I’ve been diving in to the “Come Holy Spirit” book by Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo… and to be honest the first few chapters were pretty heavy for a summer read.
Or maybe I started to slow down my reading pace by the time I got to the third chapter.
It’s still going to take me more than one pass through in order to digest everything in this book, but for now I keep thinking “I wish I learned this back in high school when I was in confirmation classes.”
But maybe it was taught and I just wasn’t open to hearing the message of HOW and WHY the gifts of the Holy Spirit work through us.
How many of God’s lessons are like that? We have the information presented to us, and we cherry pick what we want to hear, what will serve us RIGHT NOW, and forget the rest?
Or maybe we skip over the parts that we think will be hard or somehow disrupt our lives.
One thing that caught my attention in Fr. Routolo’s writings – this book and the Jesus, You take over! prayer he wrote – is that following God’s call will feel really natural and easy, just not the way we expect or want “easy” to look like while we’re on this side of following that call. “This side” being where I haven’t gone “all in” and completely trusted Jesus to take care of me.
We’re conditioned to think ease has to do with wealth and material comforts. We’re blinded by how we think we should get to live our lives, and we close ourselves off to the graces God is pouring on us constantly.
All this to say… on my first read through this book, the message that I’m getting is to take fuller advantage of the sacraments so that I open myself to God’s grace, and thus make it so much easier on myself to follow God’s call.
It still sounds scary. I’m still not able to let go of what I want my life to look like and just say “yes”. I’m still catching myself putting up obstacles to being completely open to what He has in store for me.
But if what Fr. Routolo is right, the sacraments and the gifts of the Holy Spirit will break down those obstacles and the discernment will become second nature.
I will continue to pray for bravery as I step more into the unknown. And I will keep praying for you too ️
Love to all,
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The Salve Regina Laminated Prayer Card with Prayer. This laminated Prayer Card contains an embedded Miraculous Medal.
Prayer on the back:
The Salve Regina
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our
life, our sweetness and our hope. To
thee do we cry, poor banished children
of Eve. To thee do we send up our
sighs, mourning and weeping in this
valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious
advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards
us, and after this our exite, show unto
us the blessed fruit of they womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin
Mary! Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
that we may be made worthy of
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