By Dave VanVickle, Director of Evangelization

            It is not only possible but it is totally necessary for the Christian life to have a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. Each week when we pray the Creed together we profess that the Holy Spirit is “the Lord and Giver of Life.” Do you want life within you? I know I do.

            It might be hard to visualize having a relationship with the Holy Spirit. When compared to God the Father and Jesus, His son, the Holy Spirit is a bit nebulous. Nevertheless, He is constantly working in our lives and wants to do even more. When we look at the lives of the saints, we see men and women who surrendered themselves to the Holy Spirit and allowed Him to work in their lives freely.

            So how do we foster a relationship with the third person of the Trinity? One word can help us more than any other: Docility. Each and every day the Holy Spirit prompts us to love more, pray more, sacrifice more. When we respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, our relationship gets stronger and clearer. We can foster this relationship by always asking for the Holy Spirit to guide our decisions and actions. Most importantly we can foster a relationship with the Holy Spirit by repenting of sin.

            The Holy Spirit is waiting to be a part of your everyday life. He is waiting to empower you and guide you. Let us be docile to His promptings.

Let us pray:

“O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do; give me Your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me and to accept all that You permit to happen to me. Let me only know Your Will.”