A MEDITATION, A BOOK, A VIDEO Prayer and A SAINT
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
MEDITATION: In the Spirit
My first encounter with ‘IN’ was during third grade when this tiny word sat by itself IN a ‘preposition’ jar made of glass. The rest of the words lingered further away –near, around, next to, by, across…
Stop and think about how many times only this tiny word will do: in love, in trouble, in a hurry, in my car, in transition, in pain, in labor, in the name of the Father…
The tiny word ‘IN’ ushers us into a most profound encounter with God, when we pray the ‘Sign of the Cross.’ IN the beginning, the middle and the end, we dare to place ourselves within the presence of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We plunge ourselves into a life of holiness, because Christ first became incarnate in our midst. We dare to hope that all the moments of our day will echo St. Paul in the Acts of the Apostles who declares, “IN him we live and have our being (17:28)”.
When we pray with a full awareness of what we are asking of God, we are also surrendering to the Holy Spirit who stirs up the waters of our Baptism again and again. We embark upon an act of ongoing immersion.
Who me? You expect me to share my faith? Well, the answer is “Yes” and “No”. God gives us a choice but the Holy Spirit is the fire, the inspiration, or in fancy language, the primary agent of spreading the Good News. It is the Holy Spirit who points to Jesus and helps us do the same with our words and our lives. It is the Holy Spirit who gives us all we need, especially the grace to forget ourselves, in order to respond to the spiritual malnutrition we sense in others.
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VIDEO PRAYER to the HOLY SPIRIT
We got our tag line and some insights about evangelizing and about the Holy Spirit from St. Frances Xavier Cabrini who said, “This will be my main interest, the purpose of all my steps, my comings and goings, all my preoccupations, of all that comes my way as work: to love Jesus, to seek Jesus, to speak of Jesus and to make Jesus known.”
A SAINT ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
Reflection from St. Frances Cabrini’s Diary