In the Lives of the Saints, hagiographers described the saints as persons who shared the power of Christ. "This power flowed from "their kindship with Christ", writes Jan Richardson In the Sanctuary of Women, "and their intense desire to model their lives on his own. "
So too, this sacred power that filled Jesus and the saints, is available to spiritual seekers today.
Everyday, we can experience Pentecost, an outpouring of the Spirit in our lives and in our world. In response to the tragedy of the Orlando massacre, I see, a new passion for non-violence, justice and equality that embraces everyone. Petitions to ban assault weapons and a call to action for the Catholic Church to change its toxic teaching on homosexuality as "disordered" are two examples.
Jesus promised that we would greater things than he did.
So, let's walk in faith, trusting that the Spirit of God, dwells within us and empowers us to love, heal and liberate ourselves and all those whose lives have been devastated by violence, bigotry and hatred.
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, www.arcwp.org