Tongues of Fire over DisciplesWe shall be celebrating the Feast of Pentecost on May 19*. I am fascinated by the imageries associated with Pentecost: And suddenly there came a sound as if a mighty wind was present in the whole house where the apostles were gathered; they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. And so the mission of Jesus was then completed. The apostles were fortified with the gifts of the Spirit to carry on the mission, just as we do in these times.

Associate leaders cultivate dependency on the Holy Spirit for discernment and guidance. They speak of the associate-religious relationship as a movement—a word suggesting mission. They search to discover and perpetuate ways of living charisms given to them through the founders of religious communities. They are guided by the Holy Spirit, and they discern, and they lead, and they honor the footsteps of their predecessors.

Come Holy Spirit! Fill our hearts with the fire of your love…

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