Day 23 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 reminds us that the Holy Spirit is the one who teaches us about God and brings to our mind all that Jesus has taught. He says in John 14:26: “The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.” Jesus who is true God gives us the Holy Spirit. As a man, he prays for his coming, but as God gives us the Holy Spirit. He says to the apostles: “Receive the Holy Spirit.” The Apostles, instructed by Jesus and formed by the Holy Spirit, did not miss an opportunity to speak of the Spirit. They communicated Him and proclaimed the absolute necessity of submitting to His actions. Let us always do the same.

When Jesus said that he would ask the Father to give us another Consoler, He wanted to show us the Father’s Love, and how He and the Father share the same Love in sending us the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Love. Oh, the depths of the Love of the Father and the Son, being moved by our misery and sorrow, they send the third Person of the Blessed Trinity for our consolation! Everything that God does for us is a result of His Love!

How does Jesus give us the Holy Spirit? He does this by pleading to His Father as man, and by dying on the Cross for our sins. This was the price that Jesus paid for the Divine Gift of the Holy Spirit. This is what St. John means when he says “that there was no Spirit yet, because Jesus has not yet been glorified.”

Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us always. This unbelievable love of Jesus abides in us during our life, our death and for all eternity. His love is tender, delicate and infinite. Saint Paul has told us that anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him. Without the Holy Spirit we can do nothing good. We cannot even pronounce the name of God.

Let us seek to extend the reign of the Holy Spirit, by becoming inflamed with His Love. Let us consecrate ourselves to Him, and pray that the whole human race be consecrated to the Holy Spirit. May He dwell at every instance within us. May He be our trusted confidant, so that by being faithful to His holy inspirations, everything about us may unceasingly lead us to Him, who is totally one with the Father and the Son.

Prayer of Conchita

“Oh Heavenly Father and Divine Word, You are infinitely compassionate! Oh Holy Spirit, the Friend of the human race, in You we possess Love in Person, Grace in Person and jubilant joy and peace in Person. We desire to know You more, to adore You with even greater respect, and to love You and trust You from the depths of our hearts. Oh Holy Spirit, I love You with Mary and I will love You through her. I desire to live in You as Mary did for Your glory, and in gratitude for all the expressions of love of each Person of the Blessed Trinity! Amen.

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Day 22 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 stated: “I will ask the Father and He will give you another Paraclete.” Jesus asked the Father to: “Send us the Spirit of truth, whom the world does not accept because it does not know Him.” The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, whom Jesus obtained for humanity, because He saw us submerged in so much darkness. What our world lacks most is the Truth.

Only God can you give us this Truth. Humility is truth, simplicity is truth, love is truth. The Holy Spirit is eternal Truth. The Spirit of Truth came to wipe away our tears, to mitigate and to console us in our hidden suffering, our burdens, our weeping, our bitterness and tribulations. One of the missions of the Holy Spirit is to give us peace.

The light of Truth was fully diffused into our souls when Jesus begged his Father to send the Holy Spirit, and He offered Himself as a Victim in order to merit for us this Divine Holy Spirit. Have we ever truly thanked the Father and the Son for the Holy Spirit? Do we continue to do so each day?

When we read in Scripture: “The world cannot receive the Holy Spirit”, it means those living in sin. The Holy Spirit cannot live in them because they have made themselves incapable of receiving Him. They are unable to see Him with the eyes of faith. Our Lord said: “They neither see nor know the Holy Spirit.” Let us no longer resist the Spirit of Truth, who gently seeks to introduce Himself into our hearts to renew the Gifts and Virtues of our Baptism. Let us enliven our Faith and become docile instruments in His hands, frequently calling to mind that the Holy Spirit is the Divine pledge of our salvation!

Jesus has indicated there are two reasons why the world cannot receive the Holy Spirit: because it neither sees nor knows Him. Thus, the remedy is quite clear: it is to know the Holy Spirit, to contemplate Him and to live in intimacy with Him in order to discover Him in our interior life and in our conversation with God. From now on, let us dedicate our lives to knowing the Holy Spirit and to making Him known!

We can make the Holy Spirit known by speaking or writing about him, by means of prayer, by our sacrifices, by our example and by our actions. We can do this with whatever resources we have within our reach. How can people love the Holy Spirit if they do not know Him? Especially since He is the very source of life, love, joy and every virtue. Let us love the Holy Spirit with generous love. Let us not measure out what we can offer to our God, who has loved us without measure.

Prayer of Conchita:

“O Divine Spirit of Truth, sent for our salvation, may You be blessed forever! Open the eyes of our understanding to be able to receive the light You give us to know and love the Truth. Let me be able to love You in spirit and in truth, so that I may attract souls to learn about You. If they know You, they cannot help but love You. Love attracts us and brings us to submission. Oh Holy Spirit, You are Divine and Eternal Love. Come to me and to those whom I love. Come to those who do not know You that they may fall in love with Your Divine beauty. Amen.”

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Day 21 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.

In John 14:17, we read: “You know the Holy Spirit because He abides with you and will be in you.” In His immense goodness, Jesus made three promises concerning the Holy Spirit: you will know Him; He will dwell within you; and He will be with you. Jesus invites us to ponder these truths about the Holy Spirit with love and gratitude.

If we desire, read, pray and trust, we will come to happily know the Holy Spirit. We will feel him even as we breathe in and breathe out. He surrounds us, He envelops us, and He penetrates our being. He is closer to us then we are to ourselves. This Divine Spirit has led me to know the the Father as well as the Word. The Holy Spirit is Their most fruitful Bond of Love. Although He is a person distinct from Them, They are of the same substance, divine will and perfection.

In Baptism and Confirmation, as well as Reconciliation and in the Eucharist, the Holy Spirit has come to us and has taken possession of our humble being. He knows me and I know him. Yes Jesus, I know the Holy Spirit because of Your love for me. How can I ever repay You for such a favor?

Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would dwell within us, we who have the joy of forming His mystical Body, the Church. The Holy Spirit guides the Church, which came from the very heart of Jesus. It is the Church which has been formed by the Holy Spirit, bringing all of the gifts, graces and charisms that flow from His love. He governs the Church through the Councils and assists in a special way all of the Bishops and Priests in guiding the church. But without the Holy Spirit, there would be no Church, no Priests, nor Sacraments. The entire Church from top to bottom is the work of the Holy Spirit, the Person of the Love Between the Father and the Son,

The Holy Spirit will always be with us as Jesus has promised. He directs each one of us and works actively in officially bestowing Graces. The Holy Spirit should direct not only our body, His temple, but also our souls. Blessed are we because of the Holy Spirit, who since the beginning of the world has converted darkness into the light! Let us ask Him to enlighten us and guide us always dissipating the darkness that surrounds us.

Prayer of Conchita:

Oh Holy Spirit, enlighten the eyes of my soul so that I may know You more and extend Your reign in union with Mary. Dwell within us, so that You may always be with us. Give us Your strength and patience so that we may smile amidst the difficulties of life, carrying the cross of each day with peace, love and joy. Amen.

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Day 20 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 through the Holy Spirit had come to bring new life into the world, restoring the life that had been lost through sin. Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about the Holy Spirit. Jesus taught us that the Holy Spirit is the door through which we enter into the Church, being born again of water and the Spirit. Let us satisfy our thirst at this fountain, this wellspring of Grace, who is the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit blows where He wills. In the bosom of holy Church, He is life-giving breath to keep the faithful strong in their faith, moving hearts and converting them to God.

How often from the depths of our soul do we perceive the Voice who calls us and moves us to consecrate ourselves to God, to pardon the one who has offended us, to deny ourselves, to remain silent, to be generous, to defend the innocent or to accept suffering. Let us never silence the voice of the Holy Spirit, but instead respond with joy by doing what is pleasing to God through the inspirations that we receive from Him! In this way, we will please the Holy Spirit. May the blessed hand of Mary always guide us!

If we are in a state of grace, the Holy Spirit becomes like the Soul of our soul. He constantly moves us and encourages us towards what is good, and defends us from what is evil. But without His help, we could not have even one good thought. Being docile toward the movement of the Holy Spirit brings a pledge of eternal salvation.

Prayer of Conchita:

Come Sanctifying Spirit and make your Grace penetrate even to the very depths of my spirit. May the power of Your grace strengthen my weakness with Your omnipotent arm. Oh Holy Spirit, only you can create in me a new heart that loves even in time of sacrifice. From now on, transform me in Charity, so that I may become an act of perpetual love becoming lost in the immensity of Your being. Mary, teach me to be docile to the Holy Spirit, Who guides us towards total truth and fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church. Amen.

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Day 19 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.

We need the grace of the Holy Spirit to be able to do good to others. It is only He who is able to break the chains of sin, and make our souls into a new creation. As it says in Scripture: “Create in me a clean heart”. Jesus, in the name of the Holy Spirit and by His power, was able to banish demons and perform prodigies of conversion. He transmitted the same power to the Apostles: “He breathed upon them, saying receive the Holy Spirit.”

It is only through the Holy Spirit that the Father and His Divine Word are known. Whatever good we do, it is by His inspiration and grace. If we call upon the Father, if we love Him, it is by the grace of the Holy Spirit. If we have love for Jesus and serve Him in our fellow man, if we unite ourselves with God’s Will, if we are inflamed with zeal for His glory, it is all done through the impulse of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit usually seems very distant from us, elevated far above all the things of the earth. Yet, He is the Divine Person who is closest to us. He fills us with Himself, He calls us and He protects us. He makes us His living temples. He helps and shelters us. He defends us from our enemies. In a word, He is even closer to us than our very self.

If we are poor, it is because we do not seek Him. If we are sad is because we do not seek Him, who is all joy. Today, let us change our lives to become Apostles of the Spirit of Love and holiness. Let us ask Him through the intercession of Mary, for His Gifts and Fruits in their fullness. Let us prepare our hearts as a dwelling place, in which He can rest with us and communicate Himself to us always.

The Holy Spirit wants to rest in us. That is to purify our hearts and allow us to become docile to the Holy Spirit’s inspirations so that He can come to us and all the ways He wishes to communicate with us. He will come with delicate and intimate touches that will lead us closer to God. He will bring us His repose that communicates heavenly joy. He will bring us a rest that will free us from the bonds that tie us to the earth. He will come to take possession of us so that we can be transformed and totally belong to Him. He will come to consummate our union, the union of two loves that become one, of two wills that become one, so we can live for the glory of God and the salvation of mankind. This is what we mean by becoming one with the Holy Spirit. We become His apostles and give Him great glory “in spirit and in truth”.

Prayer of Conchita:

“Oh Holy Spirit, our rest and repose. You are unity and the consummate joy of God! Take total possession of my affections and sentiments. Simplify my desires and comfort me with your enduring happiness. Mary, you are the creature who loved the Holy Spirit the most. Be a Mother to me. Look upon the poverty of my love and obtain for me the gift of the Holy Spirit, the living fire of love, so that with Him, I might love the Father and Jesus my Redeemer forever. Amen.”

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Day 18 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.

The Holy Spirit, who is the Consoler par excellence, gives us the Divine consolation who is Jesus. The Holy Spirit consoles us by uniting us to Jesus. Sinners are those who are wounded of heart; they are the poorest of all. Jesus was sent on their behalf through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was sent to earth by the Father in answer to the sacrifice and prayer of Jesus.

It is the sick, not the healthy, who need a doctor. This is why Jesus said: “I did not come to call the righteous but sinners”. The mission of Jesus is to console and to draw sinners, and He does this through the Holy Spirit, who is the supreme consoler and the supreme magnet.

Jesus was sent also to heal the lukewarm, who are living in God’s Grace, but whose sickly lives make them incapable of generosity or personal sacrifice. It is a type of anemia, a weakness or paralysis. Everything is languishing, including the intelligence, the heart and the will. Jesus was sent for the lukewarm, who desire to be healed and who ask for this gift. To us, our Lord says follow the path of perfection, the Cross, and to do this, we must mortify ourselves. This is the one effective remedy for lukewarmness.

Jesus also came to heal the wounded of heart: those who really want to love God more, but who are unable to do so. How many suffering hearts there are who after having encountered God, and having tasted of His love, desire with great longing to correspond to God’s love by loving him more and more. But they have no one to guide them and they are left to their own weak efforts. Let us be one of those, who because we are happy and in love with Jesus and who have received the Gift of the Father and the Son, who is the Holy Spirit, are able to fulfill their mission of helping and conquering souls for our Lord.

In union with Jesus, and his Redemptive work, let us strive to convert sinners and move the lukewarm to correspond with the Grace of God. However this can only happen by being consciously aware of the Holy Spirit working in us to preach, to give good example and to sacrifice; as well as to be conscious of the Holy Spirit, who is working in the soul of the other person. We must be conscious that this is the work of the Holy Spirit in order to cooperate fully. We are but weak instruments, who can only call upon the power of the Holy Spirit!

Prayer of Conchita:

Oh Holy Spirit, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for having anointed Jesus for His work of salvation on behalf of mankind. Oh Mary, obtain for us the Grace to work without ceasing for the glory of the Holy Spirit, who with the Father and the Son, is the Supreme Beauty, the source of all life! Amen.

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Day 17 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.

We read in the Gospel of Luke, that our Lord said he was sent to bring liberty to captives and to give sight to the blind. There are many who do not see and are blind to the eternal truths. Some are totally blind, while others are partially blind because they do not have the Faith to see clearly. Fortunately, there are others who are able to see clearly because of their union with the Holy Spirit. They see with his Divine light that illuminates everything and increases their faith, because the Holy Spirit is the Light proceeding from Light Itself! Do I appreciate the Gift of God who is the Holy Spirit?

Oh Holy Spirit, You destined Jesus to bring light to every man and woman who would come into this world. Come and send us a ray of Your light. Have mercy upon our blindness and enfold us within the rays of Your light!

Jesus fulfilled the mission He received from the Father through the Holy Spirit. He is the consolation of the poor, whether they be poor spiritually or materially. He strengthens those who are sorry for their sins. He visits the captives and sets them free. He gives light to those in darkness. He lifts up the oppressed. He motivates the cowardly and He instructs them and promises an eternal reward. Those of us who love the Holy Spirit and desire His reign, are continuing the mission of Jesus.

Prayer of Conchita:

“Oh Divine Spirit, who has given us in Jesus all that is good, how can we ever repay You? If we had not been redeemed by the Holy Spirit through Jesus, better that we should not have been born. Oh Holy Spirit, how can I ever correspond in my littleness to Your infinite mercy, since you have given me Jesus, who is the perfect model of Divine Charity! Mary, Mother of Jesus and my Mother, obtain for me this grace! Amen.”

 

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