Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come, O Holy Spirit:
enlighten my understanding 
to know your commands;
strengthen my heart 
against the wiles of the enemy; inflame my will...
I have heard your voice, 
and I don't want to harden my heart to resisting, 
by saying 'later... tomorrow.'
Nunc coepi! Now! 
Lest there be no tomorrow for me!
O, Spirit of truth and wisdom,
Spirit of understanding and counsel,
Spirit of joy and peace!
I want what you want, 
I want it because you want it,
I want it as you want it, 
I want it when you want it.



Heroic in Love: On the Feast of St Mary Magdalene

Guido Reni - Penitent Magdalene - Google Art ProjectcropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"Love is most in its element when it abides in hearts that dare to replicate the Savior’s love for them. Heading St Josemaria’s 'list' of such ardent souls is Saint Mary Magdalene, in whose love we see answered the boundless love and mercy shown her by Christ. In her holy 'excess' an icon emerges of what loving God heroically means, and what it means for Him to love us heroically. On either side, there is an unselfconscious outpouring of self that focuses entirely on the good of the beloved."


Abiding Presence: Christ our Eucharistic Refuge

linaioli-tabernacle-crBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"I know of a young man whose loneliness was cured by a priest’s simple reminder during a Sunday homily: 'With Jesus always present in the tabernacle, we never have a reason to feel lonely.' Sometimes we need to be reminded of the obvious, and perhaps it takes a particularly difficult moment for a familiar truth to hit home: Jesus is 'here on earth for you' (The Way, no. 539)."


"On the Feast of Corpus Christi"

sower-after-millet-1881cr By St. Josemaria Escriva

"Today, on the feast of Corpus Christi, we come together to consider the depths of our Lord's love for us, which has led him to stay with us, hidden under the appearances of the blessed Sacrament. It almost seems as if we can physically hear him teaching the multitude: 'A sower went out to sow his seed...' (...) It is a vivid scene. The divine sower is also sowing his seed today."


"The Great Unknown"

Giaquinto Corrado - The Holy Spirit - 1750c By St. Josemaria Escriva

"The strength and the power of God light up the face of the earth. The Holy Spirit is present in the Church of Christ for all time, so that it may be, always and in everything, a sign raised up before all nations, announcing to all men the goodness and the love of God. In spite of our great limitations, we can look up to heaven with confidence and joy: God loves us and frees us from our sins. The presence and the action of the Holy Spirit in the Church are a foretaste of eternal happiness, of the joy and peace for which we are destined by God."


More than Miracles: Pentecost and the Power to Love Like God

tumblr m5h0zquMYi1rpq8j1o1 1280cBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"We often associate the Holy Spirit with the extraordinary—with miracles, signs, wonders. That is not wrong, but it is incomplete. Because the same Spirit who produces wonders through the hands of the Apostles effects in us something even more wonderful: the capacity to love like Christ. 'Love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends' (Jn 15:12-13). This is worth more than all miracles combined, because just as for the Apostles, the Holy Spirit’s main work in us is to remake us into other Christs."


Longing for the Lord: The Ascension Proves our Love for Jesus

ascension-of-jesus-cropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"The whole program of our earthly lives is the perfection of love—the love that we give and the love that we receive. We must love one another as Christ loves us now from heaven—as He loved us from the cross, as He loved us in Mary’s womb, as He loved us in the tomb, as He loved us the morning of His resurrection. How much we need enlightenment of heart to perceive how dearly we are loved, so that we can love on the strength of that security."


"The Ascension of Our Lord"

the-ascension-of-christ-1510cr By St. Josemaria Escriva

"A Christian always has access to God, who dwells in the innermost part of his being, if he corresponds to the grace that leads us to become one with Christ, in the bread and in the word, in the sacred host and in prayer. On two other occasions in the liturgical year — Holy Thursday and Corpus Christi — the Church sets aside important feast days to commemorate the reality of this living bread, which we are reminded of every day. On this feast of the ascension, let us turn our mind to conversation with our Lord. Let us attentively listen to his word."


The Shepherd’s Tender Call

William Dyce - The Good ShepherdcropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"Everything competes for our attention—to influence our opinions, to make us spend our money—and often with the effect of drawing people into error and sin. In the midst of this competition, the voice of Christ can sound like just one more voice; the message of the Gospel, just an alternative set of values—not revealed or inspired, just alternative; or the voice of the Pope, or of a priest, just other voices in the crowd that vies for our attention and allegiance. How do we discern the mild voice of the Good Shepherd, what St Josemaria describes as 'the whistled beckoning of the loving Shepherd' (In Love with the Church, no. 8)?"


"To Jesus through Mary"

virgin-with-child-crop By St. Josemaria Escriva

"Mary continually builds the Church and keeps it together. It is difficult to have devotion to our Lady and not feel closer to the other members of the mystical body and more united to its visible head, the pope. That's why I like to repeat: All with Peter to Jesus through Mary! By seeing ourselves as part of the Church and united to our brothers in the faith, we understand more deeply that we are brothers of all mankind, for the Church has been sent to all the peoples of the earth."


The Daily Miracle: The Power that Fills our Empty Nets

appearance-of-christ-to-the-apostles-fragment-1311-5cBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"In the spiritual life we have to reckon with a unique 'balance of power' between what God can do and what we can do. One of the most touching examples of this 'balance' occurs during the Easter Octave when Peter and other disciples go out overnight to fish, only to find themselves at dawn with empty nets (see Jn 21:1-14)."


"May you seek Christ, May you find Christ, May you love Christ." - St. Josemaria Escriva

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