The Third Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit on the
by Dom Columba Marmion, O.S.B.
Abbot of Maredsous
The Holy Spirit appeared under the form of tongues of fire in order to fill the
Apostles with truth and to prepare them to bear witness to Jesus. He also come to fill
their hearts with love.
He is the Person of Love in the life of God. He is also like a breath, an aspiration of
infinite Love, from which we draw the breath of life.
On the day of Pentecost the Divine Spirit communicated such an abundance of life to the
whole Church that to symbolize it "there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent
wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they (the Apostles) were sitting."
But it is also for us that the Holy Spirit has come, for the group in the Cenacle
represented the whole Church. The Holy Spirit came to remain with the Church forever. This
is the promise of Jesus Himself. He dwells in the Church permanently and unfailingly,
performing in it without ceasing, His action of life-giving and sanctification. He
establishes the Church infallibly in the truth. It is He Who makes the Church blossom
forth with a marvelous supernatural fruitfulness, for He brings to life and full fruition
in Virgins, Martyrs, Confessors, those heroic virtues which are one of the marks of true
From Dom Columba Marmion, O.S.B., The Mysteries Of The Rosary. Translated and published
by the Monks of Marmion Abbey, Aurora, Illinois. Translation of Dom Columba Marmion's
"Les Mysteres du Rosaire" published with the permission of the Abbey of
Maredsous in Belgium.
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