Dealing with the Holy Spirit

Although the indwelling in the soul belongs to the three Persons of the Trinity - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - it is attributed in a singular way to the Third Person, whom the liturgy invites us to deal with more intimately at this time when we are moving towards the feast of Pentecost.

The Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have told you, says the Lord in today's Gospel. It is a promise that the Lord made on various occasions, as if to point out the enormous transcendence that it would have for the whole Church, for the world, for each one of us who would follow him. It is not a passing gift limited to the time when the sacraments are received or to another specific moment, but a stable, permanent gift: "in the hearts (of the faithful) the Holy Spirit dwells as in a temple "

He is the sweet Guest of the soul, and the more the Christian grows in good works, the more he purifies himself, the more the Holy Spirit is pleased to dwell in him and give him new graces for his sanctification and for the apostolate.

The Holy Spirit is in the soul of the Christian in grace, to configure him with Christ, so that he may be ever more like him, to move him to the fulfillment of God's will and to help him in that task. The Holy Spirit comes as a remedy for our weakness,17 and making our cause his own he pleads for us with unspeakable moans18 before the Father. He now fulfills his office of guiding, protecting and vivifying the Church, because," Paul VI said, "there are two elements that Christ has promised and given, although in different ways, to continue his work: 'the apostolate and the Spirit. The apostolate acts externally and objectively; it forms the body, so to speak, material of the Church, and gives it its visible and social structures; while the Holy Spirit acts internally, within each person, as well as on the entire community, animating, vivifying, sanctifying".19

Let us ask Our Lady to teach us how to understand this very happy reality, for our life would then be very different. Why feel alone, if the Holy Spirit accompanies us? Why live insecure or anguished, even for a single day of our existence, if the Paraclete is attentive to us and to our things? Why go madly after apparent happiness, if there is no greater joy than dealing with this sweet Guest who dwells in us? How different would our behavior be in some circumstances, the conversation, if we were aware that we are temples of God, temples of the Holy Spirit!

At the end of our prayer, let us go to our Lady: "Hail Mary, temple and tabernacle of the Holy Trinity, help us.