2016 Lent Reflection-Week 3


Wednesday 02 March 2016

Making Room for the Spirit

And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” -Galatians 4:6

Prayer is so important…. To ask the Lord: “Lord, help me, give me counsel; what must I do now?” And through prayer we make space so that the Spirit may come and help us in that moment, that he may counsel us on what we must do….

In intimacy with God and in listening to his word, little by little we put aside our own way of thinking­ which is most often dictated by our closures, by our prejudice, and by our ambitions-and we learn instead to ask the Lord: what is your desire? What is your will? What pleases you? In this way a deep, almost connatural harmony in the Spirit grows and develops within us and we experience how true are the words of Jesus reported in the Gospel of Matthew: “… Do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speak but the spirit of your Father speaking through you” (10: 19-20). It is the Spirit who counsels us, but we have to make room for the Spirit.

Audience, May 7, 2014

What is my relationship with the Holy Spirit? Am I con­scious of the Spirit’s presence and activity in my life?

Spirit of God, continue to fill me with your gifts, espe­cially the gift of prayer.

Lent with Pope Francis, Daily Reflections and Prayers (Pauline Publication)