Let It Burn! On Renewing the Spirit Within (Sat. Feb. 13)

The word of the day is “quench.”  There is a fire burning in our hearts, the same fire that came down in flames of fire on the Day of Pentecost.  It is the burning of the Holy Spirit given to us in our baptism. But how fiercely does that fire blaze within us?  In today’s reading, Paul urges us, “Do not quench the Spirit” (vs. 19).  In 1 Thessalonians 5:4-23, Paul advises ways that we can avoid quenching the Spirit and let it burn more brightly within us. The Holy Spirt Cannot Be Smothered In the broadest sense, we cannot squelch the activity of the Holy Spirit in the world. In the Trisagion Prayers, we pray that the Holy Spirit…