Reflections on the Holy Spirit
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
O Holy Spirit, Paraclete, perfect in us the work begun by Jesus:
Enable us to continue to pray fervently in the name of the whole world: hasten in every one of us the growth of a profound interior life; give vigor to our apostolate so that it may reach all people everywhere, all redeemed by the Blood of Christ and all belonging to him. Mortify in us our natural pride, and raise us to the realms of holy humility, of the real fear of God, of generous courage. Let no earthly bond prevent us from honoring our vocation, no cowardly considerations disturb the claims of justice, no meanness confine the immensity of charity within the narrow bounds of petty selfishness.
Let everything in us be on a grand scale: the search for truth and the devotion to it, and readiness for self-sacrifice, even to the cross and death. May everything finally be according to the last prayer of the Son to his heavenly Father, and according to your Spirit, O Holy Spirit of love, which the Father and the Son desired to be poured out over the Church and its institutions, over the souls of people and over nations. Amen. Amen. Alleluia, Alleluia!
- From the Homily of Pope St. John XXIII for Pentecost Sunday, June 10, 1962.
The Holy Spirit and the Rublev Icon of the Blessed Trinity
St. Athanasius, the fifth century patriarch of Alexandria, summarized the purpose of the incarnation: the Son of God became one with us that we might become one with God.
This purpose is beautifully evoked by the famous 15th century icon of the hospitality of Abraham written by Russian artist Andrei Rublev. The Rublev icon depicts the event recounted in Genesis chapter 18 when Abraham is visited by three heavenly bodies and promised that Sarah, his wife, would give birth.
With the Father looking to the Son and Spirit and they beholding the gaze of the Father, a perfect circle of communion is formed. The reader is beckoned to the open space at the front of the table.
It is the Spirit that beckons us and enables us to approach and find the place prepared for us. This is our place. We are at home in the embrace of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Life-giving Spirit of God,
You breathe in us a love for the Father and the mission of the Son.
Fill us with your wisdom and peace that we can calmly discern your will for us.
Direct all our action by your holy inspirations,
and carry them on by your gracious breath within us,
that every prayer and work of ours may begin from you,
and by you be happily ended. Amen.
The Holy Spirit: God's Breath as Creation
"Whenever you do not understand what's happening in your life,
just close your eyes,
take a deep breath and say,
"God, I know it is your plan, just help me through it, Amen."
A powerpoint presentation offered by Mary Beth Calorie. To view presentation click: The Holy Spirit
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Reflection of a Married Couple, Audrey and Sean Tierney.
We see God in all those moments we share together
-from heart-felt conversation to doing the dishes.
UNDERSTANDING & COUNSEL
The sum is greater than the individual parts
You make me want to be a better person and you challenge me to live a full and meaningful life as a servant of Christ.
Marriage ain't easy: but it's worth it!
When I look at you, I understand the meaning of God.
The family that prays together: stays together.
FEAR OF THE LORD
We devote ourselves to one another with respect, and, in my case, awe of my partner.
In a similar way, we put our faith and trust in the Lord.
Reflections by Fr. Bona Ikenna Ugwu, C.S.Sp.
A Theology of the Holy Spirit from the Writings of Francis Libermann
by Precious Nihorowa, C.S.Sp.
Fr. Gerard Majella Nnamunga, C.S.Sp., Rector, Spiritan Theologate, Langata, submitted this article in response to an invitation from CSS to young Spiritans to write on the Holy Spirit (April 21, 2021). Fr. Nnamunga wrote, "I asked the young confreres to write an essay on the Holy Spirit. The attached essay was chosen to be the best." We are happy to add this essay to our Reflections on the Holy Spirit series and invite other young Spiritans to send their writing on the Holy Spirit and/or reflections on different aspects of our Spiritan founders, tradition, mission to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Fr. Francis Libermann is known for his devotion and high regard for the Holy Spirit in his life. His whole life is a manifestation of his reliance on the Holy Spirit and how he wished that members of the congregation of the Holy Spirit should never undermine the role of the Holy Spirit in their lives. All this is evident from the many letters that he used to write to many people and especially his confreres in various missions. Particularly, Libermann has a rich vocabulary of his conception of the person of the Holy Spirit and his role in people's lives. This article unearths such a treasure of vocabulary and attempts to construct a theology of the Holy Spirit based on the writings of Libermann. The article shows that Fr Libermann's conception of the Holy Spirit puts him among the great spiritual writers in the history of the Church whose thoughts on the Holy Spirit is built on conceptions similar to most of the vocabularies that Fr Libermann uses.
Read the article: A Theology of the Holy Spirit from the Writings of Francis Libermann