YEAR OF FAITH – Waiting for the Holy Spirit with Mary, the Mother of the Lord

Post date: May 10, 2013 11:12:56 AM

Mary sets an example of waiting quietly, with perfect confidence in God. Her words echo down to us through the centuries: “Be it done unto me according to your word.” “My soul glorifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.” “Do whatever he tells you!” In the uncertain time between the Ascension and Pentecost, Mary stayed with the apostles in the upper room where they devoted themselves to prayer; and waited for the Holy Spirit. She would have seen the apostles go out to preach the Good News and baptise their first converts, and she made her home with the disciple whom Jesus loved.

When we are stressed, despondent, or sad, let us turn to Our Lady for encouragement, and pray with her that the Holy Spirit will come into our hearts, guide us, refresh and renew us, and fill us with hope for the future.

The next Year of Faith discussion group at St. Hugh’s will take place on Saturday 18th May (the day before Pentecost Sunday) immediately after 10am Mass until 12noon.

Bishop Malcolm’s theme for May is The Church and the Creed. Everyone is welcome.

Fr Robert Barron’s spectacular and challenging films about our Catholic Faith continue at Our Lady’s Parish Centre, every other Thursday

May 16th Episode 3: The Ineffable Mystery of God – travels to the Sinai desert, Istanbul, Paris and Rome.

May 30th Episode 4: Mary, the Mother of God – visits Nazareth, Ephesus, Lourdes and Guadalupe.

You are welcome to join any of the sessions from 7-9 pm. The films take about 50 minutes, followed by refreshments and discussion. There is no charge.