Liturgical Time

Holy Spirit calling

Are you any different than you were when Lent started some 90 days ago? Most certainly you are, in ways subtle and not so subtle.

Below is an abridged version of the story of a young girl, who recognized how her life had changed and decided to do something about it, on Pentecost 1887:

Céline became the confidante of my struggles and sufferings. From her I had no fear of opposition but I didn’t know what steps to take to announce it to Papa. What interior struggles I went through before feeling courageous enough to speak; however, I had to decide. After all, I was going to be fourteen and a half, and six months separated us from the beautiful night of Christmas, the day I was determined to enter, at the very hour I’d received “my grace” the year before.

I chose the feast of Pentecost as the day to break the news, all day long begging the apostles to pray for me, to inspire me, with the right words. Shouldn’t they help the timid child who was chosen by God to be the apostle of apostles through her prayers and sacrifices in Carmel?

I found the opportunity to speak to my dear father only in the afternoon after Vespers. Through my tears I confided my desire to enter Carmel and soon his tears mingled with mine. He didn’t say one word to turn me from my vocation, simply contenting himself with the statement that I was still very young to make such a serious decision. He was soon convinced my desire was God’s will.

How is the Holy Spirit moving through your life today? You might not be called to enter a monastery as Thérèse was, but instead to make peace with another or with life’s circumstances. Then again ...

How is the Holy Spirit calling you today?

Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3

Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux by (the Little Flower) written by Thérèse de Lisieux and translated by John Clarke, pages 107 – 108