“O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore you. “
It might be wrong to say that I have always felt drawn to the third person of the Trinity. Maybe it was the introduction to the Holy Spirit when the charismatic Catholics prayed for me to be healed and after this weekend I breathed on my own (with the tracheostomy blocked) for a few minutes. Perhaps it was my father’s later gift of a silver dove to replace the silver trachea tube the following summer. Maybe it’s because we associate the Holy Ghost with the breath, and I tried to make the breath optional for the first eight years of life. Suffice it to say, Confirmation remains my favorite sacrament, and the Holy Spirit, I know how to be a true friend, who always wants to renew us.
The descent of the Holy Spirit is my favorite mystery of the Rosary. Whenever I come to this decade, the first seven are occupied with the seven gifts, and the other three, with the request for humility, humor and patience.
When you are confirmed John, you will receive the gifts of the Holy Ghost and spend the rest of your life discovering how these gifts are to be used. I also know that you have discovered, you choose the saint as your model and intercessor, someone who will pray for and with you, and who illustrates for you by the life he has lived a person who by receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit, put on the work of doing the will of God. After a lot of discussion and discernment you chose your sister as your godmother, once we got it figured out you thought the person had to be someone who got it all. Now, you know, the Godfather is standing by your side, praying with and for you, practicing his faith, and agreeing to walk with you from now on.
The sacrament is the beginning of your adult life. The following is your response to this great grace. While my sister was working on her confirmation, she asked the question, “What is an experience with the Holy Spirit?” And I think this remains an insufficiently answered question, because for each person, this experience is different. What I do know is that the Holy Spirit moves someone to act, to speak, to heal, to be present, to testify. The Holy Spirit hits us on the heart and commands us to see something in our lives that needs to be addressed, or something in the world, someone in our lives, who needs us to speak and act. .
I can tell you that if you let the Holy Spirit take the lead, you might find yourself in a situation you never imagined, but you will know that what you are doing has been guided and is the will of the Holy Spirit. by the fruits. If what you do brings greater love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and self-control are of the Holy Spirit. If he brings friendships, if he forms community, if he brings salt and light, if he asks for sublimation and service, it is from the Holy Spirit. If you still don’t know, don’t hesitate to ask.
Here’s how you ask:
Prayer to the Holy Spirit by Cardinal Mercier
Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore you.
Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me.
Tell me what I should do ; give me your orders.
I promise to submit to whatever you desire from me and to accept whatever you allow to happen to me. Only let me know Your Will.
It takes courage to say the prayer, but I also know that it never fails to get me where I need to go and what to do, even if I’m not going or doing it.
Good luck with Confirmation. Happy and excited for you!