A New Year’s Resolution
by Carol Lavenz
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and enkindle in us the fire of Your divine love. Send forth Your Spirit and we shall be recreated. And You shall renew the face of the earth. ‘Let us pray: O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of Your faithful. Grant that by that same Holy Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
A New Year’s Resolution to A Life Resolution
The above prayer was given to me by a parishioner who prays to the Holy Spirit each day for her children and grandchildren. A young adult parent explained to me that, “Being a good person is what is important (enough).”
I respect the demands of family life. Parents are balancing ever increased job expectations, financial responsibilities, child care, medical worries, sports involvement, school activities, house chores; while still trying to carve out personal time for wellness and companionship.
Although, if we look at the bolded verses in the above prayer; love, knowledge, direction, wisdom, and consolation comes through the Holy Spirit in us, not from us.
Father Ronald Rolheiser OMI, in his opening address to an LA Catholic Congress stated, “The mystical presence comes through our consciousness but it is quiet, deeply hidden, and easily ignored.”
This means that in prayer, scripture, and sacrament, God can ‘instruct us, inspire us, and recreate us.’ I say, ‘think us’. It takes our surrender to the Lord and an openness to receive.
Bishop Robert Barron put it this way in a talk on Aquinas, “The Infinite Creator can operate in and through the moves of the human will in achieving divine purpose without compromising human freedom, but doesn’t push or pull human wills from the outside as much as energizes them from the inside.” Again, it takes ‘surrender’ and an openness to receive.
The absolute beauty of it all is that we don’t have to understand how. Just that it is.
Think of a developing child inside a mother’s womb. The child does not know the color green. Is it cool? Is it soothing? After birth, the child will come to know the color green and so much more. We are like that child in the womb, divinely created; we too will come to understand the mystery of God, which is also the mystery of us.
For now, maybe take more time to sink into God, who is closer to us than we can imagine.
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