Holy spirit

The Trust Walk – Let the Holy Spirit Be Our Guide

On retreats as a teenager, I remember taking confidence walks. We were blindfolded and guided by another person around obstacles, bends and bends, and through narrow doors, the purpose being to instill trust in God through the one in charge. The feeling of loss of control and helplessness is overwhelming and frightening. With each step, we felt like we were falling into a gaping hole or hitting a stone wall. At first it could be so annoying that we would refuse to take a step. Carefully as the walk progressed we started to trust our partner and take faster steps. Learning to listen to the guidance of the Holy Ghost can be like embarking on a walk of trust. We often have to move forward blindly, without knowing or understanding why he is asking certain things of us. The ways of God are not our ways. If we choose the narrow path and follow his voice instead of the voice of the world or the devil, he will lead us to true joy and happiness. We need to let go of our human understanding and trust what seems illogical or counterintuitive at times when the Holy Spirit is our guide.

“Trust the LORD with all your heart,

do not rely on your own intelligence;

In all your ways, think of him,

and he will make your paths straight.

Don’t be wise in your own eyes,

fear the LORD and turn away from evil. (Prov 3: 5-7)

The Holy Spirit is this guiding friend to whom we are attached and whom we allow to guide us on our journey through life: over obstacles, around traps, through difficulties. It enlightens our minds with truth and wisdom, enabling us to make wise decisions. The term “Spirit” comes from the Hebrew word ruah, which means breath, air, wind. Although we may not see or hear the Holy Spirit audibly, He directs us by speaking to our hearts and conscience as we spend time in prayer, through the scriptures, and through the words of holy spiritual directors. We can listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, or we can choose to ignore it and follow our own wills and desires. If we truly love God and seek his will, we will be submissive to the Spirit. Can we be confident enough to allow the fire of the Holy Spirit to enter our lives and take control?

At Pentecost the Holy Spirit was poured out on the disciples, Christ’s Passover is fulfilled, and the Holy Trinity is revealed. “From that day on, the Kingdom announced by Christ has been open to those who believe in him: in the humility of the flesh and in faith, they already participate in the communion of the Holy Trinity. By his coming, which never ceases, the Holy Spirit brings the world into the “last days”, the time of the Church, the Kingdom already inherited but not yet consummated. (CCC 732) Pentecost is considered the anniversary of the Church, when Jesus poured out the Spirit on the apostles so that they would have the courage and the conviction to proclaim the truth. We still receive the power and trust of the Holy Spirit today when we ask for it. However, we must desire it more than we desire our own wills. Are we truly seeking God and his will, or are we slaves to our own passions and preferences? It is a question that we must ask ourselves daily and at every moment.

Before the descent of the Holy Spirit, the apostles gathered in prayer. When Jesus appeared to the disciples at Pentecost, they were afraid and overwhelmed by the fear of the Jews. When he came with them, the first words he spoke were “Peace be with you”. To underline his desire for them to be at peace, he repeated himself and offered them peace a second time. When we are afraid and afraid, we can call on the Holy Spirit, which we received in baptism and confirmation, and receive the same peace that the disciples had on that first day of the week. Through the Holy Spirit, God gives us courage, strength, and power – not the self-centered and ambitious power of the world, but the greatest power to participate in God’s plan for our lives and salvation and the courage to extend his Kingdom to others.

As we celebrate Pentecost, pray to ask the Holy Spirit to guide our every step and decision so that we can cooperate with God’s plan for our lives:

Oh Holy Spirit, you are the third person of the Holy Trinity. You are the Spirit of truth, love and holiness, proceeding from the Father and the Son, and equal to them in all things. I adore you and love you with all my heart. Teach me to know and to seek God, by whom and for whom I was created. Fill my heart with holy fear and great love for Him. Give me compassion and patience, and don’t let me fall into sin.

Increase in me faith, hope and charity and bring forth in me all the virtues specific to my state of life. Help me to grow in the four cardinal virtues, Your seven gifts and Your twelve fruits.

Make me a faithful disciple of Jesus, an obedient child of the Church and a helper for my neighbor. Give me the grace to keep the commandments and to receive the sacraments worthily. Lift me up to holiness in the state of life to which you have called me, and lead me through happy death to eternal life. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Grant me also, O Holy Spirit, giver of all good gifts, the special favor for which I ask {name special request}, if it is for your honor and glory and for my welfare. Amen.

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