30 spirit of sacrifice. We need more, a thousand times more, love for each other and only He can give it to us! The Holy Spirit is our Guardian, our Teacher, and our Comforter in every sorrow and pain. If we will only trust Him, He will strengthen us in every trial and suffering. He is the Treasurer of the inexhaustible riches of Christ. Pentecost is the anniversary of the Descent of the Holy Ghost. He came in answer to the intense prayers of Our Blessed Mother and the Apostles who waited in prayer for nine days and nights pleading for His coming. We have no reason to envy them. If we wish Him to come into our hearts and we pray earnestly, do penance, have an intense desire and confidence that He will hear our prayer, He will do so for He desires nothing more than to communicate Himself and His Gifts to us and to abide in us. The mission of the Holy Ghost in the Church faced an immediate challenge since the confusion of the tower of Babel remained. How could the Word become an instrument of the world’s conquest and make one family out of all nations? The Spirit of Love annulled the separation of Babel and, once again, men were made brethren by the unity of language. How beautiful art Thou, Dear Church of Our God! The Holy Ghost breathed freely and all the earth understood His language. The disciples spoke in their native tongue and the people from every land heard their message, each in his own language. When the Apostles finished their preaching and died, the gift of tongues, at least in its miraculous form, ceased! It was no longer needed. During the Ages of Faith, the Church succeeded in giving one common language to all the nations that were in union with Her. For centuries, the Latin language was the bond of union between civilized countries. However distant they were from one another, this link of connection was between them. The great heresy of the 16th Century robbed us of this gift and dismembered that Europe which the Church had united. A new mission was given to Mary who had given birth to the Bride of her Son. New duties fell upon her as Mother of the Church which She would cherish, feed and strengthen. On Pentecost, Mary received a fresh infusion of grace to prepare her for this office. Mary had the first claim to, and the richest portion of, the Gifts of the Holy Ghost. The Most High sanctified His own Tabernacle. From that day forward, She acted as Mother of the Infant Church and, when at last the Church no longer needed her visible presence, She would quit the earth for Heaven, where She would be crowned Queen. For all eternity, Mary continues to exercise her glorious title and office: Mother of the Church, Co-Redemptrix and Mediatrix of all Graces.
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