Why the Beatitudes Matter

Father Dolindo Ruotolo is now known much more widely in the United States of America, because of his classic novena on surrendering to Jesus. Many people now pray this novena every single day with extraordinary results. Father Dolindo also has written one of the greatest and most practical works in the history of the Church on the Holy Spirit. It is entitled, “Come Holy Spirit”. In this masterpiece, he explains all the elements of our Faith by which the Holy Spirit sanctifies us. Sanctification, or loving and living as Jesus and Mary did, is the only purpose of our existence.

Here is an example from the Book , which I believe gives evidence of the gift that Father Dolindo is to the Church. His cause for beatification is underway. I have preserved his thought but slightly edited and altered several sentences to make them clearer.

“The beatitudes are the highest peak of perfection to which we are called…the practice of high virtue, what we call beatitudes, are due to the joyful effect they produce in the soul, both now and forever; and because Jesus Christ taught this path of holiness by repeating the word blessed, or happy, to introduce each principle of this method of imitating Him. The list thus constitute a veritable treatise on perfection and define the heroism at which the virtues, the grace and gifts of the Holy Spirit must arrive, in order to make us Saints now and then blessed in paradise.

“Mysticism and the treatises on higher perfection are all about this sublime science of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and of the beatitudes of the Holy Spirit. He who studies in depth and meditates on the science gradually raises himself from the practice of common virtues to that of the higher virtues and of heroism, until he obtains perfect union with God on earth and immortal glory in paradise.

“The exercise of the virtues entails a daily combat, which gives us the satisfaction of victory. The gifts give us a great docility of will, which makes possible the action of the Holy Spirit in us and brings us to the perfection of the virtues, conferring on us greater ease in exercising them more perfectly. The gifts in fact perfect the basic virtues of the Christian life: faith, hope, charity, prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance. The fruits make us conquer the works of the flesh balancing the soul, the body, the faculties, the senses, and giving us in these exercises of virtue a spiritual taste which not only makes the way of holiness easy but delightful. The beatitudes lift us to the heroism of holiness on earth, give the soul the blessedness of loving union with God, and in paradise eternal happiness by means of the perfection of union with God and of enjoyment of God.

“It is it necessary to acknowledge and confess that on the part of Christians, the great ignorance of the action of the Holy Spirit in their souls, is the principal cause for which the spirit of the world prevails in them. Virtue is almost totally neglected; holiness is rare, very rare, even in souls consecrated to God, and the decay of the spirit is general and worrisome. Nature has prevailed in every area and sadly triumphed.

“The energies expended to restore the Christian spirit are sterile, because these consist mostly of propaganda activity, instead of profound transformation and sanctification. Souls are held to more or less artificial rules of the spiritual life, and ignore the sublime rule of the action of the Holy Spirit, the only Person who possesses the great secret of supernatural fruitfulness. It is for this reason that we feel the need to deepen further understanding of the path of the beatitudes, which brings us to the heroism of the virtues and to true perfection and sanctity.”

As we look forward to 2018, and what God is calling us to by nourishing the great Grace of the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, there is no more important work than learning all we can about the Spouse of our Mother, by whom the Flame of Love Grace is kindled! Getting a copy of “Come Holy Spirit” by Father Dolindo Ruotolo and meditating with it a few pages every day would be an excellent choice and gift to our Mother and our Lord to fulfill our purpose of imitating them as perfectly as this Signal Grace allows.

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On a Deeper Understanding of The Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier, and His Spouse’s Role

We will start a new series further exploring the role of the Holy Spirit and our Mother Mary in our lives and how God wills to accelerate the duty and life of His holiness we are called to imitate. This holiness…Loving as God Loves…is the only purpose for our existence after we accept the Gift of salvation through Faith in Jesus Christ. Our acceptance of this Gift of Salvation, and then Sanctification, requires our correspondence to Grace through our Faith, Hope and Love “through the good works that God has prepared for us to walk in”.

We will use as our main guide the work of Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, the extraordinary Carmelite preacher, whose work on holiness, entitled “Divine Intimacy”, is perhaps the greatest ever written in the history of the Church. It should be used by all who now understand the unfolding of the “New and Divine Holiness” preached by Saint Hannibal de Francia, the extraordinary Spiritual Doctor, Saint Therese of Lisieux, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Saint Faustina, Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, and the great Saint John Paul II.

The essence of holiness can never change in the Church, because that holiness comes from Jesus Christ and his Church, which He established with Sacraments to impart Grace, and specifically from the power of the Holy Spirit whom He sent upon the apostles to establish His Church and these Sacraments. Specifically, God has ordained that holiness be implanted in our souls at our Baptism of repentance, where we acknowledge our sinfulness, pride and the guilt from our first parents, as well as our ongoing inclination to sin and to rebel against God and His Commandments. It is only in the sharing of Divine life, which we call Grace, that we have any ability to do supernatural things and thus imitate the thrice holy God. It is very clear at this time in salvation history from Fatima, Lourdes, Akita, Amsterdam and all the approved Messages and Events that God has given His Mother a special power (Signal Graces) in order for her to help us know and cooperate with the Holy Spirit in order to perfectly form Jesus Christ in us, such that we can imitate the lives of Jesus and Mary much faster and easier than ever before due to God’s Divine Mercy! We must release this Grace by our ongoing, moment by moment correspondence!

God in his infinite Divine Mercy knows how difficult the rough road of holiness is as taught by St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila. Therefore, He has given a new impetus to understand just how merciful He is, which is why He raised up St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Faustina and Elizabeth Kindelmann to teach us that holiness is a gift of His Divine Mercy and that God can choose to make it easier to become a saint by accelerating the work in us by the power of the Holy Spirit and our Mother. However, God will not do this unless we are willing to correspond to such Grace by turning over our will and recognizing this work as that of our Mother Mary and the Holy Spirit and that we are simply nothingness and inclination to sin.

If we are not willing to accept such truths, we can not be sanctified the way God wills. While knowing we are children of God loved to the extreme, we must first know and admit that we are saved and sanctified through Grace alone. Many people rebel at these truths due to the subtle pride that Satan has stirred within them. How we are sanctified has been consistently taught in the Church from the the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was given as Jesus promised, otherwise the Apostles would have remained in hiding and trembling for fear of the authorities seeking to imprison or kill them. They could never have become Holy and overcome their fear, preach the Gospel to all the world and give their blood and their will to God, without the power of the Holy Spirit in them through the intercession of the Mother of God. Our Lord specifically instructed them to wait assembled together and pray with His Mother for the Holy Spirit in order to receive the “power of His Holy Spirit”. Why would it be any different for us? So, we must also come together to know and understand this power of the Holy Spirit working in us though our Mother’s intercession, or we will not be able to fulfill the desire of our Lord to preach the Gospel of Repentance and Salvation to all who so desperately need to hear it! It is not enough to know the doctrine, we must know the Person who gives the power, the Love between the Father and the Son! It is only a conscious understanding and cooperation with the Holy Spirit, which allows the Holy Spirit to work in our souls and the souls He wills to reach through us.

Let us listen again to the magnificent words of Blessed Pope Paul VI in the extraordinary gift of the exhortation, “On Evangelization in the Modern World”:

“It must be said that the Holy Spirit is the principal agent of Evangelization; it is He who propels each individual to proclaim the Gospel, and it is He who in the depths of consciences causes the Word of Salvation to be accepted and understood. But it can equally be said that He is the goal of Evangelization. He alone stirs up the new Creation, the new humanity of which Evangelization is to be the result…We exhort all evangelizers to pray without ceasing to the Holy Spirit with Faith and fervor and let themselves be guided by Him as the decisive Inspirer of their plans, their initiatives and their evangelizing activity.”

Prayer: Oh, Holy Spirt, command that I know you as You will to be known and give me that Grace which will allow me to know You and Love You… so I may love at every moment with Your own Love in the one eternal Act of Love!

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Day 30 of “The Gift, the Love Between the Father and Son, the Holy Spirit” from Venerable Conchita

30 Days to the Gift, the Love Between the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit. From the Eve of the Feast of the Assumption to the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary from the Inspired Works of Venerable Conchita.

Consecration to the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, receive the perfect and total consecration of all my being. From this moment, and in every instance of my life and in my every action, be my director, my life, my guide, my strength and all the Love of my heart. I abandon myself without reserve to your Divine actions, and I want to be always docile to Your inspirations.

Holy Spirit, transform me through Mary and with Mary, into Jesus Christ crucified, for the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls. Amen.

(Print this prayer out and say it with Love every day. It will transform our lives!)

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Day 28 of “The Gift, the Love Between the Father and Son, the Holy Spirit” from Venerable Conchita

30 Days to the Gift, the Love Between the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit. From the Eve of the Feast of the Assumption to the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary from the Inspired Works of Venerable Conchita.

Prayer to Receive the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Almighty and eternal God the Father, your wish to regenerate Your children with water and the Holy Spirit through Baptism and have forgiven our sins, grant that your Spirit may descend upon us with His seven-fold Gifts!

Send forth your Spirit of Wisdom, who may reveal to us the enemies we should fear and the dangers we should avoid. May the Spirit of Understanding help us to choose what is most helpful to our eternal salvation as we relish and fathom the depths of Your Being and Your works.

Send forth your spirit of Knowledge, who will make us understand the beauty, gentleness and faithfulness of the Truth, whose Light illuminates our journey on this earth; this Truth which the Heavenly Father reveals with such Love to the humble but hides from the proud.

Send forth your Spirit of Counsel, who in our every action may endow us with the opportune and prudent reflection; grant that we may be docile to Your inspirations, and that He may enable us to become in right moments timely, brave and self-sacrificing counselors for our brothers and sisters.

Send forth your Spirit of Fortitude to turn our weakness into courage so we may become apostles full of zeal!

Give us your Divine Spirit of Piety, who may enkindle in us the flame of Your Love even in the smallest of things as we rejoice in our adoption as children of our Loving Father.

Fill us with your Spirit of Fear so that we may live under Your gaze in friendly union in respect and love for You, ever maintaining our desire to never offend you. Amen.

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Day 28 of “The Gift, the Love Between the Father and Son, the Holy Spirit” from Venerable Conchita

30 Days to the Gift, the Love Between the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit. From the Eve of the Feast of the Assumption to the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary from the Inspired Works of Venerable Conchita.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit, Creator come
From Thy bright Heavenly throne
Come, take possession of our souls
And make them all Thy own.

Thou who are called the Paraclete
Best Gift of God above
The living spring, the living Fire
Sweet unction and true Love.

Those who art sevenfold in Grace
Finger of God’s right hand
His promise, teaching little ones
To speak and understand.

O guide our minds with Thy blest light
With Love our hearts inflame
And with Thy strength which n’er decays
Confirm our mortal frame.

Far from us drive our deadly foe
True peace unto us bring
And from all perils lead us safe
Beneath Thy sacred wing.

Through Thee may we the Father know
Through Thee the eternal Son
And Thee the Spirit of Them both
Thrice-blessed Three in One.

All glory to the Father be
With His co-equal Son
The same of Thee, great Paraclete
While endless ages run. Amen.

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Day 27 of “The Gift, the Love Between the Father and Son, the Holy Spirit” from Venerable Conchita

30 Days to the Gift, the Love Between the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit. From the Eve of the Feast of the Assumption to the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary from the Inspired Works of Venerable Conchita.

Jesus promised his apostles that the Father would send them the Holy Spirit if they prayed. As Jesus was preparing for His departure, He spoke continuously to His apostles about the Holy Spirit. His heart was moved because He was sad that He would no longer be with them. He was already preparing them for the Consoler, who would sweeten the bitterness of His absence. The Holy Spirit would strengthen them for persecution, great suffering and imprisonment, making their hearts overflow with joy by His presence.

St. Luke refers to the Holy Spirit as the promise of the Father, because He brings about the realization of all the plans of our loving God for mankind. The Holy Spirit follows us everywhere, dwells in our very hearts and wants us to become holy. Why should we languish in our spiritual life if we carry within us the very life of God himself?

The Holy Spirit is the breath of Love which gives life to the Church. It is He who will give us the strength to be able to live the new law of Love. It is the Spirit who gives the Church the grace for the ministry of salvation. The Holy Spirit is the heart of the church, because He divinizes us and unites us into the one Body of Christ!

May the Holy Spirit to descend upon us! He is the unfailing light and the cause of all happiness. We must long to be his apostles and members of His family on earth. We must be His army of peace and charity, so that we will be witnesses of the Word made flesh! So, let us be light to the world . May He come quickly to reign and bring joy and happiness to all those who desire to be children of God.

Prayer of Conchita

Oh Holy Spirit, who overflows with mercy for men, I want to live always in Your presence so that I can I love You and make You loved by others. Come Holy Spirit and renew all things in Christ! Through your Divine fire, societies will be renewed. The cross of Christ will be raised up with His Heart in the center for the salvation of the world. Jesus, precious fruit of the Holy Spirit, You are the gift of Love from the Blessed Trinity to men. Send a new Pentecost upon the earth! May the world be consecrated to the Holy Spirit. We asked through Mary, the spouse of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Day 26 of “The Gift, the Love Between the Father and Son, the Holy Spirit” from Venerable Conchita

30 Days to the Gift, the Love Between the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit. From the Eve of the Feast of the Assumption to the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary from the Inspired Works of Venerable Conchita.

Our Lord exclaimed to His Apostles: “As the Father sent me, so I am sending you. After saying this, He breathed on them and said receive the Holy Spirit.” The Consoler did indeed come because the Holy Spirit is the fountain of holiness and happiness. Jesus did not want to leave us orphans, but who is able to remain with us? Only God could take the place of God. Only a divine light could make another divine light present. Only a love that is substantially divine could make the heart of Jesus present, that heart which so loved and continues to love mankind. The Holy Spirit is truly our all. To Him we owe our lives, the church and divine grace.

Let us pray to the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts, so that like the Apostles we may proclaim His glory and extend His reign as we shout with all our strength, love the Holy Spirit because “anyone who does not have theSpirit of Christ does not belong to Him! What heart would not be inflamed after having meditated upon the favors that we owe to the Holy Spirit?

Prayer of Conchita

“Beginning today, oh Holy Spirit, I wish to consecrate You my body with all my senses, my strength, my thoughts and my whole life. I wish to trace on my heart with letters of fire these words: oh Holy Spirit come! I desire to love the Father with my whole heart, to love the Son with all my soul, and to love you Holy Spirit. Splendor of the Father and the Son, with all my strength and with every beat of my heart, I love you. Oh Mary, we go to the Holy Spirit through you. You are the sweetest and surest means by which He comes to Reign in our hearts. Plead with Him today that He may come quickly to unite our wills, to bring us peace and to triumph over the enmity that exists among those of us who are brothers of Jesus and your children as well.” Amen.

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