"So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matthew 5:48)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Holy Spirit Effect

        Deep within you, the Holy Spirit dwells and its voice is loving and gentle.  If you don't pay attention, you can easily become "deaf".  That's why it's important to have solitude or some quiet time often so you can tune in. 
        The Holy Spirit sharpens your conscience.  When you sin and the Holy Spirit "operates" on you, you feel the most joyful pain.
        When you cry out to God from your heart (not just saying his name), it's the Holy Spirit prompting you.
        When you hear people use the Lord's name in vain, say bad things about him, or offend him in any other way, you feel the pain in your heart, and you know that the Holy Spirit is within you.
        Often the Holy Spirit deeply moves you on such occasions as when you read a certain Gospel passage, hear some hymn sung, or meditate on the passion of the Lord.
        When you really tune in with complete surrender, you feel the deep peace that surpasses all understanding in your heart.  Both daily anxieties and the fear of death vanish.
        You become detached from the world so that nothing in the world can enslave you anymore.  When good or bad things happen, you remain equally calm.
        Strength and great courage are also gifts given when you need them. 
        When you are in intimate union with the Holy Spirit, you see Jesus in everyone.  Judgment is now replaced with compassion, bringing freedom to your heart.
        Knowing that the Spirit is within you keeps you thoughts and words pure.
        When you have a troubled heart and you pray to the Holy Spirit, he will guide and console you.
        In sum, the Holy Spirit defends, supports, guides, comforts, and inspires you.               


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