What Are We Losing Out On By Ignoring the Holy Spirit?

Last night at RCIA we talked about the Trinity and as we discussed the Holy Spirit I thought about how much we miss out on because we basically ignore the Holy Spirit. The early Church was charismatic. People were open to the Holy Spirit and miracles abounded. People were healed when Peter’s shadow touched them and others by pieces of cloth touched by Paul. How often do you hear of people healed today?
We are afraid of the Holy Spirit. We see and hear of things we don’t understand, people speaking in tongues and waving their arms. Ooo, who wants to be like that? People would think you’re weird like those crazy charismatics.
Yet what if that is the way God wants to act? Scripture tells us that God’s ways are not our ways. We can not understand God. One thing I know though is God wants us to be humble and He blesses the humble. Pride is a sin that we constantly have to fight.
Our God is an awesome God who passionately longs to bless His people. To pour His love, mercy and grace upon them. He yearns to pour his gifts upon us. There are so many thing He wants to do for us, ways He wants to bless us and ways He wants to use us to bless other people. He knows what we need and wants us to open ourselves to receiving His blessings and to be used by Him to bless others.
He operates through His Holy Spirit. We have to open ourselves up to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to work through us in order to bless other people.
We live in a desperate world, maybe as pagan as the world was in the time of Christ. Only by the power of the Holy Spirit can we change the world. The world and U.S. are in desperate need of miracles. Too many people are suffering and too many souls are being lost. Can we afford to ignore the Holy Spirit?
Think about it! Do you want to continue the way we are going with the world getting worse each day or are you going to open yourself to the Holy Spirit?
Do you want to continue to lose out on the blessings and graces God wants to pour out on you or will you say yes to the Holy Spirit?
What are you afraid of; miracles, looking foolish or being inadequate? Just because some charismatics wave their hands or act strangely doesn’t mean you have to. The Holy Spirit works through your personality. Today is the feast of St. Jerome and despite all of the work the Holy Spirit did in him he still retained his grouchy personality.

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

1 thought on “What Are We Losing Out On By Ignoring the Holy Spirit?”

  1. It’s sad that many in the Church still view this renewal of the Spirit with suspicion. Fortunately the fruits of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit are found everywhere in the Church from EWTN to Steubenville. Many aren’t aware that most of the prominent personalities in the Church have strongly embraced it, including the last four popes and the preacher the papal household, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa. God bless and may more come to encounter the Love of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit!

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