This insight on the Holy Spirit is one of the most important we can ever possibly learn and a Grace that if begged for consistently and perseveringly, will radically draw us closer into the Divine union for which we were created even here on earth.
Once when Elizabeth Kindelmann (www.flameoflove.us) was speaking with a very intelligent person, who did not understand the messages of Jesus and Mary about the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Elizabeth stated: “I frequently pray using the Blessed Virgin’s words, and I ask the Holy Spirit to enkindle light in those who have heard the messages.” She then added this key insight: “I felt that what I said (to that person) did not come from my natural powers.”
This is a critical piece of Wisdom that we must be convicted of and seek to meditate on now and until we believe we have absorbed this Wisdom through our daily mental prayer. The Wisdom flows directly from one of the most important insights in all of Holy Scripture:
“No one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the (power of) the Holy Spirit!”
Blessed Pope Paul VI in his masterful encyclical on Sharing the Gospel Message, teaches this truth: “The Holy Spirit is the principal agent of evangelization; it is He who impels 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…” It is “He alone (who) stirs up the new creation(within)…Through the Holy Spirit, the Gospel penetrates to the heart of the world…The most perfect preparation of the evangelizer has no effect without the Holy Spirit.” St. Pope John Paul II echoed this truth in “Mission of the Redeemer”: “It is not possible to bear witness to Christ without reflecting His Image, which is made alive in us by Grace and the power of the Holy Spirit….He (the Holy Spirit) is the principal agent of Mission…It is the Holy Spirit who opens people’s hearts so that they can believe in Christ and ‘confess Him’…”
What this means simply is we can NOT accomplish anything beyond very, very limited human accomplishments without the Holy Spirit working through and in us (and even that tiny amount is a Grace)! All changes of heart, all repentance of rebellion/sin and conversion to the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ, happen only by the Divine power and action of the Holy Spirit! Even the inclination for us to share the Faith and the Gospel Message is a gift which comes only from the Holy Spirit!
If we have not been as successful as we had hoped or wanted with our family, our parish, our country in bringing them to Christ and His Life, is it not due to our failure (most likely an inadvertent but still real failure) to know and execute this Truth: we can do nothing without the power of the Holy Spirit? Would it be reasonable to presume that we can not have the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through us, if we do not know the Holy Spirit as a Person, and further to have a mature and intimate relationship with the Love between the Father and the Son? How can we develop such a personal relationship, if we do not spend the time to get to know the Person and talk (pray) with Him daily, and many times a day? We should greatly desire to get to know him, especially since He dwells in our soul always….as long as we are in a state of Grace.
The cause of our blindness is Satan, the world and our fleshly, inordinate desires. But the root cause flowing from these three opponents is that we have failed to release the Graces, the sharing in the Divine Life, from the First Sacrament of Baptism and the further Graces of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. These Sacraments are critical to overcome Satan, the world and our flesh and in our ability to know and have the Holy Spirit working in and through us to produce supernatural results in all our efforts for Christ.
Virtually all Catholics were baptized as infants and confirmed at 12 years of age or so and we have never made a conscious and definitive choice to know and accept the Graces of our Baptism and Confirmation and thus have them released so they are working constantly in our souls. So, this is the critical step/choice we must make through prayer and spending time to get to know all we can about the Holy Spirit and His role in Sanctifying us. One can not be holy/sanctified without the Divine Gifts, Charisms and Virtues of the Sanctifier!
In fact, one can not truly know, love and work for Jesus Christ if they do not know the Holy Spirit! One can believe in Jesus Christ (which as many as one third of the world claim and many of these would also claim they love Jesus), but not truly know and love Him without the Holy Spirit! St. Paul makes this very clear in Acts 19: 1-6: “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed (in Jesus Christ)?” Do we have other evidence of this reality? We do. The Holy Spirit tells us in Sacred Scripture that there is one test, if we want to be certain to know if we love Jesus and Jesus Himself stated it: “If you love Me, you will keep My Commandments.” The vast majority of Catholics do not keep the third Commandment: “Keep Holy the Sabbath,” by worshiping God in Spirit and Truth at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which He instituted as a perpetual memorial of His ultimate Sacrifice for our salvation. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts us we must obey this and all Commandments. Thus, the Holy Spirit is absent (in fact driven out of the soul completely if the sin qualifies as mortal which this sin normally would) and the person can not truly know and love Jesus Christ, because he is not keeping His Commandments.
Let us close by reminding ourselves of how little we can do unless we take the words of our Popes seriously! Let us especially focus on these words of Blessed Pope Paul VI in his masterful encyclical on Sharing the Gospel Message: “The Holy Spirit is the principal agent of evangelization; it is He who impels 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…” It is “He alone (who) stirs up the new creation (within)…Through the Holy Spirit, the Gospel penetrates to the heart of the world…The most perfect preparation of the evangelizer has no effect without the Holy Spirit.”
So, like Elizabeth Kindelmann, we must pray each day and spend real time to get to know all we can about the Sanctifier, the third Divine Person, the Gift of the Father and Son! Here is a short prayer that reflects what the Church teaches: “Holy Spirit, the Love between the Father and Son, I beg you to let me know you completely as a Person. I beg you to draw me to yourself in an intimate embrace and take possession of me. I beg you to release all the Graces of Baptism and Confirmation so I can imitate Jesus through all Your Gifts, Charisms and Virtues. I beg you to fill me with more and more Grace through worthy Holy Communions each day, through very frequent Confessions, and through daily prayer and meditation on the Passion and Death of my Savior Jesus Christ. I beg You, who guided Jesus in everything, be my guide today so that I may witness to Your Love in everyone I encounter today. Holy Spirit possess me completely as You did Mary my Mother.” Fiat!