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Fidelis Schabet, “Pentecost;” Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, “The Virgin Adoring the Host,” 1852; Diego Velázquez, “Coronation of the Virgin,” ca. 1635. (photo: Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)

COMMENTARY: While June celebrates many different themes, they come together under the rubric of life-giving love.

By John Grondelski, EWTN News, June 1, 2022

June brings together many different celebrations, sacred and secular. The Church celebrates June as the month of the Sacred Heart and observes such important solemnities as Pentecost, Trinity Sunday and Corpus Christi. Secular society has long treated June as the month for weddings, and Father’s Day falls on its third Sunday.

Is there anything that binds all these celebrations together? Yes: love that is life-giving in a real and true sense.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God’s love, the love of the Father for the Son and of the Son for the Father “proceeding” in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings life where he goes. When Jesus gives the Holy Spirit as his first gift on Easter Sunday — “receive the Holy Spirit: whose sins you forgive are forgiven” — he extends his life that has just conquered death to every sinner who wants to follow him as the “Way, the Truth and the Life.” …

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