challenge to comfortable…

Send us wisdom to live with hearts broken open in faith…

Send us wisdom to change our lives and to live daily with surprise…

Come, Holy Spirit. Set us ablaze with love and purpose within your Church. Let us never forget miracles and help us to work for justice all of our days.

Blessings to all,

Fr. Ron

 

 

 

 

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