Multiple people from a TLIG retreat in Tampa, FL, USA in Feb 2016 offer who the Holy Spirit is to them. The theme of the retreat was “The Holy Spirit Giver of Life”
We began our retreat by having our Priests bless our conference room with Holy Water and an Orthodox Prayer to the Holy Spirit.
“Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling all things, Treasury of Goodness and Giver of life: come and abide in us. Cleanse us from every stain of sin and save our souls, O Gracious Lord.”
Our unified exaltation further prepared us for our prayer retreat when we all sang the Orthodox hymn “Christos Annesti” (“Christ is Risen”), as it was still within the 40 days after Easter in the Eastern Orthodox church.“Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!”
We were blessed to have with us four Priests representing the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. We commenced the two-day retreat with a TLIG prayer from the message dated, Dec. 29, 1989, then read the February 13, 2016 message, along with a random message from the Canticle of the Holy Spirit. We subsequently prayed the Holy Rosary and meditated on TLIG passages.
Two inspiring presentations by one of our Clergy further illuminated our day. He presented a talk on The Holy Spirit and another on the “Discernment of Spirits”.
Following the inspiration was given by Georgia Klamson, retreat attendee, and long-time friend and advocate of TLIG, presented a talk on the history and the miracles of The Saint Michael Taxiarchis Shrine in Tarpon Springs, FL (that we would be visiting), and the correlation of it to The Archangel Michael Taxiarchis Monastery Panormiti on the island of Simi. Georgia also showed a video of Vassula on the island of Simi, Greece, along with a message that the Archangel Michael gave Vassula on the island of Simi on August 19, 1996.
You can view this video here: Video of Vassula Speaking on the Island of Simi about St. Michael, and here to read about the Shrine in Florida and here to read about the Monastery in Panormiti, Simi.
The more we sin less, the more we experience the Holy Spirit in our lives.
If you would like to read a full report of the retreat, here is a link: The AATLIG 9th Ecumenical Retreat, Tampa, Florida, USA