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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mary TV Daily Reflection 5/14/2013


         
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Come, Holy Spirit!


J.M.J.
May 14, 2013

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! I rejoice with you and in this time of grace I call you to spiritual renewal. Pray, little children, that the Holy Spirit may come to dwell in you in fullness, so that you may be able to witness in joy to all those who are far from faith. Especially, little children, pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that in the spirit of love, every day and in each situation, you may be closer to your fellow-man; and that in wisdom and love you may overcome every difficulty. I am with you and I intercede for each of you before Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call." (May 25, 2000)

Our Lady counsels us to ask for the Holy Spirit to come and dwell in us. This very simple prayer expresses an equally simple desire. We want to be inhabited by the Holy Spirit. We want the Holy Spirit to enter our hearts and live there, within us. This indwelling of the Holy Spirit is something wonderful!! We hear about it in the early chapters of the book of Acts. The Apostles and disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and their entire beings were transformed. They began to speak in tongues, to pray in ways they had never before dreamed of, and to understand Jesus with new eyes. Those in whom the Holy Spirit dwelt were set on fire with love for God and for one another. All because of the simple desire and prayer for the Holy Spirit to come and dwell in them. (It is wonderful to realize that it was Our Lady who taught the Apostles to pray for the Holy Spirit! She taught them and now she is teaching us to ask for the Holy Spirit!)

St. Faustina allowed the Holy Spirit to dwell in her constantly. She knew that without Him, she could do nothing good, but that with Him all things were possible. She once wrote:

In the evening during benediction, such thoughts as these began to distress me: Is not perhaps all this that I am saying about God's great mercy just a lie or an illusion...? And I wanted to think about this for a while, when I heard a strong and clear inner voice saying, "Everything that you say about My goodness is true; language has no adequate expression to extol My goodness." These words were so filled with power and so clear that I would give my life in declaring they came from God. I can tell this by the profound peace that accompanied them at that time and that still remains with me. This peace gives me such great strength and power that all difficulties, adversities, sufferings, and death itself are as nothing. This light gave me a glimpse of the truth that all my efforts to bring souls to know the mercy of the Lord are very pleasing to God. And from this springs such great joy in my soul that I do not know whether it could be any greater in heaven, Oh, if souls would only be willing to listen, at least a little, to the voice of conscience and the voice - that is, the inspirations - of the Holy Spirit! I say "at least a little" because once we open ourselves to the influence of the Holy Spirit, He Himself will fulfill what is lacking in us. - Diary, 359

St. Faustina was being tempted by the enemy to disbelieve her mission and to give up on Divine Mercy. But because the Holy Spirit was dwelling within, she was protected from that temptation by those bold and clear words that she heard in her heart. Those words of the Holy Spirit brought her peace and the clear assurance that she was on the right track and nothing could dissuade her from proclaiming God's Mercy. She knew that "once we open ourselves to the influence of the Holy Spirit, He himself will fulfill what is lacking in us." She knew the power of the Holy Spirit in her life!

That same Holy Spirit gave St. Faustina great love for others. She was able to suffer and pray for souls because of the Holy Spirit within her. St. Faustina prayed for the Holy Spirit to fill her:

This evening, I prepared with great care and prayed long to the Holy Spirit that He might deign to grant me His light and take me under His special guidance. 
- Diary, 1174


Our Lady advises us to ardently pray to the Holy Spirit, that He will come into our hearts and bring His Gifts. May we be wise children, and do as she says! We will not regret it!

St Augustine wrote this beautiful prayer to the Holy Spirit:

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. 
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. 
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. 
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. 
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. 
Amen.

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2013


In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2013

PPS.  Here is a link to the traditional Novena to the Holy Spirit:


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