THE SCHOOL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: OPENING UP TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

May 4, 2020frjohnma

“Holiness is only revealed to us by degrees, as
we journey on, and it is often something very
different from what we imagine…” – Fr. Jacques Philippe

Rev. Fr. John-Mary Benedict Ntol Atep

“Come Holy Spirit, come, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary!”

We have been talking about subject matters that border on our relationship with the Holy Spirit. In a sense, some form of knowledge of self in relation to the Person of the Holy Spirit. We can never exhaust such a vast area in the school of the Holy Spirit. Thus, may the Holy Spirit through His gifts of knowledge and wisdom fill us and refill us through Christ our Lord. Amen

Today, our interest is drawn to the Holy Spirit and His relationship with us. The Holy Spirit is known as the Gift of Gifts, the Paraclete, the Counsellor and Consoler, Friend, Sanctifier, and above all the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. As disciples of the Holy Spirit, we can experience the Holy Spirit in our lives through our depth of knowledge, love, intimacy and union with Him. His chief work is to form us to become saints. “The saints are the masterpieces of the Holy Spirit” says Saint John XXIII. So, a future saint can be you and me. What is the supreme work of the Holy Spirit?

The Supreme work of the Holy Spirit: What is your understanding of the supreme intention of the Holy Spirit’s relationship with us? The answer ought to be holiness and formation in holiness is the supreme work of the Holy Spirit. Holiness is a must for us as Christians. Scripture says “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight” (Eph. 1:4) and “Make every effort . . . to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14). For us to enjoy the effects of the supreme work of the Holy Spirit, our intention for relating with Him should be the same with His relating with us. But sometimes we understand the intention of the relationship of the Holy Spirit with us in a very different and troubling way. For example, we seek the friendship of the Holy Spirit for very wrong motives such as fame, power, gifts especially the gift of speaking in tongues. Sometimes too, we want to control the Holy Spirit, monopolize Him, lie and testify against Him, use His name to gain favour and hide under His name in order to survive. It is pertinent to note that the Holy Spirit is not only God but He has His own will and personality. Once we fall short of the supreme intention, we commit sins especially the Holy Spirit beginning with thst of grieving Him. St. Paul warns: “Do not grieve God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live…” (Eph. 4:29ff).

Finally, the sign and peak of the Holy Spirit’s relationship with us is our readiness to accept the outcome of His holiness formation in us – Virtues. It is therefore to live a virtuous life. A person who claims to be experiencing the promptings or works of the Holy Spirit in his/her life and does not reflect or radiate virtues is seriously a contradiction of the highest order. This reminds us of St. Paul’s list of virtues that should radiate from a person who claims to be experiencing the relationship of the Holy Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23).

Reflective Questions

  1. “Holiness is only revealed to us by degrees, as we journey on, and it is often something very different from what we imagine…” What is the Holy Spirit’s relationship with you?
  2. What are some concrete examples to show that the Holy Spirit is in relationship with you?

Thanks for your participation and you are always in my prayer. Please pray for me.

“Come Holy Spirit, come, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary!”

Comments (16)

  • Sr Beatrice Ndong

    May 4, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    Good bless always dear fr.you are truly a blessing to us. May God continue to bless you and see you through your undertakings.

    1. frjohnma

      May 4, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      Thanks for your words and prayer.

  • Eby

    May 4, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    May the Lord bless His words in our hearts +. Spirit of the Most High God, fall afresh on me. Thanks my Fr.

    1. frjohnma

      May 4, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you the friend of the Holy Spirit

  • Juliana-Mary Ukeje

    May 4, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks a lot Father and may the Holy Spirit continue to come to us through the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; His well beloved Spouse. May She also help us appropriately respond to each level or degree of His divine promptings or revelations and attain His desired end for us, i.e. Sainthood, especially as we journey with Her in this Her special month.

    1. frjohnma

      May 4, 2020 at 5:38 pm

      Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of the faithful..

  • Francis-Mary

    May 4, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Thank you Fr for sharing. More grace always🙏

    1. frjohnma

      May 4, 2020 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks a million times

  • Ngunan

    May 4, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you Fr for your reflection. It is interesting that the reflective questions are from the view point of the Holy Spirit to me. This requires some deep reflection. Thank you for this insight Fr, amazing.

    1. frjohnma

      May 4, 2020 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks for taking your time to reflect and share. God bless you for your manifold deeds

  • AndyMarie

    May 5, 2020 at 12:55 am

    May our mother Mary grant me the grace to be docile to the instructions of the Holy Spirit. Amen
    Thanks

    1. frjohnma

      May 5, 2020 at 8:12 am

      Child of Mary thanks a million times

  • Louis Mathias

    May 5, 2020 at 6:09 am

    Great insight on openness to the Holy Spirit! 👍 God bless you with more insights Fr

    1. frjohnma

      May 5, 2020 at 8:12 am

      The St. Louis-Marie de Asokoro, thanks a lot

  • Elochi Agatha Ude

    May 5, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Thank you

    1. frjohnma

      May 5, 2020 at 8:13 am

      Great promoter of the spiritual life, thanks for your words and compliment. Be blessed always. Amen

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