Jesus said to her, "Believe me, woman, the time will come when people will not worship the Father either on this mountain or in Jerusalem. (...) God is Spirit, and only by the power of his Spirit can people worship Him as He really is." John 4:21,24
The Spirit, without moving, is swifter than the mind; the senses cannot reach Him: He is ever beyond them. Standing still He overtakes those who run. To the ocean of his being, the spirit of life leads the streams of action. Iso Upanishad, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World Wisdom, P.9.
The most important thing in the spiritual life is to ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes, the peace will be established. When that occurs, everything changes around you. Our Lady of Medjugorie, October, 1984. Words from Heaven, P.66.
Pray to the Holy Spirit for enlightenment. Our Lady of Medjugorie, November 8, 1984. Words from Heaven, P.66.
(…) Have them pray also for the gift of the Holy Spirit so that all those who come here will feel the presence of God. Our Lady of Medjugorie, June 3, 1983. Words from Heaven, P.145.
The important thing is to pray to the Holy Spirit so that He may descend on you. When one has Him, one has everything. People make a mistake when they turn only to the saints to request something. Our Lady of Medjugorie, October 21, 1983. Words from Heaven, P. 150.
Begin by calling on the Holy Spirit each day. The most important thing is to pray to the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit descends on earth, then everything becomes clear and everything is transformed. Our Lady of Medjugorie, Advent, 1983. Words from Heaven, P.150.
A message to you and to all those who love me: Dear children, pray unceasingly and ask the Holy Spirit to inspire you always. In everything you ask, in everything that you do, look for the will of God. Live according to your convictions and respect others. Our Lady of Medjugorie, October 13, 1984. Words from Heaven, P.158.
(…) The most important thing in the spiritual life is to ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes, then peace will be established. When that occurs, everything changes around you. Things will change. Our Lady of Medjugorie, October 1984, Words from Heaven, P.159.
(…) I invite you to open yourselves to God by means of prayer so the Holy Spirit may begin to work miracles in you and through you. (…) pray, pray, pray and do that which the Holy Spirit inspires you. (…). Our Lady of Medjugorie, May 25, 1993. Words from Heaven, P.271.
(…) Abandon yourselves to the Spirit for Him to renew you. May prayer renew your bodies, your souls, your hearts. Don't let your bodies be weak. (…). Our Lady of Medjugorie, May 5, 1989. Words from Heaven, P.296.
(…) the family has to pray together. The Holy Spirit wants to be present in the families. (…) The Holy Spirit comes through prayer. That is why, pray and allow the Holy Spirit to renew you, to renew today's family. (…) Our Lady of Medjugorie, July 3, 1989. Words from Heaven, P.297.
(…) Fast on bread and water before every feast, and prepare yourselves through prayer. (…) Fast once a week on bread and water in honor of the Holy Spirit outside of Friday. (…). Our Lady of Medjugorie, before December 15, 1982. Words from Heaven, P.340.
(…) Be preoccupied with only the essentials. Let yourself be guided by the Holy Spirit in depth, then your work will go well. Do not hurry. Let yourself be guided and you will see that everything will be accomplished well. Our Lady of Medjugorie, July 4, 1983. Words from Heaven, P.345.
...the acid test of meditation in the New Testament is its fruits. 'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law' (Galations 5:22). To judge the validity of interior motions and inspirations is not easy; but the effects or the fruits are more apparent. Johnston, William. Silent Music: The Science of Meditation. P.101.
(...) As the wind, though one, takes new forms in whatever it enters, the Spirit, though one, takes new forms in all things that live. He is within all, and is also outside. As the sun that beholds the world is untouched by earthly impurities, so the Spirit that is in all things is untouched by external sufferings. There is one Ruler, the Spirit that is in all things, who transforms his own form into many. (...) He is the Eternal among things that pass away, pure Consciousness of conscious beings, the One who fullfills the prayers of the many. Katha Upanishad, quoted after: Novak Philip, The World Wisdom, P.14.
It is difficult indeed to conceive of a consciousness that is aware of everything that has ever happened. Yet to fathom the nature of Spirit is the greatest adventure in this universe. Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.60.
No birth, no death, no caste have I; father, mother, have I none. Blessed Spirit, I am He. I am the Infinite Happiness. Swami Shankara's song, quoted after: Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.197.
Let heaven and earth serve as my witness that whether it be man or woman, a Cuthite or an Israelite, male or female slave - the holy spirit rests upon each of them, to the extent that their behavior merits it. Rabbi Chaim Vital, a Jewish mystic of the XVI-th century. Quoted after: Miriam Bokser Caravella, The Holy Name. P.74.
The one whom God has sent speaks God's words, because God gives him the fullness of his Spirit. John 3:34
As the scripture says, "Whoever believes in me, streams of life-giving water will pour out of his heart." Jesus said this about the Spirit (...) John 7:38
The Helper will come - the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God and who comes from the Father. (...) he will lead you into all the truth. John 15:26; 16:13
The core of every fruit is better than its rind:
consider the body to be the rind,
and its friend, the spirit, to be the core.
After all, the Human Being has a precious core;
seek it, inspired by the Divine breath.
Rumi, Mathnawi III, 3417-3418, quoted in: Helminski, Kabir (2000). The Rumi Collection. P.87.
The Holy Spirit, out of compassion for our weakness, comes to us even when we are impure. And if only he finds our intellect truly praying to Him, He enters it and puts to flight the whole array of thoughts and ideas circling within it, and he arouses it to a longing for spiritual prayer. St. Evagrios the Solitary (345-399 C.E.), quoted in: The Philokalia, Vol. I., P.63.
The grace of the Spirit is one and unchanging, but energizes in each one of us as he wills (cf. 1 Cor. 12:11). (...) he is unvarying, unchanging and all-powerful. Therefore in all His energies he remains what he is, and in a divine manner he gives to each person what is needful. (...) St. Mark the Ascetic (4th Century C.E.), quoted in: The Philokalia, Vol. I., P.134-5.
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