“Holy Fire, burn away my desire for anything that is not of you, and is of me; I want more of you and less of me.”
-“Empty Me” by Jeremy Camp
These powerful words have appeared in the personal prayer of many members of our team, as well as during our team prayer. These reoccurring words have set a theme for our first month back in Texas, one of being emptied of self and filled with the Holy Spirit.
When you allow Him to work, the Holy Spirit can be found in all aspects of our lives.
On January 26th we held a parish event called Let Us Adore, a night of adoration, praise and worship, and confession. Though we did our best to invite individuals and families, we knew it would be up to the Lord to truly call the parishioners to the event, and He did call. People came who had never heard of the NET team and simply heard about the event through small talk at the church. Young people from our confirmation classes came, not knowing what to expect, and experienced the Lord for the first time. By emptying ourselves and letting the Holy Spirit work, over 100 people experienced Jesus in adoration and over 30 people received His love and forgiveness in the sacrament of confession.
Allowing yourself to be filled with the boldness of the Holy Spirit is another way to give Him the reins to your life.
During January, our youth group focused on hot topics such as abortion, euthanasia, and homosexuality. These subjects can be difficult to talk about, so our team called upon the boldness of the Holy Spirit and allowed Him to speak through us to empower and inform the youth of the parish. This boldness truly inspired two young women who came to the youth group. For both, it was their first time attending, and they received a large amount of intense, challenging information from the beginning. Instead of being intimidated and scared away, the girls were bold and approached two team members, asking questions and sharing many challenges in their own lives. They told the team members they were thankful they were able to hear the truth of the Church regarding these issues.
One girl, who wasn’t Catholic, said she had been struggling to discover what her faith taught and instead found truth through the teachings of the Catholic Church.
The conversation between the team members and the girls ended in a time of prayer. As they prayed one youth, without being prompted, invited the Holy Spirit into her life. She, too, emptied herself and was filled with the Lord’s power.
We all are called to do as this brave young woman did and empty ourselves and open the doors of our hearts to the Holy Spirit. And when you do, watch the miracles that will be performed in your life and the lives of those around you.