Pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on your families and your parish.

Dear Family of Mary!"
Tonight I wish to tell you during the days of this novena to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on your families and on your parish. Pray, and you will not regret it."(June 2, 1984)

As we approach Pentecost Our Lady encourages us to pray for the Holy Spirit to be poured out upon us, poured like water over us and into us! The Holy Spirit is often compared to water. I was reading the label on a bottle of water and it said, "Purified Water, Essential for Life". How true this is! Water is essential for all life. We can't live without it. So I extended the metaphor, and realized that the Holy Spirit is essential for life as well. We really can't live our true life, the life God intends for us without the Holy Spirit. It is impossible to live fully without the Holy Spirit.

Yesterday in the Office of Readings (Monday, Seventh Week of Easter), Saint Cyril of Jerusalem is quoted.

He speaks to this point so well:" The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of living water, welling up into eternal life. This is a new kind of water, a living, leaping water, welling up for those who are worthy. But why did Christ call the grace of the Spirit water? Because all things are dependent on water; plants and animals have their origin in water. Water comes down from heaven as rain, and although it is always the same in itself, it produces many different effects, one in the palm tree, another in the vine, and so on throughout the whole of creation. It does not come down, now as one thing, now as another, but while remaining essentially the same, it adapts itself to the needs of every creature that receives it."In the same way the Holy Spirit, whose nature is always the same, simple and indivisible, apportions grace to each man as he wills. Like a dry tree which puts forth shoots when watered, the soul bears the fruit of holiness when repentance has made it worthy of receiving the Holy Spirit. Although the Spirit never changes, effects of his action, by the will of God and in the name of Christ, are both many and marvelous.

" (Cat. 16, De Spiritu Sancto 1, 11-12. 16: PG 33, 931-935, 939-942) Isn't this cool!

The Holy Spirit fosters life in us, each according to the gifts and attributes we have been given, so that the Body of Christ will flourish. The Spirit works in me to make me more alive, more myself, more perfected in my natural gifts and supernatural gifts. And He does the same in you! And together we will compliment and encourage each other as we grow holy! It is a marvelous system!! We should all desire the Holy Spirit so that we can become "all the we can be" as they say in the army! Come, Holy Spirit, Come! In Jesus and Mary !Cathy Nolan

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