Avoiding the Sin Against the Holy Spirit
We are today—individually and collectively—fainting from want and loss of blood. Things have gone so far that no one can help us any more—neither friend, nor goodwill, nor comfort can do us any good. Our last resource is to turn to the creative Spirit, the Holy Spirit, which is ready and willing to pour out on us the healing power of our Father, God.
Because of this we should never despair even in our darkest hours. We should remember that God shares our life, that through the Holy Spirit we can be on the most intimate terms with God and that God is always there, when outward pressure is at its worst, helping us to carry our burdens over the roughest places on our weary road. There is no fiber of our being that the healing Spirit cannot reach as long as we are willing to let it do its creative, healing work. It goes on in silence within us and we should remind ourselves constantly that in alliance with God we possess powers of recuperation which enable us to endure the most grievous wounds without flinching and go on meeting the demands life makes on us. We should have this inner confidence, not mere self-reliance, but because we know beyond a shadow of doubt that God is sharing his life with us.
The worst wounds that can be inflicted on humans, or that they can inflict on themselves, are those of evil. When faith wavers, hope disappears, love grows cold, adoration ceases, doubt nags and the whole life is shrouded like a winter landscape in snow, when hatred and arrogance predominate, life is mortally wounded. That is the time to get into reverse, and let the Holy Spirit work from within building up a new life…The person who insists on isolation and never grows conscious of the inner presence of the Spirit is doomed to failure after failure. I am proving this each day and each hour. If I had tried to cope with all this mountain of trouble unaided I should have reached the end of my tether long ago. Natural logic keeps forcing its evil conclusions, like poison, on one’s consciousness. To counter them one has to apply the logic of healing, of guidance and submission, on which decisions can be based when they have been patiently arrived at through prayer. The Holy Spirit constantly helps me over my hurdles in the small hours.