Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
“For greater things you were born.” (Ven. Mother Luisita)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23rd… Lk.12: 54-59 Jesus said to the crowds, “You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret this present time?”
Part 1: Reading the Sign that is Christ in our World… by Saint Pope John Paul II
Part 2: TEN WAYS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT… by Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
Reading the Sign that is Christ in Our World! Saint Pope John Paul II – Victory Square Warsaw (June 2, 1979) BBC Report
Have we not the right to think that one must come to this very place, to this land, on this route, to read again the witness of His cross and His Resurrection? But if we accept all that I have dared to affirm in this moment, how many great duties and obligations arise? Are we capable of them?
The Church brought Christ, the key to understanding that great and fundamental reality that is man. For man cannot be fully understood without Christ. Or rather, man is incapable of understanding himself fully without Christ. He cannot understand who he is, nor what his true dignity is, nor what his vocation is, nor what his final end is. He cannot understand any of this without Christ.
Therefore, Christ cannot be kept out of the history of man in any part of the globe, at any longitude or latitude of geography. The exclusion of Christ from the history of man is an act against man!
The history of the nation is above all the history of people. And the history of each person unfolds in Jesus Christ. In Him it becomes the history of salvation. The history of the nation deserves to be adequately appraised in the light of its contribution to the development of man and humanity, to intellect, heart, and conscience. This is the deepest stream of culture. It is culture’s firmest support, its core, its strength. If we reject this key to understanding our nation, we lay ourselves open to a substantial misunderstanding. We no longer understand ourselves.
All that, I embrace in thought and in my heart during this Eucharist, and I include it in this unique most holy sacrifice of Christ on Victory Square.
And I cry from all the depths of this Millennium… Let your Spirit descend. Again, let your Spirit descend. And renew the face of the earth, the face of this land. Amen.
TEN WAYS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT by Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
The Gift of Gifts, the Sanctifier, the Interior Master, the Finger of God, Paraclete, Sweet Guest of the soul, the bond of love between Father and Son, Consoler and Counselor, the Soul-life giving principle of the Church, the Light from on high—all of these are descriptive titles of the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the most Blessed Trinity.
Let us venture into deep waters as we strive to get to know, to fall in love and establish a deep and dynamic rapport and relationship with the Holy Spirit. He desires to enter into deep communion and friendship with you, as soon as you open your mind and heart to His Presence. Now is the time!
THRUST AND PURPOSE OF THIS ESSAY. The thrust and purpose of this short essay is to help us become more familiar with the often Forgotten Person of the Most Blessed Trinity: The Holy Spirit. Our growth in holiness, our sanctification, our salvation depends upon many things, but of primary importance is our intimate union and friendship with the Holy Spirit who desires very much to be our most intimate and best Friend!
1. ACTS OF THE APOSTLES. This book of the Bible, following the Gospels, containing twenty-eight chapters and attributed to Saint Luke, is a spiritual masterpiece to say the least! However, of capital importance in reading and meditating upon this book that is read during the 50 days of the Easter Season, is the presence of the Holy Spirit. It has actually been called “The Gospel of the Holy Spirit.” Therefore, open up the text, and read and meditate upon it prayerfully.
2. UNDERLINE OR HIGHLIGHT REFERENCES TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. During the course of your perusal and meditation on the Acts of the Apostles, you might underline, highlight, or even copy into your notebook all the different references made about the Holy Spirit. With that, reflect upon the different ways that the Holy Spirit acts or operates according to the specific context. This will serve to help you come to know the Holy Spirit better and become more cognizant of His workings in the early Church, in individuals, and how He can work in your own spiritual life!
3. PRAY OFTEN TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. There are many prayers that can be said to the Holy Spirit; try to memorize at least one of these prayers and pray it often. Learn the classical or traditional prayer to the Holy Spirit:
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle within us the fire of your divine love.
V: Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created,
R: And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray: O God, who did instruct the hearts of your faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us that we might be truly wise and always rejoice in His consolation, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
4. GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Get to know the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit and beg the Holy Spirit that these Heavenly Gifts will become more and more active or operative in your daily life. The following are the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Piety, and Fear of the Lord. Six of them are found in the writings of the Prophet Isaiah. Pray the following prayer that I myself wrote for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit…
PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT … by Father Edward Broom, OMV
Come Holy Spirit, come, fill my heart with your heavenly love. Enlighten my mind so that I may know the Truth, live the Truth, and be willing to die for the Truth.
Come Holy Spirit, come, in the dark and lonely moments of my life come to console me and comfort me. You who are the Sweet Guest of the soul, make me aware of your constant and living presence, so that I recognize that I am never alone because you are with me as a Faithful Friend.
Come Holy Spirit, come, you who are the Interior Master, teach me how to pray. I do not know how to pray well. I implore you to intercede for me with ineffable groans so that I can cry out: “Abba, Father!”
Come Holy Spirit, come, in moments of doubt and confusion, be my light and counselor. Help me to make decisions, not according to my will but according to your holy will.
Come Holy Spirit, come, in moments of weakness, give me strength. You who are the courage and strength of the martyrs, obtain for me interior strength to fight against sin, my fallen human nature, and anything that is not pleasing to you.
Come Holy Spirit, come, grant me a filial love for you and a sincere love for my neighbor, especially for those I live with and meet every day. Set my heart on fire with love.
Come Holy Spirit, come, sanctify me with your presence. You who are the sanctifier, attain for me an ardent yearning for holiness of life. “Be holy as your heavenly Father is holy.” May I attain holiness of life so as to attain the promise of eternal life.
Come Holy Spirit, come, produce in me a reverential fear that motivates me to avoid all that is displeasing to you, and to avoid any persons, places, things, or circumstances that could damage my friendship with you.
Come Mary, Mystical Spouse of the Holy Spirit, Temple of the Holy Spirit, you who had the most intimate and constant union with the Holy Spirit, pray for me so that my knowledge and love of the Holy Spirit will grow daily until I am with you forever in heaven, worshiping forever the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
5. BEG THE HOLY SPIRIT TO MAKE YOU A SAINT. One of the many titles given to the Holy Spirit is the Sanctifier—which means: to make one holy. Vatican II, Chapter V of Lumen Gentium asserts the universal call to holiness. All of us, despite our age, culture, condition, or specific vocation, are called to become great saints. Jesus states this clearly with these words: “Be holy as your heavenly Father is holy.” (Mt. 5:48) Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta expressed the universal call to holiness as such: “Holiness is not the privilege of the few, but the duty of all.” Saint Pope John XXIII added: “The saints are the masterpieces of the Holy Spirit.” Therefore, with all the energy of your heart and fiber of your being humbly beg the Holy Spirit to make you a saint!!!
6. THE SIGN OF THE CROSS: THE TRINITY AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. Our prayers and prayer gestures can become commonplace, mechanical, perfunctory, and nonchalant. This can easily become the case when we start all of our prayers with the Sign of the Cross. Perhaps it is time to stop and reflect upon the meaning of the Sign of the Cross related to God, related to the Trinity, related to the cross of Christ that wrought our redemption, and related to the Person of the Holy Spirit. It could be helpful to recall upon making the Sign of the Cross that you are truly a living and vibrant Temple of the Holy Spirit. Saint Paul exhorts us: “Glorify God in your body.” (1Cor 6:20)
7. IN TIMES OF TRIAL AND AFFLCITION CALL UPON THE HOLY SPIRIT. A most compelling and beautiful example of the powerful Presence of the Person and action of the Holy Spirit occurs in one of the trials of Saint Joan of Arc. (Read Saint Joan of Arc written by Mark Twain.) The maid of Orleans is being tried as a heretic and will eventually be burned at the stake, when she is asked this trick question: “Are you in the state of grace?” Enlightened and moved by the Holy Spirit, the saint responds: “If I am, thanks be to God; if I am not, may God put me there!” Bingo!!! Without time to reflect and study, the Holy Spirit with great alacrity inspired her with a response that even the greatest of theologians could not have surpassed!
8. READ CLASSICS ON THE HOLY SPIRIT. Make an intellectual effort to apply your mind to study one or more of the classics on the Holy Spirit. It is often the case that we do not know basic truths about our Catholic faith due to mental lethargy, mental laziness, mental inertia. Let us fight against a lazy mind! The following are some suggestions for your intellectual pursuit. “In the School of the Holy Spirit” by Jacques Philippe. The Sanctifier by former Archbishop of Mexico City, Luis Martinez. Catechism of the Catholic Church referring to the Holy Spirit #683-747. The Spiritual Life by Adolphe Tanqueray #1307-1357. The Summa Theologica of Saint Thomas Aquinas – Primer Pars, Questions 36. Finally, the Encyclical of Pope Saint John Paul II on the Holy Spirit, Dominum et Vivificantem, May 18, 1986. These sources should keep you busy at least over the weekend!
9. SACRAMENTAL THEOLOGY AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. The Holy Spirit’s role is essential in the Church which is the Mystical Body of Christ. Jesus is the Head of the Mystical Body; we are the members of His Body. But what about the role and Presence of the Holy Spirit? His role is key, to say the least! The Holy Spirit is actually and truly THE SOUL OF THE CHURCH!!! In philosophy the soul is defined as “the life-giving principle—that which gives life! Without our soul we are dead, a corpse. Without the Holy Spirit, the Church cannot exist. It is the Holy Spirit who gives life to the Church and all of its members! Here is a study for you to undertake! In the administration of the Sacraments, how often does the presence of the Holy Spirit come into play??? Much more than we are aware of!!! Read the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1091-1109.
10. MARY AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. Finally, let us invoke Mary most Holy and beg for her intercession that we might be more open and docile to the workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Blessed Virgin Mary was at all times and places open to the workings and operations of the Holy Spirit. However, the Holy Spirit intervened in three key moments in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary: The Immaculate Conception, the Virginal Conception, and Pentecost—the birthday of the Church. A word on each. In the Immaculate Conception of Mary in the womb of her mother Saint Anne, Mary was preserved from the stain of Original Sin by the working of the Holy Spirit. In the Virginal Conception, Jesus was conceived in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary through the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. In Hebrew the Shekinah—the Overshadowing. Finally, fifty days after the Resurrection of Jesus, the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles, but through the presence, fasting, prayers, and good example of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For that reason, Saint Louis de Montfort enthusiastically asserts: “Those who love Mary, the Holy Spirit flings Himself into their souls.” Mary is the Daughter of God the Father, the Mother of God the Son, and the Mystical Spouse of the Holy Spirit. To love the Blessed Virgin Mary is to open a floodgate of graces and the powerful invasion of the Holy Spirit in your life. Let us pray often: “Come Holy Spirit, come through the Heart of Mary.”
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