THE SCHOOL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: GROWING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT – DESIRE

May 9, 2020frjohnma

“Are you incapable of doing what these men and women have done? Do you think them capable of achieving this by their own resources and not by the Lord their God? . . . Why are you relying on yourself, only to find yourself unreliable? Cast yourself upon him, do not be afraid. He will not withdraw himself so that you fall. Make the leap without anxiety, he will catch you and heal you.” ― Ralph Martin, The Fulfillment of All Desire

There is only one motive that is my guiding force in our spiritual engagement. What I intend to achieve at the end of the school of “Brother Wind” is to make us to “Make the leap without anxiety, (and that the Holy Spirit) … will catch you and heal you” and inspire you to make an offering of a “TOTAL YES” to Him. We have neglected the Holy Spirit for too long and we have also left Him in the hands of the “unknown” and it is worrisome if not frustrating. So, I only intend to create awareness and to assist us to also experience if you like a glimpse of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Baptism of Holy Spirit simply means renewal or reawakening of our sacramental powers of Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist. As we progress in the school of Brother Wind, we shall reflect more on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

From previous reflections, we have stated clearly that the spiritual life and maturity of a Christian and a Catholic cannot be holistic without paying attention to the pillars of our faith and spiritual life. And the charismatic spirituality, that is the Spirituality of the Holy Spirit is one of such areas for us to reawaken, cultivate and practise for our spiritual health and wellbeing. It is like saying also that our Christian maturity will be questionable and incomplete if you and I do not have the spirituality of Jesus Christ – the Holy Eucharist. Furthermore, we have outlined the traditional and charismatic steps to identify and walk through for growth and development as a child of God. Dear friends of the Holy Spirit, poor or lack of growth in psychological parlance leads to fixation in ordinary life. Then, I am wondering what such would mean in the spiritual life! Ponder about it and discuss with the Holy Spirit.

A philosopher, Epictetus says that “One that desires to excel should endeavour in those things that are in themselves most excellent.” The Holy Spirit is a Person who loves and desires to be loved too. Love they say begets love and therefore, as we know, in the heart of every human person is the holy desire for one God of three divine Persons. We have always longed for the Father and the Son. Now is the appropriate time to rekindle in us the fire of the love of the Holy Spirit. According to the English mystic, Julian of Norwich we are creatures from the Womb of the Eternal and God did not simply make us but we are made “of God.” There is a popular saying that supports our reflection, “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” Thus, Find your delight in the Lord who will give you your heart’s desire. —Psalm 37:4.

A person is a relational being. This being so, a person that is desired through love will do more than imagined. This can be applied to the Holy Spirit who is a Divine Person with a will and personality. He is waiting for us to identify and acknowledge Him. Long for Him, yearn for Him and watch and reap the fruits of His abiding presence.

Action plans

  1. The Holy Spirit loves us so much but we have failed in several ways to acknowledge and treasure His love. Ask Our Lady, the Spouse of the Holy Spirit to grant you a sincere and deep desire for the Holy Spirit.
  2. Our commitment to the Holy Spirit should not only be during our novena in honour of Him towards Pentecost. There are many forms of devotions and spiritual practices in honour of the Holy Spirit. Rediscover them today. For instance, pray the Chaplet of the Holy Spirit. Sing hymns in honour of the Holy Spirit. Consciously converse with the Holy Spirit.

You are in my prayers and please pray for me.

Comments (8)

  • Juliana-Mary Ukeje

    May 9, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Thank you once again Father for your unrelenting efforts in leading us to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit. I hereby render a resounding “Amen“ to your opening prayer or rather to our realizing your expected outcome of these whole sessions in the school of the Holy Spirit, ie for us to make the leap without anxiety, (and that the Holy Spirit) will catch us and heal us and inspire us to make an offering of a ‘Total Yes’ to Him”. This total self-surrender is surely key in finding the delight in Him, who alone can give us our heart’s desire, as you have already captured in Psalm 37:4; but we must sincerely seek to truly do our part; ie the total surrendering! I’m also encouraged by your reference to my Patron Saint (St. Julian of Norwich), ie we are creatures from the Womb of the Eternal and God did not simply make us but we are made “of God”; so I strongly believe that having Him in us should make everything good (especially spiritual ventures) doable.
    May God continue to richly bless and reward you.

    1. Francis-Mary

      May 9, 2020 at 4:21 pm

      “We are creatures from the Womb of the Eternal and God… We are made of God” – English Mystic, Julian of Norwich.

      This is heavy oh! I think l can write a theological thesis on this. Really will be wondering how much of “God’s Gene” is in man🤔 May we live our lives conscious of our make up; God Himself. Through Christ our Lord Amen.
      Thank you so much Fr. More grace always🙏

      1. frjohnma

        May 9, 2020 at 7:12 pm

        “God’s Gene” has exposed to me the insight of our being created in the image and likeness of God. So, in each of us we are privileged with the “genes” of the three Divine Persons. Waooooooo. Psalm 8 in action. Thanks a lot

    2. frjohnma

      May 9, 2020 at 7:18 pm

      Total surrender to God or Total consecration to Jesus through Mary remains the key to the heart of God. However, we need to desire it and work for it. After receiving it, it needs constant renewal. Here comes the special function of the Holy Spirit. Again, Julian of Norwich your namesake is too deep. God bless you for sharing your depth of spiritual wealth with us.

  • Louis Mathias

    May 9, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks a lot Fr for helping us to renew our devotion to the Holy Spirit. May the Holy Spirit enlighten us to involve Him actively in our spiritual life through Christ Our Lord Amen

    1. frjohnma

      May 10, 2020 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks a million times

  • Elochi

    May 9, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Beautiful Spiritual insight. An effective spiritual and action plan.

    1. frjohnma

      May 18, 2020 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks a lot

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