Explosion of Love: the Holy Spirit in Your Life

Back-of-Chair-of-St-PeterOne of my favorite works of art here in Rome is Bernini’s Chair of Peter. This masterpiece employs a variety of media in typically Baroque fashion: the chair and the Fathers of the Church are made of bronze, the Holy Spirit is alabaster, and the angels surrounding the Holy Spirit are gold stucco.

In an equally Baroque manner, it portrays dramatic motion that breaks through the barrier between art and reality and comes into our space. The Holy Spirit appears to be exploding  into the Basilica with amazing power: the angelic figures surrounding it are blown back from the dove, even as some try to go towards it.

A Gentle Wave

a-surfer-rides-a-powerful-wave-off-the-north-shore-of-maui-island-1Although the Third Person of the Holy Trinity is often referred to as “Gentle Guest of the Soul”, his gentleness in no way diminishes his power, and I can say that from personal experience. Although he never forces himself upon us and always awaits our consent, as soon as we give it, he does indeed feel like an explosion as all of his divine energy is manifested in our lives.

I like to think of life in the Spirit as surfing, but with one big difference: as powerful as this “wave” is, it protects and cares for us, never letting us fall or topple. The Holy Spirit is mighty, yet gentle. While he can amaze and disconcert, perhaps making us a little nervous, he never harms us and he always looks out for our personal well-being.

Explosion into my Life

The first time that the Holy Spirit exploded into my life was not long after I received the sacrament of confirmation at the age of 14. Although at the time I barely knew what I was doing, looking back there is no doubt that confirmation marked a major turning point in my life.

BBDiacOrdin2010575-NAC-Magazines-conflicted-copy-2012-01-29With my confirmation began an amazing series of events (material for a whole other blog!) that led me to make a radical, life-changing decision, one that I attribute to Holy Spirit: I decided to leave home to enter a minor seminary.

It was a huge decision, and people have asked me whether I was ready to take such a step. All that I can say is that, despite my age, I was entirely convinced – I simply knew it.  Beyond any doubt, I was certain that God was calling me to the priesthood, and this conviction has remained undiminished for the past 15 years.

My journey since then has been an amazing one: it has been one long explosion of the Holy Spirit. He has taken me to places I never dreamed I would live and had me do things that I never dreamed I would be able to do, all along purifying me and drawing me closer to himself. I have been pushed out of my comfort zone, learned new languages, and met amazing people.

Exploding through the Centuries

On Sunday, we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost, the day that the Holy Spirit burst into the lives of the Apostles and poured himself upon the infant Church. It was the beginning of one big explosion that has lasted for almost two millennia. From Pentecost onward, each of the Apostles was caught up in the Holy Spirit and led to do incredible things, everything that Christ had promised them before his Ascension in Heaven:

These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up deadly serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.  They will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.  – Mark 16:17-18

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. – John 14:12

pentecost-canadaWe have to realize that as members of the Body of Christ, we are a part of this same explosion of the Holy Spirit into the world and into history. Even though we are human beings constricted by time and space, the Holy Spirit transcends these limitations and does amazing things through us. When we open ourselves to his action, we should not be surprised when amazing things start happening.

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2 thoughts on “Explosion of Love: the Holy Spirit in Your Life”

  1. Reblogged this on thinklikegodthinks and commented:
    I really enjoy this blog and the core points. The arrangement of the master piece Bernini’s Chair is indicative of how the host of heaven accompany the incoming of the Holy Spirit into the life of a Christian John 3:5-7. This is why a born again Christian is filled with so much spiritual resources and spiritual gifts which provide such great potential waiting to be exploited for social impact.
    It is because of this same reason that you have been empowered from the age of 14 and still going strong. There is spiritual energy being generated everyday that sustains the believer and enables him/her to subdue the desires of the flesh and the controlling satanic power within the world system.
    I was much older when I got born again at 38 and my experience of the impact of the Holy Spirit is similar to what you have described. I have come to explain Acts 1:8 from a scientific viewpoint as follows: the incoming of the Holy Spirit regenerates our human spirit Titus3:5 which results in the fusion of the human spirit with the Holy Spirit resulting in a new man. It is like the fusion of two chemical compounds like sodium and chlorine giving rise to sodium chloride… a new compound. Notice, there is energy generated and released in the formation of the new compound.
    This is the foundation for life in the spirit. The Holy Spirit fuses with our human spirit, takes control, releases spiritual energy, speaks and directs the believer into a life that is powerful, indescribable and unbelievable.

    Let me end with this equation; the great potential for an exciting life will be released as a Christian structures his/her life by what you said…life in the spirit. From my experience very few Christian truly engage in life-in-the-spirit.
    It takes a man/woman of the spirit to live this life!
    A man/woman of the spirit is one that is full of the Holy Spirit, full of faith and full of integrity….Acts 11:22-24, Acts 6:5-7, Gal 1:11-12, John 3:34 ….people like Enoch in Gen 4, Abraham, Moses, Virgin Mary, David, Daniel, Joseph, Prophets, Apostles ….These people experienced this spiritual transformation.

    Life in the spirit = walk in the spirit + work in the spirit + think in the spirit + live in the spirit

    The purpose of life and the plans and programmes of God bursts forth and the meaning of life becomes revelatory for such a Christian. This becomes a life driven by the love to God and driven by enforcing the ideology, the principles and the values of the Kingdom into a decadent world through the manifestation of the Spirit….(not of the flesh)

    Thanks Holy Spirit…and keep filling us with power.

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    1. Thank you so much for your reflection. I agree with you that the entrance of the Holy Spirit into one’s life can be thought of as a “fusion.” It is a fusion of the human and the divine; put differently, it is a “divinization” of the human. When we open ourselves to the Spirit, incredible things happen!

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