Pentecost Novena Day 7
Grace to you, and Happy Easter!
Are you gradually settling in the right disposition to welcome the Holy Spirit? Recall we said at the beginning, it demands trust, the obedience of faith, and expectant faith. Our Lord Jesus had promised the Spirit and had asked us, as the Church, to expect His Renewing Presence. That expectation flows from a spirit of piety.
Piety describes a gift that makes a heart aligned all the time to godliness. Such a soul is pure, like that of a child, and sees things from God's perspective. It is a disposition of holiness. Anyone whose heart is of that quality is totally in love with God. At the core of piety is love as strong as death. We do not create this love; the Holy Spirit grants it as well. In the classical spiritual theology of the Church from the scholastics, piety is a virtue of religion and reverence for holy things.
The Lord Jesus' long prayer in John 17, called Priestly Prayer of Jesus, shows how much he loved us and has willed that his love will abide with us. "I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them" (Jn 17:26).
Don't you realize that the Church regards the Holy Spirit as the Love between God the Father and God the Son? So, when the Spirit fills our hearts, we are wrapped in that love, which is beyond all telling.
Saint Augustine, quoting Saint Paul, remarked, "The Holy Spirit pours the love of God in our hearts." The poured love manifests in different ways. It's on our face, in our hands, our gestures and our worship. It is in our relationships, indeed, in our thoughts and actions. Everything expresses that godliness, that love of God. It is piety. Don't you need this kind of love and devotion? I do.
Oh, Holy Spirit, many times, the things of the world sap me of that constant awareness of God's presence. I slip. Sadly, I backslide. I become so worldly in my thoughts, words, and actions that I fail to perceive you, to feel your holy hands holding me, your voice speaking to me, and your wings carrying me. I am so engrossed in my will and control of situations that I elbow you out of the plan.
Holy Spirit, please give me the gift of Holy Innocence. It is that kind from the Holy Face of the Infant Jesus so that nothing will make me lose sight of your aroma of love ingrained in everything around me.
Vacuum out all the dirt in my spiritual senses so that I can enjoy the pleasant aroma of your presence around me. By so doing, I will loathe the repugnant smell of things that do not give you glory. May my spiritual senses be so pure that sin will be so awful and distasteful. Like nectar, may my aspirations be drawn to those things that give you glory, those things that bring joy, peace, and love to your people. Amen
May I also have deep awe of the Lord knowing that He is God, and I am His creature. May the privilege of His adoption of me in Christ not cause me to disrespect Him, but to respond in pious gratitude. Amen.
Pray: Oh, Holy Spirit, come and make my heart like that of a child—pure, simple, holy for God. Amen
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God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Thursday, Easter Weekday 7: Acts 22:30, 23:6-11; John 17:20-26]
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Father Maurice Emelu Ph.D., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.