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The Initiatives of the Holy Spirit

The Initiatives of the Holy Spirit   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, come and direct my soul in the way of sanctity. MEDITATION Although our soul is supernaturalized by sanctifying grace, our powers strengthened by the infused virtues, and our actions preceded and accompanied by actual grace, still the manner of our acting always remains human, and is therefore incapable of uniting us perfectly with God, of bringing us... Read More

The Sending of the Holy Spirit

May 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Spirit, Meditations, Pentecost, Prayer, Solemnity

The Sending of the Holy Spirit * When the Lord told his disciples to go and teach all nations and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit [cf Matthew 28:19], he conferred on them the power of giving men new life in God. He had promised through the prophets that in these last days he would pour out his Spirit on his servants and handmaids, and that they would prophesy [cf Joel 3:1]. So when... Read More

How to Prevent a Temptation from Becoming a Sin

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How to Prevent a Temptation from Becoming a Sin We have not much difficulty in seeing that temptation is no evil and that consent alone makes the sin. That which troubles and disquiets those whom God subjects to this painful trial is the fear of offending God and their ignorance of the principles by which they may reassure themselves, not being able to distinguish between temptation and consenting to temptation. This uncertainty... Read More

The Holy Spirit and the Apostolate

The Holy Spirit and the Apostolate   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, take possession of my soul and transform it into a chosen instrument for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. MEDITATION The heart of the apostolate is love. St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus understood this well; after having passed in review all possible vocations, and recognizing that they would not suffice to appease her immense apostolic desires,... Read More

Gift of the Holy Spirit and the Divine Indwelling

October 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity, Kristin Aebli

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The Gift of the Holy Spirit and the Divine Indwelling “St. Paul teaches that the Holy Spirit directs us towards the great values of love, joy, communion, and hope: our task is to experience them every day.” –Pope Benedict XVI The greatest gift God has favored us with is the love of Christ, a love expressed in His death on the cross. Through this love, He remains with His Church to the end of the world. In order to... Read More

Our Meeting with the Holy Spirit

Our Meeting with the Holy Spirit   Presence of God – Come, Holy Spirit, invade me with Your action. MEDITATION Considering the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the beatitudes which are their fruits, we arrive at a better understanding of the marvelous riches God has bestowed upon us. Every Christian possesses these gifts from the day of his Baptism; hence, there is no temerity in the desire that they attain their full maturity... Read More

The Gift of Knowledge

The Gift of Knowledge   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, teach me the nothingness of earthly things. MEDITATION By the gifts of fear, fortitude, piety, and counsel, the Holy Spirit regulates our moral life; whereas by the other gifts—knowledge, understanding, and wisdom—He governs our theological life more directly, that is, our relations with God. The first four gifts perfect the moral virtues especially; the last... Read More

The Gift of Fortitude

The Gift of Fortitude   Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, You know how weak I am; make me strong with Your divine fortitude. MEDITATION Under the influence of the gift of fear, the soul puts itself completely into the hands of God and has but one desire, that of never being separated from Him. The gift of fortitude comes to strengthen it so that it may be always more and more courageous in serving God. In the measure that... Read More

The Virtues and the Gifts

The Virtues and the Gifts   Presence of God – Teach me, O Holy Spirit, to remain in an attitude of continual attention to Your inspirations, and of perpetual dependence upon Your impulses. MEDITATION St. Thomas teaches that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us as a help to the virtues: “dona sunt in adjutorium virtutum.” This is a very meaningful expression: note that we receive the gifts to help the virtues,... Read More

Action of the Holy Spirit

The Action of the Holy Spirit Presence of God – O Holy Spirit, make me realize Your action in my soul; teach me to recognize it and correspond with it. MEDITATION Just as the Holy Spirit dwelt in the most holy soul of Christ in order to bring it to God, so He abides in our souls for the same purpose. In Jesus He found a completely docile will, one that He could control perfectly, whereas in us He often meets resistance, the... Read More

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