As Radical Catholics we should be living in Pentecost everyday of our life. But how do we do this? We need to develop a spirit of poverty and humility so that the Holy Spirit will come with His gifts. The Radical Catholic should show his spirit of poverty by invoking the Holy Spirit in all things and by constantly praying for more of His treasures.
Each and everyday we should pray for more Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgment, Knowledge, Courage, Piety and Fear of the Lord. Without these gifts we cannot live the Radical Catholic life. T o remain faithful in our world and to spread the name of Jesus to all we meet we have to rely completely on the Holy Spirit and on Pentecost being present in our daily life. Pray for and desire these “Capital” gifts before asking for the Charismatic Gifts. These gifts sanctify us and work much more powerfully in our life then we could ever even know. I have known people with real Charisms of healing deliverance, prophecy and so on but the people who I have been truly touched and impressed by were those people who were filled with the Seven capital gifts of the Holy Spirit. Focus on Holiness, invoke the Holy Spirit, ask for the Capital Gifts of the Spirit and God will endow you with the Charisms and abilities necessary to make His name known among the nations.
Be a poor beggar in the eyes of God. Come to the Holy Spirit humble, poor and dirty and he will raise you up in His gifts, enrich you with grace and cleanse you with ever flowing water and wind. Then you will walk in the power of Pentecost. Then you will heal, deliver and prophecy. Come Holy Spirit…
Come, O Holy Spirit, come! From Thy bright and blissful Home
Rays of healing light impart.
Come Thou Father of the poor,
Source of gifts that will endure
Light of ev’ry human heart.
Thou of all consolers best,
Of the soul most kindly Guest,
Quick’ning courage dost bestow.
In hard labor Thou art rest,
In the heat refreshest best,
Solace givest in our woe.
O most blessed Light divine,
Let Thy radiance in us shine,
And our inmost being fill.
Nothing good by man is thought,
Nothing right by him is wrought,
When he spurns Thy gracious Will.
Cleanse our souls from sinful stain,
Lave our dryness with Thy rain,
Heal our wounds and mend our way.
Bend the stubborn heart and will,
Melt the frozen, warm the chill,
Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful who in Thee,
Trust with childlike piety,
Deign Thy sevenfold gift to send.
Give them virtue’s rich increase,
Saving grace to die in peace,
Give them joys that never end.
Dave VanVickle is a Catholic speaker and writer focusing on the Universal Call to Holiness and Authentic Catholic Spirituality. He is currently employed as the Director of Evangelization for the parishes of the Catholic Community of Wexford, PA.