All for the Heart of Jesus through the Heart of Mary!

Pentecost:  A Movement of Love and Unification,
Moving Our Hearts From the ‘I to the We’

Sr. Amanda Howard



First, this paper will explore what Pentecost is, and who the Holy Spirit is – including His role in the Church and His action in our personal lives.  I will explore in more depth the meaning of God’s love for us.  I will then look at what it means to move our hearts from the ‘I to the we,’ or self preoccupation to unselfishness, and the willingness to freely lay down our lives.  In order to help us move our hearts from the ‘I to the we,’ and to thus reach the heights of love that the Lord is calling, I will give proposals of seven steps we can use to help us do this. 


The Holy Spirit at Pentecost

To begin, what is Pentecost?  Pentecost is a feast of the Church which commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit.  It is the fulfillment of the promise of the Holy Spirit, which came in great power upon the apostles after the death and Resurrection of Jesus.[1]  Jesus had told his disciples that the gift of the Holy Spirit, the promise of the Father, would be poured out upon them.  Tongues as of fire came to rest upon the heads of all the disciples, and it transformed them with the power to preach the Gospel of Christ with boldness.[2]  The goal or purpose of the descent of the Holy Spirit is to lead our hearts to Jesus, and to spread the message that He came for our liberation from sin, and to thus be united with Him forever in Heaven. 


Who is the Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit?  He is nothing other than God Himself.  Scripture says, “God is spirit,”[3] and “the Spirit of the Lord fills the whole world.”[4]  He is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father.[5]  Titles given for the Holy Spirit include the Comforter, the Advocate, the Sanctifier, the Defender, and the Paraclete.[6]  He has the power to create, strengthen, and inspire.  When the Holy Spirit comes He fills us His people with His gifts and fruits.  The gifts of the spirit are:  wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, piety, fortitude, fear of the Lord.  The fruits are:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self control.[7]  The more we draw close to the Holy Spirit and the more He enters into us, the more we become united to Him.[8]   It is He who is our source of unity and love.  

The Holy Spirit, as we profess in the Nicene Creed, is the ‘Lord, the giver of life.’  How is He the giver of life?  The Spirit was present in the beginning, at creation, as we read in Genesis:  “The Spirit of God hovered over the waters,”[9] and at the creation of mankind, “God breathed into man the breath of life.”[10] 

Water is a symbol for life, and is frequently used in reference to the Holy Spirit in Scripture.  In the gospel of John, the living water Jesus refers to when speaking to the Samaritan woman is the presence of the Holy Spirit.  Just as physically we cannot survive without water, neither can we survive without God, the Holy Spirit.  On my recent retreat in St. Augustine, I felt in my heart to really meditate on this verse of the Scriptures: “My body pines for you, like a dry, weary land without water.”[11]  Without water, we die, and without the power of God sustaining our every breath at every moment – we die.  Just as we cannot live without breathing air, we cannot live without Him.  He is all around us – and as Scripture puts it, “Without Him, we can do Nothing.”[12]

This life giving Holy Spirit, as the Holy Father says, “quenches the ultimate and deepest thirst of man which cries out for Him…and is a deep hunger and thirst for God that can be quenched by no one else.”[13]   We see God always taking care of His people’s needs – sustaining us both physically and spiritually. 


The Holy Spirit’s Role in the Life of the Church

The Holy Spirit gives us life spiritually as well.  This is mainly done through the seven sacraments instituted by Jesus, with the authority to administer them given to His church.  Through the power of the Spirit at work in the Sacraments, Christ can be present in all times and all places.[14] 

One special feature of the Holy Spirit in the role of the Church is the power to forgive sin.  After His Resurrection, Jesus breathed on His apostles and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them.”[15]   For example, four of the sacraments have the power to forgive sins:  Baptism, Eucharist, Anointing of the Sick, and Reconciliation.[16]    

In the Sacrament of Baptism, we receive ‘new life’ through which we are reborn in the spirit to enter the kingdom of God,[17] and it cleanses and heals our souls of all sin, including original sin.  In the sacrament of reconciliation, our soul can be washed clean of sin through the priest acting in the person of Jesus. 


God’s Love for Us

The Holy Spirit is the spirit of love, for “God is Love.”[18]   “He is the Love of God poured into our hearts . . . ”[19]  I will now explore more in depth this profound love of God. 

Scripture resounds with the goodness of God the Father for us, who gently draws us back to Himself with “bands of love.”[20]   Scripture states, “As high as the heavens are above the earth, so God’s love towers over the faithful,”[21] for, as it is repeated numerous times in Scripture, “His love endureth forever.”[22]  God rejoices over repentant sinners, assuring us that, “there is more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine who have no need of repentance.”[23]  His love will never abandon us. 

St. Augustine reminds us that the activity of the Holy Spirit, who is love, is to unite and draw all into abiding unity.[24]  Our Holy Father also says, “Love, in the full sense, can only be present where something is enduring, where something abides.”[25]



What is love?

Now that we have mentioned love, one may ask what is love, really?  Authentic, genuine love is the capacity of loving others to the extreme, as Jesus loved us, and of giving myself away to others.  This love is from God…and it has its source in God.  It is God’s love – loving in our own heart.[26]  This point is key.  He does it through us.  To love someone means to will good to someone.  Primarily love is not a feeling, but a decision.  Love is also, in its essence, communion.[27]

1 Corinthians gives us this beautiful definition to meditate on:  “Love is patient, love is kind.  Love is not jealous or boastful, it is not arrogant or rude.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”[28]  

In his letter St. Paul describes what love is and isn’t.  He describes love as patient.  Love is other centered versus self centered.  He wrote this letter to the Corinthians to deal primarily with the issue of factions and to overcome the spirit of rivalry that was becoming evident in the community.[29]  The passages of the letter leading up to St. Paul’s definition of love focus on the need for unity and humility, and include exhortations to build up the church, or the body of Christ, primarily through love.  We are to become one body in Christ, especially when we receive Holy Communion, and to form one single new man, which is Christ come to full stature.[30]   Love is manifested in the building up of community.  Forgiveness can help us do this, and is an important aspect of love.  We have the example of Christ - if Christ can forgive His enemies, why shouldn’t we? 

How do we move our hearts from the I to the we? 

Now having looked more closely at the meaning of this love of the Holy Spirit, we will now look at how we can move our hearts from self preoccupation to a focus on the needs of others.  The seven steps I propose are:  1. know that God’s love fosters total dependence and trust in Him to help us, 2. recognize the meaning of God’s love, 3. realize that God desires to establish His kingdom of love on earth through us, 4. recognize that we need healing in order to love, and that God’s kingdom of love is one of the healing of hearts, 5. look toward God’s kingdom of love in heaven, 6. offer ourselves as living sacrifices of love, 7. actively pursue the common good for love.  


1.  Know that God’s Love Fosters Total Dependence and Trust in Him to Help Us

The first thing is dependence on God for His help in everything, especially how to live as He calls us to.  We must have a total dependence on God, as a little child has on their parents.  For example, in the life of St. Therese we see a total dependence on God.  A good illustration of this is that she tells Jesus that, in order to better love others, she ‘would have to borrow His own love.’[31]  She doesn’t depend on herself or her merits.  She is able to recognize the love God has for her, and this is what primarily motivated her love for others, as it says in the Scriptures:  “We love, because He first loved us.”[32]  She says, “without love, all works, even the most brilliant, are as nothing.”[33]  She called this path of love for God and others the ‘little way.’  The main penances St. Therese utilized was that of mortifying self-love.  For example, by holding back a reply, and instead smiling at a sister who hurt her, etc.[34]  These seem like the best mortifications to me.  This way consists in accepting with love and serenity the suffering that comes across our path.  For instance, it makes no sense to perform ‘huge’ mortifications which may be, for example, ‘I’m going to fast all week,’ and then at the same time neglect charity when the opportunity arises for its practice.  It makes no sense, because charity must take primary precedence and color all of our deeds.  Not that mortifications are wrong, but charity should take priority, along with the acceptance of crosses that come our way. 

As a result of this total dependence on God, St. Therese wanted to seek out a means of going to heaven by a ‘little way,’ as she felt herself to be a ‘very little soul.’[35] She uses an analogy of an elevator, and says, “the elevator which must raise me to heaven is your arms, O Jesus!  And for this I have no need to grow up.”[36]  She said she would appear before the good God empty handed of her works, but fully trusting in His mercy for her. 


2.  Recognize the Meaning of God’s Love  

In order to move our hearts from the ‘I to the we,’ it is vital that we recognize the meaning of God’s love.  For this, we need to get back to the heart of the message of the Gospel – which itself means Good News.  What is this ‘Good News,’ or Gospel?  God sent His Son Jesus to save us - nailing our sins to the cross.  Why?  So that we could live forever in eternity.  John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world He sent His only Son, so that whoever believes in Him may not perish but have eternal life.”  Even in the Old Testament, we see the prophets foretelling the resurrection of the dead.  The whole point of the Gospel and why it was written was so that “you may have life in His name.”[37]  This is a cause for rejoicing.  

In Revelations we read, “On each side of the river {of the water of life} stood the tree of life . . .”[38]  The tree of life Revelations refers to is in reference to ‘the tree of life’ with our first parents in the Garden of Eden in Genesis chapter two.  After the first sin when humanity disobeyed God and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Adam and Eve were thus were thrown out of paradise lest humanity also eat from the ‘tree of life’ and therefore live forever.  When God sent His Son to save the world through His death on ‘a tree -’ which is the wood of the cross – our sins were nailed to it, and Jesus became our justification. 


3.  Realize that God Desires to Establish His Kingdom of Love on Earth Through Us 

In the prayer of the ‘Our Father’ which Jesus gave us, we pray “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”[39]  God wants to establish His kingdom here on earth, as in heaven.  God’s kingdom is truly present on earth whenever our will is connected with the divine will.  For instance, Jesus was always focused on the Father and on accomplishing His Holy Will.    

And what is this kingdom that we pray for so earnestly?  God’s Kingdom is a kingdom that is built primarily in the heart.  God’s Kingdom comes when we know and follow the teachings of Jesus, building our lives on a firm foundation.  His kingdom is one of the healing of hearts and souls.  God wants to establish His Kingdom of healing, light and peace here.  Christ is our surest word about the Father, and Christ healed all who came to Him.[40]  Jesus exhorted His disciples to “Proclaim the Kingdom of God.  Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers.  Without cost you have received, without cost you are to give.”[41]


4. Recognize that we need Healing in order to Love, and that God’s Kingdom of Love is one of the Healing of Hearts

Thus, it is important that we recognize our need for healing in order to fully love.  We should have confidence that God, as powerful as He is, is who He says He is, and that He is a God who desires to heal His people.  We, His children, can reach out to Him for everything – including our healing.  All we have to do is ask Him.  “Ask and you shall receive.”[42]  We depend totally on Him, with a focus on the greatness of His love and His beauty.  If we need help believing, we can say, ‘Lord, help me believe in your goodness.’  We need to have confidence that He wants to fill us with Himself.  The Scriptures attest that His power at work in us can do far more than we even ask or imagine.[43] 

When there are healings, this gift touches many people, not only the sick who recover, but also in a special way the family, friends and others who hear of the healing received.[44]  After all, as it is written in the psalms, “Our God is the God who performs MIRACLES!”[45]  And He desires to heal through us His instruments, and establish His kingdom on earth. 

 The healing that God desires to bring His children is not only physical, but can also be spiritual.  If we are not spiritually healed, and we walk around without being at peace and glum etc, we’re not living in the fullness of life that God desires us to live.  So, if we don’t have this joy or peace, we can ask Him for it – by reaching out to Him:  “People came to be healed of their diseases . . . all in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from Him and healed them all.”[46]  He desires to give us this – as it says in Galatians 5:22: “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy and peace, patience,” and in Romans, “for the kingdom of God … is righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy spirit.”[47]  St. Paul encourages us to “Rejoice in the Lord always.”[48]  

In my personal experience, I think we need this joy and peace to help us be more charitable to others.  I recently had a little personal ‘enlightenment’ about this.  When we are in a bad mood, for example, sometimes we tend to take this out on others – being a little more impatient, etc.  After doing this one day I thought about the fact that the other person doesn’t know why you are, for example, not smiling at them, and they could interpret that in many different ways.  We shouldn’t assume that others know the reason were upset when we haven’t told them, and that they will know and understand why we’re being, for example, rude to them, when in reality others don’t know the causes of our actions.   

If we think we’re unworthy, unlovable, etc, this insecurity will be manifested in some way, or in some disorder.  As an example we could take jealousy.  How do we conquer this?  What helps is learning to see things in the Light of eternity.  There will be no envy in heaven.  I like this quote from St. Anselm:  “If anyone else whom you love as much as yourself possessed the same blessedness, your joy would be doubled because you would rejoice as much for him as for yourself.”[49]  I like this line because it helps us focus on the good of the other, and not ourselves. 

The ultimate healing is the joy of heaven, our salvation, as Jesus came to heal the ultimate wounds of humanity: sin.  When Jesus healed others on earth, it was a sign – pointing to the Kingdom of Heaven and what it will be like there.  For example, Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead, died again.[50]  Those whom He healed on earth, eventually died.  That is why the Ultimate healing was the healing of the wounds of sin, which will bring us to eternal life.  Scripture says “if it is for this life only we have hoped in Christ we are the most pitiable people of all.”[51]

Many prayers for good things like healing have not yet been answered – yet.  If our prayers aren’t answered here on earth for seemingly good things such as healing, they will be answered in Heaven.  The Lord assured us that anything we ask according to His will He hears us.  As Christians we have the beautiful example of St. Monica, who prayed for the conversion of her son for many years.  Sometimes things take time.  Everything on earth we experience is a preparation for heaven.  God can even use our mistakes to work for our ultimate good.  Heaven will be the answer to every prayer. 


5.  Look Toward God’s Kingdom of Love in Heaven

I will thus explore more in depth this Kingdom of heaven, in order both to know the goal we are striving toward, and so we can know how we can better bring the community of love in heaven to earth now.  Why?  Heaven is not a distraction from earth but looking at heaven teaching us precisely how we are to live.   

In heaven, man enters into the glory of Christ and into the joy of the Trinitarian life.  The happiness of Heaven consists essentially in the immediate vision of God, being united to Him, and secondarily being united with His creatures.[52]  The love of others is the qualification for entering heaven – how we treated others and cared for them in this life.  In the judgment scene in Matthew 25, for instance, our final judgment depended on how we served others, or not.  After we die, our souls go to heaven, and after the general judgment, our bodies will be reunited with our souls in heaven.  We will have ‘glorified bodies.’[53]

Heaven is the ultimate fulfillment of communion with others.  This love and unity with others begun on earth will reach finally reach its completion.  Knowledge acquired during one’s life on earth is said to carry into glory, and we will review our past life with divine understanding and with God present with us.[54]  What is beautiful is that we also do the same for others lives.  In heaven all is revealed about everyone:  “We will know others more intimately and completely than we could know our most intimate friend on earth because we share God’s knowledge of each one.”[55]

Thus, to be in Heaven is to be among a blessed community of believers.  It is not just me and God, but God and a whole community.  It implies a unity and fellowship with all who are in God’s love.  As the society of the communion of saints, there will be a closeness of love that knows no limit.[56]

St. Therese speaks of heaven as being ‘peopled with souls who love me.’[57]  We will meet and be reunited with all those who have gone before us and our lives have touched.  For me, I am eagerly looking forward to seeing those loved ones who have died:  for example, my grandparents, friends, family, etc.  Nothing is ever truly lost – as we will be reunited with our loved ones.  We will behold and be in communion with the Blessed Mother, as well as all the saints.  There will be the glorious martyrs, or witnesses, in heaven that Revelations also speaks of, “who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb.”[58]

In Heaven, the vows of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience will also be brought to fulfillment.  For example, poverty – being poor in spirit - the paradox of “having nothing, yet possessing all things.”[59]  We will have Jesus as the treasure of our heart.  Being obedient is one of the deepest surrenders we can have to God – and by this our heart will become a reflection of His heart and desires.  We are fully surrendered to God - and everyone lives this way, doing His will, in Heaven.  Our fourth vow as well will be brought to fulfillment – that of Marian availability and service in the heart of the Church – because there we will all be in the fullness of His light and Truth. 

Heaven is essentially entering into Jesus’ Sacred Heart.  In a very real sense, Heaven is the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ.  Thus, we can be one with Him even beginning here on earth, especially in the Holy Eucharist we receive and in prayer. 

Overall, heaven is really a great subject for our meditation, and a great reminder of how we are to set our priorities and to love, by keeping in mind the goal we are striving towards. 


6.  We Can Offer Ourselves as Living Sacrifices of Love

To continue our journey of how to move our hearts from the ‘I to the we,’ we can offer ourselves as living sacrifices of love.  How?  Our Mother Foundress exhorts us, as St. Paul says, “to offer ourselves as living sacrifices to God.”[60]  This is so our entire life - every area and action - will be sacrificial.  To be this “living sacrifice,” we are called to live and be motivated only by love.  In all of our actions, conversations, ministries, relations, words, and works we are to be living sacrifices of love.  We should seek that which is most noble, most pure and just, most charitable, service oriented, most forgetful of self and seeking virtue as well as seeking the last place.[61]  St. Maximillian Kolbe has said that the greater the sacrifice, the greater love it proves.[62]   Our capacity to love is measured by our suffering and our capacity of death to self.  The “I” loses itself in order to find truth and true life.[63]   

The major obstacle to love is our flesh.  What is the flesh?  It is the personal I - looking for my desires, my thoughts, myself, my will.  We are called to sacrifice ourselves at every moment.[64]   We must put God’s Will and others above ourselves.  Abraham was willing to do whatever God required, including offer his only son to Him – and by this he was showing great love for the Lord.  We should be willing to offer the most precious thing - not our only son, like Abraham - but our hearts and wills to God. 


7.  We Must Actively Pursue the Common Good

We should learn how to yield our will to the common good and yield to others.[65]  We should have a predisposition of heart to be forgetful of self, and we must actively pursue the common good, unity, and virtue.[66]  This last Pentecost of 2008, when the whole community was gathered together in prayer, Mother asked that we pray that the unity of the community be so strong that the Holy Spirit could move with total freedom, so that we become truly one house.  She voiced her desire that her daughters be in one place together - in unity of heart and mind: that we may think, understand, see together.  It is important that the whole community has perfect unity in love, in charism, and with perfect obedience and perfect functioning, in order to truly become one.[67]

As sisters in this congregation, the search for the greater good should always become a rule of life for us.[68]  Let us examine the steps given by our Mother Foundress on how to seek the best good for others:  1). to surrender our pride in order to choose love; 2). to demolish our own will before destroying the gift of unity; 3). to maintain silence before the wrong rather than hurting, in words or actions, the beauty of the good;  4). to lose an argument in order to allow the triumph of humility; 5.) to be ready for the biggest sacrifices so that the Lord and the congregation can count on me; 6). to be willing to go unnoticed and be hidden in virtue; 7.) to recognize with humility your faults.  We should strive to always choose the perfection of love and the greatest possible good, which requires a generous heart from us.[69]  It is possible.  We have the beautiful example St. Maximilian Kolbe – a martyr of sacrificial love to the extreme. 

This aspect of total self giving we also see perfectly in the life of St. Therese.  How was she able to do this, and with such cheerfulness?  The reason was because she was so in love with God that nothing else really mattered.  This was behind her desire to be a martyr - all for the love of Him.  This is how we can rise above ourselves – by focusing on the Lord first, especially in our prayer time.



To conclude, Pope John Paul II has spoken frequently about the new springtime to come upon the Church and the world, which will consist in a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit, like a renewed Pentecost.[70]  Pope Benedict XVI has also been praying for this.  However, we must be prepared to receive the Holy Spirit anew.[71]  For Pentecost to be, the Marian and the Petrine principle must both be present.[72]  We should have Marian and receptive hearts.  As Siervas, we are called to seriously dedicate ourselves to building, for God’s glory and for others, a civilization of love and life here on earth, empowered by the presence of the Holy Spirit. 

I want to end with this quote that I like from our dear Mother Foundress:  “My main desire, as foundress, is that you seek with seriousness holiness.  Holiness is the fruit of love, only of love.  We want to be able to tell the Lord on the day of our death:  ‘I lived for love, and also my sisters lived for this.’”[73]                



St. Anselm writes, speaking of God:  Let the knowledge of you increase in me here, and there let it come to its fullness.  Let your love grow in me here, and there let it be fulfilled, so that here my joy may be in a great hope, and there in full reality.” 

In the book of Revelations chapters 21 and 22 give beautiful descriptions of the life of the world to come in the Heavenly city, the New Jerusalem: 

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away . . . I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes… And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.  It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.  It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.  There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west.  The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.  The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone.  The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.  The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.  I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.  The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its  lamp.  The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.  On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.”

[1] New Advent Encyclopedia.  Pentecost.

[2] Acts 2

[3] Jn 4:24

[4] Wis 1:7

[5] Jn 15:26

[6] Fr. Apostoli, Andrew.  We Believe in the Holy Spirit

[7] Gal 5:22-23

[8] Murphy, Joseph.  Christ our Joy

[9] Gen 1:2

[10] Gen 2:7

[11] Ps 63:1

[12] Ps 25

[13] Murphy, Joseph.  Christ our Joy, p. 140

[14] Murphy, Joseph.  Christ our Joy

[15] Jn 20:23

[16] Fr. Apostoli, Andrew.  We Believe in the Holy Spirit

[17] Jn 4

[18] 1 Jn 4:8

[19] Rm 5:5

[20] Hosea 11:4

[21] Ps 103:11

[22] Ps 118:1

[23] Lk 15:7

[24] Murphy, Joseph.  Christ our Joy

[25] Murphy, Joseph.  Christ our Joy

[26] Mother Adela.  Teaching:  Heart of Jesus:  Our Treasure and our Inheritance

[27] Mother Adela.  Teaching:  Heart of Jesus:  Our Treasure and our Inheritance

[28] 1 Cor 13:4-5, 7

[29] Murphy, Joseph.  Christ our Joy

[30] Eph 2:15

[31] St. Therese of Lisieux.  Story of a Soul

[32] 1 Jn 4:19

[33] St. Therese of Lisieux.  Story of a Soul

[34] St. Therese of Lisieux.  Story of a Soul

[35] St. Therese of Lisieux. Story of a Soul, p. 208

[36] Ibid. 

[37] Jn 20:31

[38] Rev 22:2

[39] Mt 6:9

[40] Kreeft, Peter.  Everything You Wanted to Know About Heaven

[41]Mt 10:8

[42] Lk 11:19

[43] Eph 3:20

[44] Fr. Apostoli, Andrew.  We Believe in the Holy Spirit

[45] Ps 77:14

[46] Lk 6:18-19

[47] Rom 14:17

[48] Phil 4:4

[49] Hardon, John.  The Catholic Catechism, p. 266

[50] Jn 11

[51] 1 Cor 15:49

[52] Hardon, John.  The Catholic Catechism

[53] 1 Cor 15:49

[54] Hardon, John.  The Catholic Catechism

[55] Kreeft, Peter.  Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Heaven

[56] Murphy, Joseph.  Christ our Joy

[57] St. Therese of Lisieux.  Story of a Soul, p. 191

[58] Rev 7:14

[59] 2 Cor 6:10 

[60] Rom 12:1

[61] Mother Adela.  Letter: To Offer Ourselves as Living Sacrifices

[62] Ricciardi, Antonio.  Saint Maximilian Kolbe: Apostle of our Difficult Age

[63] Murphy, Joseph.  Christ our Joy

[64] Mother Adela.  Letter: To Offer Ourselves as Living Sacrifices

[65] Mother Adela.  Teaching:  Heart of Jesus:  Our Treasure and Our Inheritance

[66] Mother Adela.  Letter: To Offer Ourselves as Living Sacrifices

[67] Mother Adela.  Pentecost 2008

[68] Mother Adela.  Letter:  Advice for Holiness in Fraternal Life

[69] Ibid

[70] Fr. Apostoli, Andrew.  We Believe in the Holy Spirit

[71] Murphy, Joseph.  Christ our Joy

[72] Mother Adela.  Teaching:  The Identity of the Charismatic Renewal in the Church

[73] Mother Adela.  Letters of our Mother:  On Love



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