What is so powerful that it sets hearts aflame?
We are now in the Novena of Pentecost, the period of nine days during which the Church prays for the Holy Spirit to be stirred anew within us. This was exactly what the apostles were doing in the Upper Room of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. Before Jesus ascended into Heaven, he had promised them:
The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything and remind you of all that [I] told you. (John 14:26)
This radical renewal of faith reminds us of one of our Holy Land pilgrims, Diane Dziuk. After she returned home from our pilgrimage together, she wrote a letter to the Pilgrim Center of Hope:
There is not a day that goes by that I do not relive my sacred trip to the Holy Land. This pilgrimage is a God-send. As a cradle Catholic, things were good in my spiritual life, but this journey has reenergized my faith, I am hungry for the Lord, I am actively reading the Bible more, reading Catholic books, and listing more to Catholic radio and DVDs. I owe all of this to Mary Jane, Deacon Tom, and all of you who work behind the scenes at the Pilgrim Center of Hope.
You…have impacted my life in a way that is hard to explain. I feel an overwhelming peace that I have never felt before. I accept that Jesus loves me and died for me. Yes, with that comes a responsibility—to live as He wants me to live, as a role model of Christian love for my family and community; to spread the word of His love for us not only in word but in my every action. This pilgrimage has lit my heart on fire. I pray that that fire burns bright for the rest of my life on earth, leading me to that ultimate gift—“eternal life.”
Thank you…from the bottom of my heart.
Diane’s story can be our story, too. Each of us is called to be renewed and ‘on fire’ with the Holy Spirit! This is the awesome gift that God offers us. Our ministry is praying the Pentecost Novena on Facebook; join us. Come, Holy Spirit!
> Upcoming Pilgrimage – Experience an opportunity for conversion in the Holy Land with us, August 7-17, 2017. Just a few spots remain! Learn More.