I’m subscribed to myconsecration.org and I get something in my inbox from them every week or two. I don’t remember when I signed up for these messages, but they are always uplifting and Marian in nature. I believe it was when I was contemplating St. Louis de Montfort’s Consecration to Jesus through Mary, something I’ve yet to do.
Today’s message really struck me as I had never considered having a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. Having a personal relationship with Jesus? Of course. But having a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit? It never crossed my mind before today.
Here’s the message:
Developing a Personal Relationship with the Holy Spirit is Essential
The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Person of Divine Love. The Father and Son love one another with an infinite love and this love is a Person, the Holy Spirit. He is called a Spirit because He proceeds from the Father and Son. He is the bond of Love and Union between the Father and the Son.
To the Holy Spirit are especially attributed the works of the Holy Trinity about Love, that is to say the sharing of Divine Life….Grace….and the infusion of the spiritual gifts which lead to our holiness…our being more like God through the merits of Jesus Christ. This is why He is called the Divine Sanctifier. “No man can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.”
The first and all-important fact is that when we are in a state of Grace, the Holy Spirit is really, truly and personally in our souls as He is in Heaven. He so desires to pour out His Gifts and Graces but He can not do this without our cooperation…we must correspond to His Love. But how can we do this if we do not know Him and His Gifts and Fruits; if we do not speak and pray to Him; and if we do not know Him as a Person? This is why so few Christians advance in holiness….they do not know the Divine Sanctifier. Our Mother is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit and will begin this process if we ask her sincerely and constantly to know her Spouse! Include this request each time you pray, especially the Rosary!
Fr. Paul O’Sullivan from “The Holy Ghost, Our Greatest Friend“
Doesn’t this make perfect sense when you reflect on it? In John’s gospel Jesus promised to send us the Holy Spirit just before going to his passion:
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you. These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. -John 14:15-17; 25-26
Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. -John 16:7
Let us believe in the real presence of the Holy Spirit and pray that he will help us to know him as a friend. I will certainly be making more of an effort to pray to the Holy Spirit with the hope of building this relationship with him. Will you do the same?