THE SCHOOL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT – DAY 9

May 30, 2020frjohnma

THANKSGIVING AND CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH THE HANDS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit,  as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. – Eph. 5:18-20

On April 20, 2020, we started a soulful journey with Our Master, Friend, Director and Formator/Teacher and Counsellor/Advocate, the HOLY SPIRIT. We jointly thank the Holy Spirit, “the Gift” for empowering us with the gift of identity and life in Jesus Christ who is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). We thank the Holy Spirit for endowing us with the Church and the sacraments of baptism and confirmation. Through such powerful gifts of the sacraments, the Holy Spirit has infused in us gifts, charismatic gifts/charisms and ministries, power and sanctification and above all the spiritual mindedness for heavenly realities (Col. 3:1-3). Our collective names are: GRATITUDE (from our hearts), APPRECIATION (from our lips) and THANKSGIVING (from the whole of our persons/beings).

Congratulations for your dedication to the Person of the Holy Spirit and the Blessed Trinity ultimately. You have demonstrated the fact that you are “born from above” (John 3:1-8). It is our collective prayer that the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life may assist us to remain faithful to the tenets of the salvation we have received from Him; flourish in love, joy and peace and live always a spirit-filled life. Amen.

We have received a lot and to be honest, we should be overwhelmed by the riches that the Holy Spirit has endowed and equipped us. Now it is time to take a second major step in the school of the Holy Spirit; the step of giving back ourselves to the Holy Spirit through consecration: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy (consecrated) and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Rom. 12:1). Consecration is a special form of responding to the Holy Spirit and a thanksgiving too. It is yielding to the Holy Spirit our self-will in the fullest possible measure, so that the will of God will be perfected in us and for us. Consecration also is a response to the prayer: “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10). Moreover, consecration is surrendering our entire self – Body, Mind, Soul and Spirit to the Holy Spirit and to stop living an artificial life (1Thess. 5:23). An artificial life is a live of paying attention to some parts of our human person and not seeing ourselves as holistic beings. The Holy Spirit sees us as human persons that are to be fully integrated.

Today, choose a consecration formula and give yourself to the Holy Spirit totally. We cannot do it alone, therefore we need assistance. The first and best guide to consecration to the Holy Spirit is the Blessed Virgin Mary. Before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Day, “All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers” (Acts 1:14). Thus, Mary is the spiritual magnet that can assist us to embrace the Holy Spirit. Therefore, consecrate yourself today to the Holy Spirit through the hands of the Blessed Mother. Pledge to be obedient, humble and radical in discipleship.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to reflect and share with you on various subject matters in the school of the Holy Spirit. I find it very rewarding and fulfilling. I have learned a lot from your comments and prayers. In serving you through this school, I have become more empowered and richer as I have tapped from your insights and contributions. God Bless you a zillion fold. Amen. We have to be expectant for more from the Holy Spirit. He is inexhaustive! May the Holy Spirit see us through and grant us a healthy spiritual life. Amen. Please pray for me! Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations!

Comments (13)

  • AndyMarie

    May 30, 2020 at 5:59 am

    We have undergone a school without school fees or physical certificate. All that is required is the spiritual union with the Trinity which certified us as sons and daughters of God. We have been well tutored, enlightened, and feed in the Holy spirit. It’s my prayer that as we prepare to receive the Holy Spirit in it’s fullest, may the fruits and gifts which comes from Him be guided in us by the presence of our Blessed Mother Mary. Amen
    Thank you Father for your efforts in exposing diverse meanings and operations of the Holy Spirit.
    May the Holy Spirit grant us the only necessary knowledge in our quest for holiness. Amen

    1. frjohnma

      June 1, 2020 at 10:52 am

      Thanks a lot

  • Juliana-Mary Ukeje

    May 30, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Congratulations to you too Father and I give all the glory, honour, adoration and thanksgiving to God for the spiritual experience & nourishment dished out to us these past 40 or 41 days. Our new names of GRATITUDE, APPRECIATION and THANKSGIVING truly befit us! Thank you very very much Father for accepting to be His instrument in leading us in this spiritual journey this far. I also appreciate your tips on how to respond and sustain our growth in Him by consecrating our selves to Him totally, especially through Mary; the spiritual magnet that can assist us to embrace the Holy Spirit. And may She continue to intercede for as we enjoy the privilege of receiving the Holy Spirit along with Her tomorrow as the first disciples did on the first Pentecost!; Yes, I’m saying this because this year’s Pentecost falls on the last day of our May devotion! We are truly blessed because the Holy Spirit always readily forms Christ anew in any Soul that He finds Mary (His faithful Spouse). Many thanks again Father and wishing us all the choicest gifts of the Holy Spirit as we celebrate Him tomorrow by God’s grace.

    1. frjohnma

      June 1, 2020 at 10:51 am

      This is great and inspiring as usual

  • Paschal Mary

    May 30, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Thank you very much Father for giving me this wonderful privilege to follow you on this platform. I truly love and enjoy. May the renewal of the Holy spirit in us help all of us to bury ourselves in his total control each day of our lives. Amen. Thank you once again, Father.

    1. frjohnma

      June 1, 2020 at 10:51 am

      My brother All to Jesus

  • Gerard-Mary

    May 30, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    Congratulations too Padre and a very big Amen!
    I am all Thine and all that I have is Thine oh Holy Spirit through Mary They faithful spouse. Amen.
    All to Jesus!

    1. frjohnma

      June 1, 2020 at 10:50 am

      All to Jesus!

  • Pauline Otu

    May 30, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you Father for all the daily reflections on the school of the Holy spirit. We’ve really gained a lot from your inspiring lectures. May the Holy spirit of God continue to strengthen you amen. Stay safe & blessed.

    1. frjohnma

      June 1, 2020 at 10:50 am

      Thanks and God bless you

  • Louis Mathias

    May 30, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    Congratulations Fr and Well done for your consistency in the insightful daily reflection in the School of the Holy Spirit. May the Holy Spirit continue to inspire you and more through Christ Our Lord Amen. Our Lady Spouse of the Holy Spirit – Pray for us

    1. frjohnma

      May 31, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks a lot for your words and prayers. Amen

    2. frjohnma

      June 1, 2020 at 10:49 am

      Thank you Fr

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