Just as without realizing what was happening I had found myself in that sad state, so also when it ended I found myself being taken out of it. From all impurity of soul and body deliver us, O Holy Spirit. An eternity of joys is being even now prepared for us; to suffer in order to achieve those joys, we have only the present short life; so let us make the best of it and suffer now for Christ Jesus, our divine Redeemer, as much as we can. When the time laid down for the redemption of the human race arrived, the divine Word became man and the two natures were united; there then existed in the world a God who was at the same time man, and for thirty-three years a man who was God lived among men. O divine Teacher, only Consoler of the hearts that love you: look down today on all those who serve you in great sorrow at seeing you unloved because you are unknown. The Holy Spirit, whose anointing permeates our whole being, is the interior Master of Christian prayer. Now! If the cherubim all came down on earth and began to speak, even with the wonderful intelligence which God has given them and with the sincere desire they all feel to make God and all his works known, even they could tell us nothing and could give us no proper idea of what the heavens involve. We know through faith that there is only one true God and that he neither had a beginning nor will have an end; and although there is only one God there are in him three distinct Persons whom we call the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and the three are only one God, the three being the one and the same divine Essence. Now I would go through anything rather than lose that faith; and even if— although of course it is impossible—the head of the Church were to say that there was no God, I would have to say to him: God does exist, and to prove my belief, you may tear me to pieces, for I hunger and thirst to see him. The Holy Spirit is a lover of quiet and repose, of that repose which the souls feels when it seeks and desires nothing but its God. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Although God saw all these things before the creation, there was no reluctance on his part; not for an instant did he hesitate, but went ahead with the creation of the angel and of man, so desired by the Holy Spirit; for the holiness of God loves and wills everything that he sees to be good and just, as his will never fluctuates. I make the same challenge to you. And whenever there is no creature to mortify them, then God, great as he is in all things, sees to it himself; thus showing the souls who wish to be his that mortification must be something continuous, like the beating of the heart. In this school, directed by the Holy Spirit in the center of our soul, the subject we learn is away above all human subjects. We, your creatures, are and can be no more than you wished to make us; we can have nothing more than what you wish to bestow on us. Jesus insists on this petition to be made in his name at the very moment when he promises the gift of the Spirit of Truth. This indeed is goodness, mercy, love, and love supreme! The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Give me also your grace and your divine light so that I may come to know you and to know myself and that knowing you I may serve you and love you until the last moment of my life and may continue loving you afterwards for ever and ever. Faith, of course, is his main target, for if he manages to injure this one he is sure of the other two also, because any injury to faith is fatal. From love of comfort and luxury deliver us, O Holy Spirit. Before we set out on that road he entrusts us to them, and they carry out the work of devils very effectively; but once we determine to make holiness our goal, then he trusts no one, for the matter is too serious; he comes into the fray himself, although he can achieve nothing. But he aims directly first of all at our faith, for if he can rid us of that it will be easy for him to capture the other two, because faith is like the foundation on which the whole spiritual edifice is built, and that is what he wants to destroy: that is his object, that is what he hopes to achieve. Jan. 9: FEAST OF JESUS, THE BLACK NAZARENE (Philippines). So, O my Teacher, take us all into your school so that, like the blind man, we may see what you are, for no one else can describe you to us. What means will he use to satisfy this divine attribute? To help them to achieve what they aspire to with that ardent desire of their souls, I am going to tell them what was taught and given to me by a most wise Teacher, who is the source and fountain of all wisdom and knowledge. I ask it of you in the name of who you are, God infinite in goodness. Stream 10-Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit | Day 2 by ST. JOSEMARIA INSTITUTE from desktop or your mobile device. Infuse into all their hearts the fire of your divine love and you will find them asking you the same question as your persecutor in Damascus: “Lord, what will you have me to do?”. Amen. We know all of this, not from the lessons we learn in the school, for the things I am saying now are learned simply through the close contact we have with him as our Teacher. O you, my Teacher, you who are my all, in all things! O, is there no limit to the infinite goodness he showers on us his creatures! Like the bird, they soar to greater heights with the help of those two wings. Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, send us the divine Consoler. Do you think God is satisfied with merely external things, as we are? He does not teach it to us, because this book and everything it contains is far above the understanding of any human intelligence. Who then can speak to us of God and tell us what he is? and I don’t want to harden my heart to resisting, And how have these creatures of yours responded to that infinite goodness which so much wished to ennoble, elevate and enrich them? And look at the reward it receives for fighting and overcoming all its appetites: for all who so fight and conquer are given a gratuitous and undeserved reward, a reward which is free gift of God, for the soul itself could never attain the dispositions necessary to merit it. Who has sacrificed himself for us as he has? They do not know you! Weekdays after Epiphany readings and commentary. Holiness is acquired through mortification and is perfected also through mortification. When a soul resolves to desire nothing but to follow its beloved Redeemer and to have eyes for nothing but him, determined if possible to do for him what its adorable Redeemer did and suffered for it, then Satan becomes furious; he prepares to launch a great attack and he brings his whole infernal army with him. And just as, outside this school, whatever little we can do for the good of our soul is so difficult for us, so on the contrary if we attend this school and persevere in it, the more we do the more we want to do. Once he rebelled against God, all his knowledge and all his intelligence turned to deceiving, seducing, pretending and disguising, and now that occupies him completely. God had left this angel all the natural gifts which he had already bestowed on him, depriving him only of grace, glory and beauty, while leaving him all the others as a means of punishment; and all of these he used as a means to see how he could destroy the pleasure he knew God took in man. How sad it is, O holy and divine Spirit, to think that we practice great charity and make great sacrifices, and yet because we do not know how to do so properly it neither glorifies you nor gains any benefit for ourselves. I have said that he makes no use of words to teach, or at least very rarely. and since he is life, he can never die; his divine nature comprises and has with-, in itself more happiness, blessedness, beauty, greatness and glory than the drops of water contained in all the seas, rivers and fountains in the world; and his divine nature is always as the honeycomb, pouring out from himself what is within him; it is as a fountain that is always full, for his spring is infinite and immense, and he gives out from himself immense riches of all the beauties contained within his own infinite goodness; and this infinite goodness is a divine attribute which the Holy Spirit has as something proper to him. This terrible suffering will be understood by no one but those who have once tasted union with God and whom he has then left helpless and abandoned, after they have been united with him. What is the feast all about? MONDAY AFTER EPIPHANY READINGS, GOSPEL COMMENTARY AND SERMON. And when you praise someone for fasting and doing penance and say that he is a saint because he does them, how can you know whether he is acting in those things with the purity of intention he should have, whether he omits to give God the honor he asks of him, whether he is not even doing things he should not do at all, or whether he is not doing things in order to be praised for it? And in that we would act according to the truth. Those people meditate and pray, mentally and vocally, they fast and do great penance, they visit the sick and help the poor, they take pity on all sufferers, they receive Holy Communion with great devotion, they attend Holy Mass with great fervor, they confess all their faults with true sorrow, and not merely their sins, because people who act in this way, through the infinite mercy of God, do not commit sins—not of course that they are immune to committing them, but through the infinite mercy of God in fact they do not do so. It was the wisdom of the divine Word that impelled his loving heart to desire this great gift for us and that directed and governed his most holy humanity; for these two natures were so united that when Jesus Christ spoke, the divine Word spoke; therefore he knew what he was asking, and he knew when and how he should make his request in order to obtain it. Prepare for Pentecost well and meditate with these daily reflections! I must confess that personally I never knew all this until my unforgettable Teacher himself taught it to me. It is quite impossible to give an adequate description of this state. Now, most loving Father, as a child speaks and asks, so I want to tell you, most sweet and lovable Father, the great sorrow my heart feels and the ardent desire that my soul has cherished for so many years. In order to fulfil God’s commandment properly, we must show this love for our neighbor, not with the affections of our heart which should be reserved for God alone, but with deeds; and we should rejoice and never mention any of our neighbor’s defects, which would show that we are displeased to hear him praised or complimented. It is in the communion of the Holy Spirit that Christian prayer is prayer in the Church. Direct and govern us in all things, teach us to glorify you, so that beginning in this life, we may thus continue for ever and ever. Let us make a second resolution: to enter into ourselves and to uproot ruthlessly from our heart any affection we find there, great or small, for things or for creatures, and to say with a firm determination: Lord, from today, as regards loving, I am going to live as if only you and I existed in the world, confident that the Holy Spirit will give us the grace we need to continue with our resolutions until we breathe our last. To love our neighbors for God’s sake means that we must be ready in all things to serve them if they need us for anything, not considering who they are, whether they are our friends or our enemies, whether they speak well or badly of us, or whether they are grateful or ungrateful for our help; otherwise we are not helping them purely for God’s sake, for God treats us always as well as it is possible. In this school of the Holy Spirit this prayer is called the beating of the divine Heart, because it is the continuous occupation of that loving Heart. Simplicity, he says, is a characteristic proper to the children of God, while deceit or pretence is proper to Satan and his followers, and it was Satan who planted this seed, together with the seed of vanity, in the heart of the woman when he seduced her into committing the first sin. Amen. If he produces these effects in a soul that merely sees him, what joy will the soul not feel when it actually possesses him? And one of these things which we should do in truth and with truth is to be careful neither to praise nor condemn, neither to desire nor reject, unless we first see the truth in the matter. The means this attribute designed and planned were the three ways of reparation, punishment and renewed exaltation: reparation to the offended Creator, punishment for the rebellious and seditious angel, renewed exaltation for fallen man, because the mercy of the divine Word decided to raise him up from his fall to even greater heights. Spirit of understanding and counsel, have mercy on us. DEVOTION to the Holy Spirit is the golden key wherewith the soul gains free access to His infinitely rich treasure chamber. Spirit of joy and peace! How little we appreciate the great favors which you, O holy and divine Spirit, have willed to give us with such liberality and generosity, without limit or measure, taking us into that immense ocean which exists in you, so that for all eternity we may be eternally happy with your own happiness, that we may be eternally blessed with your own blessedness, that we may be eternally beautiful in your divine eyes with your own beauty, and great with your own greatness over everything beautiful and great that exists in the heavens which you created solely for our pleasure and benefit. Therefore this admirable Teacher encourages us above all else to deprive ourselves of luxury; and the soul, always mindful of the tragedy that occurred in paradise, willingly abstains from the fruit because it wishes to make reparation to God, if possible, for the fault committed by that unfortunate mother of ours, with whose blood we are now contaminated. With all the training and all the lessons learned at this school, the soul begins to forget itself completely and to live with no other object in anything it does than to please God always and if possible to make him loved by all. The joy we find in this school is so consoling that all the joys in the world together cannot be compared with it. 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