Walking hand in hand with the Spirit

“O my God, fill my soul with holy joy, courage and strength to serve You.
Enkindle Your love in me and then walk with me along the next stretch of road before me.”

St. Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

(detail of Christ Enthroned from The Book of Kells along with the image of a Celtic goose—
seen in the upper corners. The Celts often depicted the Holy Spirit as a wild goose /
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland)

“The Spirit of God is a spirit of peace, and he speaks and acts in peace
and gentleness, never in tumult and agitation.
What’s more, the motions of the Spirit are delicate touches that don’t make a
great noise and can penetrate our spiritual consciousness only if we have
within ourselves a sort of calm zone of silence and peace.
If our inner world is noisy and agitated, the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit
will find it very difficult to be heard.
If we want to recognize and follow the Spirit’s motions,
it is of the greatest importance to maintain a peaceful heart in all circumstances.”

Fr. Jacques Philippe, p. 37
An Excerpt from
In the School of the Holy Spirit

4 comments on “Walking hand in hand with the Spirit

  1. oneta hayes says:

    I find this to be true. Sometimes in a panicky situation, we must draw on our faith to “settle” our minds to hear, even if we are in tears. Have a great week, Dear Julie.

  2. @vapor_sage says:

    Just when I think I may be experiencing that I’ve concocted, The axiom of, “there is no original thinking,” smacks me in the face. What in fact has happened, something eternal has percolated from within and arisen to my conscious mind. Be gentle, supple, kind, grateful and generous, when faced with a difficult or confusing situation. A fraction of a second’s hesitation before reaction turns into an appropriate response.

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