Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours; yours are the eyes through which to look at Christ's compassion to the world, yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good, and yours are the hands with which he is to bless us now." 

                                                                                                                               - St. Teresa of Avila


The Mysteries of the Holy Spirit

Introduction

The Beatitudes rank as some of the most beautiful poetry in the English language; they also rank as some of the most profound aphorisms in sacred scripture. The typical translations from the Greek provide for the readers of the King James, Vulgate or other versions of the Bible a very limited sense of the original depth and profound nature of these short wisdom sayings.

Biblical scholars tend to agree that it is likely that these words are indeed the original words of Jesus, and that they were saved in oral tradition before being committed to writing. The beauty of these translations, taken from the Aramaic (the language of Jesus) is that the choices available for translations are great indeed, and are full of the imagery of the cycles of nature: planting and harvesting, rains and water, growth and nurturance, flowering and fruiting, waiting and watching.

The typical translations do not give the reader the sense of one extremely important insight that is available to these translations—the sense of evolving in God. This sense—of growth in God by nurturance of Divine love, is recovered as a process that is recognized as a series of steps of growth, of evolution. Yet the sense of these translations does not indicate that these steps or phases must be in a particular order: they simply reflect an understanding of "beingness" or of perception. Thus we can recover a sense of the deeply mystical and deeply unfathomable and deeply unutterable experience that accompanies the journey of growth in the Divine. That is, after all, what an aphorism does: it points to a more expanded version of itself that is available to understanding only in the heart of man as that heart melts into the Divine Heart of God. The link in this process is the Holy Spirit, and the Beatitudes reflect the gifts of the Spirit in the process of melting the heart of man into the Heart of God.

For this rosary, heavy reliance was made on Aramaic translations (or perhaps more accurately transliterations) as given by Aramaic Scholar Neil Douglas-Klotz, as well as some of his interpretations of those translations. As stated in the Introduction to this book, these translations are explicated from the syllabic roots of the Aramaic words, and thus are rendered more freely than a word-for-word translation. The result is a richness of feeling that allows us to go far beyond the mind and into the heart. The intention is that the lectio, or commentary be a springboard for both contemplative non-discursive meditation as well as for discursive musing. Of course, the purpose of contemplative meditation is that the object of attention is transcended altogether, and the truest "hearing" of the pure gospel is to be found in our own awareness reflected in silence. The lectio divina of this rosary is not what is heard in sound, but what is heard in the silence of the heart. Thus, the name of this rosary is the Rosary of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a mystery beyond the mind’s ability to describe, and the words of the Beatitudes call us to that mystery in a way that is deeply profound and deeply moving.

Begin by having an intention in mind for the rosary. This intention may be stated as part of the following prayer.

Prayer of Intention

We who gather to pray this rosary do have in our minds and hearts the following intentions: (Here a few moments of silence allow all to clarify their intentions). We ask that these intentions may bring forth the results desired, according to Your will. Amen.

General Instructions

1. Holding the cross in the right hand (if right handed), with the rest of the rosary in the left hand, bless yourself with the Invocation:

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

2. Holding the cross in the right hand (if right handed), and with the rest of the rosary draped across the left hand, begin with this Prayer to the Holy Spirit:

Come, Holy Spirit, fill my heart with your holy gift, the gift of love. Fill my mind with your holy gift, the gift of discernment. Fill my eyes that I may see your works in me and all around me. Fill my ears that I may hear your works in the world and in the lives of others. Fill my hands that they may do the work of Love without thinking; fill my feet that they may carry me in faith and knowledge. Fill my soul with the gift of light, that it may shine with Love eternal. Amen. D

3. On the first bead after the cross say the "Our Father":

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Alternate "Our Father" translated from the Aramaic (see introduction)

O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos, focus your light within us—make it useful. Create your reign of unity now; Your one desire acts with ours, as in all light, so in all forms. Grant what we need each day in bread and insight. Loose the cords of mistakes binding us, as we release the strand we hold of others’ guilt. Don’t let surface things delude us, but free us from what holds us back. From you is born all ruling will, the power and the life to do, the song that beautifies all; from age to age it renews. Amen.

4. On the next three beads say the "AVE MARIA":

Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Amen.

5. After the third AVE MARIA hold the chain and say the GLORIA PATRI:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is how and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

6. Name the mystery and read the thoughts and prayer that follow each one. Begin with the OUR FATHER on the bead just before the medal and the AVE MARIA on the next ten beads following the medal. On the chain following these ten beads, say the GLORIA PATRI.

7. Then, name the next mystery and proceed exactly as above until all the mysteries have been said—that is say the OUR FATHER on the single bead, then the ten AVE MARIAs, then on the chain the GLORIA PATRI, then the next mystery.

First Mystery of the Holy Spirit

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

"Tuned to the Source are those who live by breathing Unity, their ‘I can’ is included in God’s."

Thoughts…

To be poor in spirit is to be without pretension, without ego, without self-inflation. To be poor in spirit recognizes that one’s focus in the Divine focus rather than the personal focus. The meaning of the Aramaic translation as well as the New American Standard translation show a state of being already accomplished. One breathes Unity when one dissolves notions of what "I" want and what "I" need, by surrendering to the Divine which pulls us ever closer in Love. God is the source, the path, the goal and the life of all beings in the Unity of Divine Love. The Grace of the Pentecost affirms the Presence of the Holy Spirit as an active part of God, present and working in all of us as that which prompts us in the subtle regions of our own hearts—tickling and charming our awareness with the awareness of Divine life.

Prayer:

Heavenly Mother, who so exemplified life in the Holy Spirit, grant us the grace to seek and discover the Holy Spirit as our Spirit, our life and our companion. Help us to live and grow in the gifts of the Spirit, that we may share them with all of life.

 

Second Mystery of the Holy Spirit

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted

"Blessed are those in emotional turmoil; they shall be united inside by love"

Thoughts…

The mind is always in motion…one time dwelling on one thing, another time dwelling on another. It never seems to stay in the same place. Emotions come one after another, often in response to everyday things in our lives. When emotional turmoil seems to abate, or in the middle of such turmoil, we find a silence. In this silence, the Holy Spirit draws us deeper than our emotions, and invites us to dwell in the place where the warmth of the Spirit leads us to still waters, to the stillness of the Presence of God. It is there each moment, in the silences between our thoughts and laying under each emotion. It sings to us each night as we fall asleep and greets us each morning as we awaken. In love we are united with each other and with the Divine God who creates, sustains, and receives us.

Prayer:

O Mother of Divine Grace, fill us with Grace, that we may allow the Holy Spirit to work in us and through us, bringing us to Unity with all of life in Love. Amen.

 

Third Mystery of the Holy Spirit

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth

"Healthy are those who have softened what is rigid within; they shall receive vigor and strength from the universe."

Thoughts…

The Lord here points out a very profound truth: that we are to be molded by the Holy Spirit, and one of the gifts of the Spirit is to melt us so that the Divine can remake us as a perfect vehicle for the perfect expression of Himself in the world. The meek are not the weak; they are the yielding, the flexible, the bending. As the grass bends in the wind, so the meek respond to God: they say "Not my will, Lord, but yours through me. Make me an instrument of thy will". This gift of the Spirit is the gift of humility born of amazement; born of recognition of the vastness of God’s Love in all of life. In bending, we are strengthened. In melting, we are cast strong. In getting out of our own way, we make room for God to manifest through us, using us as hollow and empty vessels pouring forth the strength of the universe. In humility, we gain the strength of creation, and in our yielding to the Divine our birthright becomes our inheritance: we stand in Unity with Life.

Prayer:

Mother of Compassion, melt us in your love and cast us in the light of the Divine. Amen.

 

Fourth Mystery of the Holy Spirit

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy

"Healthy are those who extend grace; they shall find their own prayers answered."

Thoughts…

The traditional rendering of this phrase implies that those who display mercy will receive mercy. While this may be true at one level, there is more than the "Golden Rule" at work. Compassion is understanding and caring for life. Compassion is love in motion, life flowing in oneness. Compassion links us directly to our core, which is Love. The deep expression of compassion is more than a practice, it is a way of life that allows us to touch ever more tenderly the light of God within us, as our flame enkindles the flame of others. The more we practice compassion, the more Love we can reveal. It is truly the way of life that what we practice, we become. We manifest the Love of the Divine as we do so, and in return we experience the richness of life in Love. The Lord here gives a simple formula for achieving Unity: Love others as you love the Divine and the Holy Spirit’s gift of grace and compassion is returned in the Unity of God. Our prayers become the prayers of the Divine: we breath the fire of grace.

Prayer

Mother of Grace, open within us the compassion we share with God; birth within us the Grace to share it with the world. Amen.

 

Fifth Mystery of the Holy Spirit

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God

"Aligned with the One are those whose lives radiate from a core of love; they shall see God everywhere"

Thoughts…

"Love is not an emotion—it is your very existence!" The pure in heart are blessed with this living truth, and shine more brilliantly than a thousand suns. The pure in heart know that emotions come and go, that thoughts come and go, that feelings come and go, but what remains is pure and unbroken by the storms of life. In love are we created, in love are we sustained, in love are we destined to ascend. The pure in heart see God everywhere because in the purity of our core lies the shining effulgence of God, and as we find that core and live from that core, we see God inside and outside so that there are no boundaries between us and others; no inside and no outside. The pure in heart see only Divinity flowing in all forms, in all creatures. This gift of the Holy Spirit is a sublime gift that is already ours to claim—we look for it beyond our thoughts and feelings in the depths of our heart.

Prayer

Mother of Love, join our hearts together, that we may grow in purity of heart and see God shining in all of creation. Amen.

 

Sixth Mystery of the Holy Spirit

Blessed are the Peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God

"Aligned with the One are those who prepare the ground for all tranquil gatherings; they shall become the fountains of Livingness."

Thoughts…

The Aramaic translation offered above says it all—yet how can we prepare the ground for tranquil gatherings? We prepare it by using it. We become that which we do. By surrendering our actions to the Divine, we eventually see that effulgence of Divinity which dissolves the boundaries between "inside" and "outside". As we do so, we flow with Divinity as God desires, becoming fountains of Life and watering all of the fertile fields of life, thus preparing them for tranquil gatherings. This gift of the Holy Spirit is meant to be shared, is meant to be spread as the Gift of Union. Blessed indeed are the peacemakers!

Prayer

O Mother of Light, wellspring of Love, we surrender our actions, our thoughts and our feelings to the sacred heart of God. Help us continue to do so every moment of every day, that we may become fountains of life. Amen.

 

Seventh Mystery of the Holy Spirit

Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

"Drink a drop or drench yourself. No matter where you turn you will find the Name inscribed in light: it’s all the One Creation."

Thoughts…

The Aramaic translation of this Beatitude, in a syllable by syllable translation,   provides the example of the penultimate Gift of the Holy Spirit: the final resting place of man in resurrected glory. This translation, whose root words are deeply engrained in desert mysticism, reflect the root meanings of this phrase which go far beyond the concepts of the King James translation. In the previous two beatitudes we are lifted from individuality to the pureness of heart in which we see Divinity inside and outside. We are then taken from this point to the dissolution of boundaries separating us from God, becoming the flowing vessel for life. Now we are taken further, into the unity of all of life in the Godhead itself: no matter where we turn, it’s all the same light, the same Name of creation inscribed on all things without separation or distinction. Creation spins it’s light as well in the drop or in the ocean—as one and the same: inner, outer, above, below, dark, light. This is the ultimate joy of God in the joining of all opposites in the pregnancy of all possible creations. In this state, our rejoicing is constant and unfathomable as God gives birth to Heaven every moment of our lives. We are home.

Prayer

Holy Mother, Companion of Joy, help us to hear the One Name in the silence of our hearts, that the Name of God may illuminate our lives in Love. Amen

After the last decade has been said, and the connecting medal has been reached, the following prayer is said:

I give myself this day to the strong power of Love

To the obedience of Angels, the faith of confessors, the preaching of Apostles, to the purity of simple souls.

I give myself this day to the virtues of the starlit heavens, the brightness of the sun, the whiteness of the moon, the flashing of lightening, the restlessness of wind, the stability of earth, and the deepness of the sea.

I give unto myself this day the power of God to lead me, His eye to watch over me, His hand to guide me, His Word to give me speech.

Christ with me, Christ beside me,

Christ behind me, Christ within me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ to the right of me, Christ to the left of me,

Christ in lying down, Christ in sitting, Christ in rising up,

Christ in the heart of every person who may think of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who may speak of me,

Christ in the eye of everyone who may look on me,

Christ in the ear of everyone who may hear me.

I give myself this day to the strong power of Love. Amen.