Libermann and the Holy Spirit
Meeting the Holy Spirit
In the Writings of
Father Francis Libermann, C.S.Sp.
Original Texts Collected and Translated by Fr. Francis X. Malinowski C.S.Sp.
Theme One: Making Room for the Holy Spirit
Choose to empty myself of all that is not God (1)
"Dear friend, don't be astonished that I insist on that so much, for I think and I am totally convinced
that to be perfect we must be absolutely empty of all that is not God. The Holy Spirit knocks at every
instant at the door of our heart, we ardently desire that He enter and by this desire we open up the door to Him. But how can He enter if He does not find any room there, if He finds the heart which ought to belong so much to Him filled with enemy affections? He has to stay outside. He has the inconceivable goodness to wait until he finds a small place and in the measure that we get rid of these miserable affections. The more the Holy Spirit has entered into our heart, the stronger we become to chase away little by little the enemies of God who have taken hold there. That is why it is essential that we aid the divine Spirit in putting them outside. For without our firm will He will not force them out alone. Pray ardently and use every strength He has given us to aid Him accomplish this work."
Follow only the Spirit (1)
".. we should try, as much as it is in us, to follow in our actions only the unique movement of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us', in the manner, as our profound weakness permits it to us, as the Holy Spirit acts in our actions, principally in our interior actions." LS 1.98; 1835.
The Spirit urges us to give ourselves fully to God (2)
"Pay attention to this: see the Holy Spirit dwelling in person in the depth of your soul, by the power of our Lord. It is He who urges you to give yourself fully to God. He would like to act but you bind His arms and legs by your indecisiveness and fears. See the love with which He pushes you and you prevent Him from acting! Give Him the liberty and you will see the great things He will bring about in you."
The Spirit is acting in me (5)
"If you establish your soul in God, in all peace, sweetness and suavity, the rest will be easily done. For the Spirit of Our Lord acting in you, in the midst of peace, sweetness, calm and interior docility of your heart, will not fail to form you according to the good pleasure of this Father and well-beloved Lord Jesus." LS 1.379-80; 1837.