5. A heavenly melody
Two days before Pentecost, a young man with his wife went to their spiritual father to confess their sins. They wanted to cleanse their souls from every sin and get ready spiritually for the great day of the Holy Spirit.
The pious confessor heard their sins, read them the prayer of forgiveness and blessed them. Then he took them to sit under a big oak tree with its thick shade. Near them a bubbling stream ran from the monastery's well, where its murmuring together with the rustling of the trees made their own sweet melody.
There he found the opportunity, as an affectionate spiritual father that he was, to teach them a wonderful heavenly melody. To reveal to them the nicest treasures of the Holy Spirit, with which they could become spiritually rich and walk their life on the greatest paths of joy and happiness.
-My children, I'm so proud of you both because, even though you are so young, you want to learn how to live on this earth like God's earthly angels.
-My wife and I, holy father, even before we were married, had decided together to live according to God the Father's Will. Our desire was to live in holiness and with the help of our sweet Jesus, to help our children as well, to live like earthly angels. I never forgot what our catechist told us in Sunday school where we went as young children.
-What did he tell you that you cannot forget?
-He used to tell us that Christ asked His disciples: "Be perfect, therefore, as Your heavenly Father is perfect" (Math. 5:48). Then I said to myself, as my beloved Jesus is asking me to do this I will struggle to achieve it. How could I disobey Him in such a Fatherly request?
-Did you tell your wife about your desire?
-Yes, and I was very happy, when she said that she had the same desire, to live as Christ wants and to be worthy to raise holy children.
-Your words, my son, give great joy to our heavenly King and I can assure you both, that our heavenly Father adores you and is proud of you in the presence of His holy angels. Would you like me today to tell you a few words about my spiritual experiences, which would help you achieve this more easily?
-Of course, our holy father. My wife and I would be grateful to you for this.
-In order to achieve this, my children, you will have to struggle with the help of our good God to achieve five things, which are the important keys to success. These five keys each unlock five doors of spiritual knowledge and wisdom, which abundantly give man the grace of the Holy Spirit.
-I can't wait, our holy father, to learn about these five keys. My wife and I want to find the easiest path, to go as quickly as possible into the embrace of our king Jesus. We both can't wait to experience His motherly affection and His fatherly love and adoration.
-I will try, my children, to tell you as simply as possible, so you can remember them. The first key, which is the most important, is Unity. With this our beloved God asks us, to always be united with Him with love, trust and obedience, like a baby is united with absolute love to his mum. This unity will not allow Satan to get into our mind in order to control and influence it. So, he won't be able to influence our heart, which is his main target. Because if he manages to reach our heart and make it his throne, then he has complete power over our soul.
-What can help us to achieve this unity more easily?
-Only if you have true unity between you as a couple.
-But how should we live to achieve real unity?
-To be the five rays of love, one for the other. You, my son, should be a husband for your wife and love and adore her, a father who with affection will take care of her, a little boy who with trust will rest in her arms, a friend who will discuss your problems with her and a brother who will feel confidence in her presence. Of course, the same thing applies to you, my beloved daughter. You will be for your husband, apart from a wife who will love him, a motherly daughter who like a mother will adore him like a baby of your heart. But, you will be also, his little girl who he will cuddle in his affectionate embrace. Be for him a trusted friend, so he will not need to tell his secrets to other friends and finally his little sister who will pray with adoration for her only brother. If you live like this with simplicity, love and humility then you won't have any secrets between you, because you will live one for the other, like water with wine. This is the blessed unity of marriage, which allows God to give you the second key.
-Your words, holy father, are sweet and make us want to fly like eagles to the highest mountaintops of holiness!
-That which will help you fly up high like eagles is the second key of knowledge. It is the Holy Spirit. Without Its grace man cannot achieve anything at all. Only with the Holy Spirit can we understand God's Will and to apply it. And only with the Holy Spirit as our guide can we reach deeply into the infinite affectionate and compassionate heart of our beloved God. When the Holy Spirit floods a soul with Its grace, then man can feel the infinite motherly adoration of our heavenly Father, but also with infinite adoration to fall in love with His heavenly King. That's why, my children, you must always say the following small but very powerful prayer: "Our Heavenly Father, in the name of our merciful King Jesus, flood our humble hearts with Your Holy Spirit and Your divine love." When God sees you, my children, living with love and unity, then He will hear your childish supplication and will gradually give you His Holy Spirit.
-How will we understand, our father, that the Holy Spirit will slowly start flooding our soul?
-When you become even much more simple and humble. Then you will be a living source of spiritual kindness, which won't allow you to criticize or comment on anyone, but you will be merciful towards everyone. From the amount of your compassion you will understand how much the divine influence of the Holy Spirit is affecting you.
-From now on we will not stop asking our Heavenly Father to give us the grace of the Holy Spirit.
-This prayer, my children, will help you obtain the third key. With this, man becomes a ray of love towards his neighbour. He becomes a universal mother, who loves every man, exactly as God loves each one of us. This is when man approaches the perfection of holiness, because our Christ's Will is fulfilled as He said: "Be perfect, therefore, as Your heavenly Father is perfect" (Math. 5:48).
-Is this key given to us easily or does it require a special process?
-All the keys require three things. First of all, is nostalgia, secondly prayer and thirdly practice and sacrifice. We begin getting all the beautiful things with sacrifice, but only with sacrifice and practice we can keep them. Practice is the secret of the fourth key. A practice which concerns the body and the soul. With the body we make bodily exercises, like fasting, prayers, giving alms and abstinence. Abstinence concerns the three main forms, by which man can easily be enslaved by the bonds and wishes of Satan, which are ambition, avarice and sensuality. Except for the bodily exercises, spiritual exercises of the soul play a very important role.
-What are these?
-They control your mouth, so you don't say with your words the poison of criticism, lies, treachery, slander and others. They control your eyes, so you don't see things which will poison your soul and leave you with cunning memories. They control your ears, so you don't hear demonic influences which will badly affect you. The eyes, ears and the mouth are the three main points upon which you will need to work very hard, to achieve the purification of your soul.
-We are anxious, holy father, to learn what the last key is.
-With the last and the fifth key, God makes us worthy of becoming missionaries to our children but also to all those people that are around us. It is the key of the Missionary. With this key you become first with your life and then with your words, missionaries in your environment. That’s what I wish you my loving children from the depths of my heart.
-Thank you very much our father. We beg you to pray to our holy God that we will be able to carry out all the things that your fatherly love has taught us.