"And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven,
saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth....
[Apocalypse (Revelation) 8:13]

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Pentecost: The Forgotten Third Person

Pentecost: The Forgotten Third Person
Fr. Voigt  (The Resistance)

They were all gathered together in a single place when a mighty wind began to 
howl and tongues of fire came upon all present.  They were waiting for the Holy Ghost as instructed by the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity.  Now from the fear known as human respect they were delivered and now they "boldly" spoke of the mighty works of God.  They glorified God for the gift of His only begotten Son.  From the concerns of the world they moved to the priority of life itself:  to testify to the Truth.  

"He will teach you all truth." said Our Lord.  Truth is the heart of the Catholic faith vision.  Truth is not determined by what man wills but rather by the Will of God.  This will, says Fr. Dennis Fahey, is for the common good of all mankind.  For God so loved the world that He wished to restore to man what was lost in the event of the Original Sin.  Original sin disrupts the harmony between our will and the will of God.  God's will is clear:  He desires that all men come to recognize His desire that we conquer sin and death in His Son.  

Our goal in this life is to glorify God for His desire to bring all souls the graces necessary for eternal happiness in heaven.  Our reason is capable of penetrating the depths of our faith when we take the time to study the doctrine of our Lord. Then we would discover that if all men trusted God the Father and the testimony of Jesus  then a divine peace would descend upon this world.  A peace that only the Spirit of God can produce. 

Why is it that with all these traditional Catholics seeking the original sacrament of Confirmation that we do not have the boldness of the apostles?  What about the zeal for souls that marks the disciples?  It can only mean that we have neglected the essential ingredients for the Interior Life.  How many traditional Catholics can know and apply the three steps in the spiritual life?  I suspect there are few. So
what must we recover?  

First, we must recover our reason and the intellects ability to meditate upon the doctrine of our Lord.  Then reason will support our love of the faith by giving more and more motivation to delve into the power of our faith.  From this the fruit will become evident:  we will imitate Christ in thought, word and deed.  The root is reason; the rod is faith and the fruit is the imitation of Christ.  

This pattern combats the sentimentality of the contemporary emotion-lead society.  Our faith has never been one of emotional highs but rather of sacrificial love.  Today devotions have been dropped; novenas and pilgrimages have waned and even the attendance at holy mass seems to be an option.  We must turn to the Third Person of the Holy Trinity to teach all that Jesus said and did.  This meditation will lead to a contemplation of the mystery of our salvation and the mystery of the iniquity that surrounds us.  

Therefore, it behooves each of us to examine the fruit of our prayer life.  What about our words...are they the words of Jesus?  Regain the power of the faith by seeking reasons for your faith then your will shall conform to the will of our Father in heaven.  May the gifts of the Holy Spirit reign in your hearts.  

In the hearts of Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Fr. Richard Voigt

Litany of the Holy Ghost 

 Lord, have mercy on us. 
Christ, have mercy on us. 
Lord, have mercy on us. 
Father all powerful, have mercy on us 
Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, save us. 
Spirit of the Father and the Son, boundless life of both, sanctify us. 
Holy Trinity, hear us 
Holy Ghost, Who proceedest from the Father and the Son, enter our hearts. 
Holy Ghost, Who art equal to the Father and the Son, enter our hearts. 
Promise of God the Father, have mercy on us. 
Ray of heavenly light, have mercy on us 
Author of all good, have mercy on us 
Source of heavenly water, have mercy on us 
Consuming fire, have mercy on us 
Ardent charity, have mercy on us 
Spiritual unction, have mercy on us 
Spirit of love and truth, have mercy on us 
Spirit of wisdom and understanding, have mercy on us 
Spirit of counsel and fortitude, have mercy on us 
Spirit of knowledge and piety, have mercy on us 
Spirit of the fear of the Lord, have mercy on us 
Spirit of grace and prayer, have mercy on us 
Spirit of peace and meekness, have mercy on us 
Spirit of modesty and innocence, have mercy on us 
Holy Ghost, the Comforter, have mercy on us 
Holy Ghost, the Sanctifier, have mercy on us 
Holy Ghost, Who governest the Church, have mercy on us 
Gift of God, the Most High, have mercy on us 
Spirit Who fillest the universe, have mercy on us 
Spirit of the adoption of the children of God, have mercy on us 
Holy Ghost, inspire us with horror of sin. 
Holy Ghost, come and renew the face of the earth. 
Holy Ghost, shed Thy light in our souls. 
Holy Ghost, engrave Thy law in our hearts 
Holy Ghost, inflame us with the flame of Thy love. 
Holy Ghost, open to us the treasures of Thy graces 
Holy Ghost, teach us to pray well. 
Holy Ghost, enlighten us with Thy heavenly inspirations. 
Holy Ghost, lead us in the way of salvation 
Holy Ghost, grant us the only necessary knowledge. 
Holy Ghost, inspire in us the practice of good. 
Holy Ghost, grant us the merits of all virtues. 
Holy Ghost, make us persevere in justice. 
Holy Ghost, be Thou our everlasting reward. 
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Send us Thy Holy Ghost. 
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, pour down into our 
souls the gifts of the Holy Ghost. 
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, grant us the Spirit of 
wisdom and piety. 
V. Come, Holy Ghost! Fill the hearts of Thy faithful, 
R. And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love. 
Let Us Pray 
Grant, 0 merciful Father, that Thy Divine Spirit may enlighten, inflame and 
purify us, that He may penetrate us with His heavenly dew and make us 
fruitful in good works, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with 
Thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, liveth and reigneth forever and 
ever. R. Amen.  

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