Dwelling in our Hearts
Fr. Paul O’Sullivan tells us in his booklet on the Holy Spirit, “The first all-important fact that we must fully understand is that the Holy Spirit is really, truly, and personally in our souls even as He is in Heaven. The Holy Spirit loves us with a most tender and infinite love and earnestly desires to pour out on us His Gifts and graces.”
“We are His living tabernacles. He is always with us. It seems incredible that few Christians realize this wonderful truth. They never think of the Holy Spirit during the long hours of the day.”
Fr. O’Sullivan urges us to seek the will of God, “simply by praying earnestly to the Holy Spirit for light and guidance.” Guidance is exactly what the Holy Spirit, in the form of a column of cloud by day and column of fire by night, gave to the Israelites on their Exodus to the Promised Land.
Source: The Holy Ghost – Our Greatest Friend, by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Scripture tells us that God’s love comes to us through the Holy Spirit. He is truly the gift that keeps on giving for He bestows on us what are called the “Gifts of the Holy Spirit”:
Wisdom helps us to think less of worldly things and more of God and our spiritual life.
Understanding helps us to grasp and realize heavenly truths.
Counsel enables us to choose what is pleasing to God and good for ourselves.
Fortitude gives us strength to do our duties well.
Knowledge helps us to see and avoid dangers to our soul and our spiritual welfare.
Piety helps us to love God more tenderly, with more confidence, and to do everything lovingly for Him.
Fear of God inspires us with reverence and respect for God and all things relating to Him and inspires us with a daughter/son’s fear of offending her/his father.
Holy Spirit, dwelling within me, help me cooperate with your graces so that your gifts will be strong in me!
Source: The Holy Ghost – Our Greatest Friend by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan
The Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Collectively, the Fruits of the Holy Spirit are blessings that all Catholics should be producing as manifestation of a transformed life in Jesus Christ. In Matthew’s gospel Jesus says: “Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.”
The tradition of the Church lists 12 fruits: Charity; Patience; Generosity; Modesty; Joy; Kindness; Gentleness; Self-control; Peace; Goodness; Faithfulness; Chastity.
Holy Spirit, dwelling within me, make me a fruitful follower of Jesus!
The Holy Spirit: Gifts + Fruits = Joy
In his booklet on the Holy Spirit, Fr. Paul O’Sullivan tells us, “The gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit do not make our lives sad or austere. Far from it. They fill us with a peace, a joy, and a consolation we never felt before. What was before difficult to us becomes now easy and delightful, for the Holy Spirit, as we have said, is the spirit of joy, peace, and consolation. He enlightens; He strengthens us; He enables us to know God as we never knew him before. He gives us a foretaste of Heaven.”
Joy and consolation are in fact the chief characteristics of the Holy Spirit. Thus we read in the Acts of the Apostles, “The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.” St. Paul says, “I superabound in joy in all my tribulations.” Joy is the result of holiness, and we find the saints the most joyful of mortals.
Holy Spirit, dwelling within me, make me a joy-filled saint!