Friday, January 15, 2016

Come, Holy Spirit

Grace is not a lightning strike. It does not leave a moment after it has altered our lives and energized hope.

It was not merely there at our baptism or at the moment we acknowledged that Jesus is Lord, our Savior.

Accompanying us through this life in all its joy and tribulation once we become the adopted children of God through Jesus Christ, it is truly the gift that keeps on giving: keeps molding us to Christ, increasing that supernatural love within us otherwise known as charity, and continues to lift us up again and again whenever we have failed to act like the One who died for us.

By grace we are renewed each day, reawakened, called anew to follow Christ. Our spiritual life, just like our temporal life, is a journey. On it we have the company of the most extraordinary and faithful friend, the Holy Spirit.

To deny our Friend's presence would be to deny our renewal and our hope. For each time we trip or fall or face-plant on the road, it is the Holy Spirit that gives us the courage to get back up and try again. And again. And again. And forever, enduring to the end of the race.

Each fresh day is a fresh opportunity to live as a child of God, in hope, love and peace.

Each fresh day affords us the opportunity to ask for more grace, more love, more understanding, more courage and resilience.

Grace is always with us, and it always helps us to change for the better when we welcome it in earnest.

Come, Holy Spirit,

Fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. 

Send forth Your spirit and they shall be created. 

And You shall renew the face of the earth.

A traditional Catholic prayer