Wednesday, May 9, 2018

“The Holy Spirit does not get our attention by shouting or shaking us with a heavy hand. - Rather it whispers - We have to listen to the Holy Spirit who is inside us! What does He tell us?”

Let us be guided by the Holy Spirit, allow him to speak to our hearts and he will tell us this: that God is love, he's always waiting for us, he is a father who loves us like a real dad and only the Holy Spirit can tell our hearts this.  – Pope Francis

Gospel Text: (JN 16:12-15)
Jesus said to his disciples:
"I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.
He will not speak on his own,
but he will speak what he hears,
and will declare to you the things that are coming.
He will glorify me,
because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.
Everything that the Father has is mine;
for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine
and declare it to you."

Though seemingly abstract at times, the Holy Spirit is indeed present in our lives. The descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles on the first Pentecost turned the frightened apostles into courageous preachers of the Good News of the risen Jesus.

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is manifested by the gifts of the Holy Spirit: "But the fruit of the Spirit is charity, joy and peace, patience, understanding of others, kindness and fidelity, gentleness and self-control." (Gal 5: 22 - 23) 

Such virtues spring from the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

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