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A New and Personal Pentecost of Heart (Part IV of IV)

February 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Holy Spirit, Mary Kaufmann

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In our first post, we looked at the importance of relying on the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us in our daily lives.  In part II of this series, we looked at who the Holy Spirit is and what His gifts are.  In our third discussion, we explored the charisms of the Holy Spirit.  Today, we will talk about a new and personal “Pentecost of the Heart”. Have you ever experienced living “in the flow of life,” in those... Read More

Wish Your Life Could Be Different? (Holy Spirit Series-III/IV)

January 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Holy Spirit, Mary Kaufmann

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In our first post, we looked at the importance of relying on the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us in our daily lives.  In part II of this series, we looked at who the Holy Spirit is and what His gifts are.  Today, we will discuss the charisms of the Holy Spirit. I was offering a live large group workshop on the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts when a woman came up and shared her story. She had attended this workshop several... Read More

Are you Anxious Today? Call on the Holy Spirit! (Part II of IV)

January 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Holy Spirit, Mary Kaufmann

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In our first post, we looked at the importance of relying on the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us in our daily lives.  Today, we will take a look at who the Holy Spirit is and what His gifts are. Have you ever been in a funk or a place where you were anxious about what was going to happen? The Holy Spirit hovers over our inner chaos and helps order, heal and empower us to live fully from our core. He often does this through... Read More

The Holy Spirit for New Years! (Part I of IV)

January 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Holy Spirit, Mary Kaufmann, Videos

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One day, as I was grocery shopping with New Years approaching, I was thinking about the Holy Spirit. In my reflections, I was on a really different, heavenly plane, one well beyond the concrete–the eggs, milk and bread, that surrounded me. Luckily, I did not ram any carts or cut anyone off in the parking lot. What I couldn’t let go of as I cruised the aisles was, what spiritual writer Servant of God Archbishop Luis Martinez... Read More

Veni, Creator Spiritus

December 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Holy Spirit, Prayer

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Come, O Creator Spirit, visit our minds. Fill with your grace the hearts you have created. O you who are called Paraclete, gift of the Most High God, living spring, fire, love, anointing of the soul. Finger of God’s right hand, the Saviour’s promise, send forth your seven gifts, stir in us the word. Be light to the mind, burning love in the heart. Heal our wounds with the balm of your love. From the enemy defend us, bring... Read More

Interior Pentecost of the Heart

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Sometimes we struggle to find heroic lay people to emulate. The stories of many Saints and much spiritual literature describe the spiritual lives of consecrated and/or ordained Christians. But, what about the rest of us, the remaining 99.9% of the Church, do we have any hope for holiness? Vatican II answers in the affirmative with the universal call to holiness (Lumen Gentium 39). Venerable Concepcion Cabrera de Armida, (1861-1937),... Read More

Does the Holy Spirit work in the un-baptized?

July 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Holy Spirit

Q: Dear Father John, I thought I understood, more or less, how the Holy Spirit works in our lives. But in a recent faith sharing group, a question came up that made me wonder. Someone asked if the Holy Spirit would or would not be with un-baptized persons if they ask Holy Spirit to dwell in them or to give them fortitude in a difficult situation. This came up while we were discussing how God’s grace can touch the lives of... Read More

Does the Holy Spirit work with those outside of the Church?

July 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Holy Spirit

Q: Dear Father John, I thought I understood, more or less, how the Holy Spirit works in our lives. But in a recent faith sharing group, a question came up that made me wonder. Someone asked if the Holy Spirit would or would not be with un-baptized persons if they ask Holy Spirit to dwell in them or to give them fortitude in a difficult situation. This came up while we were discussing how God’s grace can touch the lives of... Read More