I thank the Holy Spirit for you @Michael16 .
I thank the Holy Soirit that you have opened this thread .
In recent days we have been hurting .
In recent days we have been dejected .
In recent days we have been discouraged and have been feeling lost .
I praise the Holy Spirit for your directing our attention to the Holy Spirit , the source of healing for our hurting , the source of hope for our dejection , the source of courage for our discouragement , the source of guidance for us when we feel lost .
The Church is in need of renewal . We are in need of renewal .
That renewal will not come from our own resources . " ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty…" (Zech 4:6) . The renewal will come from God , from the Holy Spirit , our helper in our helplessness .
For some this will be embracing the spirituality as found in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal .
For others it may mean taking power from other spiritual treasures within the Church .
But choosing the Holy Spirit is the main thing .
I choose the spirituality I find in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal . It has proved its worth for me over the years, most especially when my position regarding the Church became very wobbly in the early 1970s .
Whatever we choose , the prime choice must be choosing the Holy Spirit to be Helper , Comforter , Guide , God .
Come Holy Spirit and renew the Church , renew us , renew the face of the earth !!!
Today is the feast of St Augustine of Hippo . Perhaps we can make his prayer to the Holy Spirit our own - - - - -
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit,
That my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit,
That my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,
That I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,
To defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit,
That I always may be holy.