Jesus gave the Holy Spirit to his apostles shortly after his resurrection. We receive the Holy Spirit with each sacrament even though Confirmation gives us the Holy Spirit in a special way. On Pentecost, fifty days after Easter, the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles in a most dramatic way like tongues of fire setting their tongues and spirits ablaze with courage and enthusiasm. The Holy Spirit made effective the New Covenant of Christ. The Spirit changed weak, timid people into zealous persons who were eager to proclaim the Good News. May God give us the courage to boldly live the Good News in all we say and do.
- Fr. Carl