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Mass of the Holy Spirit: Starting the Year in Prayer and Reflection

Thursday, September 05, 2013
On September 4, the Marymount community came together in prayer and reflection for the Mass of the Holy Spirit, celebrated by The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, along with concelebrants Father Brian Bashista, Marymount’s chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, and Father Jack Peterson, YA, assistant chaplain.

Bishop Loverde turned to Pope Francis I for his message, pointing out that Pope Francis has met extensively with young people since his election. When the Pope was asked how to live the challenge of evangelization, he replied with just three words: “Jesus, prayer, witness.”

Bishop Loverde explained, “Faith is all about a real encounter with Jesus. …Prayer is how we develop a personal relationship with Jesus.” He quoted Pope Francis, saying, “Faith can only be communicated through witness. That is love. …Live Christianity as an encounter with Jesus that brings us closer to others.”

The Bishop said, “We draw closer to the Lord as we invite others to do so.” He emphasized that Marymount educates the whole person and that includes spiritual growth. He added, “You are being equipped to continue this witness.”

Bishop Loverde ended the Mass with, “May the Lord grant you a grace-filled and successful academic year.”