Friday, June 02, 2006

The Spirit of Christ - from "Divine Intimacy" by Fr Gabriel of St Mary Magdalen OCD

PRESENCE OF GOD - O Holy Spirit, You who had complete dominion over the holy soul of Jesus, deign to direct my poor soul

1. In Sacred Scripture, the Holy Spirit is called "the Spirit of Christ" (Rom 8,9), an expression that is pregnant with meaning. Christ is the Incarnate Word, the Son of God. From Him, as from the Father, the Holy Spirit proceeds; therefore the Holy Spirit is properly termed the Spirit of Christ, because the Person of Christ is none than that of the Word. When we speak of Christ, however, we do not speak of Him as God only, but also, and especially, as Man, that is, as the Incarnate Word. In this sense too, it can be said that the Holy Spirit is the divine Paraclete, with the Father and the Son, dwells there, but He delights to abide there. The higher the degree of grace He finds in a soul, the greater is His delight, for wherever grace is more aboundant, there is a more intense and luminous reflection of God's nature and goodness. This is why the Holy Spirit took such great complacency in the soul of the Blessed Virgin, who, although she was full of grace, continually grew from plenitude to plenitude. Yet the grace possessed by Mary was but a pale reflection of the grace which filled the soul of Jesus, grace which theologians call "infinite".
If then, Jesus possessed grace in an infinite manner, it can be said that the Holy Spirit took complacency in the soul of Christ in an infinite manner and dwelt there as in His temple of predilection. This idea is expressed in the Encyclical Mystici Corporis, when it says that the divine Paraclete "finds His delight in dwelling in the soul of the Redeemer as in His favourite temple." And if we can say that the Holy Spirit is ours because he dwells in our souls sanctified by grace, with infinitely greater reason can we say that He is "Christ's", whose sacred soul possesses grace in an immeasurable degree.....

....O Holy Spirit, You who worked with such plenitude in the most holy soul of Jesus, deign to operate also in my poor soul and take it entirely under Your direction, so that every act, interior as well as exterior, may be according to Your inspirations, Your choice, Your good pleasure.