On the occasion of the Solemnity of Pentecost, which will be celebrated this year on Sunday, June 5, Fr. Hans Zavala, priest of the Order of Saint Augustine and rector of the Colegio Santa Rosa de Chosica (Peru), took three simple steps to prepare and receive the Holy Spirit on this special date.
The Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Pentecost fifty days after the Easter of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, to commemorate the Coming of the Holy Spirit on Mary and the apostles.
On Pentecost, Christ fulfills the promise he made to the apostles that God the Father would send the Holy Spirit to fill them with the gifts and graces necessary to bring the Good News to all peoples.
Hans Zavala, priest of the Order of Saint Augustine and rector of the Santa Rosa de Chosica School (Peru), told ACI Prensa that after Easter and Christmas, the Pentecost festival is very important for the life of every Christian, because it reminds him of his evangelizing mission in the Church.
In that sense, he encouraged Catholics to prepare to receive the Holy Spirit at Pentecost with the following three steps or practical advice:
one. Clean your soul: Reconcile with God, with yourself and with your neighbor
Fr. Zavala said that “if we really want to receive the Holy Spirit as that guest of our souls, we must do what every person would do when a visitor comes to our house: clean the house. We cannot receive someone if our house is dirty, and in this case, it would be to clean our soul.
“How? Reconcile with the Lord, go to the sacrament of Reconciliation. If you have a spiritual director, approach him and try to forgive if you have something against someone. Clean your entire house, so that the Holy Spirit feels comfortable coming into your life and finds a clean and worthy abode for Him, ”he added.
Fr. Zavala recalled that “the Holy Spirit wants to dwell in the hearts of the pure of heart; not of those who do not err, but of those who are reconciled with God, who return to their friendship with Him”, and who “have no differences with their brothers, but live in peace with the whole world as for them it’s their turn.”
two. Adorn your soul: Practice a virtue each week
Fr. Zavala said that “after having cleaned the house and removed everything that does not belong, does not like the Holy Spirit or can harm us, we adorn our soul through the virtues.”
Choose to practice a virtue such as patience, temperance or prudence, or others, to adorn your soul, and remember that “the more virtues you can practice every day, the more adornments your house will have,” he said.
The priest suggested choosing to practice one virtue each week of the fifty days of Easter. Make an effort to practice that virtue and you will see how when Pentecost arrives you will have many virtues and “your house will not only be clean, but it will also be tidy,” he pointed out.
3. Invite the Holy Spirit to dwell in your soul with this prayer
Finally, Fr. Zavala encouraged to “invite the Holy Spirit” to dwell in your soul and “receive him with all the desire that your heart can give.” “Saint Augustine said that our desire is our prayer, therefore, if we ardently desire the Holy Spirit and ask Him every day: ‘Holy Spirit, come’, I am sure that He will stay with you and will bear many fruits in your life”, said.
The priest suggested carrying out this last step by praying every day an aspiration of this ancient prayer that we recite at Pentecost, or of any hymn or canticle to the Holy Spirit.
From now on, take a stanza of this hymn and repeat it throughout the day as a refrain in your mind, “and you will see how your heart will also gradually invite the Holy Spirit to receive it, not only when you are praying in a chapel, but all day”, he concluded.