image30.jpg

2014 Pentecost Message for Canadian Catholic National Movements and Associations

smaller text tool iconmedium text tool iconlarger text tool icon

Dear Members of the Movements and Associations,

The Movements and Associations of the Church are a sign and instrument of the Holy Spirit in our times. Each member of the Movements and Associations brings a dynamic presence of the Holy Spirit into a very real encounter with the world. Some of the members are quiet and hidden, like leaven in the dough; others engage the world with a bold apostolate of loving action.

Through his words and witness, our Holy Father reminds us that the Gospel of Joy is a call to the peripheries, to the places and situations of the poor and marginalized: "I dream of a 'missionary option' that is capable of transforming everything...." Evangelii Gaudium, 27)

A grace of the Holy Spirit that is vibrant within the many Movements and Associations is a decision by your members to be in communion with each other as brothers and sisters of the Lord. Another gift is the grace of leadership for the whole Church directed toward effective evangelization of the margins of people's hearts as well as to the peripheries of Canadian society.

Your Movement, your Association, is something beautiful to behold. It is like a meadow of flowers in the boreal forest or in the urban jungle, touching many hearts and minds with the beauty, truth, and goodness of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

The last three stanzas of the Veni Sancte Spiritus, the sequence given in the lectionary for Pentecost Sunday, provides a poetic challenge for each of us today and a comforting consolation from the Holy Spirit.

Bend the stubborn heart and will,
Melt the frozen, warm the chill,
Guide the wayward home once more!

On the faithful who are true,
And profess their faith in you,
In your sevenfold gift descend!

Give us virtue's sure reward,
Give us your salvation, Lord,
Give us joys that never end!

May the many gifts of the Holy Spirit continue to enliven the charism of all Movements and Associations so the Joy of the Gospel can be known and loved by all.

Pentecost 2014

Standing Committee for Relations with Movements and Associations
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops


PDF Version

Last Updated on Monday, June 02 2014  
The Holy See
Canadian Centre for Ecumenism
Catholic Organization for Life and Family
opm
Salt + Light
wydcanada en quicklink DP EN Quick   





DonateNow
cccb plenary banner 2019 166x280 EN
Woman at the Well Photo
2019WeekofLifeandFamily EN
Amoris Laetitia Reflection Guide
wydcanada en logo
Confirmation3D
Euthanasia EN
life-giving-en
criteria
indigenouspeoples
lifeandfamily
sexabuse2015en

dyk4

In parishes across the country, masses are celebrated in at least 37 languages.