The spiritual power of the Holy Spirit Print
Sunday scripture column
Written by Jem Sullivan, Catholic News Service   

May 31, 2020
Pentecost Sunday

1) Acts 2:1-11
Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34
2) 1 Cor 12:3-7, 12-13
Gospel: Jn 20:19-23

The Solemnity of Pentecost celebrates the real spiritual power given to, and through, the church in the gift of the Holy Spirit who overwhelms the Church.

For Christians, power is not an abstract energy hidden in the mind or a vague force sprawled across galaxies. Rather, spiritual power originates in God’s love and is poured out as a divine gift on the Church, as described in today’s first reading and the Gospel account of the event of Pentecost.

The Church is the Spirit-filled place where we grow in the power of the Holy Spirit who walks with us in the daily moments of life.

To grow in friendship with God, we need the inspiration, power, and strength that comes from the Holy Spirit.

When I open my life daily to the power of the Holy Spirit, God dwells in me to strengthen and sanctify me with his eternal love, mercy, wisdom, peace, and joy. And that is real, life-transforming spiritual power. Today, we call on the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts and minds as we pray, "speak to me, Lord."

Jem Sullivan is a professor at The Catholic University of America.

1) Ez 37:12-14

Psalm 130:1-8

2) Rom 8:8-11

Gospel: Jn 11:1-45

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In 2020, the Pope will present one prepared prayer intention per month, rather than two.
Pope's March Prayer Intention
Catholics in China
We pray that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.


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Holy Days of Obligation Print

The following are Holy Days of Obligation for 2020.

Holy Days of Obligation Description
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God
Thursday, May 21
Ascension Thursday
Saturday, Aug. 15
Solemnity of the Assumption
Sunday, Nov. 1
All Saints Day
Tuesday, Dec. 8
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Friday, Dec. 25
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Prayer to St. Raphael Print

photo of Pilgrim Icon of St. Raphael

Glorious Archangel St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners.

We beg you, assist us in all our needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels. Because you are the "medicine of God" we humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of our souls and the ills that afflict our bodies.

We especially ask your guidance of our diocese as we journey toward the rebuilding of a cathedral bearing your name, and the great grace of purity to prepare us to be temples of the Holy Spirit. As our intercessor, beg the Blessed Trinity to prosper the work of our hands and, above all, to bring us, face-to-face, into their Holy presence.


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