You want one revolution: to renew the world. You will be able to fulfill this precious and noble mission that God has entrusted to you only “with the power of the Holy Spirit.” Every day, where you live, prepare a new Pentecost. (Cardinal Van Thuan, Five Loaves and Two Fish)


Present in these words are two radical realizations and one responsibility. The first realization is that not only does God seek relationship with us, with me, but also that God has given us his very Spirit of which to partake. We are not alone, even into the very depths of our soul. The second realization is that God has entrusted to each one of us a precious and noble mission, a purpose to our lives. The uniqueness which we realize with God’s Spirit dwelling within us is a uniqueness which we, in turn, are to carry out into the world but only with the power of the Holy Spirit can we carry it out, only with the power of the Holy Spirit can we fulfill the mission God has entrusted to us. True uniqueness is realized and fulfilled not separate from God but in relationship with God.

The responsibility then is not to go forth and conquer the world, “renewing” it according to our terms and conditions and in our image, but every day and in every concrete situation in which we find ourselves to prepare a new Pentecost. Put concretely it means; in this situation in which I find myself today I need to let go of self in order to give God enough room to work. This is how I make of every day and even every situation and encounter of the day the possibility of a new Pentecost.