How Do We Hear The Holy Spirit?

During the Pentecost Mass, our Blessed Pope reminded us to “Not Be Afraid To Follow The Holy Spirit.” Pope Francis said in his homily that the Holy Spirit can make people uncomfortable as “newness always makes us a bit fearful, because we feel more secure if we are the ones who build, program and plan our lives in accordance with our own ideas, our own comfort, our own preferences.” But he also gave the assurance that, “the newness which God brings into our life is something that actually brings fulfillment, that gives true joy, true serenity, because God loves us and desires only our good.”

Although the Holy Spirit wishes to guide us on our spiritual journey it is not a magical genie that comes to us whenever we say a quick prayer. So how do we hear the Holy Spirit? How can we hear the Spirit’s “still small voice” amidst this noisy and chaotic world that we are living in?

Well, I may not have the exact answers to these questions, but I know that learning to hear the Holy Spirit’s voice takes time, an open and willing heart, and a sensitive ear. Furthermore, considering that the Holy Spirit comes to testify about Jesus, I believe that knowing more about Jesus will help us better recognize the Spirit’s voice when he comes to speak to us.

So how do we hear the the Holy Spirit? I suppose that it’s up to the individual to find their own way. How do you listen?

A Drink of Living Water: Quench Your Spiritual Thirst

In the Pope’s message yesterday, he called Christians all over the world to drink the water that is capable of quenching the deepest desires of the human heart–Jesus’ living water, the Holy Spirit. He likened us to “travelers who are crossing the deserts of life thirsty for gushing and fresh living water–water that will quench our deep desire for light, love, beauty and peace.” The Holy Spirit is the only way to quench your spiritual thirst.

No matter how much we drink of other “earthly waters” to quench our thirst for happiness, we will never be truly satisfied. It is only the Holy Spirit that can quench the spiritual thirst the human heart has for goodness and truth. Like the Samaritan woman whom Jesus first offered living water, all that we have to do is accept this precious gift that Jesus is offering–be willing to drink the living water.

Letting the Holy Spirit dwell in us will bring about a great change in our lives–change that will prepare us for heaven.

If you want to read the Pope’s message, you can do so here: “God’s Living Water Satisfies Deepest Desires.”

The Descent of the Holy Spirit: What the Event and Seven Gifts Mean

As Catholics, God is our everything. He made us, so he tells us what we should do with the life we have been given. Due to his comfort and guidance throughout life, our love in God is solid.

The Story of the Descent of the Holy Spirit

This has been the case ever since the apostles walked the Earth and spread the Words of God. They were in love with God and believed that they were made to share their love for Him with others. At Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples were blessed with the Holy Spirit. After Jesus’ death, they were visited by the Holy Spirit in power. They were given seven gifts that we now call the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, wonder, right judgment, knowledge, courage and reverence. These gifts have been passed down to all Christians.

What the Seven Gifts Mean

These gifts by the Holy Spirit reaffirm our love of God. With understanding from the Holy Spirit, we know that God works in mysterious ways and our life is controlled by Him. We understand this so we look to Him for guidance. In the gift wonder, we marvel at God’s great feats and we appreciate everything He has done for us. Christians choose right judgment to live our life according to God’s teachings. We also have the knowledge of God’s teachings through the Bible, which the apostles helped created. Finally, we have the gifts of courage and reverence. Many times, Christians are not praised for what they believe in. They persevere though and continue to follow God. The love of God can’t be broken by people who don’t believe because it’s too strong. As we can see the power of the Holy Spirit instilled in the apostles gave them the power to instill the love they have in God in each one of us. This love of God has been passed down thousands of years. This love was able to be carried down with the gifts that were given to the apostles from the Holy Spirit. If it weren’t for those gifts and the power the apostles had, the love for God might have been broken.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life

Take a moment to think about how much you love God. It can be difficult to remember to love God when you are busy with your daily tasks. It good to step back and remember everything God does for us and everything we have thanks to Him. Think about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how they play out in your life. These gifts are important to have within you because they can help you develop a deeper love for God. Now that you know all about how the Holy Spirit instilled power in the apostles and how that power has been delivered on to you, it’s possible to go on with your life living in a way that is much more in accordance with God to show Him your love.

Faith Without Works

As we approach and now begin the season of Lent, we pray to the holy spirit: guide us. We are reminded in the readings from Scriptures (from James) that “faith without works” is dead. Similar to what we find on the streets today, two thousand years ago there were plenty of people who “talked a good game.” They would profess their faith, but would pass by others who were poor, hungry or tired, on their way to get to the front pew on Sunday.

Know anyone like that?

It’s one thing to believe in something. We all need something to believe in. But having faith… without LIVING the faith, is really a useless exercise.

For just as a body without a spirit is dead,
so also faith without works is dead.

Said a simpler way: actions speak louder than words. Abraham took his only son, Isaac to the mountain, following the angel’s command. Abraham had waited and prayed his entire life for a family, this was all this man ever wanted. And when he was finally granted one child — ONE — he was instructed he must offer his only son as a sacrifice to God.

You want faith? Abraham took his only gift (or so he thought) and prepared to offer him up to God as a sacrifice, following his faithful command. How many people do we know who would exercise that kind of faith?