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In his book Man’s Search for Meaning, Dr. Viktor Frankl wrote about his three years in Nazi concentration camps. Even in that extreme situation where prisoners survive on meager ration, Frankl recalled, there were “men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread.

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Do we respond?

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This Sunday is the feast of the Holy Spirit or PENTECOST. It commemorates that momentous event when the Holy Spirit descended on the timid apostles at the Upper Room.

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He is referring to the Lord’s invisible presence in our midst – his sacramental presence in the Mass as opposed to the visible presence limited by space and time when he was still in the world.

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Once a Jew was arguing with a Christian. “Your whole religion is based on ours,” the Jew said. “Why, you even took the 10 Commandments from us.”

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Not too long ago a senior lady executive in Makati made news when she lept out from her high-rise office building instantly killing herself. A suicide note was found on her table which read: “I couldn’t bear it anymore. I’m tired of my sickness (lingering cancer) and taking care of my aged mother.”

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Hope for sinners

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An SVD missionary in one of the Pacific Islands related how surprised he was one day to be visited in his parish by a woman carrying a handful of sand. “Do you know what this is?” she asked. “It looks like sand,” replied the missionary. “What does this all mean?”

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