An essential aspect of witness to the risen Lord is unity among ourselves, his disciples, in the image of his own unity with the Father.
Today too, in the Gospel, we heard Jesus’ prayer on the eve of his passion: “that they may be one, even as we are one” (Jn 17:11). From this eternal love between the Father and the Son, poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (cf. Rom 5:5), our mission and our fraternal communion draw strength; this love is the ever-flowing source of our joy in following the Lord along the path of his poverty, his virginity and his obedience; and this same love calls us to cultivate contemplative prayer.
Sister Mariam Baouardy experienced this in an outstanding way. Poor and uneducated, she was able to counsel others and provide theological explanations with extreme clarity, the fruit of her constant converse with the Holy Spirit. Her docility to the Holy Spirit made her also a means of encounter and fellowship with the Muslim world.
Homily, Canonization Mass
17 May 2015, St. Peter’s Square
“Mariam Baouardy was able to provide theological explanations with extreme clarity, the fruit of her constant converse with the Holy Spirit.”Tweet
“CONSTANT converse” is not lost on me! There are no coincidences with God. A priest friend advised me yesterday to prioritise The Holy Spirit equally with Jesus, that He is a real, powerful, Person, Who does not often get the emphasis He deserves among the faithful. We spoke of the mighty Archangel Michael, to whom people have recourse: the priest said he could do nothing without The Holy Spirit. Gave me much to think about and had me praying, “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful…”. I am delighted to read this passage about the Saint’s devotion to Him.