THE SCHOOL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: LEARN THE LANGUAGE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

April 27, 2020frjohnma

Rev. Fr. John-Mary Benedict Ntol Atep

Let us too ask for the grace of being able to hear what the Spirit says to our Church, to our community, to our parish, to our family, and for the grace to learn the language of the Holy Spirit.” – Pope Francis

Come Holy Spirit
Fall on us
Burn like a fire
Living flame of love
Come Holy Spirit
Fall on us
Burn like a fire
Living flame of love

How often do we remember to begin, move through and end our prayers and all we do through, with, in and for the Holy Spirit. We are very conscious of God the Father and the Son but we effortlessly neglect the place of the Holy Spirit. The insensitivity between us and the Holy Spirit can be corrected by learning the language of the Holy Spirit. We can start learning the language of the Holy Spirit by saying the prayer of St. Augustine against the tendencies of neglecting the Person of the Holy Spirit: “O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.”

The first step in learning a new language is learning the words of the language and enriching our vocabulary in other to know the language and speak fluently. The vocabulary of the language of the Holy Spirit is: gifts (Isaiah 11:2), charisms (1 Corinthians 12:8-10) and fruits (Galatians 5:22-24). The language of the Holy Spirit is the language of God the Father and God the Son. God the Father at the beginning of creation, speaks the language of the Holy Spirit. Scripture says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters” (Gen. 1:1-2).

God the Father also speaks the language of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the history of our salvation, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you” (Luke 1:35).

In a similar way, God the Son speaks the language of the Holy Spirit first before embarking on his public ministry: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor” (Luke 4:18). He also taught that we would be given the language of the Holy Spirit for the task of evangelization: “Do not be anxious how you are to speak…. for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you” (Matthew 10:19-20). Jesus Christ did not only begin everything in His identity, mission and ministry by speaking the language of the Holy Spirit but He also ends with the language of the Holy Spirit: “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!” (Luke 23:46).

Disciples of the School of the Holy Spirit, for us to speak the language of the Spirit, we need to suspend our language of the flesh and start speaking the language of the Spirit daily. First learn from God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ how they always begin, move through and end with the Holy Spirit. Second, pay attention to the roles of the Holy Spirit in the Magisterium, the Holy Bible and Sacred Traditions of the Holy Catholic Church. There is a saying by the Church Fathers: If “‘the Law was pregnant with Christ’ the Church is pregnant with the Holy Spirit.” Therefore, immerse yourself into the prayers of the Saints to the Holy Spirit, sing reflectively the multiple hymns of the Church to the Holy Spirit. Note, “The words of our hymns are like honeycombs full of honey: our job will be like that of the beekeeper extracting the honey from the comb” (Cantalamessa, 2003). Let us remember the Holy Spirit, honour Him and Love Him.

Holy Spirit of God – Fall afresh on us!

Comments (8)

  • Louis Mathias

    April 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Powerful and Wonderful Reflection Fr! 👍May Our Lady the Spouse of the Holy Spirit help us to always communicate and act with Love, Gentleness and Kindness the language of Holy Spirit Amen 🙏

    1. frjohnma

      April 27, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      Thanks. May St. Louis Marie de montfort also assist us

  • Gerard-Mary

    April 27, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Amen! In the Holy Spirit we live, move and have our being. More grace to you. Thanks Padre.

    1. frjohnma

      April 27, 2020 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks my dear brother and friend

  • Francis-Mary

    April 27, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    If “‘the Law was pregnant with Christ’ the Church is pregnant with the Holy Spirit.” This me really thinking! Thank you so much for sharing. More grace bro!

    1. frjohnma

      April 27, 2020 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks for your words and compliment

  • Juliana-Mary Ukeje

    April 27, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Thank you very much Father for this very enriching reflection and for sharing the beautiful prayer of St. Augustine to the Holy Spirit. It is indeed a very good way to start in obtaining the required graces to both hear & speak the language of the Holy Spirit as advised by the holy Father the Pope.
    I really wonder how the Holy Spirit has been patient with our insensitivity to Him; we are not only His temple in which He resides, but He is the one that enables us to know & call God our Father, yet..!
    St Paul was very right: we are indeed earthenware-containers of great spiritual treasures! We cannot thank God enough for this mind-blowing privilege; may He grant us the grace to be more aware of this great Teacher that He has given us and optimally harness the great potentials therein. And may our Lady, the Help of Christians continue to intercede for us.

    1. frjohnma

      April 27, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      This prayer of yours says it all “May the Holy Spirit grant us the grace to be more aware of this great Teacher that He has given us and optimally harness the great potentials therein. And may our Lady, the Help of Christians continue to intercede for us.” Come Holy Spirit and fill our hearts.

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