Now available from Ignatius Press:
by Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen
Acclaimed spiritual writer Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen presents insightful reflections on the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Holy Trinity, emphasizing the importance of the Spirit in the life of a Christian. He illustrates that the Holy Spirit desires to live in us so that we can love God and others with God's own love. As the Holy Spirit descended upon the early Church at Pentecost to set the world ablaze with the fire of divine love, so He wants to do with us.
God, who is One, also desires the Church to be one, Fr. Stinissen writes. The Lord wants to unify all Christians in one holy Church, and all people in one body. The Holy Spirit is the great unifier, he says, for it is he who makes the Father and the Son one God. If Christians let him live within them, they will grow in unity.
Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen was born in Antwerp, Belgium, where he entered the Carmelite Order in 1944. He was sent to Sweden in 1967 to co-found a small contemplative community. His many books on the spiritual life have been translated into multiple languages. Among his works available in English are Into Your Hands, Father; Nourished by the Word: Reading the Bible Contemplatively; and The Gift of Spiritual Direction.
"Fr. Stinissen masterfully illustrates how the Holy Spirit helps us with discerning and following God's will, constructs bridges of reconciliation, and builds up the Body of Christ. His powerful reflections invite the reader to experience deeper intimacy with the Lord."
— Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Author, Behold the Man
"From the theoretical to the practical, from Scripture and Sacred Tradition to the lives of the saints, this book comes as close as possible to explaining the Holy Spirit in all his mystery and ministries."
— Steven Ray, Author, Crossing the Tiber
"Fr. Stinissen's writing is profound enough for theologians, yet accessible enough for anyone seeking a fuller and more meaningful life. This is an important, inspiring, and timely book."
— Vinny Flynn, Author, 7 Secrets of Divine Mercy
"We believe in the Holy Spirit, but how well do we know him? In language both simple and profound, Fr. Stinissen gives us a truly delightful and spiritually enriching book."
— Fr.Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life
"Fr. Stinissen offers us the kind of deep wisdom we would expect from our own personal spiritual director."
— Fr. Gary Lauenstein, C.Ss.R., Author, The Heart of Holiness