Receive the Holy Spirit. There are many times as a Roman Catholic I have heard those words; at my Baptism as an infant in my God parents arms, again as a preteen at Confirmation. The first I do not remember but the second had a profound effect on me. I was very conscience of what was going on, had worked for this occasion for some time and it was very real to me.
This Sunday we hear it as Jesus comes to the Apostles. Here they are all huddled in locked room and Jesus appears, the Apostles must have been first shocked and then are overjoyed to see him! But there was one missing Thomas, poor Tom was out doing something else when all this happened. When he returns the others tell him what of how Jesus appeared among them, but he isn’t so sure, he needs prove, he needs to make it real for himself!
Making it real for yourself is an important part of having a powerful spiritual life. As a mom it is very important to take the time to gather your spiritual evidence, to build a spiritual case for what you believe. Our spiritual center guides us in all we are called to do as Mother, Wife/Partner, Person. Here are some ways to gather the spiritual evidence you need to make the Divine real to you:
1. Reach out to the Divine. Spend time learning, reading, exploring your relationship with God.
2. Keep a journal of your spiritual searching this will help you understand how God is interacting with you, it will help you narrow your questioning, and it will help guide you to find more resources.
3. Dwell in those God moments! Spend time everyday reflecting on those God moments in your life.
4. Join together with others who share your spiritual nature.