The True Spirit of Obediencey
Nowadays, Christians put more emphasis in discerning God's will (we hear more people talk about it) but put not enough emphasis in our resolution to obey and act on His inspirations should they be unmistakably presented to us. We need to first work on those obvious inspirations. Sometimes, we look for special and exciting inspirations, while oftentimes, inspirations come from Jesus' teachings in the Bible or through the Church, the duties and roles in our lives, or even demands from our jobs, for example. While those are less flashy than what we might hope for, our docility to these obvious inspirations builds the foundation of our faithfulness to the “bigger” inspirations to come. Don't underestimate the power of persevering in the practices of working on these obvious wishes from God. The strengthening of our resolution to not neglect any one wish from God will eventually become the cornerstone upon which we become trustworthy enough to be entrusted with bigger tasks.
The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones.
You may say, “Oh, this is difficult!” Indeed, it is! But if we can consistently overcome this hurdle, we will have already removed one of the biggest stumbling blocks in our pursuit to be faithful to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit! And whenever we feel weak and incapable to go on, just go to the Spirit and seek for His help. Again, the persistence of His love towards us binds Himself to come to our aid, in haste!
Let us call to mind again what St. Faustina said, “The shortest road (to holiness) is faithfulness
to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit.” Here, we are again presented a choice to opt for this shortest road,
or not. If we do, stick on this route and persistently work hard on it.
Novena to the Holy Spirit:
Invocation Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore you. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, and console me. Tell me what to do, direct my every choice.I promise to submit myself to all you desire of me and to accept all that you permit to happen to me. Let me only know your will.Grant this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, before ascending into heaven, did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.