The Holy Spirit Within: the Life of Continuous Presence and Love

One of the great blessings bestowed on Elizabeth Kindelmann (and the goal of our life in Christ on earth) was the continuous contact with the Son for the glory of the Father through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit within her, which she corresponded to in a heroic way. Most of us struggle to remain in loving contact with the Trinity at all during the day outside our normal prayer time. The great insight from God’s Word through St. Paul is that we can and should be “praying continuously” and not just at formal prayer time or during Mass or religious events. So how exactly do we do this? How do we achieve this main goal of the spiritual life…this life of intimate, Divine Love we have been called to from all eternity?

We have learned in this series on the Holy Spirit that it is only through the Holy Spirit that we can achieve this or any part of our Sanctification….our duty to Love as He loves us! This Gift of Gifts happens only if we know and desire the Extraordinary Grace given to us at Baptism and Confirmation and we beg each day as often as possible that this Grace be released within us; and if we are faithful to learn all we can about the Person of the Holy Spirit; and if we pray through His Spouse, our Mother, each day as often as we can to know Him as she knows Him, as our Greatest Friend dwelling in our soul in order to achieve an intimate, loving relationship with Him for the Glory of the Father by becoming Jesus Crucified!

Our master guide, Fr Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, has this insight for us to ponder: “A soul who longs for a life of intimacy with God is not satisfied to limit relations with Him to the time of (formal) prayer, but tries to extend (these times) throughout the day…if God is always with us, why can we not be always in contact with Him?”

Fr. Gabriel explains that there are two ways to be in continual contact with The Trinity: the mind and the heart. While the mind will grow tired and usually can not be occupied with two things at once (duty and God), our heart can indeed be focused solely on God through our will and our desire. He states: “Since supernatural love does not consist in sentiment (emotion), but in an intimate orientation of the will toward God, we know that turning (to God) is possible, even during the performance of duties which absorb all of our attention. The will can strengthen this orientation of itself toward God precisely by the desire to fulfill each duty for love of Him, to please Him and give Him glory.”

St. Augustine confirms this Truth: “Prayer is nothing but desire of the heart; if your desire is continuous, your prayer is continuous. Do you wish never to cease praying? Then never cease desiring.”

In the classic work on this critical insight into loving God as He loves us (“The Practice of the Presence of God”), Brother Lawrence teaches us: “Let (us) then think of God as much as possible so that we will become accustomed to this little but holy exercise. No one will notice it and nothing is easier to repeat often during the day than these little acts of interior adoration.”

Brother Lawrence confirms what all the great masters of the spiritual life teach us: “We need only to recognize God intimately present with us, to address ourselves to Him every moment (that we can with our mind and then with our desire as our mind becomes occupied), that we beg His assistance for knowing His Will in things (that we are unsure of), and for rightly performing those which we plainly see He requires of us, offering them to Him before we do them, and giving Him thanks when we have done them.”

With daily prayer and consistent practice, we will find ourselves coming to that realization that “we can do nothing without Him”; and we will indeed start to call upon Him before every decision and action, and then to thank Him afterwards no matter the outcome from our viewpoint….for all happens for His glory and the salvation of souls! One of the great short prayers to make a habit before all duties, decisions and actions is: “Spirit of Love, in union with my Mother and Your Spouse, I enter into the Divine Will and place all in your hands.” As we finish the duty, action or after making a decision, we can pray: “Spirit of Love, in union with my Mother and Your Spouse, I give thanks and place all in your hands.” We can envision Jesus doing the act or making the decision within us (this assumes we are in a state of Grace and have an informed conscience) and thus He can achieve His purpose of living again through us for the glory of the Father by the folly of the Cross!

Let us rejoice and praise The Holy Spirit continuously knowing that our desire, the desire of our heart fixed forever on the Trinity alone, will allow us to pray and love continuously when our mind becomes occupied! Fiat!

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9 Responses to The Holy Spirit Within: the Life of Continuous Presence and Love

  1. rosaryhouse says:

    Truly inspiring… this writing is the culmination of what went before. Anyone who seels perfection in the spiritual life now has an inspired GPS in thier hands – can’t miss !
    Ave Maria !

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  2. Michelle rebelli says:

    Thank you, Anthony, for this critically important insight (and all your posts)! Amen!

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  3. ” Just, Loved” this “Divine Antidote”. The title was perfect and Compelling, as God willed it. Because, was totally providential, that this today’s message got to me in the very moment needed, just for confirmation, and more hopes, and blessings. “Thank You”, for your docility to the “Holy Spirit”.

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    • May God be glorified in each one of us as we help each other be more intimate with the Holy Spirit…our Greatest Friend…and the constant Divine Guest in our soul!

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      • Anthony, thank you for replaying so soon. I wanted you to know that I made my first consecration to “Jesus Christ” through our “Loving Mother Virgin Mary”, on 2011. This pasted year I just renovated it with the new version “33 Days to Morning Glory” ( From Father Michael E. Gaitley MIC ),…so profoundly spiritual, and perfectly rooted in our day by day material reality, and the longing for this eternal connection with God ( as you expressed in another “Divine Antidote”), and loved too the updated language, of course closer to now days expressions. I struggle constantly in my communication with others, trying to break prejudices with religious languages, trying to reach their hidden anguish for God with out knowing how to call it by them self, and me, not wanting to frustrate them with some religious clichéd phrases already rejected by them, due to, as so many experiences are possible in the history of each one’s life. So I really appreciate ( “anthropologically considerate” I would say… ), an updated language that can connect with our today’s inner mental, emotional, and spiritual movements. Hope I made some senses, cause my English is simple, and struggle too, with the construction of the phrases. Well thank you for the opportunity of expressing my thoughts. I will continue following your blogging. Thank You so much in “Jesus our Lord’s name”, and the “loving conduction and infinite example” of our loving “Mother Mary”, spouse and perfect replica of the “Holy Spirit”. “Thank You”.

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      • Praise God for your cooperation with Him!

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  4. Hello Anthony,

    I ordered the book, “The Flame of Love”, several months ago, as well as requested to follow you by email. This morning I happened to turn on the TV to EWTN just in time to see you on the Women of Grace program. I had set aside the book, unread, and have deleted your emails unread. I have been going through an extended time of depression and feeling far from God and the Church. The comment was made on the program that “if you are seeing this program today, this message is meant for you.” Your name was familiar, and I remembered purchasing the book, so I found the volume and turned to prayer and reading the first few pages. I stopped for lunch, and I check my emails while I eat…and found this post and read it. This is clearly the Holy Spirit leading me back to “The Flame of Love”. I am thanking and praising God for drawing me back. I wanted you to know about this, and ask that you pray for me to remain faithful in following where the Holy Spirit is leading me. I no longer feel abandoned and forgotten…..

    Gratefully,
    Christine

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