Adrienne von Speyr - Commentary on the Gospel of St John
Jn 14, 16. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Consoler, that he may be with you always.
“The Holy Spirit is always the one who excites and vitalizes; he is the thrilling one, the very opposite of all ennui, the enemy of all spiritual death. He expands, he liberates, he blows where he will.
He understands how to make Christian needs out of all the natural and legitimate needs of the human person. He also understands how to form, out of each human situation that threatens to come to a dead end something with a new beginning, something meaningful and living in God. Through him everything becomes fruitful.
He is the Consoler, the Counselor. The very point at which something seems humanly futile is his point of departure. The Lord has set us the task of keeping his commandments out of love for him, and he gives us the Consoler so that we may not despair at the impossibility of this commandment.
The Consoler is always there to mediate the living relationship between us and the Lord; to mend it where it appears broken by sin and inconstancy; where it is alive, to render it even more vibrant.
The Spirit’s consolation is that everything can still be contained in this one-time life. This puny human life can be so rich that God’s infinity has room in it. That is the consolation, and it suffices.”