The Holy Spirit, our divine Teacher, holds his school within the souls of those who ask him and who really want to have him as their Teacher. So, let us resolve to love our neighbor from this day on, with a pure love, for God’s sake and in the way he commands and teaches us to love him. Christian custom urges us to pray also in a special way these days for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. If you do that, then even if you feel completely dry when you try to pray, dry when you attend Mass and when you receive Communion, dry when you try to do anything, and even if the struggles the Lord asks of you are very difficult and you fight with tears in your eyes because of the strain, still you need have no fear. For the rest of creation, with the exception of man, the attribute of power alone was sufficient; but the creation of man brought into force all the divine attributes. 10-Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit - Day 9 | Docility, life of prayer, and union with the Cro I ask you to accept this little book as a token of the esteem and admiration I have for you. The Operations of the Holy Spirit in the Soul 4. Today we are going to promise the Holy Spirit to keep, preserve and protect these divine virtues, so as never to lose them. Since he has so much power and wisdom, and yet is so malicious and vindictive, such a liar and such a traitor, he is fully convinced that he will deceive us, in one way or another. STAY UPDATED. How infinite God must be in himself! Amen. Putting into practice the means we have for our sanctification. I assure you, O Lord, that with the clarity and beauty of your light, many minds will come to know, love and serve you, Lord, no one can resist the clarity of your light or the strength of your love: they will not hesitate. Amen. Mortification should be for anyone who aspires to holiness what breathing is for the body; unless it breathes the body cannot live; so our soul needs mortification if it is to attain the holiness it desires. Make my heart completely devoid of self so that it can be filled with Your Spirit, Lord. And then came that abandonment by his divinity, which, we know, is more painful for souls than hell itself. From despising little things deliver us, O Holy Spirit. Give your knowledge to all those souls who are consecrated to you, so that they may be protected from the snares of Satan and may be sure of possessing you for all eternity. Remember that, apart from the possession and vision of God, Satan kept all other faculties he had been given; the Holy Spirit gave him such a privileged intellect that with it he knew all virtue and perfection, although he did not want to practice them; that is why he is such a master in the art of seduction and deceit, using apparent or pretended virtues, for appearances and pretence are all he has. For souls consecrated to the service of the Lord this is the mask he uses to cover his face, and so he comes with appearances of great zeal. For this reason, each one of us may quite accurately and truthfully call the Holy Spirit the God who lives with us. If our good deeds and sacrifices are to be acceptable, they must all be directed to the single end of pleasing you, they must be done out of love for you and for the good of souls. How I wish I could travel all over the world and speak about you to men, so that they would come to see what you have given us for all eternity and would begin to love and serve you now in this present life. Strive to enter this divine school, where we are taught to live and act as children of such a Holy Father, as spouses of such a sweet Lord and as pupils of such a holy and unforgettable Teacher. From our inattentiveness to your holy inspiration deliver us, O Holy Spirit. And just think what it will be like when we see ourselves loved by God in the sight of all angels and all men, with a love such as God’s which is like no other love, for it leaves the soul intoxicated with happiness, fills it to the brim and leaves nothing else for it to desire! Do you think that God loves us less than our mother? To what can I compare this state of soul? After all, in this way they help us very much to attain more easily the sanctification of our soul. of the Divine School, and this Decenario del Espiritu Santo written in the form of devotions for the ten days before Whit Sunday and published now in English as About the Holy Spirit. Let us not make him sad in this way. From wishing to seek or desire anything other than you, deliver us, O Holy Spirit. And this joy which we feel carries with it a kind of foretaste of the blessedness of eternal glory, because something shines through it, something which no words can express. Neither should we be upset when we ourselves are condemned, nor should we desire to be praised, for in that there would be no truth either. Without him we have nothing and can do nothing; with him we have everything and can do everything. Amen. For he has no body, no shape, no appearance: who then can tell us what he is like? It was during this period that Francisca Javiera del Valle wrote, under obedience, the greater part of her numerous works, and certainly the most important. You are indeed blessed, O divine light, and a thousand times blessed. He was keeping back, as it were, cherished in his heart, that great request he wanted to make of his eternal Father, that great gift he wanted to ask for above all other gifts, and he waited until he was hanging on the Cross to ask it. It has forgotten everything, it is in deep sorrow, it feels completely alone and isolated. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Rita Corbett Rita grew up with her parents as missionaries in Africa, she lives in Canada with her husband Grant and daughter Chelsea and they have 5 Children. But none of these things are necessary in order to attain holiness. Let us consider the great attack that Satan prepares to launch against us when he sees us persevere in the way we have undertaken, the sufferings our soul undergoes in this fight, the great joy we give to God in the struggle and the reward he gives us for having fought, not because we deserve any reward, hut out of his great love for us. Posted on May 11, 2018 by Fr Peter Crowe. On this point he was humiliated, because the punishment God imposed on our first parents was merely temporal, while he condemned Satan for all eternity, world without end, for as long as God would continue to be God, which he is for ever … and ever. But really there is nothing to which I can properly compare this state. So let us also love him simply for the sake of loving him. Look at them, and you will see that when they want to mortify themselves they make use of prayer and of their love of God. The three divine Persons were then, so to speak, in conference to plan the work of creation, and the divine Essence, God, surveyed, as it were, the whole of creation before he created it and saw it just as it is. We are doing them out of our own self-love and we are seeking ourselves. Above and beyond these heavens, up to immense and limitless heights, my soul was transported by a mysterious force; and with the subtlety of our thoughts which can go, in the twinkling of an eye, from one end of the earth to the other, with that same speed I found myself carried up there, to those immense and limitless heights, and I found myself up there where God has his imperial palace, in those heavens which always existed, since they are, so to speak, the throne of God. ( Log Out / The Gifts of the Holy Spirit 5. And then, when Satan and all his army have everything prepared, the soul, with God, defeats them all and leaves them confounded and in disgrace. Come, holy and divine Spirit! 10-Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit | Day 3 by ST. JOSEMARIA INSTITUTE published on 2016-05-04T13:51:36Z. Give me, Lord, this love which I wish to have but have not. Therefore his divine Heart ardently burned with the desire to send him to us. I want it when you want it.”. Just as without realizing what was happening I had found myself in that sad state, so also when it ended I found myself being taken out of it. In this life let us think only of suffering, and suffering more, for the love of him who gave his life for us. Come; make all men know you, that they may all know and love the one true God, for you are the only thing worth loving. There is no intelligence, whether human or angelic, however great it be, capable of describing it to us, for all greatness except the greatness of God has a limit and once we reach that limit we can go no further. Forgetting the most painful state to which men reduced you, taking no account of your great sufferings, and never ceasing to pray and implore your heavenly Father to grant you the favor you were asking for the whole human race, you wanted to unite them all and make of them one body and soul. Let us consider some important lessons which our most wise Teacher gives us; and I call them important because they are so serious that, if we fail to practice them, he will leave us and we shall be unable to achieve union with God. When Eve let herself be seduced and in turn seduced Adam, she did so without malice, and then when both were seduced, they failed in the one commandment God had imposed on them, and as soon as the Lord spoke to them, showing them and reprimanding them for their fault, they were humiliated, they wept and confessed their guilt. And of charity? We can achieve all things, we can learn everything, with the help of this clever Teacher and the skilful way he has of teaching; how clearly he shows us the ruses and tricks of our enemies, and how he teaches us to overcome them! He wanted to gather us all together in him, which means the establishment of his holy Church, and this could not subsist without the Holy Spirit; so he prolonged his life which as God he could do, until he obtained the Holy Spirit for us from his Father. The first part comprises all the external acts performed by Jesus Christ, our divine Redeemer. They do not know you! O holy and divine Spirit, you see that we are incapable of taking the right road to reach you. TO THOSE WHO ARE CONSECRATED TO THE SERVICE OF THE LORD, PRIZES AWARDED IN THIS SCHOOL (OF DEVOTION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT). Satan, our common enemy, knows that he can do very little with the pupils who attend this school, first of all because it is impossible for him to get in there and secondly because, although he prowls around the walls listening, it is of no avail, for there is nothing to be heard; in this school everything happens in silence, quietness, rest and complete reserve. One form is given in the Handbook of Prayers from Scepter publishers. I swear to you by everything you yourself are that if you do this there is no one who will be able to resist the force of your love. Holy and divine Spirit, leave us not until we are in the possession of the divine Essence, heaven of heavens. For he is an immense ocean of wonders, and an essence constantly flowing and pouring itself out. Let us consider the final attack that Satan launches against the soul And it is the most cunning attack that all his knowledge and malice could invent, for its object is to rob God of what is rightfully his and to fill the soul with pride, thereby separating it from God forever. No one but Satan himself. Come Holy Spirit!! “Finally, although this observation is very secondary to our purpose, the language is pure, the diction is strong and clear, and generally most elegant. On those occasions although his voice is heard he is not seen, but anyone who hears that voice knows that it is his; and it is heard when all the lessons he has taught have been put into practice with love and generosity. To whom do we owe more than to him? Meanwhile God, who has dominion over all the powers of hell, remains silent and lets him carry on as he wishes. God punished the angels forever, for eternity, because their sin was one of malice; he punished man only temporarily, because man did not sin out of malice, but because he was seduced. He also exhorts us very strongly, whenever we are praised or complimented, to have great fear or mistrust, not of God, but of ourselves, because the praise, honor and glory men give us are not due to us, but to God, since it is he who gives us everything we have, including all the things for which we are praised and complimented. Since 1954 it has been re-issued a number of times in an edition which faithfully and deliberately retains certain irregularities of grammar and punctuation, but with a few slight modifications of a typographical nature, which were essential in order to make it more readable and easier to use as a book of devotions in the usual way. True, you will find few of these souls, but there are some, and there always will be until the end of the world. 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