Pentecost is upon us. I imagine that fearful group of disciples huddled in the Upper Room as being on a community retreat. There they were with Mary in the midst of them, sharing their experiences of Jesus and his horrifying death, as well as the great surprise of Christ risen in their midst. Joy unbounded. So why were they still so fearful?
Never mind. That’s what happens. Great peak moments followed by anxiety, fear and disbelief.
But then the promised Spirit descends
– not exactly tongues of fire, but something like that. They tried the best they could to describe the reality. Mary helped them, of course. She knew the ways of the Spirit—
she who was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit
brought forth the Christ into the world. So in a moment of eternity, these anxious disciples were transformed, they burst bonds of fear, and fanned out through the streets and Temple area. Soon all Jerusalem was abuzz.
We too at the Loyola Institute see this transformation month after month—the Spirit descending. And now another year closes on a note of joy and exaltation. We’re ready to celebrate our own Pentecost—not only this coming Sunday, but also on June 3 when we honor all the graduates who have gone through the three-year spiritual formation programs in English and Spanish – with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius as the heart of the program—and who are ready to fan out throughout the region as disciples.
We have other reasons to celebrate as well. The Hearts on Fire gala on May 6 was a wonderful celebration of the spiritual writings of Fr. Dick Hauser, S.J., who tragically died of pancreatic cancer just weeks before the award. And we also gave thankful recognition to the new Jesuits West province—all the Jesuits who have been so vital in the founding and endurance of LIS.
And we made our goal. We were shooting for $90,000 gross income and we shot past that to $92,190.
Many thanks to all for your generous spirit and contributions.
Rev. Patrick Howell, S.J.,