How often do we forget that the Holy Spirit is also there to hear us and offer consolation?
We turn towards the Son or the Father when we pray or seek guidance. We tend to forget that it was the Holy Spirit that first gave us the gift of faith allowing us to proclaim “Abba! Father!” When we were first baptized into the faith we received the gifts of the Holy Spirit and by doing so made each one of us an adopted son and daughter of the Most High. “This knowledge of faith is possible only in the Holy Spirit: to be in touch with Christ, we must first have been touched by the Holy Spirit. He comes to meet us and kindles faith in us. By virtue of our Baptism, the first sacrament of the faith, the Holy Spirit in the Church communicates to us, intimately and personally, the life that originates in the Father and is offered to us in the Son.” (CCC 683) The Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts guiding and strengthening the baptized in living out the faith that has been given as gift. It is the same Spirit that takes our prayers and perfects them, said through the Son to the Father. Christ spoke of the living water that, when we receive it, we shall never go thirsty again. It is the Holy Spirit that is the living water welling up to eternal life. (CCC 2652)
Here is an excerpt from my own prayer journal:
“Deep within my soul is a fountain of great joy, hope and love that is beginning to overflow. This is the dwelling of the Holy Spirit and we must be refreshed by this water daily. The Holy Spirit is the living water for He and Christ are one and the same with the Father. Such a great blessing that we have in knowing we can pray in complete trust and hope in the Lord.”
“The Holy Spirit, who instructs us to celebrate the liturgy in expectation of Christ's return, teaches us to pray in hope. Conversely, the prayer of the Church and personal prayer nourish hope in us. The psalms especially, with their concrete and varied LANGUAGE, teach us to fix our hope in God: "I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry." As St. Paul prayed: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."
"Hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Prayer, formed by the liturgical life, draws everything into the love by which we are loved in Christ and which enables us to respond to him by loving as he has loved us. Love is the source of prayer; whoever draws from it reaches the summit of prayer. In the words of the Curé of Ars:
I love you, O my God, and my only desire is to love you until the last breath of my life. I love you, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving you, than live without loving you. I love you, Lord, and the only grace I ask is to love you eternally. . . . My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love you, I want my heart to repeat it to you as often as I draw breath.” (CCC 2657 2658) It is the Holy Spirit that gives us that desire to love God until the last breath of our lives. With the hope in the Holy Spirit we know that with all the challenges of our daily lives that God is always with us for He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The Lord as He has promised will never challenge us beyond our capabilities and it is with this knowledge that we can have hope.