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I was greatly impacted last summer to see and learn firsthand about Saint John Paul’s first visit to Poland after he was elected pope. When Pope John Paul II spoke in Warsaw, his words invoking the Holy Spirit served as the impetus for his native Poles to overcome the Communist occupation of their land.

How does the Holy Spirit work in such wondrous ways? Is it possible that a foreign occupation, a foreign regime, if you will, controls our hearts? Can the Holy Spirit free us as he freed Poland?

The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity. He is spoken of by Jesus as being our Advocate, our Comforter, and our Consoler. He is the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise to remind us of all that the Lord taught us in the Gospels.

To receive the Holy Spirit’s reminders and benefit from the promise of Jesus, we must be silent. We must listen. God’s first language is silence. The great burdens which weigh upon us are intended to be lightened by the weightlessness and silent anointing of the Holy Spirit.

This Sunday is the celebration of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit can change your life, and free you, just like he freed Poland.

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