I’m a proud and happy Catholic. But I always need chances to grow in my faith. This semester has given me plenty of chances to do that. Plenty of questions to ponder, so many conversations with people, so many twists and turns. Those are usually the best times to find growth and development.
I’ve found a few ways to grow. I try going to daily Mass. I try pray with my friends much more, whether they be Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, or any faith tradition. My favorite avenue to growth has been a Bible study I’m in. It meets Monday nights at the GSU and all guys are welcome to come. Sorry ladies, we do need some guy time and there are plenty of Bible studies that you are all eligible for!
We’ve been working through the Acts of the Apostles recently, and have been discussing everything from how the Holy Spirit works, how we accept God’s will and let it work, and how much courage we must have to serve God. It’s amazing stuff. It has reminded me to pay attention to scripture, read more, and listen to the stories of the Good Book. I always need to be reminded of that lesson. Plus it’s fun going to Bible study with all the laughs, jokes, and good food. Thanks guys!
It’s the weekend of Pentecost. This is my favorite feast not named Christmas or Easter. It’s my favorite because it is all about the Holy Spirit, which is the most fascinating part of the Triduum because we don’t know as much about Him as we know about the other two. He takes different forms, appears in many different capacities, and works behind the scenes in all of our lives, in ways that the Father and the Son do not by their very nature.
I have this vision of him as the techie of the Trinity. He works relatively quietly, compared to the Father who created all things in the world and the Son who’s most powerful action is the most talked about and important event in salvation history. The Spirit works behind the scenes, but He works miracles.
He opens people’s hearts in a way unique to the Trinity. As with all of the members of the Trinity, we have to be willing to let Him in, and then once we do, miracles will happen. The Spirits miracles and influences are more clearly shown and easier to see, in my own experience at least, than the other Two members of the Trinity. If you let the Spirit in, you will be more bold, more secure in your faith, and ready to live it. So on this Pentecost weekend, if you have a hard decision to make, or someone you need to talk to, or a hard piece of your faith that’s been bugging you, or anything that needs a bold decision or action, let the Spirit in! He’ll do wonderful things for you, as He has done with me.
God bless you all.