Friday, June 24, 2011

Our Most Welcome Guest

" Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy." (1 Corinthians 3: 16 – 17)
I discern the presence of the Holy Spirit in me and I rejoice in His indwelling.  The Holy Spirit is the soul’s most welcome guest.  The beautiful Sequence in the Mass of Pentecost Sunday shows the many attributes of Man’s best Friend.
Come, Holy Ghost, send down those beams,
which sweetly flow in silent streams
from Thy bright throne above.

O come, Thou Father of the poor;
O come, Thou source of all our store,
come, fill our hearts with love.

O Thou, of comforters the best,
O Thou, the soul's delightful guest,
the pilgrim's sweet relief.

Rest art Thou in our toil, most sweet
refreshment in the noonday heat;
and solace in our grief.

O blessed Light of life Thou art;
fill with Thy light the inmost heart
of those who hope in Thee.

Without Thy Godhead nothing can,
have any price or worth in man,
nothing can harmless be.

Lord, wash our sinful stains away,
refresh from heaven our barren clay,
our wounds and bruises heal.

To Thy sweet yoke our stiff necks bow,
warm with Thy fire our hearts of snow,
our wandering feet recall.

Grant to Thy faithful, dearest Lord,
whose only hope is Thy sure word,
the sevenfold gifts of grace.

Grant us in life Thy grace that we,
in peace may die and ever be,
in joy before Thy face. Amen. Alleluia.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Holy Spirit transforms us into the image of Christ


“And we know for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.   And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”  (Romans 8: 28 – 30)
God is the author and finisher of the Enterprise.  There is no end without a beginning.  He who picks up one end of the stick picks up the other.  There is no beginning that does not anticipate an end.  The Christian consciousness always hinges on this “now but not yet”, that is, the Now and the Pleroma.  The interim between the Now and the Pleroma creates a crisis of hope.  The unpredictability of the Pleroma necessitates acute vigilance.  “Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time is.”  (Mark 13: 33)
The indwelling Spirit is the pledge of our hope.  The Spirit of Christ is always there to bless, console and whet the appetite for those waiting for the appointed time.  The Spirit sustains our intention, assuring us of its wisdom and strengthening our determination.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Seekfirstweb-Podcast: Transformative Power of the Holy Spirit

Seekfirstweb-Podcast: Transformative Power of the Holy Spirit: "“So I can be proud, in Christ Jesus, of what I have done for God. Of course I can dare to speak only of the things which Christ has don..."