June 10, 2011
Dear Family of Mary!
"Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer and sacrifice, to prepare yourselves for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Little children, this is a time of grace and so, again, I call you to decide for God the Creator. Allow Him to transform and change you. May your heart be prepared to listen to, and live, everything which the Holy Spirit has in His plan for each of you. Little children, allow the Holy Spirit to lead you on the way of truth and salvation towards eternal life. Thank you for having responded to my call." (May 25, 1998)
Pentecost approaches! We need to be prepared. If we pray and make sacrifices we will be more open and ready to receive the Holy Spirit. The Spirit longs to come to us. He is drawn by His love for us. He desires to fill us with His light and power. But if we are not open, if we are not desiring Him, He will not enter our hearts. It is that simple. We must desire the Holy Spirit.
Fr. Jacques Philippe includes in his book, In the School of the Holy Spirit, a prayer by Cardinal Mercier that may help us to desire the Holy Spirit and open our hearts to Him:
A Prayer by Cardinal Mercier (Appendix I)
I am going to show you a secret about holiness and happiness. For five minutes every day let your imagination be quiet, close your eyes to everything they see, and shut your ears to all of the world's noise so that you can withdraw into the sanctuary of your baptized soul, the temple of the Holy Ghost. And speak to that Holy Spirit and say to Him:
Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, I adore Thee.
Enlighten me, guide me,
Strengthen and comfort me.
Tell me what I ought to do
and order me to do it.
I promise to submit
to anything that you require from me,
And to accept everything
That Thou allowest to happen to me.
Just show me what Thy will is.
If you do this your life will be quiet and peaceful, and comfort will abound even in the middle of troubles. For grace will be given to match any stress together with strength to bear it, grace that will take you to the gates of Paradise, full of merit. Such submission to the Holy Spirit is the secret of holiness. (Rev. Jacques Philippe. In the School of the Holy Spirit. New York. Scepter Publishers, Inc. 2007. p. 69)
Praise God! May we all be totally open to the Holy Spirit this Pentecost! As Mother Mary said:
"Dear children! Pray with me to the Holy Spirit for Him to lead you in the search of God's will on the way of your holiness." (May 25, 2007)
In Jesus and Mary!