#MyMassTakeaway: Pentecost

Today’s the feast of Pentecost.

Find the Mass Readings here: Pentecost, May 20, 2018

My Mass Takeaway is a devotion in which we share our Mass thoughts and inspirations with each other (mostly on Instagram) using the hashtag: #MyMassTakeaway.

My favorite part about this devotion is reading the widely varied reflections from the people who participate. The Lord speaks to us all in amazingly unique ways.

Make sure you’re following the hashtag so you don’t miss this – it happens every Sunday!

Do you want to join? Just use the hashtag #MyMassTakeaway. On Sunday afternoons I collect all the posts that I can and compile them here for extra love and sharing.

This week’s collection is amazing, make sure you read them all, and follow the participants for more great inspiration!

My takeaway:

 

Thoughts from my blogging friends:

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Such a great celebration today – the Descent of the Holy spirit! You can see how important that was, gave the apostles the courage needed to evangelize the whole world. They needed that, they couldn't do it without the guidance and empowerment of the Holy Spirit. And that makes a lot of sense! I am learning day by day how much need there is for guidance in my small EVERY DAY life from the Holy Spirit. As soon as I ask for guidance things turn out wonderful. I've never experienced to ask for guidance and not receive it, or ask for peace in times of worry and not receive it, or ask for love for people I didn't feel love for and received it in the most mysterious way. The only way we fail is when we forget or do not want to ask for guidance or receive it and do not follow through. +++ This week I also celebrate one year of Bible journaling, the beautiful practice through which I learned that the Word of God is undeniably, truly 'Alive and Active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) So, with a simple "Come Holy Spirit" you can not only change but BE life. Come Holy Spirit, fount of life and mercy! ❤🕊 +++ #MyMasstakeaway #pentecost #holyspirit #grace #thewordofgod #drawclosertogod #lovegod #godinspired #openjourney #religiousart #christianart #catholicartist #faith #ingridblixt #TB2G #biblejournaling #biblejournalingcommunity #stgerardparish @stgerardchurch

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So here’s the low down on Jesus & the Holy Spirit… When He came, died & went to heaven – He breathed life into their souls & gave them the forever companion in the Holy Spirit. Lucky for us, we get this same gift at baptism. But, (and there is always a but) He didn’t just give us the Holy Spirit to dwell quietly & safely within our souls He tells us to “GO FORTH”. “Ughhh, but I am not one of those bible toting, screaming at people on sidewalks to beware of hell type of people… so the whole go forth thing isn’t for me.” But girlie.. it is! You and ONLY you were specifically chosen to care for and raise the humans in your care (big and little!). God chose YOU to be the parent of your kids. The wife to your husband. All the hard times in parenting, your family, your marriage – you can rest assured that you and only you are perfectly equipped to handle it. But what about the Holy Spirit? The going forth? You JUST have to live like Jesus to go out and spread the good news [insert all the sarcasm]. Others should see your Maker when they see you. And this part is simple because St Paul gave us the blueprint. Love, be joyful, foster peace, exhibit patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self control. Easier said than done. That’s where God comes in. Now, He is a gentleman. He waits to be asked. So, just pray – “Father, fill me with your Holy Spirit. Make me gentle, kind…[insert any fruit of the spirit for which you are lacking]” And He will. And then go out and love those kids of yours, your family, your husband, your coworkers. Be patient and gentle with strangers. Be faithful when it’s hard. Defend the faith. And if you question the faith or God… seek answers. Learn how to answer the hard questions others have about Catholicism and Christianity. Then you ARE proclaiming the good news. Think of all the disciples you can make if you just touch a few lives & they each touch a few more.. (& so on). Its the little things that give glory to God… because our lives made up of much more littleness than big great moments. After all… ALL good things come from God & He wants to use you to share these fruits. #mymasstakeaway #shedidthisonherown

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Where there is unity, cohesion, and harmony, there is proof that the Holy Spirit is present. Where there is discord, anger, and fighting, the Holy Spirit is not being allowed to work. That was my Mass takeaway today. . . Then, I began applying that to parenting – more so, to lack of parenting. My older kids fight, argue, and get all up in each other’s business. As their mom, I get heated when I hear them arguing. And, until today, I never considered using their moments of discord to bring things full circle to teaching about God. . . In those moments in which I get frustrated with the umpteenth-thousandth time in which one kid yells at the other, or toys are being taken by the other, I pray I am able to maintain calm – calm enough to ask the Holy Spirit to work in our family. And, to teach and encourage my children to take a breath and ask the Holy Spirit to be present in their hearts as they learn to share, support each other, and be loving toward each other. . . Only with our willingness to embrace and accept His guidance, wisdom, and love will He be able to move within us. And, only with everyone’s collective openness to Him will we see the change for the better that this world needs. . . Do you have a favorite prayer or mantra that guides you in parenting through the squabbles? I’d love to hear! . . #catholicmom #catholicsonline #mymasstakeaway w/ @tojesussincerely #catholicsofinstagram #mydaughterbroketherosary #pictureforeffect #faith #pentecost #catholicblogger #christianblogger #beopen #bewilling #loveoneanother

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