Veni, Sancte Spiritus, Come, Holy Spirit, Come
Reflection for Pentecost Sunday by Rev. Robert Johnnene OFM
Mission Sts. Sergius and Bacchus/ Franciscans of Divine Mercy
Based on Readings from; Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12: 3-7;Romans 8:8-17, Psalm 104, John14:15-26;

“Come, Holy Spirit, come! And From Thy clear celestial height Thy pure beaming radiance give.Come, Thou
Father of the poor,Come with treasures which endure,Come, Thou Light of all that live.Thou, of all consolers
best,Thou, the soul’s delightsome Guest,Dost refreshing peace bestow.Thou in toil art comfort sweet,
Pleasant coolness in the heat,Solace in the midst of woe.Light immortal, Light divine,Visit Thou these hearts
of Thine,And our inmost being fill.If Thou take Thy grace away,Nothing pure in man will stay;All his good is
turned to ill.Heal our wounds; our strength renew;On our dryness pour Thy dew;Wash the stains of guilt
away.Bend the stubborn heart and will;Melt the frozen, warm the chill;Guide the steps that go astray.Thou, on
those who evermoreThee confess and Thee adore,In Thy sevenfold gifts descend:Give them comfort when
they die,Give them life with Thee on high;Give them joys that never end.
These words are the translation from the ancient Latin Hymn/prayer Veni Sancte Spiritus, sometimes called
the "Golden Sequence and dates back to the thirteenth-century.
The feast of Pentecost, which is also referred to as the Birthday of the church, celebrates the decent of the
Holy Spirit upon the Apostles after which they went forth preaching the Good News of Salvation.  
After the Holy Spirit descended upon them in tongues of fire when they spoke they were heard by the people
of every race and nationality proclaiming the truth of Jesus teachings in the language of the nationality of
those listeners present.
The word of God needs to be proclaimed in the language of the listener which was the intent of having the
liturgy of the Eucharist, commonly called the Mass, translated from the Latin into the language of the people
by Vatican II making it more understandable and reverent to all participating. Sadly the translations failed to
meet the original meaning of the Latin and became less than a spiritual experience and more a modernized
prayer service and theatrical experience in some cases. The mass we now celebrate was revised again in
2010 to be true to the original Latin.
God’s word was not meant for the chosen few but for the entire human race. The Apostles were told to
preach the word to all nations even unto the ends of the earth. In order to do this and faithfully proclaim the
truth one has to know the meaning of the original Greek and Aramaic words of the first writings.
In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Paul tells us “No one can say, Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit” It is
in this letter that one of the most redeeming passages of scripture can be found. Paul informs us “everyone
has different gifts bestowed on them by God through the Holy Spirit.” He goes on to affirm that there are
“Different forms of service, but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces
them all. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit” “For in one Spirit we
were all Baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greek, slave of free person, we were all given to drink of
the one Spirit”
Paul’s letter to the Romans admonishes us to “Live by the Spirit”, it goes further to tell us that the desires of
the flesh can cause a breakdown of the graces provided to us. Some of the “Desires of the flesh” Paul
mentions are, lust ( desiring after someone or something that belongs to another or craving for self
gratification) idolatry ( the worship of false gods which would also include placing money or wealth or power
above love of and worship of God), hatred, rivalry, jealousy, anger or fury, selfishness, and drunkenness.   
To elaborate on each of these today and how we might possibly cause ourselves to be separated from God,
and the Gifts of the Spirit which God freely gives us through the Holy Spirit, would take more time than we
I will however, point to the fact that hatred, jealousy, rivalry, anger , fury, and selfishness are among those
Paul mentions and often times cause more pain and hurt toward others than some of the more obvious sins
of the flesh.
It is some of those “Desires of the Flesh” that have caused the separations that exist within the One Holy
Catholic and Apostolic Church just as giving in to those personal pleasure desires have caused the scandal
that has disgraced so many.   So many of the “rules” that churches enforce and claim are necessary for
salvation have nothing at all to do with our salvation but with the churches maintaining their financial income
and to prevent people from searching for the truth of God’s teachings and researching the history of the
Each of these “Desires of the Flesh” affords us many ways of sinning. They are human faults that every
individual has; our task is to try our best to resist their lure to partake of their pleasures.
One thing that I personally can attest to is that, if we call upon God daily, or as many times as we need to in
order to resist the temptations that plague us every day and ask God to send us the Holy Spirit, God will
One of my daily prayers is “Come, Holy Spirit, fill my heart and kindle in in me the fire of your love so that I
might be renewed”
In John 16: we are promised, “The Spirit will guide you to all truth. The spirit will not speak on its own, but
will speak what he hears from me and declare it to you” The spirit speaks within us always with God’s will
and teachings, we need to hearken to what we hear, even when it is opposite what popular thinking is
proclaiming and be steadfast in proclaiming what our inner voice is telling us. God is always there awaiting
your call to Him. He does not have an answering machine, voice mail, or a secretary. You are not asked to
press (1)if you need healing, press (2) for forgiveness, press (3) to seek a favor and so on.  You will not
receive a message “Sorry God is busy taking a call from another special customer, please remain on the line
and your call will be answered in the order in which it was received”.  God is always listening to what we are
saying and will respond to us according to what He feels is best for us. God always answers our prayers, just
not always in the way we want, but in what will be best for us.
Many times God actually comes to us and speaks to us in our dreams or quiet times and even sometimes
while driving a car, listening to the I pod, watching TV or playing ball.
Unfortunately, we are often too preoccupied to listen to what he is telling us through the Holy Spirit.
I suggest that the time is NOW for us to begin to be more receptive to those calls from God. Don’t put Him on
hold, but take a break from whatever we are engaged in and listen with an open and receptive heart.
We need to allow ourselves to “Receive The Holy Spirit” so that we can begin to develop a deeper and closer
relationship with Almighty God and allow us to receive all the gifts of The Spirit, Love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.
May God grant us the wisdom and understanding and the ability to hear Him when He speaks to us and then
go out and live in accordance with His will.