Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine


“But you will receive Power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

When you really meditate on Pentecost and what happened there, pondering the great outpouring of the tremendous Gift of the Holy Spirit upon those gathered in the upper room, we sometimes just focus on what was happening to them. But look deeper. There was another gift being poured out in abundance to the people outside the upper room (Acts 2:5-12). Three thousand people who heard the apostles speak that day were baptized. The gift of repentance was being poured out! This is a tremendous gift where I am given the grace to actively use my will now to choose – to choose God’s preference – to choose God’s will.

The more we fall in love with anybody or anything, the more we desire fine-tuning. We want to know and to choose the preference of the Beloved. We are talking about a love that desires to defer to our brothers and sisters because it is one with the Mind and Heart of Jesus Christ. It identifies us with Jesus. This is one thing that happens in transforming union – we want to become one with Jesus, the One we love. We are seeking our best self. We are seeking our true self. This is who we really are.

We are speaking here of the birthing of Jesus in each and every heart. This is what we truly desire so that Jesus can come forth, so that He can live, He can grow, He can increase. John the Baptist knew this so well. “He must increase,” John said, “and I must decrease.” One translation I love is, “I must disappear” (Jn 3:30). That is what we want – to disappear totally into God, don’t we? Every time I say, “Yes” to God, I am saying, “No” to myself. I am choosing less of me so that there is more of God coming into my life. It’s a win, believe me. It is happiness, it is joy, it is freedom.

“And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in Your Name that You have given Me, so that they may be one just as We are.” (Jn 17:11)