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Living Our Faith: Pentecost: Filled with the Spirit

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An artist's depiction of a scene from the Pentecost appears in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The Acts of the Apostles refers to Pentecost as the day when the apostles were gathered in the upper room "and suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind. ... Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire. ... And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit." (CNS photo/Crosiers)

The Spirit’s promise that life always can be renewed is the promise of Pentecost.

An artist’s depiction of a scene from the Pentecost appears in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The Acts of the Apostles refers to Pentecost as the day when the apostles were gathered in the upper room “and suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind. … Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire. … And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.” (CNS photo/Crosiers)

Sometimes, as with the apostles, the Spirit’s manifestation is astonishing and the results immediate. Our experience may not be as sudden or startling, but it’s no less profound.

Pentecost, in various forms, dates back to the earliest days of the church. As such, it has meaning for us, and it deserves our attention and reverence.