[quote=Jade]Hello Carol Marie!
Let me try and clerify what I mean. I’ll use an example of Jesus praying for us first and then slip into the HS. Not only did Jesus pray for us in the Garden (“Make them all one as We are One…”) but at Mass, we hear that He (Jesus) “Pleads for us at the Right Hand of the Father” fuffilling HIs Preistly Role as talked about in John (I think It’s john). What do priests do? Pray for us. And Jesus, as High Priest, pray and pleads for us to the Father.
Now the HS is given the titles Comforter, Guide…And since it is my belief that the Will of teh Father, is that of both the Son and the Holy Spirit b/c they are all one and the same, then for me, it is only natural to ask either Jesus or the HS to pray for us. I think He (the Holy Spirit) brings His prayer to the Father, just as Christ does.
THink about it: we are constantly reminded to ask for comfort, guidence, peace, help…when we ask those things of God (the Holy Trinity) I think that these things are carried out by the HS b/c He is after all the Comforter, Guide…When Jesus said “Peace be with you, My Peace I leave you” (ahhh one of my favorite lines!) how do you interptret that? To me, that Peace is the Holy Spirit.
In response to your question “Who would the HS take his prayer to?” I would venture to say the Father. Just as Jesus took and takes His prayer to the Father as well.
I can see however that if you are not familuar with praying to each Person of the Trinity, and not only to Them as God, then this might be very foriegn to you. I pray to God, but I also ask things and pray to Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit seperatly as well, but knowing full well that they are One and the Same.
:o Sorry if this was confusing and long winded. I have trouble making consice arguments sometimes.
Hope this helped!
Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit are Co-equal. All prayers work this way, with the Holy Spirit, in, by and through the Son, Christ Jesus and to God the Father. Our Blessed Virgin Mother Mary should be petitioned as it is by God 's will and her will that the world came to know her Son and through Him God the Father in this she makes a share in the redemption of humanity and as such is able to mediate and all prayers to her are with the Holy Spirit then go to the Son who pleads for us (as you say) at the right hand of the Father. No-one but the Son can mediate directly to the Father. It is not that the Holy Spirit is less than the Son, they are co-equal, but that their Divine Persons have distinct functions within the Holy Trinity. The very act of prayer is an act of God which no human can undertake without Divine assistance, it is the Holy Spirit who assists us in all prayer and can pray for us. He makes the most awful ramblings into a beautiful prayer, in, by and through Christ Jesus to God the Father. All of the Sacraments are effected with the power of the Holy Spirit.
I like how you have explained this Jade, thank you.
God Bless you and much love and peace to you