O Holy Spirit, Soul of my soul I adore you.
Enlighten, guide, strengthen and console me.
Tell me what I ought to do,
then command me to do it.
I promise to be submissive in all that You ask of me,
And to accept all that You permit to happen to me; only show me what is Your will.
If you have ever been an expectant parent, you have, no doubt, spent countless hours thumbing through baby name books, searching for the perfect name for your child. This name will say something unique about your child. For example, my son Michael is named after his father. His father was named after his Italian grandmother, Michelina, meaning “who is like God”, as with Michael the Archangel, warrior of Heaven, defender and protector. I think this name suits both my men.
In the Jewish culture, a person’s name is chosen to represent the essence and character of the person.1 When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary (or “Miriam,” as she was called in Hebrew), he called her “full of grace”. The state of her soul was pure. She was preserved from the stain of original sin. She was full of love, and humble obedience to God, caring for all that was entrusted to her.
“I am the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to your word” Lk 1:38
Her “yes” proclaimed in humble submission to the will of the Father, allowed redemptive grace to enter the world and alter the destiny of mankind.2
Just as Mary was called by God to carry Christ in her womb, so are you and I called to carry Him “in the womb of our heart” and to bear Him to others given our particular state in life. For me, I believe that I am called to bear Him to my husband, my children and grandchildren. I am to bear Him to my neighbors at home and at work through means of kindness, silent prayer for their families and hospitality. Maybe you are thinking of your own call right now.
Everyday, you and I have a choice to say “yes” to God’s call for us, just like Mary did. Every single day is a new beginning; we can make a difference. And, if we do say “yes”, we can be assured that we will be empower with His Holy Spirit, making us channels of grace for the life of God to enter the world.3