January 22, 2014: Water and the Holy Spirit

~by Susi Pittman

The human spirit longs to be close to water, to immerse in it, to drink it, to cleanse in it, to refresh in it. We vacation at the seashore, at the lake, by the river. We seek out its sound and its sparkle.

I recall a Latin phrase, Riga quod est aridum, where the Church cries out to the Holy Spirit, Bedew what is parched.

What cleansing and renewal from the water and rain is to the parched and thirsty soil, is what the living water, which is the Holy Spirit imparts from the fountain of Jesus upon us.

Water calls forth life. Well watered ground is productive and the harvest from it is great. The beautiful meadows and prairies spring forth in verdant life and the forests sparkle with green opulence.

The blessings imparted nature when the Lord visits the land is indeed a reflection of how the Holy Spirit brings to fruition in the spiritual fields of faith His grace. From the Holy Spirit flow rivers of living waters that animate not only the whole world, but our very soul to bear much fruit.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth;
The earth was waste and void,
Darkness covered the abyss,
And the Spirit of God was stirring above the waters.
~Genesis 1:1~

In Baptism by water, we receive the Holy Spirit, He becomes a permanent guest in our souls and can only be pushed out by mortal sin. Having become a temple of the Holy Spirit and filled with Divine Grace it is our job, our mission, to not allow His dwelling place within us to become polluted.

As the earth and soil is unproductive without water, so too in like manner is the human soul barren of supernatural life without the Holy Spirit. If we slip in our spirituality, we can always, always return to Jesus and repent and pray that the Holy Spirit restore to us the fountain of His presence.

Come Holy Spirit and renew the face of the earth!

Veni Sancte Spiritus

Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and¬†Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the¬†Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.
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