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.



Laboring Side by Side in the Gospel: Holy Thursday and Holy Women

crucifixion-fragment-1311cropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"All of us know from experience how much a mother’s love is immediate, self-forgetful, and self-sacrificing. If the child needs anything, the mother will do anything to meet the need. As the Eucharist satisfies all of our needs, Jesus calls His disciples at the Last Supper His 'little children' (Jn 13:33). He nourishes them with Himself. He is even willing to suffer misunderstanding and strife: 'What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later' (Jn 13:7). How many times did our own mothers tell us this when we were young, foolish, inexperienced—and were too selfish to appreciate their selfless love?"


Following in His Footprints: Accompanying the Lord through Holy Week

the-entry-into-jerusalem 2By Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

“You must identify yourself with Jesus Christ and try to become really and truly another Christ among your fellow men” (Friends of God, no. 128). This week is certainly not about us; it is about what the Lord has done for us, how He did it, why He did it, and what our response should be.


With Eyes Full of Light: The Healing of the Man Born Blind

christ-healing-the-blind-man 2By Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"Like the man born blind, we too enter this world fundamentally blind, blind to what matters most, unless we allow Christ to enlighten the eyes of our hearts (cf. Eph 1:18), or as St Josemaria reflects: 'If … we [do not] prevent Christ from curing our blindness, if we let our Lord apply the clay which, in his hands, becomes a cleansing salve, we shall come to know earthly realities and we shall look upon the divine realities with new vision, with the light of faith. Our outlook will have become Christian' (Christ is Passing By, 71)."  


Naming Our Desire: The Thirst of the Samaritan Woman

the-samaritan-woman-at-the-wellcBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"In our Lord’s conversation with the Samaritan woman we can hear, as St Augustine observes, one of Christ’s most attractive and tender invitations: 'Come to me, all you who labor and find life burdensome, and I will give you rest' (Mt 11:28). This invitation never fails to touch our hearts, because there is not one among us who does not find life heavy and burdensome from time to time.

"But it is also supposed to change our hearts—in the same way that it changed the Samaritan woman. The invitation itself provokes the discovery that only in Jesus does our soul find rest, that only in Him is our hunger and thirst for love satisfied: 'In God alone be at rest my soul,' says the Psalmist. In fact, Jesus offers Himself to us for this very reason: 'He offers us his heart, so that we can find there both rest and strength' (Christ is Passing By, 170)."


Forgiveness: The New Love of the Gospel

christ-on-the-cross-with-two-maries-and-st-john-1588cBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"The truth is, unless you love your enemies you will not even love your friends and family rightly. Because there are many times when those closest to us will push the boundaries of our patience, kindness, our sense of what’s fair, our generosity. The boundaries of our charity will be pushed to the point where we will feel that too much is being asked of us.

"The Lord is gently but surely pushing us to go beyond the borders of comfort to love those who will not love back, to forgive those who do not ask to be forgiven. And the justification that Jesus gives is always the same: that you may be perfect like God, children of Him 'who makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust'.”  


Interview: "Alvaro Daily"

 By St. Josemaria Institute

Paras and Bonita 2Arnil Paras and Ace Bonita are the developers behind the popular new app "Alvaro Daily".  Based in the Philippines, Arnil and Ace launched an app early this year dedicated to Venerable Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, Prelate of Opus Dei and Successor of St. Josemaria Escriva.  The app is seeing great success around the world. And, Arnil and Ace have more in store as this year marks the centennial of Alvaro del Portillo's birth and his beatification on September 27, 2014 in Madrid.  The St. Josemaria Institute is grateful to Arnil and Ace for their exciting initiatives and for this special interview.


Going Out to Meet the Bridegroom: Bringing Love to our Lenten Struggle

kruseman-maagden-cropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

“'Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps' (cf. 1 Pt 2:21). Our life on earth is a time of testing, struggle, and battle—but not because life should be constantly dreary and agitated. To suffer these trials in union with Christ brings us an intimacy with Him that in human language can only be called spousal. That is why God called Israel into the wilderness, and why Jesus beckons us to join Him in solitude: to test what is in our hearts, that our hearts might be made fit to be united to His."


Embraced in Her Suffering: A Reflection on Our Lady of Lourdes

 lourdes grotto 2x2By Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"To have been embraced by the blessed Virgin as our mother in her moment of supreme grief leaves no doubt about the special worth that she places on suffering in our lives. Her apparitions and numerous miraculous healings at Lourdes show us not only the exceptional value that suffering has in God’s eyes, but also how our own eyes need to be cleansed in order to see its value—both in ourselves and in others."


Following the Spirit in Freedom: Lessons from the Lord’s Presentation

presentation-of-christ-at-the-templeBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"The Gospel of the Presentation richly conveys this: waiting for Christ, and serving Him, is worth a lifetime. St Josemaria does not exaggerate when he exclaims: 'How little a life is to offer to God!'

"The Lord promised Simeon that he would not see death before he had seen the Christ of God. The fulfillment of that promise alone was enough to justify an entire lifetime of waiting and contemplating. But neither he, nor holy Anna, nor we ourselves, could persevere in the lifelong venture of Christian perfection unless we are prepared to follow the inspirations of the Holy Spirit with docility and a willingness for ongoing purification."


Converted By Love: A Reflection on the Conversion of St Paul

 By Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"Looking at conversion in hindsight, as an isolated moment in time, might make all of the before time seem wasted. But considering the past in the light of grace, connections emerge that reveal the hand of God steadily at work even in the midst of our worst mistakes. A string of unlikely events and providential encounters that bring a soul to the point where they are prepared to meet the Lord and say yes to Him is a divine work that grace alone can accomplish."


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

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