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Friday, May 17, 2013

Preparing for Pentecost

Those timid, mixed up Apostles were totally transformed by the coming of the Holy Spirit. They not only received the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, they went right out and put them into practice. They lost their fear and boldly began to preach to the Jews and were able to convert many who were baptized. We need to pray for the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit so that our lives may also be transformed and we will go out and "preach" by example.
I love the story of St. Francis who told one of his brothers that he was going out to preach. The brother went with him and they walked into the village and around the village square and then returned home. The brother said, "I thought we were going out to preach" and Francis smiled and said, "That is what we just did."
May our very presence give Jesus to others.

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