On Friday 19th September, many of you will have joined us in celebrating the Mass of the Holy Spirit. It was a powerful introduction to the next stage in our discernment process here at GC 14. The Readings were taken from Ephesians 4. 1-4; 11-16. Luke 11:33-36, 12: 49 and from Mary Ward’s own writings (The Just Soul. 1615). Barb Nelson’s Reflection was particularly inspiring. We are mindful of our Institute throughout the world, together with our co workers, families and friends and we appreciate the power of your prayer as our Delegates continue to discern the movement of the Spirit. The final prayer of the Mass reminds us of our desires at this time:
Spirit of God, giver of Life, moving between us and around us like wind or water or fire, breathe into us your freshness that we may awake. Cleanse our vision that we may see more clearly; kindle our senses that we may feel more sharply; and give us courage to live as you would have us live.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Mary Ward, St Ignatius and all the holy women and men who have gone before us.
Barb Nelson’s reflection Reflection Mass of the Holy Spirit
The Litany of the Holy Spirit (Richard Rohr) Litany of the Holy Spirit