Six Ways to Tune In to the Holy Spirit

St. Louis de Montfort emphasizes this inseparability of Mary and the Holy Spirit in these words: “One of the greatest reasons why the Holy Spirit does not now do startling wonders in our souls, is because He does not find there a sufficiently great union with His faithful and inseparable spouse?” It appears that they early disciples thought the same when they wisely placed Mary at the center of the cenacle when they prayed for the Holy Spirit. We would be wise in placing Mary in the center of our hearts too if we want to be peacefully and powerfully transformed by the Holy Spirit.

Mary also lived in peace with God and others because she saw God in all that happened to her by “pondering all these things in her heart.” She was perfectly ready and willing to be used by the Holy Spirit in His work of sanctification of souls. She only greeted Elizabeth in the Visitation and the latter was “filled with the Holy Spirit.” She used her intimate relationship with Jesus and gift of intercessory prayer in interceding for the couple at the wedding feat of Cana. No one had greater contact with the humanity of Christ than Mary did. Her perseverance in fidelity to Christ up till the dark moments of Golgotha was singular. We will share in this her properties if we seek to be devoted to her, to pray to her, to love her, to depend on her and to imitate her. We cannot ignore the Spirit’s bride and be intimate with the Spirit.

In conclusion, God’s powerful Spirit is with us today and He is still as potent and ready as He was in transforming the disciples on Pentecost. God desires that we experience such a transformation and thus He has sent the Holy Spirit to perfect His work in us. Nothing created can give us this experience. We cannot fake the powerful transformation that God’s Spirit brings. Neither can we force God to manifest Himself. All we can do is to dispose ourselves by faithfully using the means mentioned above to tune in and to stay tuned in.

By so doing we will surely experience a peaceful but powerful transformation.


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Fr. Nnamdi Moneme OMV is a Roman Catholic Priest of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary currently on missionary assignment in the Philippines. He serves in the Congregations' Retreat Ministry and in the House of Formation for novices and theologians in Antipolo, Philippines. He blogs at

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