11 June 2011
This Week in Catholic Liturgy: The "Peace Pipe" of the Spirit
Draw in the Spirit's intoxicating fragrance, and exhale that fragrance into a toxic atmosphere for its purification. Pass it not to a friend, but to an enemy, that he or she may inhale, savor, and infuse yet another room with new life. The Holy Spirit is not a "controlled substance" (cf. John 3:34), except if we attempt to hold our breath by being unwilling to forgive, unwilling to change. When we ration a gift so freely given us, it's not just our loss; the world is inhibited from the full potential that God desires for it.