We are now into the Novena in preparation for Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Today is also the Optional Memoria of the sixteenth century St John of Avila. He said: ‘What a holy time this is from now to the feast of Pentecost!  A holy week indeed: the Advent of the Holy Ghost.  The time after our Lord’s Ascension when the Apostles were waiting for the fulfilment of the promise He had given them when He said to them: I go and I will ask the Father; and He shall give you another Paraclete, that is Comforter.  I shall send you the Paraclete who will console you for the sorrow that you will feel when I leave you’.

‘Come, Holy Spirit!’ May these words be in our heart and on our lips in these days; and may God bless you abundantly.