Wind! Water! Fire!
Sounds like a promo for your favorite weather disaster show, doesn’t it? But wind, water, and fire are all descriptions of the Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity – the Holy Spirit. And when the Church ranks her feasts in order of importance, Easter necessarily comes first, but Pentecost – the feast of the Holy Spirit – is second. So having just celebrated this wonderful solemnity of Pentecost, I hope you are excited. I say again, I HOPE YOU ARE EXCITED!! For receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit is like receiving the gift of a whirlwind in your hands or an eternal fire in your heart. The Holy Spirit is awesome, powerful, amazing, and – to use the contemporary vernacular – incredibly cray-cray!
Jesus himself said to his grieving apostles that it was better that he leave them. Why? So he could bestow on them the Spirit. You know the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, awe, counsel, knowledge, fortitude, and reverence. You know the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patient endurance, kindness, generosity, faith, mildness, and chastity. But remember too, the Holy Spirit wants to come with fire into your soul to burn away evil and purify for righteousness.
The Holy Spirit wants to blow into your life as a mighty wind to fill your sails and steer your course. The Holy Spirit wants, like a mighty waterfall, to flood your being with grace, light, and every virtue. And this is real. The Spirit truly does move hearts, change lives, and renew the face of the earth. If we sincerely, boldly, and persistently call upon the Spirit, absolutely incredible things can and will happen.
The movement of the Holy Spirit is subtle, mysterious, and uncontainable. Under the power and influence of the Holy Spirit, the weak become strong, the frightened become courageous, the faithless become zealous, and the selfish lay down their lives for a friend. What a blessing it is to be able to call on the Holy Spirit, without fear, no matter what the need.
When prayer is dry and you feel like quitting, call on the Spirit. When confusion reigns, and your path seems unclear, call on the Spirit. When temptation is strong, and your resistance is failing, call on the Holy Spirit. When the vocational call is difficult to discern, call on the Holy Spirit. When times are hard, call on the Holy Spirit. When all appears lost, call on the Holy Spirit. When all else has failed, please, call on the Holy Spirit.
To call on the Holy Spirit is to call upon love. God is love after all. So allow that love to envelope, fill, immerse, and consume your soul, your heart, and your very being. Veni Sancte Spiritus is the cry of the Church. Come Holy Spirit! May he come to you today and forever.
Be assured of my prayers,