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Even though we
have already celebrated Pentecost Sunday, we are in the time of Pentecost or
rather the age of the Holy Spirit, which lasts until the Second Coming of Christ
at the end of the world. This is not to be understood only liturgically but also
historically. Ever since the great events surrounding Jesus, that
happened some 1990 years ago, man and his history have radically changed. Jesus
Christ brought a real hope, that all evil can be conquered and eliminated and
genuine peace between all peoples can reign. A new power has come into the world
- God’s unconditional love, that is the Holy Spirit, God Himself.
The goal of life is the complete satisfaction of that deep longing in
every human soul for everlasting blessedness and happiness in God. This longing
is achieved in Heaven. “There, where I am, you are also to be”, Jesus tells his
disciples. To fail to reach the goal of life is hell, an unending condition of
total hopelessness of never ever being able to fulfill the longing for perfect
blessedness and peace, and an awareness that this is due to one’s own fault.
Hell is an everlasting condition of utter hate and terror. And hell is very
We have only one life on earth to reach the goal. Therefore, it is very
obvious that this ought to be and must be our first and greatest concern in
everything we do. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. We sense often our
sinfulness, weakness, blindness and powerlessness. But God’s Spirit rescues us.
He leads us to Jesus Christ, who makes us stronger than all the powers of hell.
But this doesn’t happen automatically. God knocks on the door of our heart,
asking to be let in. It is so extremely important that we are really aware of
the goal with our life. “Be sober and watch,...” writes St.Peter in his first
letter. Let us do this. I wish you a blessed age of the Holy Spirit.
Family Day 2019
As an offshoot of the Ecumenical Evening, which since
2006 is held every Tuesday evening after Easter Sunday, the different churches
involved are planning a Family Day. The day itself will be held on Tuesday the
9th of July from 10
a.m. until 6 p.m. with family activities and again from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. with
activities for the youth. The place where the Family Day will be held is
Perlan/Reinsariið. There will be offered gratis soup, cake, coffee, tea and
kool-aid throughout the day. Each church group is asked to be in charge of the
activities for two hours. For us it is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. We will be together
with those from Lívdin. We are asked to meet up with 5 persons, likewise to
contribute with 4-5 cakes and some prizes for the Bingo. I will ask you, who
have time and strength to either meet up or bake a cake or contribute with some
prizes to contact Sr. Marisa soon either at email@example.com or by telephone - 315386. Thanks.
The Parish Pilgrimage
As I mentioned in the last issue of Sinnopskornið we are
considering to again hold a parish pilgrimage. I mentioned also that a possible
pilgrimage place could be Magnus church ruins in Kirkjubøur. As of the moment
and after contacting the right people in Kirkjubøur, the situation is such that
there is no objection to have the pilgrimage there and to celebrate Holy Mass in
the ruins. I mentioned that the pilgrimage could take place on Sunday the
18th of August, but I
think a better date would be Sunday the 1st of September.
Please have the pilgrimage in your thoughts and pray
especially to God the loving and caring Father to provide pleasant and dry
weather that day.
I wish all of you a good and pleasant summer filled
with God’s warmth and joy. Do not forget that everything we do should lead us
closer to Jesus Christ, the only way to the Father in Heaven, who is the very
meaning of life.