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.



How the King of Israel Honors Himself: Christ the King Shares His Crown with Us

ChristKingcropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. 

"We can hear our Lord telling us: If you will be ruled by me, then you must let me walk into your life on a regular basis as one in need of your time, your patience, your understanding, your forgiveness. To submit to Christ in this way is to be truly ruled by Him. More than acknowledging His kingship in the abstract, we are honoring it in the concrete, in the heart, mind, and flesh of our neighbor. We are ruled because we are actually surrendering our control, our dominion, over our time and resources, and giving them to Jesus when and where He has need of them."


"The Christian Vocation" (Advent)

721110-08crop By St. Josemaria Escriva

"The liturgical year is beginning, and the introit of the Mass invites us to consider something closely related to the beginning of our christian life: the vocation we have all received. 'Make me to know your ways, o Lord; teach me your paths.'"


Attitude of Gratitude: St. Josemaria Escriva's Recipe for Sanctity

691002-04crop By Martin Mazloom

"Although St. Josemaría is remembered for heroically living many different virtues, his spirit of thanksgiving toward God is one that is especially memorable. It is befitting of a simple priest who continues to remind Christians - by his life and works - of their vocation to be children of God. Of the many aspirations St. Josemaría prayed throughout his days, there is one that epitomizes the attitude of gratitude he so intensely kept and encouraged others to keep: Ut in gratiarum semper actione maneamus! May we always remain in an act of thanksgiving!"


"Christ the King"

christ-the-king-constantinoplecrop By St. Josemaria Escriva

"Why then do so many people not know him? Why do we still hear that cruel protest: 'We do not want this man to reign over us?' There are millions of people in the world who reject Jesus Christ in this way; or rather they reject his shadow, for they do not know Christ. They have not seen the beauty of his face, they do not realize how wonderful his teaching is. This sad state of affairs makes me want to atone to our Lord. When I hear that endless clamor — expressed more in ignoble actions than in words — I feel the need to cry out, 'He must reign!'"


The Formation of Saints: The Beatitudes Form Christ within Us

sermon mountcropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. 

"When the Lord blesses those who hunger, the poor, the sorrowing, we should understand that He is talking not so much about an empty stomach, empty pockets, or just any kind of sadness that we might experience for whatever reason. Rather, the sometimes difficult and negative experiences that the beatitudes involve have to do mainly one positive thing for us: create within us an environment where Christ can live. To cultivate a spirit in which He can live in us, act through us, love through us is to share, here on earth, the life of the saints in heaven."


“For You I Was Born” Celebrating the Fifth Centenary of the Birth of St Teresa of Jesus (1515-2015)

virgin-mary-and-st-teresa-of-avila-painting-on-postcard-spaincropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. 

"St Teresa teaches us in 'In the Hands of God' to cultivate an attitude of soul that fosters dependence on God and trust in His providence—whether that providence permits short-term disappointments, struggles, or even our own mistakes. Her entire spirituality, summed up in 'For You I was born,' likewise shows us that her purpose and conviction in life was a direct result of recognizing that Jesus—her Savior, Friend, and Spouse—could say the same thing to her and to each of us: 'For You, I was born.'"


Setting Hearts Alight: Insights on Personal Influence from Saint Josemaria and Blessed John Henry Newman

a-new-friendcropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. 

"The Cor ad cor loquitur of Newman not only embodies this Gospel teaching, but also opens our eyes to the dignity which is ours as messengers of the Gospel, friends of Christ, children of God: 'We are the children of God, bearers of the only flame that can light up the paths of the earth for souls' (cf. The Forge, no. 1). God has entrusted to each of us a flame of the fire that Jesus came to cast on the earth—the tongue of fire given each of us at Confirmation should never cease to burn, grow, and attract."


A Decalogue for a Happy Spiritual Life

St Josemaria iPhonewpcropBy Fr. James Socias

10 Tips for a Happy Spiritual Life for Students and Young Adults


Looking into the Heart of the Sorrowful Mother

our-lady-of-sorrows-cropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. 

"St Josemaria counsels us to 'look into her heart,' as he did, to see what Mary’s motherhood means for us—especially as it is exercised under the cross. Her heart is more open beneath the cross than at any other moment in her earthly life. Looking into her suffering heart, we find a love wholly unique opening out to us." 


That I May Share His Sufferings: The Courage to Contemplate the Cross

 7f892c388fcropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"St Josemaria Escriva says that in order to 'understand better the meaning of Christ’s death…. We must get beyond clichés and external appearances.' A cliché is a saying that is true, but which has been so overused that it has lost the force of its meaning. In order to experience the full meaning of the Lord’s passion we have to have the courage to delve deeper into it by losing our lives for Him and bearing our crosses in union with Him."


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

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