Pentecost. God opens their souls and reveals the Divine Language which unites all souls in God.
When praying the rosary the other day, meditating on the third Glorious Mystery, I had this insight about how it could be that the people gathered all of the sudden could understand each other in their own languages. Here is what happened – the scene – during Pentecost:
And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? [Acts 2:4-8, NAB Holy Bible]
What just happened? God was in their minds, enabling all of them to communicate via a universal language, deep in their minds, and only God knows how. God is the Technician here. AND, this is proof that there IS and will BE a universal language in Heaven and by it, we will all know each other’s thoughts as we will to communicate.
But, why was this necessary at Pentecost, and why was this ability to understand the universal language underneath human languages so temporary? And what were all of the people gathered there saying to each other and why? These are mysteries.
I was trying yesterday to express my experience in Mass when I was praying the Angelus at noon, but my experience with Mother Mary led me in another direction. What I remember now, the insight which came to me all of a sudden – yet simpler than I will express here – is the message that I needed to relay:
As if gazing through a mirror: St. Paul the Apostle
When we die, it is as if we fall asleep and then awaken to a new reality – the reality of our everlasting spiritual life which subsists and is hidden within our mortal life. In our mortal lives, we “see” spiritual things as if looking at objects in a hazy mirror – indirectly, unclear and subject to interruption – just beyond our grasp. But after we have fallen asleep, we shall awaken to a bright and refreshing change of venue where all things will be clearly manifested as they really are.
As St. Paul instructs:
At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. [1st Cor, 13:12, NAB Holy Bible]
So, let us trust in God and His Plan.
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i attended the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today at noon. During the Angelus, directly before Mass began, I imagined Mother Mary sweetly encouraging me. But then I thought all of a sudden: “When I die, will the Mother Mary that I see in my mind become my new reality?”
I could go into a Thomistic analysis here on the operations of the soul versus the operations of the body, but I will spare us…
When we pray, some may have locutions; others may experience a soundless apparition of sorts…seeming so real that it invokes our emotions.
But is it actually real? How do we know? Think about this. We sense reality through our bodies very well through our sensory organs. But how do we know when we are really experiencing the spiritual with our souls, when our souls do not carry the familiar sensory organs necessary to “sense” the reality of the spiritual “intellecting” occurring in our soul?
But, I see Mother Mary smiling, and that evokes an emotion in me. How is this?
Roses in your Heart
I was struggling to pray the Rosary this morning. I just stopped and looked at Mother Mary in my mind, and she looked at me and said to pray to her Son, Jesus instead. And then that is what I did, even with words which came to me such as, “Jesus, I am sorry that I have offended you” and more prayers of praise and jubilation.
We had a conversation in my heart. The most important thing He said to me was – and this is for you, too –
“Come before Me with roses in your heart.”
I could smell the fragrance of roses at that time, and I smell the fragrance even now as I write – a spiritual sensing of the odor of sweetness of a rose.
I think this means that we should confess our sins, often even, so that when we speak with Jesus – when we approach Him at the altar, we are pleasant to Him Who gives us His Very Life in His Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity at every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This is a mystery.
But I do know He is present with me, as is Mother Mary. How this can be is a mystery.
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As I was praying the rosary this morning, the Joyful Mysteries, this came to mind: Jesus said that if He did not leave, the Spirit would not be sent.
St. John witnessed Jesus say, “But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” [Gospel of John, 16:7, NAB Holy Bible]
We know that the Spirit guides the Church in all truth in matters pertaining to faith and morals. He has done so for over two millennia.
But as logic would have it, if Jesus is coming back, is not the Holy Spirit leaving? Would not Jesus say, “But if I return, I will take Him from you, and I will be your sovereign King and ruler.”
Let us be prepared for the possibility of being adrift without the Holy Spirit for a short time…for a short time. Let us prepare ourselves with frequent participation in the Sacraments.
When praying the Rosary the other day, I was searching for Jesus in my heart in order to confirm my faith. I began to consider His Presence at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the privilege we have to approach Him in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. And then I prayed, “Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus,” and it occurred to me, in that instant, the Gift of Himself in the Blessed Sacrament is the gift of a meek, humble, ever-new, ever-living God Who is the well-spring of all life and of all that will ever live.
He is our Life, and in the Blessed Sacrament, we receive that Life which He has offered, and then we give back that Life in that sacrifice with our own lives since it is His sacrificial Life which we now have in our beings, and His Life urges us on to love Him and others. We are strengthened in order to give what we have been given, and to live that living which is ever-new and ever-lasting, and when beyond time, ever-happy in the joy of God’s immediate Presence.