Let us make a second resolution: to enter into ourselves and to uproot ruthlessly from our heart any affection we find there, great or small, for things or for creatures, and to say with a firm determination: Lord, from today, as regards loving, I am going to live as if only you and I existed in the world, confident that the Holy Spirit will give us the grace we need to continue with our resolutions until we breathe our last. Let us always call on him whenever we commit imperfections, faults or even serious sins. Try to understand that true holiness is not so much on the outside; rather it is inside, deep inside; that is where God has placed it and that is where he wants us to seek it, for only there can it be found, and only by what is there inside can holiness be judged. I swear to you by everything you yourself are that if you do this there is no one who will be able to resist the force of your love. “However, all of this is expounded with such simplicity, with such sincerity, with such gentleness and divine persuasion, that we are subdued, and we see that the author feels what she says and that she says it precisely because she has felt it. Why did our sweet Lord Jesus call Judas his friend, and he called none of the others by that name? Consider how difficult it would have been for us to grow out of our natural childhood if it had been left to ourselves; yet this very difficult thing, which would have been so difficult if we had had to do it all by ourselves, was in fact quite easy with the help and protection of a mother given to us by God, who took care of us and continued to look after us until, by means of her help and care, we reached our full development. Love substantial of the Father and the Son, have mercy on us. Teach us to love as you love, with a love that is pure, chaste, unselfish, strong, sweet, lovable, consoling, constant and enduring, which grows and increases every day, which not even death dissolves, for it goes on to the ends of eternity, and there through all eternity it increases and, thus increasing, loves for ever and ever, as long as you continue to exist: and we know that you will outlast and outlive all the eternities because you created them all; they all came from you, from the life which you always have lived in immense love, and with that love you love all those who wish you to love them. It is as if a man born blind, who knows what nature is merely through what others have told him of it, were suddenly to lose his blindness and see nature face to face, as it really is. We are blind, for we cannot see the truth. How miserable we are when your supernatural light ceases to enlighten our mind! We are robbers and thieves, for we rob you of the praise which is rightfully yours and we give it to poor creatures. It is true, Lord, that stones are insensitive to fire. No matter how healthy or dysfunctional your work culture is today, you can "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.". You see that those souls live with that peace, tranquility and repose which you require in order to make your dwelling in a soul. You excused them, saying: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”, and you continued discussing and negotiating their eternal happiness! The Ten-Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit is a long-standing custom encouraged by the Church that begins ten days before Pentecost on Ascension Thursday, the day that Jesus our Lord ascended into Heaven. My first remark is that, in writing this book of devotions which I have dedicated to God, the divine Essence, my intention has been to write it and offer it as a proof of the affection, esteem and admiration I have for all those souls who, with great eagerness of soul, desire nothing, seek nothing and wish nothing but to give pleasure and joy to God in all things and who wish, whatever it may cost, to sanctify themselves in order to ensure the possession of God for eternity. You are indeed blessed, O divine light, and a thousand times blessed. 2. Nevertheless these three divine Persons have, as it were, distributed among them these divine attributes. It was during this period that Francisca Javiera del Valle wrote, under obedience, the greater part of her numerous works, and certainly the most important. Let us consider some important lessons which our most wise Teacher gives us; and I call them important because they are so serious that, if we fail to practice them, he will leave us and we shall be unable to achieve union with God. Give us your divine Spirit to conclude the work begun by the Father and continued by the Son. Reverend Charlie Holt created the The Spirit-Filled Life to invite others to come under the Kingdom of God by first being baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. “For however little of this book one may read, it soon becomes clear that it is not written by the theologian, who treats of the intimate life of God and of the intimate ways of the soul in its sanctification as things seen from outside, as a dry study or as scientific speculation, but by a soul which has learned this highest of sciences by experiencing and feeling it in the supreme school of the divine Spirit who is, after all, the Teacher whom the author of this book proposes to her readers, to lead them to the highest sanctity, which is the life of the purest divine love, love not for the sake of the temporal or even spiritual favors with which the divine goodness can enrich us, nor even for the sake of grace or virtue or even glory, nor for the sake of the joys that communication with God brings with it, but the purest love of all: love for the sake of love. An impulse of his goodness, and nothing else, prompted him to create angels and men and the whole of this creation which we all see and admire; he created heaven for the angels and paradise on earth for men. With all the training and all the lessons learned at this school, the soul begins to forget itself completely and to live with no other object in anything it does than to please God always and if possible to make him loved by all. And certainly we have powerful motives for acting always in this manner! Send him to the world again, most loving Father, for the world does not know him. Many people think a saint is someone who has ecstasies, raptures, visions and revelations, who enjoys heavenly sweetness, consolations and thousands of other things which the soul feels in the spiritual life. And the more he gives us, the more his infinite goodness still wishes to give us. If you, our God, were to leave us, we would die that instant, for we can have life only in you. And this immense happiness and blessedness is felt at the mere sight of any one of God’s infinite perfections. Let us try to have the courage to practice this mortification, for we have nothing else to offer our lovable Jesus. And just as God wishes us to rejoice when we see our neighbor praised, so also he wishes us to feel sad in our heart and soul and be sorry when we see him dishonored or despised. They do not know you! Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. To whom do we owe more than to him? Here are some prayers to the Holy Spirit that could be recited everyday: “Come, O Holy Spirit: Today begins the 10-Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit! Personally I think this is so because the soul of its own accord inclines more towards penance than towards mortification [the author distinguishes penance or practices of corporal mortification from continuous self-denial in little things]. Consider, then, how well our efforts are repaid, since they are rewarded with an absolutely free reward which we could never have deserved. Satan, our common enemy, knows that he can do very little with the pupils who attend this school, first of all because it is impossible for him to get in there and secondly because, although he prowls around the walls listening, it is of no avail, for there is nothing to be heard; in this school everything happens in silence, quietness, rest and complete reserve. When the divine Essence as it were surveyed the whole of creation before he had created it, the wisdom of God (which, as I have said, resides in the divine Word) saw how few souls would love and serve him faithfully; and then his immense and infinite wisdom decided that, when the time came, and the two natures were united, these few souls who were faithful to their God would be gathered together, and from then on would be regarded by him no longer as creatures but as adopted children. The best way to understand it is to compare it to the work the Spirit does to help us. But really there is nothing to which I can properly compare this state. Today we are going to promise the Holy Spirit to keep, preserve and protect these divine virtues, so as never to lose them. For the rest of creation, with the exception of man, the attribute of power alone was sufficient; but the creation of man brought into force all the divine attributes. We, your creatures, are and can be no more than you wished to make us; we can have nothing more than what you wish to bestow on us. From despising little things deliver us, O Holy Spirit. Continuous mortification is purgatory, in this life, for our rebellious nature, which already knows that we were created to have enjoyment. The men among whom this God-Man lived offended against all truth and justice by condemning him to death. Or all the flowers, plants and other living things? Then she thought of going with other Mexican nuns, the Jeronomite nuns of the Conception. Come and console them, O divine Consoler, for they have forgotten themselves and neither want nor ask nor desire nor wish for anything other than you-you as light and you as fire, so that you may set the earth on fire from one end to the other, so that they may have the consolation in this life of seeing you known, loved and served by all creatures, so that your loving plans may be fulfilled in all men and that all of us who now exist on earth, together with those who are to exist between now and the end of the world, may all praise and bless you in your divine presence for ever and ever. Consider what he did, as we know it from his own teachings: with the attribute of goodness he prevailed on the other attributes in God so that all worked together (as they always do, since they are the natural property of the divine Essence) with the will and desire of God, to create with his power beings who, without being themselves gods, could share in his greatness, his beauty, his happiness, blessedness and glory, in fact in all those things that spring from the divine Essence, and who could enjoy them, while God is still as he is, that is to say, the only thing which is and which has no end and can never have an end. That is why, when his apostles and disciples were following him and he was speaking to them, in that familiar way of his, by means of parables and examples, seeing that he could not get them to understand the things he was saying to them, and failing to dispel their ignorance and coarseness, he said: “There is a baptism of blood, and how I long to be baptized with it!” For his heart was burning with desire to send the Holy Spirit as soon as he possibly could. O divine Teacher, only Consoler of the hearts that love you: look down today on all those who serve you in great sorrow at seeing you unloved because you are unknown. WEDNESDAY AFTER EPIPHANY READINGS, GOSPEL COMMENTARY AND SERMON. And in that we would act according to the truth. How are you to be loved when you are not known? O immense goodness and supreme love! The Ten-Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit is a long-standing custom encouraged by the Church that begins ten days before Pentecost on Ascension Thursday, the day … But how sad Christ was to see that Judas did not behave in this way! O that the burning love it has for you could cause it to breathe its last sigh, so that my love for you would be the only cause of my death! You see, Lord, it is no easy thing to resist your light or your blows, when you strike with love. For he is an immense ocean of wonders, and an essence constantly flowing and pouring itself out. Come down to us, as that Man-God desired and prayed. ( Log Out /  All this we understand well in the school of the Holy Spirit. WHAT IS HOLINESS AND WHAT DOES CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACH ABOUT OUR VOCATION TO HOLINESS? From self-love and self-judgment deliver us, O Holy Spirit. He has even given us his own love, so that we can love him with it! The joy we find in this school is so consoling that all the joys in the world together cannot be compared with it. And when they reach the heights, they alight on Mount Calvary and there they gaze, as if the Cross were still there with our divine Redeemer Jesus nailed to it, like chaste doves cooing with the love of their loves, showing the beloved, whom they love with all their soul, that they are willing with great joy to mortify themselves whenever the occasion arises. So let us leave the joys aside for the present: there is an eternity filled with joys awaiting us. The means this attribute designed and planned were the three ways of reparation, punishment and renewed exaltation: reparation to the offended Creator, punishment for the rebellious and seditious angel, renewed exaltation for fallen man, because the mercy of the divine Word decided to raise him up from his fall to even greater heights. It is in the communion of the Holy Spirit that Christian prayer is prayer in the Church. He exhorts us strongly and energetically against spiritual envy, so that we should never let Satan seduce us into committing that sin, for any one who commits it is a flagrant thief who robs God of the honor and glory which are his due and which it is our duty to give him. And in her loving way she shows us how much she loves us and how sorry she feels for our pain. But how are we to thank the Holy Spirit for this kindness if we do not know him? Prepare for Pentecost well and meditate with these daily reflections! 4 Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, Which," He said, you heard of from Me; . Amen. For God is the furnace of eternal light, shining in immense brilliance, the source of all perfections radiating every virtue. Look at Judas, and see the end he came to because he lost hope; look at Peter, and see what he became through confidence in God. Let us consider the final attack that Satan launches against the soul And it is the most cunning attack that all his knowledge and malice could invent, for its object is to rob God of what is rightfully his and to fill the soul with pride, thereby separating it from God forever. There are a number of ways to live this devotion. When faced with your greatness it seems only just that I should not dare to move, but should tremble with fear and respect. So, let us resolve to love our neighbor from this day on, with a pure love, for God’s sake and in the way he commands and teaches us to love him. From all hypocrisy and pretence deliver us, O Holy Spirit. In this reparation man would find his pardon and the rebellious and seditious angel would find the greatest punishment that God in his infinite wisdom could devise to punish his pride and leave him humbled, confounded, dishonored, downtrodden and defeated forever. But the simplest and most direct prayer is also traditional, ‘Come, Holy Spirit,’ and every liturgical tradition has developed it in antiphons and hymns. He exhorts us that we should never deliberately commit any act, however slight, of this nature, and that we should give a special place in our heart, special appreciation and esteem, to those who, with their contradictions and opposition, give us opportunity to get rid of that attachment to our own free will. O God invincible in battles, O unforgettable Teacher, what divine ways you have of teaching the soul, and then of making it see and feel through its own experience the very things your immense wisdom has taught it! And how are they to seek it in you when they do not believe in you and deny your existence? Let us try, then, to imitate them in this respect and to mortify ourselves for no other purpose than to give pleasure to God and to show him in this way our pure and unselfish love, so that we will achieve love of God in this life and continue loving him afterwards for ever and ever. So you see how difficult it is to recognize holiness! Amen. This is yet another proof of the love he has for us, which he shows us in this way. The Holy Spirit insists again and again on how displeasing it is to God that we should treat or speak to our neighbor deceitfully; and he forbids us to expose, manifest or express in any way whatever the weaknesses, imperfections, faults or sins of our neighbors. How often when we were children our mother would warn us: Don’t do that, you’ll hurt yourself; if you do that I will slap you, And yet we went ahead and did that very thing, and everything turned out exactly as she had warned us. O holy and divine Spirit, be the light that will show us the way through the unknown paths that lead to you; be the wise Teacher who will take away our ignorance and indifference and teach us, like a loving mother, to speak to the Lord when we are in his presence so that, taught by you in all things, we may not be found unworthy to enjoy what your infinite goodness has prepared for us, but may enjoy all that together with you yourself for ever and ever. And then came that abandonment by his divinity, which, we know, is more painful for souls than hell itself. I received everything from him, I have nothing of my own, because I am nothingness itself. Who is more concerned for our temporal and eternal welfare? Who can know these things better than he? And yet the three divine Persons, who are in this thrice-holy God, offered in favor of man, whom they saw seduced, all their own attributes. In dealing with the saints Satan has one object, but in dealing with people who are imperfect he has quite another; he inclines them to do penance while withdrawing them from mortification; for in penance, however continuous, he sees no danger. Let all souls consider the great torments he suffered. Lord, there are very few stones, for very few have deserted you once they have come to know you. O you who are life, my strength, my all in all things, how well you prepare my soul with your own strength! Amen. What then does God want us to do? For God always chooses the remedy that befits the misfortune and punishes as befits the sin. So, how great must those torments of Christ have been, there on the Cross, suffering such terrible pain, praying for the gift he so wished to obtain for us. DOWNLOAD PDF FILE LINK AT THE END OF THE DOCUMENT, To those who wish to get the full benefit of this ten-day devotion, OPENING PRAYER FOR EACH DAY OF THE DEVOTION, CONCLUDING PRAYER FOR EACH DAY OF THE DEVOTION. O life always lived, you who are the only living life, my God and my all: who can speak to us about you or tell us what you are? April 22, 2018. and Thee, through endless times confessed. Teach them to seek, wish and desire no other love but yours and to respond generously to the love you have for them, Heaven of heavens, let me enjoy the consolation of seeing you soon known and loved by all your creatures. From debauchery and malice deliver us, O Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit wants to dwell in our soul for the single purpose of directing, teaching, correcting and helping us, so that with his direction, teaching, correction and help we may act always and in all things for the greater honor and glory of God. In these she wrote of the Blessed Trinity, the Blessed Virgin and St Joseph, of the virtues of obedience, humility, conquest of self and fear of the Lord, of the punishment inflicted on the angels and of temptations, the Holy Eucharist, the ways, joys and friendships of God, the distinction between good and bad spirit, and many other subjects relating to God and the spiritual life. Many souls, several of them very saintly and some exceptionally eminent, have reaped fruits of great blessings from a meditative reading of this book. The only place he is willing to hold his school and show us the ways that lead to true holiness is within our own soul, and he is so effective, so skilful in his teaching, so wise and masterly, so powerful and subtle, that, without knowing how or why, we feel completely changed shortly after beginning to attend the lessons in this school. We should never be upset by that petty pride, or envy, with which some people who are far from perfect hear the praises of others or see them do some act of virtue; because he tells us that anyone who commits this sin is as if dominated by it and anything good he sees or hears about his neighbors hurts him as if he saw them committing great sins, because spiritual envy rots anyone who has it, right to his innermost parts, and his spiritual ruin is certain. Amen. God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us. Those people meditate and pray, mentally and vocally, they fast and do great penance, they visit the sick and help the poor, they take pity on all sufferers, they receive Holy Communion with great devotion, they attend Holy Mass with great fervor, they confess all their faults with true sorrow, and not merely their sins, because people who act in this way, through the infinite mercy of God, do not commit sins—not of course that they are immune to committing them, but through the infinite mercy of God in fact they do not do so. Because you, our God, take no pleasure in our deeds and sacrifices unless you find in them purity of intention. Who then can speak to us of God and tell us what he is? So if Judas, instead of losing hope and giving in to despair, had called out to God for pardon, like a child calling his mother, God, who has a more loving heart than any mother, would have given him his grace and his help to come to repentance and sorrow, and everything would have been settled: God would have been satisfied and Judas would have returned to his friendship and grace. Amen. Come Holy Spirit!! And of charity? Spirit of understanding and counsel, have mercy on us. It is hidden away in the innermost part of the heart and soul; and who can know what is in there, except God and the person’s own understanding, which sees what God approves and reproves? It aims to help them so that the many who set out on the way to holiness may also follow it to the end. We can pray for strength, to know ourselves better, or for a particular petition. Then the Lord, our God, turned to Satan and said: “I will raise them up from their fall to far greater heights.”. If, when you examine yourselves, you find no deliberate faults, then you have nothing to fear from this dryness; in fact if I could meet and speak to you I would compliment you on it, because to serve God in dryness is a definite sign that you are seeking him alone and that you are doing everything out of pure love. So let us resolve from today on to follow this line of conduct towards our neighbor; in this way we shall give great pleasure and joy to God, who so rejoices when we yield the fruits of eternal life. The medium he uses to teach us is a bright and beautiful light that he shines on our understanding. Let us pray: O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation. We are senseless, for what greater nonsense can there be than this: we see that the infinite goodness of God covers the poverty of his creatures in his own virtues, and adorns their misery and vileness with his gifts and favors, and yet instead of exalting and praising the infinite goodness which bestows these things, we praise the poor creatures who receive them? From our own will deliver us, O Holy Spirit. O the greatness of God and the wisdom of this Teacher! And if we want to praise someone, then let us praise God, for it is he who gives us everything good we have, and in that way we shall be doing something very pleasing to the Holy Spirit. Come, O holy and divine Spirit, come down on earth; strike all men in such a way that they will no longer resist your divine call but will leave behind them those childish things which now occupy them, for this is another ruse by which Satan wins over their hearts in such a way that, seduced and cheated, they spend their life distracted by childish things, and so death catches them and they fail to achieve the very end for which they were created. Amen. For holiness is achieved by dying to oneself in all things, and this death is acquired, as regards the body, by mortifying the passions, the senses and the appetites and, as regards the soul, by trying to kill our self-will, our self-judgment, our vanity and all the appetites of the soul. Amen. What are these means? With prayer and love of God, they ascend as on wings, above all created things, and they overcome and become masters of themselves. Consider the justice of God, in allowing Jesus Christ to bear the burden which we had merited, while he burned with desire to obtain from his heavenly Father what he so desired for our sake! O souls consecrated to the service of the Lord, let us learn from Jesus Christ, our divine Redeemer, how much we should esteem and appreciate the Holy Spirit. And this reward which he gives us, this gift which he bestows on us, is the ability to pray without interruption, prayer which is disturbed neither by sleeping, nor by recreation, nor by speaking to our neighbors, nor by eating, nor by working, whatever our occupation may be—in fact nothing can interrupt it; and with this prayer we acquire the intimate contact that God wants to have with our soul. Spirit of benignity and goodness, have mercy on us. You see too, O supreme holiness, O infinite goodness and love, that this is less out of malice than out of ignorance! 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