Descending Fire!

Monastery Sunris

The rising sun sets the clouds aflame...and as so many tongues of fire they descend...

In this country, the Church’s mission has always involved drawing people “from every nation under heaven” (cf. Acts 2:5) into spiritual unity, and enriching the Body of Christ by the variety of their gifts. As we give thanks for these precious past blessings, and look to the challenges of the future, let us implore from God the grace of a new Pentecost for the Church in America. May tongues of fire, combining burning love of God and neighbor with zeal for the spread of Christ’s Kingdom, descend on all present!

~ Words from Pope Benedict during the Mass with priests and men and women religious at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, April 19, 2008.

May each of us give Jesus, the true Rising Sun, the true Burning Bush, permission to set us aflame with His Holy Spirit!