Sunday Devotional: The Holy Spirit

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“I will not leave you orphans.”

-John 14:18


Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house where they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.”

Holy Spirit

How to Listen to the Holy Spirit

The moment we receive Him and host him in our heart, the Holy Spirit begins immediately to make us sensitive to his voice and to direct our thoughts, our sentiments and our intentions according to God’s heart. At the same time, he leads us increasingly to turn our interior gaze on Jesus, as model of our way of acting and of relating to God the Father and to our brothers.

Counsel, therefore, is the gift with which the Holy Spirit renders our conscience capable of making a concrete choice in communion with God, according to the logic of Jesus and of his Gospel. In this way, the Spirit makes us grow interiorly, he makes us grow positively, he makes us grow in the community and helps us not to fall prey to egoism or our own way of seeing things.

It is the Spirit who counsels us, but we must make room for the Spirit, so that he can counsel us. And to make room is to pray, to pray so that He will come and help us always.

We always come back to the same subject: prayer! To pray with the prayers that we all know from childhood, but also to pray with our own words. To pray to the Lord: “Lord, help me, counsel me, what must I do now?” And with prayer we make room for the Spirit to come to help us at that moment.

Prayer, never forget prayer! Never! No one, no one is aware when we pray in the bus, in the street: we pray in silence with our heart.

In His Peace and Love,


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0 responses to “Sunday Devotional: The Holy Spirit

  1. Tony Bonagura

    I have always been interested in the Feasts of the Lord, some with wonderful insight has called them the “footprints of the Messiah” and that certainly the case for the Jewish people. Pentecost was “fully come” in Jesus day and was the last of the Spring feasts. Jesus met ever detail of ever one of the four Spring feasts leaving the Jews of his day without excuse as to who their Messiah was. Some mistakenly call Pentecost the “birth of the church” and nothing could be further from the truth, Pentecost as are all those feasts listed in Leviticus Chapter 23 are totally Jewish feasts, the Spring feasts “fully came in Jesus Christ.” As a matter of fact the Book of Acts is a narrative of a story of transition not the birth of a church. Pentecost was a representation of Jehovah as Israel’s Shepherd – Jehovah-raah.

    The Biblical Fall feasts represent the return of the Lord Jesus Christ as they relate to the “restored kingdom to Israel” just as those Spirit filled, risen Lord Jesus taught apostles believed and took to their graves still believing in that PROMISE (Act 1:6). No matter how some Christian denominations want to steal these feasts for the “body of Christ” rather than keeping them where they belong, with a someday “restored kingdom of Israel”, stand firm on the doctrine of a promised “restored kingdom to Israel.” As the “body of Christ” our hope is a heavenly hope not in a kingdom restored to Israel but we so look forward to Israel’s restoration in anticipation of our time to meet the Lord of glory in the air.

    • TB,

      Your point escapes me. So what if the date of Pentecost originally was a Jewish feast day, Shavuot? The point is Jews, not believing in the Trinity, had never and do not observe Pentecost as the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and followers of Jesus the Christ, whom Jews don’t believe either. The point is the Christian Church celebrates the day *not* as the Jewish Savuot, but as the descent of the Holy Spirit on the first Christians who, emboldened by the Third Person, began evangelizing — thus, the beginning of Christ’s Church.

      From Wikipedia:

      Pentecost is the Greek name for the Feast of Weeks, a prominent feast in the calendar of ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai. This feast is still celebrated in Judaism as Shavuot. Later, in the Christian liturgical year, it became a feast commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ (120 in all), as described in the Acts of the Apostles 2:1–31. For this reason, Pentecost is sometimes described by some Christians today as the “Birthday of the Church”.

  2. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most beautiful and meaningful post. Indeed, Pentecost is the Birth of the Church, it is not just a Jewish holiday, but God made it a holy day for everyone, the sending of the Holy Spirit to the apostles and to the Blessed Mother Mary. In this way, the apostles were able to preach the Gospel with enthusiasm and love to all different kinds of people, to the Gentiles, to the Jews, to everyone who came from different countries and places as is set forth in the Gospel, without fear and doubt. It is this sharing of the Gospel that the universal Church is born and the fact that with the Holy Spirit, we can be the Light of Christ to the Mystical Body of Christ. As you reminded us what Jesus said, “I will not leave you orphans.”

    Thank you also for setting forth how to listen to the Holy Spirit. I have always found the Holy Spirit to be extremely persistent with me; and thus, I know that the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity is at work.


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