Monthly Archives: May 2023

Devotion to the Holy Spirit

Stained glass image of Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit, whom St Josemaria called “The Great Unknown”, dwells in our soul as its “sweet guest”. Yet we seldom think of him, and could hardly call him our friend. In this meditation we strive to grow in devotion to the Holy Spirit, considering three of his principal roles in our life.

The Holy Spirit:

  • Is the Sanctifier,  helping us to grow in love for God, helping us to pray better, prompting us to say aspirations, reminding us that we are children of God…
  • Leads us into the truth, in our professional life or study, in understanding the truths of the faith…
  • Assists us in our work of evangelisation, as he did when he came down on the apostles on the feast of Pentecost.

Love for Mary, our Mother

Our Blessed Mother with the child Jesus

Before he died on the Cross, Jesus said to St John and to all of us: “Behold your Mother.” Mary is truly the mother of everyone. In this meditation we use texts of Scripture, St Bernard and St Josemaria to consider how:

  • In conceiving Jesus in her womb, and later giving birth to him in Bethlehem, Mary became the mother of all the members of Christ’s Mystical Body, the Church
  • At Calvary Mary suffered unspeakably with Jesus for all mankind and this moves her to love us all the more
  • Mary draws sinners to Jesus
  • Mary exercises her motherly role with the apostles and with all of us
  • Mary intercedes for us before Jesus in a powerful way
  • We can take Mary into our own keeping and love her, as St John did, through the various Marian prayers and customs, especially the rosary