Fr. Frank: A Pentecost Culture of Life

June 2, 2017

A Pentecost Culture of Life

By Fr. Frank Pavone


-- Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came to the apostles as a roaring wind and tongues of fire settling over each of them. When the Spirit filled them, they were empowered and left their hiding places to boldly preach the gospel. The Spirit gave His gifts to the apostles, equipping them to start their public ministry. We have received the same Holy Spirit in baptism and confirmation.  The saving work of the spirit becomes our work as pro life Christians who share in the Divine nature. He who is Truth, Love and Creator makes his dwelling inside us so we can be Christ to the world. He who is our Advocate, transforms us into advocates, too.


An advocate pleads our cause, takes our side, and conducts our defense. When we dare not approach the God we have offended, the Advocate speaks words of pardon and mercy.

As people of the Holy Spirit, we do not only have an advocate; we become advocates. "As the Father has sent me, so I send you," the Lord said, as He breathed the Holy Spirit upon the apostles.

Our age needs an advocate more than ever because of the culture of death. We need to be the advocates, not only for our unborn brothers and sisters who have no voice, but for their parents. who need assurance that abortion is never necessary, and that there is no sin of which we repent that is beyond forgiveness.


The Spirit of Truth  helps us to see created things for what they really are. We need a proper knowledge of creation, so that we may neither despise it nor worship it. The Holy Spirit gives us a proper understanding because He is the Spirit of Truth. He frees us from the lies that lead to abortion and from the blindness that distorts our knowledge of God and ourselves. The conviction that the unborn child is not worthy of protection reflects ignorance of our dignity as humans,

In revelation, Christ proclaims, "I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne" (Rev.3:21). We will not only worship before the throne of God, but sit with Him on the throne! If that is the destiny of the human person then great is our worth, including those in the womb. This confronts the lie of abortion, which throws human beings in the garbage. Such an action in itself contradicts the Gospel.


The Holy Spirit is visible not only on Pentecost. In a very real sense, He becomes visible in the crucifixion because the kind of love He inspires is the love that gives unto the point of death.

That's what love does. It gives itself away, and that is why abortion is the opposite of love. Love says, "I sacrifice myself for the good of the other person." Abortion says, "I sacrifice the other person for the good of myself."

The end to this tragedy of abortion will happen only when, through the eternal Spirit, we too lay down our lives for our preborn brothers and sisters.


The Bible begins by declaring that when God created all things, "a mighty wind swept over the waters" (Genesis 1:2). The word "wind" here is the same as "spirit" or "breath." On the first Easter night, when He appeared to the apostles, the Risen Christ "breathed on them and said, Receive the Holy Spirit" (John 20:22), and on Pentecost, the Spirit came with "a noise like a strong driving wind" (Acts 2:2).

In the beginning, the Spirit brought about creation. Through the Paschal Mystery, He brings about the new creation, pouring forth eternal life. The movement of the Spirit gives life, restores it, elevates it, and will raise it from the dead.

Abortion, therefore, cannot come from the Spirit, but from the enemy who brings death and destruction of life. Some choices can never be reconciled with the movement of the Holy Spirit in our soul. Abortion is one of them.

We might be tempted to think that if we don’t participate directly in abortion, it is not our problem. But the taking of life grieves the Giver of Life, and if we love Him, then it grieves us too.

We are the People of the Holy Spirit, and therefore we are the People of Life. May that Spirit bring us quickly to a Culture in which Life is in every way victorious!


Priests for Life is the world's largest Catholic organization focused exclusively on ending abortion.

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By Fr. Frank Pavone

Fr. Pavone is an American Roman Catholic priest and pro-life activist. He is the National Director of Priests for Life (PFL), a private association of the faithful, and serves as the Chairman and Pastoral Director of Rachel's Vineyard, a ministry of Priests for Life.

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