A SPIRITED RESPONSE

A SPIRITED RESPONSE

“The Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment all that should be said.” —Luke 12:12

There are four passages in the Gospels in which Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will put words of wisdom in our mouths that cannot be opposed (Mt 10:17-20; Mk 13:9-11; Lk 12:11-12; 21:12-15). In each passage, the context is that a disciple has been involuntarily detained to be put on trial for their witness to Jesus. Jesus promises us: “In that hour, say what you are inspired to say. It will not be yourselves speaking but the Holy Spirit” (Mk 13:11).

We may never be arrested and brought to trial for our faith in Jesus, but as disciples of Jesus, we will face persecution (2 Tm 3:12). The world will attempt to intimidate us and prevent us from speaking about Jesus (see Acts 5:28, 40). “Do not let them intimidate you” (Mt 10:26).

If we believe Jesus when He promises that the Holy Spirit will speak through us, we will be bold and fearless witnesses. We will count our trials as pure joy (Jas 1:2), for we know Jesus will give us words and wisdom which cannot be opposed by our persecutors (Lk 21:15). Persecution will only serve to further exalt Jesus.

Therefore, “resolve not to worry about your defense beforehand” (Lk 21:14). Instead, spend your time growing in faith, for “all depends on faith” (Rm 4:16). “Live in accord with the Spirit” every day (Gal 5:16), so that it will be second nature for you to “follow the Spirit’s lead” (Gal 5:25).

Prayer: Jesus, may I spend every day of the rest of my life publicly acknowledging You in some way as Lord and Savior.

Promise: “He remembers forever His covenant.” —Ps 105:8

Praise: St. Margaret Mary was graced to receive some of the most profound private revelations in Church history — visions of Jesus and His Sacred Heart.

We must know the love of Christ which surpasses all knowledge


A letter by St Margaret Mary Alacoque

It seems to me that our Lord’s earnest desire to have his sacred heart honoured in a special way is directed towards renewing the effects of redemption in our souls. For the sacred heart is an inexhaustible fountain and its sole desire is to pour itself out into the hearts of the humble so as to free them and prepare them to lead lives according to his good pleasure.
 From this divine heart three streams flow endlessly. The first is the stream of mercy for sinners; it pours into their hearts sentiments of contrition and repentance. The second is the stream of charity which helps all in need and especially aids those seeking perfection to find the means of surmounting their difficulties. From the third stream flow love and light for the benefit of his friends who have attained perfection; these he wishes to unite to himself so that they may share his knowledge and commandments and, in their individual ways, devote themselves wholly to advancing his glory.
 This divine heart is an abyss of all blessings, and into it the poor should submerge all their needs. It is an abyss of joy in which all of us can immerse our sorrows. It is an abyss of lowliness to counteract our foolishness, an abyss of mercy for the wretched, an abyss of love to meet our every need.
 Therefore, you must unite yourselves to the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, both at the beginning of your conversion in order to obtain proper dispositions, and at its end in order to make reparation. Are you making no progress in prayer? Then you need only offer God the prayers which the Saviour has poured out for us in the sacrament of the altar. Offer God his fervent love in reparation for your sluggishness. In the course of every activity pray as follows: “My God, I do this or I endure that in the heart of your Son and according to his holy counsels. I offer it to you in reparation for anything blameworthy or imperfect in my actions.” Continue to do this in every circumstance of life. And every time that some punishment, affliction or injustice comes your way, say to yourself: “Accept this as sent to you by the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ in order to unite yourself to him.”
 But above all preserve peace of heart. This is more valuable than any treasure. In order to preserve it there is nothing more useful than renouncing your own will and substituting for it the will of the divine heart. In this way his will can carry out for us whatever contributes to his glory, and we will be happy to be his subjects and to trust entirely in him.