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Broken? ~ Stanza II ~ Part II

June 1, 2012 by  
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Broken? ~ Stanza II ~ Part II


Come Lord Jesus to repair us,
with Your gift of healing love.
Send Your Spirit to prepare us,
for our home in heaven above.

The Holy Spirit is our internal guide, the Advocate that Jesus sent to “…guide you to all truth….” (John 16:13), and when we pay attention, we can discover an old friend dwelling deep in our hearts. The Holy Spirit does guide us, in dozens of ways….and each of us will know Him a little differently because He truly is our personal advocate; here to help us. We just need to listen, and for most of us that means being taught how to listen.

This is where faith formation and spiritual direction come in. Through the process of learning tried and true principles of the spiritual life and allowing God to form, or mold us, we begin to understand that the various ‘voices’ we hear internally may not be all ours. God may be speaking to us in these voices and so too, the devil. Underestimating the influence that the devil has in the physical world, and on each of us personally, is one of the biggest stumbling blocks I encountered on my faith journey. At first this was scary, but then I learned that the evil one can’t do anything without God allowing it. I didn’t need to be afraid of the devil, but needed to accept the fact that he is real, that he wants to prevent us from making it to heaven, and that he has many ways of distracting us from that objective.

In John 14:18 Jesus tells us: “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” God showed His great love for us through Jesus, and because in His humanity, He could not be everywhere at the same time, He had to leave, but He sent us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit truly does dwell in our hearts……and it is entirely possible to feel one’s heart ‘burn’ as described by the disciples on the road to Emmaus. As our internal guide, given at baptism and strengthened through the sacrament of confirmation, the Holy Spirit leads us, draws us, attracts us, to those good things that we need in order to be prepared for heaven.

I had not heard of the concept – or need – of being prepared for heaven until I was close to 50 years old. We all know the scriptures about being prepared because “He comes like a thief in the night……” but I had never taken the time to reflect on what that really means. We have the choice and the ability, to live our lives in such a way as to allow us to go straight to heaven when we die; completely bypassing purgatory!! In my upbringing purgatory was kind of assumed to be an automatic step prior to heaven. I was also led to believe that although we should use the saints as role models…..I was never going to be one! What is a saint? My confessor recently told me, “A saint is simply a soul in a state of grace.” St. Thérèse of Lisieux has some good advice about being prepared here: Teaching on Purgatory

One of my favorite songs from the Liturgy of the Hours includes the following words:

God has promised, 
Christ prepares it, 
there on high our welcome waits.

It’s the Holy Spirit working in us that inspires us to leave sin behind; it is He who consoles and strengthens us through trials and darkness, and it is He who encourages us and gladdens our hearts, even in the midst of difficulties. He strips us of our attachments, enables us to focus solely on Jesus, and, filling us with abundant love and consolation, leads us to our eternal home.

Love & Prayers,


This post is part of a series. The introduction and other articles from the series can be found here once they have been published.




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About Becky Ward

Becky is a wife, mother of four (One in heaven), grandmother of five, and a "re-formed Catholic" who, after receiving the gift of a deep conversion in 2006, and working through the Disciples of Jesus and Mary faith formation program, now considers herself to be "fully Catholic" What this means is that she now, at last, understands and appreciates the beauty of the Catholic faith in such a way that she wants to share it with everyone. "I've heard that the Blessed Mother told a visionary, 'If Catholics really lived their faith, the whole world would be Catholic.' I see the truth in this, and it is my deepest hope to be a living example that draws others to Jesus. Given the nickname Rebel-Becca by her mother, Becky strongly identifies with St. John the Baptist and his call to "make straight the path of the Lord", and with his role as "Friend of the Bridegroom". The poem, "Broken?" written through her hand, is a reflection of the journey of the soul, and Becky explains what the Holy Spirit is teaching her as she writes posts for each stanza.

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