The word grace emphasizes at one and the same time
the helpless poverty of man
and the limitless kindness of God.
When Christ came into the world, peace was sung;
and when He went out of the world, peace was bequeathed.
Sir Francis Bacon
Without Pentecost the Christ-event
- the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus -
remains imprisoned in history
as something to remember, think about and reflect on.
The Spirit of Jesus comes to dwell within us,
so that we can become living Christs here and now.
Each individual human being can claim the Spirit of Jesus
as the guiding spirit of his or her life.
In that Spirit we can speak and act freely and confidently with the knowledge
that the same Spirit that inspired Jesus is inspiring us.
Living a spiritual life requires a change of heart, a conversion
Such a conversion may be marked by a sudden inner change,
or it can take place through a long, quiet process of transformation.
But it always involves an inner experience of oneness.
Speak to Him, thou, for He hears, and Spirit with Spirit can meet-
Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.
Jesus invites us to abide in his love.
That means to dwell with all that I am in him.
It is an invitation to a total belonging,
to full intimacy, to an unlimited being-with.
The light of the Spirit reveals to us that love conquers all fear.
At the profoundest depths in life men talk not about God, but with Him.
Our moods may shift, but God’s doesn’t.
Our minds may change, but God’s doesn’t.
Our devotion may falter, but God’s never does.
Even if we are faithless, He is faithful,
for He cannot betray himself.
He is a sure God.
If we do not fill our mind with prayer,
it will fill itself with anxieties, worries, temptations,
resentments, and unwelcome memories.
Prayer if it is real is an acknowledgment of
our openness to be changed,
our readiness to be surprised,
yes, astonished by the "beams of love."
In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give,
and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.
It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements
in comparison with what we owe others.