The Work of the Holy Spirit in Our Lives

Reflection for the 7th Sunday of Easter by FAN Board Treasurer, Br. Paul Crawford, OFM, Cap.

This reflection was originally posted in our May 22nd newsletter

St.James Holy Spirit Window“I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

The Celebration of the Ascension always reminds me of the various times of goodbyes and moving on in our lives. Change is never easy. Moving is always a challenge to us and to our family and friends. It’s also a time to look at our lives, accept what seems to be the right thing to do, and then start afresh, hopefully with a better vision, plan or purpose.

Someone once said that intimacy is always a work in progress. It’s never a done deal, and if you come from an Irish heritage, you are always awaiting for another shoe to drop.

So it was with the very first disciples and followers of Jesus. Jesus had been taken from their midst and nailed to the Cross, died, and then rose from the dead. All this to prepare them and us for the Gift of the Holy Spirit; for the power and inspiration that we need to do what Jesus had done. It is only the Holy Spirit who can touch and change our hearts and the lives of others.

I recently read, “The World Will Be Saved by Beauty” written by the granddaughter of Dorothy Day. Through this intimate yet honest portrait, I was able to see how the Spirit of God can move us to embrace our lives and family as they are. Knowing that God has a plan and mission for each one of us.

The work of the Holy Spirit in our lives shows us that we need to come anew into our hearts and lives. So, let us all pray; Come Holy Spirit, set our hearts afire with True Love of God, so that all will say, “See how they love one another”!

Br. Paul Crawford, OFM Cap.
FAN Board Treasurer

Published in: on May 23, 2017 at 9:16 am  Leave a Comment  

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