Sunday June 1st. 2014 Charity registration No. SC 002876
Next Sunday is the feast of Pentecost,
the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles
Each Pentecost is a reminder to us of the gift of the Holy Spirit we received at Baptism and Confirmation. We have within us this most tremendous power to help alter and change our lives so that we become the expression of God's love within us, for the Holy Spirit is above all the Spirit of love.
The fruits of the Holy Spirit are:
Love—We show the virtue of charity, or love, by our unselfish devotion and care for God and our neighbour.
Joy—We live with joy when we recognize that true happiness comes, not from money or possessions, but from knowing and following Christ.
Peace—We are freed from worrying about trivial things because of the inner peace we experience with God in our hearts. We work and pray for peace throughout the world.
Patience—We demonstrate patience by treating others with thoughtfulness and tolerance. We know that we can overcome the temptations and sufferings of life because God is always with us.
Kindness—We live the virtue of kindness by treating others as we want to be treated.
Goodness—We exhibit goodness when we honour God by avoiding sin and always trying to do what we know is right.
Generosity—We demonstrate the fruit of generosity when we are share our gifts and possessions with others.
Gentleness—Gentle people act calmly and avoid actions that might lead others to anger or resentment.
Faithfulness—We are faithful when we live out our commitment to the teachings of Jesus, the Scriptures, and the Catholic Church.
Modesty—We exhibit modesty by being pure in our thoughts, words, and dress, overcome the temptations we face and by trying always to do God’s will.
Chastity—We live the virtue of chastity when we use the gift of sexuality wisely, according to God’s plan.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your divine love.
Message from Pope Francis
“Today we are living in a world which is growing ever “smaller” and where, as a result, it would seem to be easier for all of us to be neighbours. Developments in travel and communications technology are bringing us closer together and making us more connected. Nonetheless, divisions, which are sometimes quite deep, continue to exist within our human family.On the global level we see a scandalous gap between the opulence of the wealthy and the utter destitution of the poor. Often we need only walk the streets of a city to see the contrast between people living on the street and the brilliant lights of the store windows.We have become so accustomed to these things that they no longer unsettle us.
Our world suffers from many forms of exclusion, marginalization and poverty, to say nothing of conflicts born of a combination of economic, political, ideological, and, sadly, even religious motives .
Good communication helps us to grow closer, to know one another better, and ultimately, to grow in unity.The walls which divide us can be broken down only if we are prepared to listen and learn from one another.We need to resolve our differences through forms of dialogue which help us grow in understanding and mutual respect.
We are challenged to be people of depth, attentive to what is happening around us and spiritually alert.To dialogue means to believe that the “other” has something worthwhile to say, and to entertain his or her point of view and perspective. Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions”.
The second collection this weekend will go towards the Church’s work in Scotland, and also to assist the Catholic Media Office, Glasgow. “May Communications Sunday help us to understand each other better in the world and have more compassion and love in our hearts rather being judgemental of people. May we be gentle of character to allow the Holy Spirit to live and work within us in our relations with everyone with whom live and meet”.
The second collection will allow the hierarchy to help increase communications between the Church and its faithful, and to support the Catholic Media Office in Glasgow