There is an old and wonderful prayer to the Holy Spirit. I’ll add it at the end of this blog post.
Every time I read in the works of early Christian writers about God the majority of what I pick up is about God the Father or God the Son and lots about the most Holy Trinity but, except where discussed as part of the Trinity, there is not a lot of writing about the Holy Spirit. Even in the writings of most Saints there is much more about the Trinity, Father and Son than about the Holy Spirit. It is something that always comes to my attention because I have always felt such a strong interest in the third person of the Trinity.
Seeking to understand my vocation is a process in which the Holy Spirit has an essential role.
Last night, I ran across a wonderful video of a 20th century Saint speaking about the Holy Spirit. It can be found here. In this video, St. Escriva talks about how we receive Christ in the Eucharist and the Holy Spirit remains with us. I found this simple explanation very moving. It resonated deep inside me and drew me into a deep contemplation of the Holy Spirit. I love the simple and profound words he uses.
God blesses us so much by sending His Holy Spirit to dwell in us and help us to live our lives in the way of Christ. Like the Fathers of the Church, I find myself thinking of the Holy Spirit and instantly am drawn into the mystery of the Trinity.
Which brings me back around to the prayer:
“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle 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.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.”