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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Living Water of the Holy Spirit by St. Cyril of Jerusalem


Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Saint Peter's Basilica.
I wanted to share this beautiful reflection as we continue to pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to come and renew the face of the earth!  Holy Spirit, Come!

From a catechetical instruction by Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop
The living water of the Holy Spirit

The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of living water, welling up into eternal life. This is a new kind of water, a living, leaping water, welling up for those who are worthy. But why did Christ call the grace of the Spirit water? Because all things are dependent on water; plants and animals have their origin in water. Water comes down from heaven as rain, and although it is always the same in itself, it produces many different effects, one in the palm tree, another in the vine, and so on throughout the whole of creation. It does not come down, now as one thing, now as another, but while remaining essentially the same, it adapts itself to the needs of every creature that receives it.

In the same way the Holy Spirit, whose nature is always the same, simple and indivisible, apportions grace to each man as he wills. Like a dry tree which puts forth shoots when watered, the soul bears the fruit of holiness when repentance has made it worthy of receiving the Holy Spirit. Although the Spirit never changes, the effects of this action, by the will of God and in the name of Christ, are both many and marvelous. The Spirit makes one man a teacher of divine truth, inspires another to prophesy, gives another the power of casting out devils, enables another to interpret holy Scripture. 
The Spirit strengthens one man’s self-control, shows another how to help the poor, teaches another to fast and lead a life of asceticism, makes another oblivious to the needs of the body, trains another for martyrdom. His action is different in different people, but the Spirit himself is always the same. In each person, Scripture says, the Spirit reveals his presence in a particular way for the common good.

The Spirit comes gently and makes himself known by his fragrance. He is not felt as a burden, for he is light, very light. Rays of light and knowledge stream before him as he approaches. The Spirit comes with the tenderness of a true friend and protector to save, to heal, to teach, to counsel, to strengthen, to console. The Spirit comes to enlighten the mind first of the one who receives him, and then, through him, the minds of others as well.

As light strikes the eyes of a man who comes out of darkness into the sunshine and enables him to see clearly things he could not discern before, so light floods the soul of the man counted worthy of receiving the Holy Spirit and enables him to see things beyond the range of human vision, things hitherto undreamed of.

© Janet Moore 2015. All Rights Reserved
Photo credit: Wiki Commons: taken by Dnalor 01 of:
Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Dove of the Holy Spirit (ca. 1660, stained glass, Throne of St. Peter, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Holy Spirit, Come! Renew Us in Courage, in Faith and Hope and Renew our Land!

Detail of Pentecost, painted by Jean II Restout, 1732.
I was praying in adoration this morning and felt an overwhelming desire to pray for the Holy Spirit.

We have been reading Jesus say to us (in the daily Mass readings from John), again and again, that we can ask the Father for whatever we wish in Jesus' Name and the Father will give it to us!

Out of everything we could ask for,
I know there is no greater gift than the Holy Spirit.
There is NOTHING we need more
So, I began to pray for the Holy Spirit to come and renew us and to set us on fire!

I was praying for the Holy Spirit to come to us as He did upon the apostles --filling us as He did them with Fire and Courage and Light and Truth.
And it was by their words and example that THE WORLD WAS FOREVER CHANGED!

As I was praying for the Holy Spirit,
I realized that THIS is the time of the Church year that we are all called to pray for the Holy Spirit, participating in Spirit (pun intended) in the First Novena of prayer, when the apostles were awaiting the GREAT GIFT that Jesus promised after He ascended into Heaven.

Every year, I pray the Novena of the Holy Spirit - praying for His seven gifts to be poured out upon us, but this year... I forgot.  It completely slipped my mind in the busyness of daily life!

But the Holy Spirit reminded me! 

So, joining with Jesus, confident that what He told us is true regarding Our Father's Love for us and His desire to give us every good gift,
I share this to invite you to pray with me, the prayer that I was inspired to pray this morning.

Dear Holy Spirit,
I ask for You to come upon me and overshadow me as I seek to speak and write in your Name...
Come upon all those who hear and read the words you have given.

I ask for the Holy Spirit to fill my family,
my friends,
my Church,
my city and nation,
and the entire world.

Fill us and renew us! Empower us for your glory and honor!

(Singing...)

Holy Spirit, Come!
Holy Spirit, Come! 
Holy Spirit Come, Lord!
Holy Spirit come! 

Cleanse me of my sin! 
Cleanse me of my sin!
Cleanse me of my sin, Lord!
Cleanse me of my sin. 

I will follow you!
I will follow you! 
I will follow you, Lord!
I will follow you! 

Holy Spirit, Come!
Holy Spirit, Come! 
Holy Spirit, Come! 
Lord Holy Spirit, Come! (end song)

The Spirit is our Answer!
The Spirit is the Love
and Mercy
and Truth of the Trinity
manifested to us and living in our hearts!

ALIVE

We beg the Holy Spirit to come upon us -
to fill us and renew us and so lift us and transform us,
that the entire world is transformed
by our own transformation.

Setting the world on fire
 To be Open,
              Begging,
                      Receiving
Surely receiving!
Whatever we ask the Father in Jesus's name!

May we prepare a place for you to dwell!
And be open to Your Overwhelming Love and
Power and Presence,

Praying and singing...

Holy Spirit, Come!
Holy Spirit, Come! 
Holy Spirit, Come, Lord!
Holy Spirit, Come!

Light us on fire!
Fill us with courage and strength and love beyond imagining!
Fill our minds and lips with your truth,
and our hands with your loving kindness and sacrifice
so that we become channels of your peace!

Encouraging,
strengthening,
inspiring,
transforming
By the glory of your Spirit
Living Person of Divinity

ALIVE
in our souls
our bodies
our lives...

The Comforter
Advocate
Defense Attorney...

Raising up a mighty army filled with
Divine Love,
Life,
Truth,
Mercy and
Goodness!

Changing ourselves, our homes, our neighborhoods, the world around us,
IF we band together in prayer and fasting
begging the Holy Spirit to come upon us and renew us and the world! 

And with and in and through Him,
calling forth
Divine mercy and
Consecration!

Begging for all the graces of the Most Holy Trinity that have not been accepted -
all those that have been rejected, discarded, and ignored.
Pour these graces forth upon me and upon all those of goodwill
That we may receive
these infinite graces God longs to give us,
and so become overflowing fountains of Divine Life!

O, Blessed Trinity,
You are our only Hope,
our only Joy!
You are all powerful and can change things in the blink of an eye!

Trusting in Your Love for us and Your Power to save,
we band together and pray for the Holy Spirit to come so fully
upon our hearts and our land,
that You can once again RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH!

Dear Mary,
our Mother and Spouse of the Holy Spirit,
please intercede with us and for us
that we may love,
and receive,
and be willing hand-servants
open to the power of the Holy Spirit
ALIVE in our hearts,
in order to bring forth Christ into our world anew each day!
Amen.

© Janet Moore 2015. All Rights Reserved.
Photo credit: Public Domain.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Our Lady of Fatima in Words and Pictures

I fell in love with Our Lady of Fatima as a little girl. On this the Feast of Our Lady -- in great love for the gift we have been given -- I share a detailed outline of the messages and events that took place nearly 100 years ago. Because the significance of these events is not just for the past, but continues to be as relevant today as they were when the first occurred.

For example, on this day in 1981, Pope John Paul II (now Saint) survived the "sure and certain" assassination attempt on his life, in which a trained gunman's bullets struck him four times at close range from a semi automatic pistol. 

St. John Paul II always attributed his life being saved to Our Blessed Mother, saying "One hand fired and another hand guided the bullet." In fact, a year later, also on this day in 1982, he made a pilgrimage to Fatima in thanksgiving, saying: 
"As soon as I regained consciousness after the attack in St. Peter's Square my thoughts turned to this shrine and I wanted to express here my gratitude to our Heavenly Mother for having saved my life.... there are no mere coincidences in the designs of Divine Providence."
May we, like St. John Paul, know and trust in the words of Our Mother: 
"My Immaculate Heart will never abandon you, but will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God."
And take the time to read these messages -- alone or with your family.  

So that, by praying the rosary and making sacrifices, we can unite with Our Blessed Mother's prayers in order to obtain peace for the world and the salvation of souls in this increasingly troubled and violent world -- ever confident in Christ's desire and power to save us!










































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