Sixth Meditation on the Holy Spirit: The Joy

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Beloved Holy Spirit, one of the most wonderful gifts that You can make grow in us as fruit is joy. It is that joy which, like love, makes everything easier and overcomes the weight that life so often brings with it. A joy that is contagious, and gives a ray of light and some comfort to the other person, as long as they are not closed.

Your friend, St. Paul, even tells us to rejoice at all times (cf. Phil 4:4). Read More

Fifth Meditation on the Holy Spirit: The Ascension of Our Lord

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Beloved Jesus, what a joy it must have been for You to return to the Father after having accomplished Your work! You were “for a short while made less than the angels” (Heb 2:9), but now You return to the fullness of glory, with which You will return at the end of time.

You had announced the coming of the Paraclete (cf. Jn 16:7), who makes us Your witnesses to the ends of the earth (cf. Acts 1:8). Read More

Fourth Meditation on the Holy Spirit: The Self-control

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Holy Spirit, in the beginning you hovered over the waters (cf. Gen 1:2) and brought order to the chaos. You also want to bring order to the chaos caused by sin, order in our inner and outer life. So much has been confused with original sin and the sins that follow it, that even your friend Paul lamented that a different law dwells in his spirit than in his body and – worse still – that he follows the law of the flesh (cf. Rom 7:23). With him we lament: Who will deliver me from this body? (cf. Rom 7:24) Read More

Third Meditation on the Holy Spirit: Gentleness

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Beloved Holy Spirit, You gentle soul guest,

let grow in us the spirit of gentleness,

that spirit that permeates everything,

that transforms and softens our heart,

purifying it from all hardships;

that is as mild as Your wonderful Bride, our Mother. Read More

Second Meditation on the Holy Spirit: A pure heart

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Beloved Holy Spirit, come You, the eternal and pure light and penetrate us, so that nothing can remain hidden from You, no shadow can live on in our soul, every darkness may go away and everything be inflamed by Your love. Awaken us from all inertia and purify our heart so that it may love as God loves; love as You love, so that You and I may be intimately united in the praise of the glory of God.

O God, create in me a pure heart, renew a right spirit within me. (Ps 51:10) Read More

First Meditation on the Holy Spirit: Longanimity

 

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We begin today with daily meditations until Pentecost, interrupted only on the feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, with a reflection on the feast day. May they help us to grasp the wonderful presence of the Holy Spirit more deeply!

First meditation:

“You Holy Spirit, you kiss of the Father and of the Son, you sweetest and most intimate kiss” (Saint Bernard of Clairveaux), we want to know and love you better. Therefore, descend into our soul, “like the sun which illuminates everything where it finds no obstacle. Reach out like an arrow of flame to the deepest part of our soul. You do not rest in proud hearts and high spirits; rather you open your dwelling in humble souls” (St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi). Read More

The True Leader of the Mission

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Acts 16:1-10

From there he went to Derbe, and then on to Lystra, where there was a disciple called Timothy, whose mother was Jewish and had become a believer; but his father was a Greek. The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him, and Paul, who wanted to have him as a travelling companion, had him circumcised. Read More

You are my friends, if you do what I command you

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Today there are two smaller reflections that are aligned with each other. One is from the Gospel of the day, the other as it should be done on every 7th of the month, from “The Father´s Message” of Madre Eugenia.

First the gospel of the day:

Jn 15:12-17

This is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you. No one can have greater love than to lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do what I command you. Read More

Aspects of following Christ

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Jn 15:9-11

I have loved you just as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete.  Read More

God is our real home

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Lk 9:57-62

As they travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus answered, ‘Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.’ Another to whom he said, ‘Follow me,’ replied, ‘Let me go and bury my father first.’ But he answered, ‘Leave the dead to bury their dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.’ Read More