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    Whit Sunday: The Beginning of the Church’s Independence

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    Today Sunday is a special day for the Catholic Church – we celebrate the Solemnity of Whit Sunday. It is an event of great significance for the faithful and is one of the most important feasts in the Church calendar. It falls fifty days after the Resurrection of Christ, and its history dates back to the first centuries of Christianity.

    It is worth noting that Pentecost is a key moment in the history of the Church. Already after the Ascension of Jesus, when the apostles were left alone with the Virgin Mary, they awaited the coming of the Holy Spirit by visitation for nine days. During this time, they did not yet know the Holy Spirit, but they took courage to go out into the world and proclaim by the power of the Spirit the name of Jesus Christ, proclaiming that He is alive and risen.

    Whit Sunday is also associated with an experience of immense love. Mrs Maria Kuchar from the Holy Spirit Renewal movement emphasises that for her this feast is special because her father died on this day. Talking about her experience in the Holy Spirit Renewal community, Mrs Maria saw that there are no coincidences in life. The love her father bestowed on her and her siblings became for her a symbol of God’s love and mercy. She understood how extraordinary and full of love God is.

    The celebration of Pentecost marks the end of the Easter season in the Church. It is a time when the faithful celebrate the mystery of Christ’s Resurrection and His victory over death. The feast is also an invitation to reflect on one’s faith and to open up to the action of the Holy Spirit in one’s life.

    In Whit Sunday to the apostles, we can see the inspiration and power needed to proclaim the Gospel and begin the mission of the Church throughout the world. It is also a reminder for us to confess the faith with confidence and courage, proclaim Jesus Christ and bear witness to his resurrection.

    Whit Sunday is therefore a time of joy, hope and strengthening. It is a moment when each of us can open our hearts to the action of the Holy Spirit to transform our lives and become better people. May this feast remind us of the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us on our journey of faith, fill us with love and strengthen our relationships with God and our neighbours.

    Today, on the feast of Whit Sunday, let us pause for a moment to immerse ourselves in prayer, asking for the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and for His guidance on our journey. May His power enliven our hearts and minds so that we can be witnesses to Christ in a challenging and loving world. May the Holy Spirit give us the courage to proclaim the Good News with faith and love and to bring hope where it is lacking.

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