The nine days between Christ's Ascension and the Gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost were marked not just by waiting but by praying.
The reception of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is like Mary's reception of the Holy Spirit at the Annunciation. It should be a gift that bears fruit.
And this can only happen if we are receptive.
Prayer is about God talking to us more than about us talking to God. Let us pray that we be properly disposed to receive the innumerable graces God gives us throughout the day, especially in the Sacraments, at prayer, and in receiving the new life from the Holy Spirit. Let us pray to learn to listen to God.
And may we ponder all these things in our hearts, as Mary did. (Luke 2:19)
To you, Immaculate Heart of Mary, we consecrate ourselves – our hearts, minds, wills and lives and all those works we undertake so they may be for the glory of God, for the sake of the Gospel and the salvation of souls. Holy Mother, our Queen and our Joy, give to our hearts the dimensions of yours and form us in the image of your beloved Son.