Today we begin nine days of prayer for the Holy Spirit, as the apostles did in the upper room before the first Pentecost. We need this time to prepare the way for the Spirit. Possibly you're afraid of receiving the Spirit, but "the Spirit God has given us is no cowardly spirit, but rather One that makes us strong, loving, and wise" (2 Tm 1:7). Jesus commands: "Do not be afraid. Go on speaking and do not be silenced, for I am with you" (Acts 18:9-10).
Come, Holy Spirit! Maybe you've lost a spouse, parent, child, or loved one through death and you're too hurt to think of anything else, even the Holy Spirit. You grieve, "weep and mourn while the world rejoices" (Jn 16:20). Talk to Jesus about the death, the pain, and the loss. Ask Him questions. One day "you will have no questions to ask" Him (Jn 16:23). The Father and Son will send the Spirit to guide you to all truth (Jn 16:13). Come, Holy Spirit!
Will you stop right now and make a decision about waiting and praying for the Spirit in the next nine days? Seek God's will; write down how you believe He wants you to pray during these nine days. Pray and obey. Believe and receive the Holy Spirit.
|Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from April 1, 2006 through May 31, 2006.
†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 27, 2005.