Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds.
I’ve talked about Confession here before. I don’t go nearly as often as I should, like most Catholics. The grace received from this Sacrament is astounding.
A few weeks ago, I found myself standing in the line for the Confessional, with a heavy heart. I had not been in about 6 months, and I was carrying a whopper of an issue to lay at Jesus’ feet. I was remorseful, embarrassed, and feeling like a petulant child.
After whipping out my iConfession app (no joke – it helps me to keep my thoughts straight), I settled down and knelt in front of the priest.
I started clicking off my sins, one by one, and listed my major transgression.
I kept on going, but the priest I was with said, “Wait. Go back and tell me more about that, please.” I burst into tears, and gave up all the gory details.
When I finished, still crying, the priest counseled me about the Holy Spirit. I’ll be the first to admit, I gloss over the Holy Spirit. The priest challenged me to focus on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as well as the fruits.
I’m going to be doing a lot more research over the next few weeks, to learn more, and to work on the (many) areas with which I have trouble.
What about you? Do you have an affinity for the Holy Spirit, or are you like me, and tend to pass over this part of the Trinity?
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Oh my if only I had listened to my conscience in the first place I probably would have become more aware of the Holy Spirit but alas I think I am lost and dried up like a piece of driftwood on the seashore.
Barb Schoeneberger says
For me the Holy Spirit is always there in the background with Jesus in the foreground. I know when I meditate on a Bible verse that the Holy Spirit is teaching me, so I think of Him often.
Right now I’m working on understanding and appreciating His work in souls better. Divine Intimacy by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, OCD has been a great help to me in this.
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I tend to talk to the Blessed Mother… I need to work with the Holy Spirit more too.
The Hoy Spirit intercedes for us. It’s a little hard for me to relate to confessing to a priest because protestants confess to Christ, and to God directly. I appreciate your sharing your experiences with us. I hope you are having a good week.
I used to “gloss” over the Holy Spirit, but now how important he is in the Trinity; he was promised by Jesus, sent by God, to be our comforter, counselor our guide here on earth. He is that still soft voice leading me to be more like Jesus if I allow him to work in my life and to listen to him. He takes our groans of prayers and presents them to Father God (Romans 8:26-27). I want his fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). Do spend time getting to know him, I think you’ll be glad you did!