There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. -1 Cor 12:4-7The Holy Spirit does not just desire intimacy with a select group of people, but with all people. We may have different temperaments and favored forms of prayer, but this should not keep us from thinking that we cannot grow closer to God. As Pentecost draws near, ask the Holy Spirit to touch your life in a deeper way, and open yourself to receive God's graces in prayer and the sacraments. Learn more about the gifts of the Spirit, and ask the Holy Spirit to help you utilize these gifts and graces that you received through the sacrament of Confirmation. Pray to the Holy Spirit, either spontaneously or with a prayer that has already been written, like Cardinal Mercier's prayer to the Holy Spirit, or the Litany of the Holy Ghost. Even just saying, in times of trial, "Holy Spirit, help me!" is a great way to begin cultivating a relationship with the Third Person of the Trinity. God has given us His Spirit, and He desires for us to grow closer to Him -- so let's take steps to listen to the Holy Spirit in our lives. Pixabay (2017), CC0 Public Domain[/caption]
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A bibliophile, wife, mother of young children, and lover of the Liturgy, AnneMarie Miller enjoys exploring the manifold—and quirky—ways in which God speaks. She can often be found reading books to her kids, burrowing her toes in the red Oklahoma dirt, or sipping black coffee. Her reflections on Catholicism, literature, and hope can be found on her blog, Sacrifice of Love.