Catholic Teaching Video Series: The Wild Goose Is Loose – Baptism in the Holy Spirit and Fire – MaryRefugeOfHolyLove
AN ENCOUNTER AND A REVIEW
Earlier this year (2019), I, “a soul”, had an amazing encounter with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit had been preparing me to be baptized in His Spirit for almost a year. Then, in September, I attended a Catholic Charismatic Convention and I was baptized in the Holy Spirit.
It was an amazing encounter which I was not expecting. Before a crowd of about a hundred and fifty people, I was standing, praying with my eyes closed with a lady, when the Holy Spirit began to manifest in me and through me. Unbeknownst to me, a tongue of fire was felt by many people in the room as the Spirit swept like a mighty wind through the room brushing against people’s bodies as He went by. Many people felt the Holy Spirit swirling in the room heading towards my direction. And when the Holy Spirit rested upon me, 5 or 6 people actually got up out of their chairs, to come to where I was praying, so they could feel the Presence of the Holy Spirit around me with their hands extended and lifted up in prayer.
Meanwhile, with my eyes closed, a lady was guiding me in prayer, as I confessed generally my sins and welcomed the Presence of the Holy Spirit in my heart. The lady had her hand resting a few inches from my forehead — not touching me, but her hand was extended in prayer towards me. And every once in awhile or so, her hand would come closer to my forehead and I would feel the sensation of fire touch my soul. I was actually hoping that her hand might touch my forehead, as every time I felt the slight touch of the fire, it was a wonderful feeling for me. However, I did not dare ask her, because I knew if she did touch me, I would be slain in the Spirit for hours, perhaps, days.
Meanwhile, as the lady was guiding me in prayer and I had my eyes closed, my body was involuntarily shaking — quivering in the power of the Holy Spirit in me and I felt warm all over. I actually had to sit myself back down due to the intense shaking. Finally, the encounter was over, and when I opened my eyes, everyone was looking at me in sheer amazement.
Afterwards, several people came up to me to talk with me, to ask me questions. I remember one man even asked me, if I had ever had an experience like that before with the Holy Spirit, and I honestly said, “no, not in public like that.” In fact, the only reason that I am speaking about this now, is because the Holy Spirit made my Baptism in His Spirit so public, so that others would desire this Baptism, too, in their lives.
So many people do not understand what Baptism in the Holy Spirit is. It is OK, as at one time, I did not understand it, too. It is not a substitute for the Sacrament of Baptism or Confirmation, but rather, an additional powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit among the faithful to bless them and strengthen people’s faith like Pentecost. It is often accompanied by extraordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit like speaking in tongues, the gift of prophesy, etc. But, to be honest, despite the extraordinary manifestations of the Holy Spirit during my Baptism in His Fire and later on in the day, during Holy Mass and Eucharist Adoration (the Holy Spirit was showing His power throughout the day with me), I never received the gift of speaking in tongues. But, I have had brief experiences in the past with different graces involving tongues, so I am not bothered by this–as sometimes, if you are meant to have this gift, it comes later separately.
And so, I share this amazing encounter that I had with the Holy Spirit, to encourage others to seek more information about and to be Baptized in the Spirit and in His Fire. Also, once you have been Baptized in the Spirit, you can experience it multiple times, as the Holy Spirit desires to pour out His graces upon His children in different, multiple, and exciting ways. His encounter is not limited to a one time experience.
I feel blessed that I can provide you all the following FREE resource about the Holy Spirit and Baptism in the Holy Spirit. It is a 14-part video series called The Wild Goose. It is produced by the Franciscan brothers and features Father Dave Pivonka. It can be used by individuals, families, groups, etc., and comes with a free resource guide, if you would like to use it as a bible study course. The videos and resource guide are also available in Spanish. The videos can be watched in any order, although Fr. Dave suggests that you watch the first three as a good foundation for the rest of the videos.
Information on The Wild Goose series:
Videos in English:
Videos in Spanish:
El Ganso Salvaje
For my part, I have taken several of the videos and I am integrating them with several of my blog pages on MaryRefugeOfHolyLove, as well as my Spanish blog, MariaRefugioDelAmorSanto (https://mariarefugiodelamorsanto.com). I am doing this, as I feel the videos are an excellent Catholic Teaching tool, especially, at the time of The Warning (Illumination of Conscience).
Finally, if you would like to learn more about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and what Our Lady has said about the workings of Her Divine Spouse, I invite you to read these messages found in Locutions To The World on this blog page:
Returning To The Fervor Of The Early Church And Releasing The Power Of The Holy Spirit
I love you,