THE SCHOOL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: GROWING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT – DESIRE
“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.
- 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.
- 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.