Mass of the Holy Spirit – September 11

I hope you will join me as our community comes together for our annual Mass of the Holy Spirit next Tuesday, September 11 at 12:30 p.m. in Jerabeck. As many of you know, this is an annual tradition during which we invoke the Holy Spirit to guide us as an academic community.

It is a common tradition in many institutions, but it is especially important for us, as an institution that holds up the name of St. Basil. In his own treatise on the Holy Spirit, “De Spiritu Sancto,” St. Basil points us to Sacred Scripture: “We speak of God’s wisdom, mysterious and hidden. It is the Spirit which scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God. Among human beings, who knows what pertains to a person except the Spirit within that person? We are to speak, not with words of human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit.” (I Corinthians 2:7,11,13)

For this reason, we are all invited to gather and pray for the gifts of the Spirit, so that we may better know what to say, teach, and learn. I hope you will join with me – wearing red, of course – to pause for an hour of prayer and celebrate the communion we share in our love of God.

About the Author — Fr. Chris Valka C.S.B.

Ordained in 2009, Fr. Chris Valka is a member of the Congregation of St. Basil (the Basilian Fathers). Currently, he is the Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry at UST as well as the Superior of the Basilian Residence on campus (Keon House). In addition, Fr. Chris serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the UST Board; as the President of the Archdiocesan School Council; a member of the Pastor’s Advisory Board at Interfaith Ministries; and a Fellow of Leadership Houston.

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