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?


  1. I have always fervently believed that the Holy Spirit is indeed within us, that all we have to do is listen. It is that feeling from within; through the gift He gave us, through free will. The best way for me to listen to the Holy Spirit is pretty simple. Accept it when you feel it. This sounds simple, but in fact can be hard for some. Here’s my formula, if you will– Read Scripture, Pray on Scripture, Reflect. Or if you will, focus on the Holy Spirit, Pray for the Holy Spirit, then reflect/show forth the Holy Spirit. God Bless~ CJA

    • Very good suggestions Christian, thank you for sharing! I too believe that quieting your own thoughts and listening to the Holy Spirit that resides within your own self is the way to go. Through reflection, prayer, and reading Scripture we can accomplish many great things, the greatest of which would be happiness and peace.