Mary Ann Flanagan, IHM, PH.D
The radical demands of following the Way of Christ could never be lived without the animating Spirit that has been given to us in Christ’s outpouring of his very own being. With such a gift received, our living can go forward with confidence and hope.
While re-reading The Practical Prophet by Ken Untener of Saginaw, MI., I came upon these reflections on Spirit. As a wonderful ecclesiologist, Ken always thought big and “theological.” We know how much he loved John Cardinal Dearden, and he asked him for some advice that might ease the discouragement of those in the Church who felt things were not as they wished. He so treasured the answer, he transcribed it from the videotape.
I offer it here as an encouragement to stretch our own hearts wide open for the unique graces of the Spirit’s ever new coming:
We have to realize what the church is. It is not simply a human
The positive trust of such believers inspires me. They remind me to “desire big”, not only for renewal in our church, but also for the conversion of non-graced structures in our society and within our own personal hearts. We need Spirit power to change our comfortable ways into disciplined lives that work for justice and peace, sustainability of our creation, and the holiness of charity in our private and social relationships. Friends, let us pray with eagerness and sincerity:
Come, O Come Spirit of God and renew the face of the earth.
O Spirit of Truth!
A Trinitarian Prayer
—A prayer accompanying The Divine Dance on God as Trinity
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