“May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion…” (from n. 3)
St Paul informs us (in 1 Corinthians 12:3) that “no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.”
The US Bishops note the essential role of the Holy Spirit in conversion:
The New Evangelization is an opportunity for ongoing conversion. This reorientation of one’s life toward Christ is possible because of the work of the Holy Spirit. The process of returning to active participation in the Church is a process of conversion that unfolds through the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, complete trust in the work of the Holy Spirit is essential. (from Part 5)
How do we receive the Holy Spirit? The Catechism teaches us (in n. 739):
Through the Church’s sacraments, Christ communicates his Holy and sanctifying Spirit to the members of his Body.
We also receive the Holy Spirit by beseeching our Lord earnestly in prayer as Jesus taught us in Luke 11:13
…how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!
Additionally, in these days, the Lord has been pouring out his love and power by allowing people to be “baptized with the Holy Spirit” (cf Acts 1:5). This baptism in the Holy Spirit is a life-renewing experience — a personal Pentecost — in which my surrender to Jesus as Savior and Lord allows the intense love of God our Father to be poured into my heart by the Holy Spirit. This grace of being baptized in the Holy Spirit can be granted by requesting it of our Lord in our personal prayer, or by asking others to pray with us and intercede for us that we may receive it.
May we all have a fruitful Lent in 2017!!
Father, rich in mercy, I cling to you in love (cf Psalm 91:14). I truly desire to engage in an ardent, life-transforming observance of Lent. Fill me with the power of your Holy Spirit, and bestow upon me the grace to be able to love others as you love me, and to make a gift of myself to them as you inspire me. I ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.