Give us the Holy Spirit according to your promise. — Faith and Light

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Give us the Holy Spirit according to your promise.

18 may 2018

At Pentecost, the apostles were sent to proclaim the good news to the ends of the earth; for this, they needed the support that Jesus had promised them: When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning...

And many heard about the miracles of God in their own language: Parthians, Medes and Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs (Ac 2: 9-11). Others, more sceptical, thought they were drunk on sweet wine! But everyone understood the great joy of the message that they heard from the apostles.
The morning after the Easter celebration in 1971, Jean Vanier said to those who did not want Faith and Light to stop: Be faithful to the Holy Spirit. And the fruits were many: Following this event, which was a time of great blessings, a great number of communities maintained and deepened the links that had been created between their members, leading to the creation of communities all over the world (Charter, p. 5).
Although we are approaching our fiftieth anniversary, we do not believe the work is done… when you stop pedalling, the bike falls over. It is vital that we find again the enthusiasm from the beginning of Faith and Light, the joy of the beginnings of each one of our communities in each one of our countries… Faith and Light can exist in so many ways: the songs and dances that allow us to
experience joy and friendship and liturgies that allow us to praise Jesus Christ are very varied in all the countries where there are communities; it is a great wealth for us all to share without restraint.
Our cross-cultural and ecumenical spirituality must be shared and communicated even more around us. The Holy Spirit will help us, of that we can be certain!

Ghislain du Chéné
International coordinator

 

 

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