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Saturday, 08 June 2019 07:00

Towards Pentecost 9: Girl on Fire

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The power of the Holy Spirit sets us on fire to go forth and share the love of God with others – here is a story to encourage you to step out in the power of the Spirit

It was our last night of our WYD pilgrimage and we were sitting around a bonfire in Houston, Texas sharing some of our blessings and experiences as a way of drawing our time together to a close. As I sat and listened to the way that God had touched my fellow pilgrims, my eyes were drawn to the fire. Call me crazy, but as I gazed at the logs being consumed by the flames, one of them seemed to resemble a woman who had her hands held in a position of prayer.

The more I looked at it, the more this image became ingrained in my mind, and I began to ask God if he was speaking to me through this image and what it might mean. I began to sense that the Lord was revealing to me that I was this woman in the flames, and that the Lord was inviting me to be even more consumed by him and his love. It strikes me as a great invitation and a great challenge – to allow myself to be so consumed by the Lord that everything I think, say and do reflects him alone.

I was later talking about this and one of my fellow pilgrims told me she had also seen the woman in the fire, but that for her, the woman was Mary. For me, this confirmed the gift of this image and it also encouraged me to look to Mary as a model of someone who was consumed by the Lord alone. How great is our God – that he would use this image to speak to both of us in such beautifully individual ways.

Mel Edwards


Holy Spirit Banner for Novena


Novena Prayers – Day 9 – Saturday June 8

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Your love.
Send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth.

Daily Mass Readings

Acts 28:16-20, 30-31

Jn 21:20-25

Father, as Pentecost approaches, open my heart to the gift of the Holy Spirit. Help me to also be attentive to the presence of your Holy Spirit already with me so that my connection may be deepened in a personal, life-changing way. AMEN