Blessed Pope John XXIII said, “The heart follows the mind almost as often as the mind follows the heart.” He understood that often our hearts don’t feel what our minds know. Sometimes though, if we cling to what we know, the feeling follows. When we live a life of love in action we can be sure that no matter what guilt our hearts contain, we do, in fact, abide in God. God’s knowledge of us overwhelms our self-doubting hearts.

If we trust we will find that God provides for everything. We may wonder why our prayers often seem to go unanswered. Saint Paul in his letter to the Romans assures us that God, “who searched our hearts,” fully comprehends the Spirit’s prayers for us.

At the beginning of June, we will celebrate Pentecost. It is a day in the liturgical year that insists we look within ourselves for a conversion. Even with a willing heart, soul searching is difficult and forces us out of our comfort zone. Prayer is a way to enter into a fuller, closer relationship with the source of all life and hope.


On that holy day, the Spirit descended on those gathered in a small room and the doors broke wide open. With this action we are reminded that proclaiming Jesus’ message should not be restricted to those sitting next to you in your parish pew, but to those who have not yet been awakened by His word. The Spirit will be the ongoing declaration of the risen Christ’s presence in His body – the Church. But above all, the Spirit will be a teacher helping followers to fully comprehend the meaning of all Jesus said and did during His time on Earth.

The Spirit is the gift of Jesus sent by the Father. Jesus’ ministry of teaching was not complete at the Ascension for He still had more to “tell” them that they couldn’t yet bear to hear. It is the Spirit who guides Jesus’ followers into the fullness of truth.

Life is not about being certain in all things. When Pentecost arrives it will be natural to become perplexed or amazed. In fact, if it isn’t, you may consider loosening your tight grip on certain thoughts and making space for a spiritual revelation. Pentecost immerses us in the majesty that is the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. May we trust in something bigger than we are to remember that even our imaginations are smaller that the divine reality.

From all of us at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, I wish you all an open heart this Pentecost Sunday and all through the Spring season that is upon us!


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