Joined Together by the Spirit
by Maria Franco
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“God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:5
Today we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. A day dedicated to the powerful third person of the Holy Trinity. What can we say about the Holy Spirit? Our advocate, teacher, friend, reliever, soother, ever present with us, never leaving us…..
My relationship with the Holy Spirit began at the time of my baptism and successive renewals at the sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation.
But, the Holy spirit also manifested itself to me in various other forms though in the same name.
Today, am happy to be part of a prayer ministry named after the Holy Spirit where I can happily render my services in addressing the Word.
On a larger note, my memories have always been attached to a hospital named after the Holy Spirit. I used to always say that this hospital was my second home, the reason being that right from my childhood days, I had spent so much of time in this place on account of my father being confined there several times and throughout the years. The best part about this hospital was that it had the atmosphere more of a prayer centre something akin to a convent rather than a hospital. With various Holy statues and frames adorning the walls of the hospitals, it put the mind to rest and abolished all fears however difficult those days were. I remember the long winding driveway and the garden though the best place in this hospital was the adorable Chapel, the solitude of this sacred place a welcome retreat. It was here that my mother and I used to spend a lot of time in silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
Holy Communion was given every morning after Mass here to all the inmates. One truly felt the same as being in a Church. I can vouch that true to its name, the Holy Spirit always abiding here helped us to pull through anguished times and rewarded us with miraculous healings. In fact, what this hospital has given me….. the feelings, love, care and nostalgic memories is incomparable with any other medical institution that I have visited.
The Holy spirit indeed teaches us to be warriors for Christ. When we sing the hymn;‘Holy Spirit come.’ we are left without any doubt that it does come in a very powerful manner and allows its fire to fall on us. We may not see this fire or feel the heat of the fire but the grace of this fire definitely falls upon us to touch us, restore us and heal us.
The Holy Spirit is also our reminder as stated in John 14:26; “The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
Today, the flakes of the Holy Spirit is falling upon us, empowering us to follow in the steps of the apostles, dauntlessly. To eagerly minister just as they did, a double and triple anointing given from above. The tongues of fire is perpetually upon our heads. We are united in the Spirit. We need to recognize and act according to the desires of the Holy Spirit to let it flow and flow so that we breathe with the breath of the spirit.
Maria Machado Franco
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