Dear family, dear home Church, happy birthday to you! This Sunday we celebrate the birth of our Church to which we belong and in that celebration we unite in spiritual communion with our “traveling” Church here on earth, with the “suffering” Church in purgatory and the “glorified” Church of All Saints in heaven. Universal Church and universal celebration – what a wonderful spiritual event! And our little home Church is part of that great celebration. This catechesis offers several stimuli on how to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost in the family and prepare for a common celebration with the whole Church.
Catechesis – Ghosts
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Holy Spirit, invisible to the eye, how can we know you? How do we recognize you? How can we talk about you to our children? How can we call you to us and how can we receive you? Please come to our little home Church, fill it with your presence and your grace. “By the mystery of today’s feast, you consecrate the whole Church in every tribe and people. Pour out the gifts of your Spirit to the whole world: what you did with your goodness in the beginning of the Church, do it today in the hearts of your believers. ”Come to our house and be our dear guest today and forever. Amen.
Read slowly and with understanding the Bible readings of Pentecost Sunday – Ghosts which you can download here.
At the family table
Let’s have a meal together for our family. But before we serve food, let’s do something new and different today. Let us place only a candle on the table to begin with, a symbol of the Holy Spirit. May its flame calm us and prepare us for a little meditation on the food we will eat today.
We sit at the table several times a day. We feel hunger and the need to saturate our body. We cannot live without food. We cook and prepare food, look at it, smell it, touch it, taste it, enjoy it and live from it. Yet much remains hidden from our eyes. We do not see or feel the completely miraculous happening by which food passes through our organs from the mouth and esophagus all the way to the intestines, through the bloodstream and all our cells in the body. We don’t even see the nutrients that are in the food, and they are there nonetheless. Vitamins and carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fiber, minerals, water are contained in our deliciously prepared dishes but we cannot see them all with the naked eye. We also do not see how this food creates energy in us with which we can move, think, grow, live. We do not see much, and yet we eat, enjoy, eat and drink, and participate in the miraculous processes of our body. Today we will try to become more aware of this miraculous event. At lunch we will try to talk as little as possible and experience the food we eat with our senses as much as possible. As we notice how each food has a different taste, color, smell, texture, let’s think about that miraculous process by which we feed and live each day.
Then we place the food on the table, make the sign of the cross, and pray:
Thank you Lord God for all these gifts you give us. With the miraculous power you have infused in us, you will renew our body and strengthen it so that it can live. May our bodies, renewed and empowered by this food, serve the good of our family and the whole world. Amen.
Spiritual table in our home
After a meal or at some other convenient time of the day, we continue our reflection with this meditation, which is thematically related to the previous meditation.
We feel physical hunger every day, but we also feel that spiritual hunger. We are hungry for love, kindness, truth, purity of heart, generosity, peace, joy, strength, knowledge, wisdom. Our Mother Church and our little house Church prepare spiritual food for us at the table of the Word of God and through the sacraments we receive in the Church. Every day and especially every Sunday, our mother Church “cooks” for us everything we need for the life of our spiritual soul. Like the organs of our digestion that we do not see, God has implanted in us spiritual organs that digest the prepared spiritual “food” and make us spiritually alive and strong. What we feed on it and grow. The power of the Holy Spirit in us produces miraculous events whose fruits are: love, joy, peace, patience, generosity, helpfulness, kindness, meekness (humility, piety), fidelity, gentleness, temperance (self-control), purity (life without sin) and many other. As we listen to the word of God and as we receive the sacraments, especially communion, let us reflect on the miraculous transformation of the spiritual food that gives us spiritual life.
Let us then read the second reading of the Sunday liturgy:
Reading of the First Epistle of St. Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
Brothers! No one can say, “Lord Jesus,” except in the Holy Spirit. There are different gifts, and the same Spirit; and different ministries, and the same Lord; and different actions, and the same God who does everything in everyone. And everyone is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the benefit. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For in one Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether Jews, Greeks, slaves, or free. And we are all fed by one Spirit.
Let us remain briefly in silence so that the Word of God may resonate within us. Let’s talk about our experience of this meditation and the word of God we heard.
Holy Spirit, permanently present in us, thank you for being a part of our spiritual body, for making our life spiritually fruitful with your invisible and miraculous power. Thank you for our mother Church whose birthday we are celebrating today. Thank you for her dedicated preparation of spiritual food for our lives. Please help us to eat it consciously and gratefully in order to become a strong body of the Church. We want to witness the presence of Jesus in our family and in this world. Make us capable of being in this world the limbs of Jesus, the arms and legs of Jesus that will be able to do all that Jesus would do today. Come Holy Spirit! We surrender to you. We love you. We want you. Thank you for always being in us!
Spiritual dessert – Happy birthday to you, Church!
Celebrate Pentecost and the birthday of our Mother Church with a delicious spiritual dessert.
Choose one of the songs to the Holy Spirit and indulge in prayer and songs to the Holy Spirit.
Evening blessing and prayer to the Holy Spirit
Spouses are servants of Christ’s grace through the sacrament of marriage. They shared the sacrament of marriage with each other at the time of their marriage (CCC 1621-1624). They pass on the grace of Christ to their descendants. Praying for the descent of the Holy Spirit on all family members is a wonderful call of parents over their children, but also of children over parents. Just as a bishop prays over the confirmed by laying his hands on them, so can we pray for one another. “Thus the Holy Spirit is called in silence over the individual in order to cause in everyone what is responsible for him. The Holy Spirit will work differently in everyone. Prayer in silence for the descent of the Holy Spirit does not determine an individual for a very specific behavior. Everyone gets the gift of the Holy Spirit they need. Everyone receives the strength they need to direct their lives and witness in their own way to this world for life, for Christ, the “Originator of Life”. “This is what Anselm Grün writes in his book” Confirmation: Responsibility and Strength “
In a prayerful atmosphere of silence and sobriety, let us pray for each other, lay our hands on the head of each member of the family, that the power of the Holy Spirit may descend upon each of us. We conclude the prayer with the prayer of our Father.
Iva Maričić – An excellent woman
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