I have to apologize or repent. I lost faith in the power of the Holy Spirit. I really did. There was a time in my life when I would start a retreat or a talk by saying that God is going to work powerfully. I had faith that the Holy Spirit would come and manifest Himself powerfully when we asked. I had faith when I told a couple, in front of the abortion clinic, that if they chose life God would bless them. I had faith and I never doubted.Sometime between then and now I lost that faith. Sin, intellectualism, unfaithfulness to prayer and secularism changed the kind of Christian I was. God has slowly been making me aware of it and it is sickening. I want everyone to understand that God does work in peoples lives and we can have faith in that. The stories from the book of Acts aren’t just fairy tales and they aren’t just the stories of the original apostles. Those stories are our history as Catholics and all the mighty deeds they contain can still be found in our lifetime. This includes Pentecost!
Maybe we all need to step back and take a look at the kind of Catholic we are. Maybe we need to remember when Jesus first came into our lives. When we were in the tombs of our sin, unable to save ourselves, and we heard those mighty and bold words, “Take away the stone!” God called us out of our tombs of sin and into His abundant life.
Do not be afraid to tell people what God has done in your life and promise that He will work mightily in their life as well. Do not be afraid to pray for people. Do not be afraid to tell people that God will bless them, heal them, deliver them and raise them from their tombs of hopelessness. Most of all: Tell anyone and everyone how much God loves them and that He wants to have a passionate relationship with them. Have faith in the mighty deeds of the Lord.
The following is a prayer of surrender to the Holy Spirit. Try praying it everyday. Surrender more and more to the God who loves you. Have faith that God will work mightily.
Dear Jesus, I am so sorry for my sins and my unfaithfulness. I ask oh Lord for the grace to faithfully serve you each and everyday. I surrender myself to you totally and completely. I ask that You send Your Holy Spirit into me and stir up the gifts I have received. Enflame my heart Oh Jesus. I surrender all. Come Holy Spirit. I ask all this in Jesus’ name. Amen
Take away the Stone! John 11:38
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.