Editor’s note: NCR is sharing with our readers a nine-day Novena for Pentecost resource created by board member and composer Dan Schutte. Schutte writes, “if there’s ever a moment when we all could use the light and wisdom of the Holy Spirit, it’s now. While we wait till we can be together again for Sunday worship, this is a way we can join our hearts in prayer.” The entire Novena for Pentecost can be found here.
Send us your Spirit
I suspect that gentleness is often considered to be a form of weakness. But true gentleness is profoundly courageous. It’s the kind that can hold the suffering heart of another with tenderness and compassion and stands contrary to many of society’s values. In the gospels, we see Jesus over and over again treat people with an extraordinary gentleness.