I hope that many of you were able to follow the amazing visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land this weekend.  Images were striking, from his silent prayer at the Jordan River to kissing the hands of Holocaust survivors to celebrating Mass in the Upper Room (Cenacle) in Jerusalem.  It was a trip that clearly demonstrated the Holy Spirit  alive and moving today.

In these few remaining weeks before Pentecost, we might reflect on the Holy Father’s efforts for Peace and these words from his P1010858Mass homily in Amman, Jordan last Saturday:

“The mission of the Holy Spirit, in fact, is to beget harmony. . . and to create peace in different situations and between different people. Diversity of ideas and persons should not trigger rejection or prove an obstacle, for variety always enriches.

“The Holy Spirit also anoints. . . anoints his disciples, so that they can have the mind of Christ and thus be disposed to live lives of peace and communion.

“Lastly, the Holy Spirit sends. . . we also are sent as messengers and witnesses of peace. The world asks us to bring peace and to be a sign of peace! Peace is not something which can be bought or sold; peace is a gift to be sought patiently and to be ‘crafted’ through the actions, great and small, of our everyday lives.”

Come, Holy Spirit, Come!