May 14, 2020frjohnma

All scripture is inspired by God and useful for refuting error, for guiding people’s lives and teaching them to be upright. – 2Tim. 3:16

Rev. Fr. John-Mary Benedict Ntol Atep


Two Christ’s faithful attended Holy Mass, one after the Mass, appreciated the priest for his homily and said the homily was not only enlightening but inspiring. The other person, came out of the Church with an infuriated disposition and was unhappy throughout the day. What is at work? The first experienced the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and the second, please say it.

Inspiration is from the Latin word inspirare meaning to “breathe into.” It is a process by which the Holy Spirit moves us to act. It is an appeal or persuasion of the Holy Spirit that happens in our hearts and souls as they are informed by interior light to follow the good and flee from evil or the bad. To be led by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit is not to say you understand the Holy Spirit but to experience Him as you always seek His guidance. Many times the concept sounds magical but it is not. Speaking and writing, the ability to hold on to the truths about God and the faith and daily guidance on our way are the three main areas of life that the Holy Spirit inspires us. For instance, about guidance on our way, the opportunity to do good or be charitable may well up in us but if we fail to listen and accept the offer, then we will miss it. To this end, I dare say that lack of the consciousness of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit has resulted in many of us missing very many opportunities in life. Holy Spirit please renew us!

Sometimes it seems as if it is very difficult to be moved by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In order to experience the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we need to cultivate interior freedom. St. Paul says, “Christ set us free, so that we should remain free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be fastened again to the yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1). There are two means that we can feel the inspiration of the Holy Spirit: the way of conscience and the way of the Church. The Spirit speaks to us as individuals (conscience) and He also speaks to us as a community and through a community (the Church). About the Church, Scripture says, “Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches” (Rev. 2:2ff).

Reflective Questions

  1. Inspiration is about partnership with the Holy Spirit, how often do I listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in me?
  2. Listening to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, makes the promises of Jesus Christ to manifest in my life. How many opportunities in life, have I missed? What are my new agenda to employ and partner with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit?

Action plan

  1. There are many examples of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit from the Acts of the Apostles. Please continue to read it prayerfully with the Church.
  2. Identify concrete examples in your life that you have experienced the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Today is the feast of St. Matthias, an Apostle that was elected by the college of Apostles to replace Judas. He is an apostle of divine inspirations and may his intercession assist us to be also inspired by the Holy Spirit. You are in my prayers, please pray for me.

Comments (18)

  • Francis-Mary

    May 14, 2020 at 11:05 am

    Good! Thanks for the sharing. May God grant us the grace to be more conscious of the Holy Spirit at work in us and in the Church. Through Christ our Lord Amen.

    1. frjohnma

      May 15, 2020 at 8:45 am

      Thank you very much

  • Pauline Otu

    May 14, 2020 at 11:05 am

    Amen. May the Holy spirit of God continue to renew & inspire us as Christians through christ our Lord amen. Thank you Father & stay safe.

    1. frjohnma

      May 15, 2020 at 8:45 am

      Your prayers have kept the blog alive!

  • Martin

    May 14, 2020 at 11:40 am

    I may have truly missed many promptings of the Holy Spirit. Lord renew me and deepen my faith and help me to be more discerning.

    1. frjohnma

      May 15, 2020 at 8:44 am

      May the Spirit renew you and empower you to ripe more. Amen

  • Juliana-Mary Ukeje

    May 14, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Thank a lot Father for the reflection, especially for highlighting the three areas that we could be inspired by the Holy Spirit, as well as His two communication channels. With respect to the conscience-channel, I think there is need to have a well-informed conscience. For example, when we receive His prompting to help someone in need, we often prefer to follow our self comfort-seeking inclinations, trying to convince ourselves that “the Spirit did not move me to do it!”. I therefore render a resounding “Amen!” to your prayer for His renewal so that we do not miss the very many opportunities that He constantly presents to us to do good. And may we always consult Him before taking any decision like the Apostles did today as they chose Judas’ replacement.

    1. frjohnma

      May 15, 2020 at 8:43 am

      Always on point and enriching the soul

  • Clifford Yaor

    May 14, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Comment (Required) Thank you Fr for the wonderful reflection. We or I something, do not allow the Holy Spirit to fall on me or us. We keep saying no to the things we should have said yes, especially in area of been charitable, once the innermost voice in our hearts speak “GIVE” we should act fast once we follow back we lost it. For one to be a cheerful giver, it is from heart it is not how much we have, but if we follow the direction of Holy Spirit and we directing the Holy Spirit. I pray for the Holy Spirit to continued to inspire us, to continue guild our conscience so that we can more charitable. Amen. We can share our wisdom, knowledge, wealth and other goodies. Remind bless Fr

    1. frjohnma

      May 15, 2020 at 8:43 am

      Thanks for your inspiring comment. I am learning from you

  • Stanley-Mary Osegbo

    May 14, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks a lot Fr. for the inspiration and may the good Lord continue to grant us the grace to discern and correspond to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit Amen!

    1. frjohnma

      May 15, 2020 at 8:42 am

      Thanks and Amen

  • Ben Mary Ameh

    May 14, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Amen. May the Holy Spirit continue to lead and guide you eternally. Amen. I

    1. frjohnma

      May 15, 2020 at 8:41 am


  • Chinelo Mary

    May 14, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    I have been putting off reading your reflections but today I wanted to skip but did stop. It’s amazing how Holy Spirit can give inspiration in matters considered so little. God bless and strenghten you Fr. John Mary

    1. frjohnma

      May 15, 2020 at 8:41 am


  • AndyMarie

    May 15, 2020 at 10:01 am

    May I always be disposed to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in my life most especially in my quest for holiness. Like the story of the two men you gave. The second inspiration of the Holy Spirit may be that he was able to fig into his inner recesses to discover how far he has drifted from God and in such manner went moody.
    In her state of confusion is when the Holy Spirit is greatly needed to inspire us and also correct and make us make the right choices.
    Like the church, I say come Holy Spirit and fill my heart.
    Thanks Padre.

    1. frjohnma

      May 16, 2020 at 9:32 am

      Amen and thanks a lot

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