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.

- ST. JOSEMARIA

Articles

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."

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“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.'"

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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."

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A Decalogue for a Happy Spiritual Life

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

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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." 

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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."

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Reading Indeed Has Made Many Saints

girl-reading1crop By Fr. C. John McCloskey

"The fruits of good spiritual reading should be prayer, self-denial, and an ever-growing desire to evangelize family, friends, and culture." 

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Uniting Earth to Heaven: On the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

birth-of-marycropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"One yes after another made in faith opened the way for our salvation—or to borrow a phrase from St Josemaria, the 'divine ways on earth' par excellence. So by our humble confidence in God we too can trace new ways upon earth, to make heaven and earth meet. The ways opened up by our Lady’s own birth and that of our Redeemer have never closed, but are waiting to be widened and lengthened by our readiness to let God act through us, as willing instruments, along the path traveled by our trusting ancestors in the Faith."

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Two Loves, One Heart: A Reflection for the Feast of St Augustine

 Sn Agustin - CropBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"I don’t know if St Josemaria took his inspiration from St Augustine on the numerous occasions when he preached this message. But whether or not the Founder of Opus Dei was inspired by the great Doctor of the Church, the echo is undeniable. Each Saint puts his finger on the tension within every Christian heart between human and divine love. But what each Saint also shows us, as much by their lives as by their preaching, is that the very conflict which threatens to divide the believer’s heart can become the means of a deeper integration if the rift is healed by the grace of Christ."

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As a Bride Adorned for her Husband: On the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin

coronation apse maggioreBy Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem.

"Looking to our Lady glorified in heaven inevitably leads us to contemplate how she arrived there. As both mother and model of the Church, her earthly journey forms a vital pattern that her children must pursue, beautifully alluded to by a prayer of the Breviary which reminds us of our call 'to the heavenly marriage feast, to which the Virgin Mary, exemplar of your Church, has preceded us.'

"In crowning the Blessed Virgin as Queen of heaven and earth, God does more than crown His greatest work of grace in a mere human being. The joy and glory that await her children, 'those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus,' is also shone forth (Rev 12:17)."

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