April 21, 2020frjohnma

Rev. Fr. John-Mary Benedict Ntol Atep

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3).

Now that we have been born and reborn from above by virtue of our baptism and the renewal of our baptismal vows respectively, it is expedient that we gain entrance into the School of the Holy Spirit in order to remind ourselves and develop ourselves and fulfil our identity as those born from above.

The School of the Holy Spirit is open to all. However, every school offers admission to those who meet up with certain requirements. The liturgical readings for Tuesday second week of Easter present two broad prerequisites:

  1. Openness to grace: “The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). The Holy Spirit is the Teacher of things of the Spirit. Those who have been born anew or from above are those who live by viewing life from an aerial view (We see, judge and act from above). How can we know how to live the aerial view of life in the spiritual life, unless we are taught. Therefore, openness to learning from the citadel of the Holy Spirit is sine qua non. So, we need to do away with resistance to grace. They are attachments to ourselves (self-centredness), sensible devotions, and material objects and realities like money, power, drugs and sex.
  2. Witnessing: Detachment can only happen in our discipleship to the Holy Spirit as we cultivate the lifestyle of disciples of the School of the Holy Spirit. That is living out the deposits of graces from the fruits of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit: “The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the Apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all” (Acts 4:32ff). 

Readings for prayerful reflection to gain admission into the school of the Holy Spirit: Acts 4:32-37; Ps. 93; John 3:7b-15

Prayer: For poverty of spirit/detachment, self-emptying/selflessness, self-forgetfulness and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

You are in my prayers and please pray for me!

Comments (20)

  • Pauline Otu

    April 21, 2020 at 11:52 am

    May the Holy spirit continue to be our teacher amen.

    1. Fr John-Mary Atep

      April 21, 2020 at 12:21 pm

      Amen and thanks a lot

  • John Egbeji

    April 21, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    May your teaching bring us closer to God .May you continue to wax strong in your ministry

    1. Francis-Mary

      April 21, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      Good one there Bro. Thanks for sharing. More grace Fr.🙏

      1. frjohnma

        April 21, 2020 at 6:59 pm

        I prayerfully appreciate you

    2. frjohnma

      April 21, 2020 at 6:58 pm


  • AndyMarie

    April 21, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks padre. May God grant us the spirit of inordinate attachment to things that would not build us spiritually and also edify our neighbours. Amen

    1. frjohnma

      April 21, 2020 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks and remain blessed always

  • Gerard-Mary

    April 21, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks a lot Padre. The two prerequisites for admission into the school of the Holy Spirit as you have wonderfully presented above reminded me of two things:
    1. Openness to grace: (ie openness to Mary – assemblage of God’s graces).
    2. Witnessing: (ie the interior life; doing everything in TWIF – a practice that is only possible for those who are poor in spirit).
    Mary faithful spouse of the Holy Spirit, please accept us as your special candidates for a easy, short, perfect and secured admission. Amen. Warm regards Padre.

    1. frjohnma

      April 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm

      This is the Montfort himself in the Holy Spirit

  • Anajekwu Emeka

    April 21, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    May God continue his good work in you. Keep it up.
    Thanks so much my padre.

    1. frjohnma

      April 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm

      Be blessed sir.

  • Ebele

    April 21, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Thank you Father for this wonderful piece.God bless

    1. frjohnma

      April 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks my dear sister

  • Eby

    April 21, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    May the Lord bless His words in our heart +. Thank you very much Fr.

    1. frjohnma

      April 22, 2020 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks for your words

  • Nkechi

    April 22, 2020 at 10:56 am

    Thanks u so much father may GOD continue to help so so his holy spirit can dwell in us all amen.

    1. frjohnma

      April 22, 2020 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks and remain blessed

  • Batomaria

    April 23, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Devotion(true) to Mary will surely give me this priced admission. And this for me is walking with Mary and never walk alone,listening to Her gentle counsel. This stay-at-home has afforded me a great introspection to many instances where like a loner, I’ve hitherto acted selfishly. I desire again to take Her home as my companion, so help me God

    1. frjohnma

      April 23, 2020 at 11:03 am

      You are already admitted. Please do me a favour by paying attention to the hints we are offering and keep your comments coming. Be blessed!

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