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May 10, 2021

Jn 15:26-16:4

”When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

”I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The promise of the Spirit

This past year has been a rollercoaster. The emotional and spiritual highs and lows often felt like too much to bear. And yet as I reflect on the past, I am filled with a sense of wonder of what is to come. Some of what lies ahead for us will fill our hearts with joy and love, and some of it will continue to be challenging.

Today’s Scripture passage reminds me that Jesus will not leave us unprepared for what is next. I try to imagine how the disciples felt during their first Easter season. What was their rollercoaster like? Fear, loneliness, and despair gave way to unimaginable joy. And then today, another twist in the journey. Jesus will leave them again. But the promise of the Holy Spirit brings them – and us - comfort and strength. This strength will help us get through whatever comes next. 

—Sonya Arriola is the Strategic Advisor to the President at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA. This is her fifteenth year in Jesuit education, including previously serving as President of Sacred Heart Nativity School.

 

Prayer

O Lord Jesus
through You I humbly beg the merciful Father
to send the holy Spirit of grace,
that He may bestow upon us His sevenfold gifts.

May He send us the gift of wisdom,
which will make us relish the Tree of Life
that is none other than Yourself;
the gift of understand, which will enlighten us;
the gift of counsel,
which will guide us in the way of righteousness;
and the gift of fortitude,
which will give us the strength to vanquish
the enemies of our sanctification and salvation.

May He impart to us the gift of knowledge,
which will enable us to discern Your teaching
and distinguish good from evil;
the gift of piety,
which will make us enjoy true peace;
and the gift of fear,
which will make us shun all iniquity
and avoid all danger of offending Your Majesty.

To the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit
be given all glory and thanksgiving forever.

Amen.

—St. Bonaventure’s Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit


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May 10, 2021

Jn 15:26-16:4

”When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

”I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The promise of the Spirit

This past year has been a rollercoaster. The emotional and spiritual highs and lows often felt like too much to bear. And yet as I reflect on the past, I am filled with a sense of wonder of what is to come. Some of what lies ahead for us will fill our hearts with joy and love, and some of it will continue to be challenging.

Today’s Scripture passage reminds me that Jesus will not leave us unprepared for what is next. I try to imagine how the disciples felt during their first Easter season. What was their rollercoaster like? Fear, loneliness, and despair gave way to unimaginable joy. And then today, another twist in the journey. Jesus will leave them again. But the promise of the Holy Spirit brings them – and us - comfort and strength. This strength will help us get through whatever comes next. 

—Sonya Arriola is the Strategic Advisor to the President at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA. This is her fifteenth year in Jesuit education, including previously serving as President of Sacred Heart Nativity School.

 

Prayer

O Lord Jesus
through You I humbly beg the merciful Father
to send the holy Spirit of grace,
that He may bestow upon us His sevenfold gifts.

May He send us the gift of wisdom,
which will make us relish the Tree of Life
that is none other than Yourself;
the gift of understand, which will enlighten us;
the gift of counsel,
which will guide us in the way of righteousness;
and the gift of fortitude,
which will give us the strength to vanquish
the enemies of our sanctification and salvation.

May He impart to us the gift of knowledge,
which will enable us to discern Your teaching
and distinguish good from evil;
the gift of piety,
which will make us enjoy true peace;
and the gift of fear,
which will make us shun all iniquity
and avoid all danger of offending Your Majesty.

To the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit
be given all glory and thanksgiving forever.

Amen.

—St. Bonaventure’s Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit


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