Get to know the Holy Spirit and discover the amazing things he can do in your life. The Holy Spirit is the “Holy Breath of God.”  This image is seen in various places in the Scriptures. Mary Pribbenow, a lifelong member of Holy Spirit Parish, recently began sharing short daily Unwavering Faith in the Face of Confusion, Ask, and All Good Things Will Be Given You, Drawn to Jesus, Drawn to Mercy for Others, Sowing the Word of God…Despite the Results. It was revealed to us through the prophets and patriarchs that there was one God and only one. But as time passed, we were also made aware of the Messiah who was the Son of God. We respond to God calling and speaking, and this begins a process of prayer. To do this effectively, and in accord with God’s plan, we need His grace and action in our lives. We say, for example, in Confirmation that there is an indelible character, a spiritual character, a seal, that is impressed upon one’s soul. But the human author is not the only one writing the book or letter. Fire: Fire transforms that which it touches. You can say that it’s a joint action of the Church and the Holy Spirit, and this mutual activity brings forth the very real presence of Christ our Lord. If you did not receive an email please check your spam and other folders. Resources. Call the Duncanville Crisis Pregnancy Center, 972.298-1900, or the White Rose Center, 214.821-6292, or Catholic Charities to find out what you can do. The cloud is a masking and veiling of the presence of the Spirit, and the light is but a small portion of the radiance of the Holy Spirit shining forth. The Holy Spirit brings us to Jesus; he guides the whole Church into the fullness of truth. The Liturgy is a work of the Holy Spirit where the entire Trinity is made present. Reflect, today, upon the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit in your life. Jesus was transfigured in light. The Father is especially seen and revealed in the creation of the world, the Son is especially seen and revealed in the redemption of the world after it fell from innocence, and the Holy Spirit is now clearly seen and revealed as the one active in our lives and in the Church sanctifying (making holy) all who follow Jesus and all who seek the will of the Father. This shows the power of the Holy Spirit to act in us and to use us as instruments. And this perfect sharing in these attributes unites them and enables them to act as one. —In the charisms and ministries by which the Church is built up; : The best translation for the term “Spirit” is “Ruah” or breath, air or wind. This is the time when the Holy Spirit is especially active in our world and in the Church. The Holy Spirit is the “Holy Breath of God.”  This image is seen in various places in the Scriptures. God's blessings! This is done by an action of the Holy Spirit alive within the Church. The human author of each book of the Scriptures, as explained in Chapter 1, is a true author of the Holy Scriptures. For example, when you see a tree swaying, you know that the wind is blowing. The Holy Spirit, Gift of God's Love. Jesus, I trust in You. The “Church” here means everyone who is alive in Christ. But for now this brief introduction will suffice. The Heart of Perfect Love and Self-Giving, The Cross, the Eucharist and the Blessed Mother, The Profound Teaching of the Holy Eucharist, God Becomes Man—Nine Months Before Christmas. Why is this the case? When we speak of “traditions” with a small “t”, we are only speaking of human customs and practices that are established throughout time. Rather, the Holy Spirit has been active with the Father and the Son from all eternity. It was “tongues as of fire” that descended upon the Apostles at Pentecost. —In the Tradition, to which the Church Fathers are always timely witnesses; —In the Church’s Magisterium, which he assists; Jesus established the Church and bestowed the Spirit upon the Apostles who were His first bishops with Peter being the first pope. The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is often described as the love between God the Father and God the Son. The Liturgy is a work of the Holy Spirit where the entire Trinity is made present. Don’t Wait to Accomplish the Greatest Act! A theophany is a manifestation of God, by the working of the Holy Spirit, pointing to the promise of God that will ultimately be fulfilled by the Holy Spirit. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. We say, in philosophical language, that the Holy Spirit is “consubstantial” with the Father and the Son, and with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified. As we look at the workings of the Holy Spirit, we see various ways that He has and continues to work in our lives and in the life of the Church. Holy Spirit! It is the Holy Spirit who gives charisms. That Messiah would come and, in the end, bestow the Holy Spirit. He wants to inspire each and every one of us for a powerful work He has given only to us. This love, infinite and eternal, overflows […] Come, Holy Spirit, fill me, consume me and use me for Your glory. Personhood means there is potential for love and union. Come Holy Spirit, renew within me the grace of my Baptism and lead me each and every day in accord with Your divine will. This grace was given by a special working of the Holy Spirit by applying the merits of her Son’s death and Resurrection to her at the moment of her conception. When lovers kiss, it is as if they are trying to breath their spirits into each other. It was the Spirit who guided each word revealing what He wanted written. Yes, He acted in a very unique and powerful way when He inspired the human authors of the Scriptures in their writings. This year the theme of these Lenten homilies is the work of the Holy Spirit, based on the biblical verse from St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 12, verse 3: ‘No-one can say “Jesus is Lord”, except by the Holy Spirit.’ This pointed over and over again to the need for a Messiah. And, don’t overlook the three additional reflections! It is in this high form of prayer that we discover God acting in our lives and transforming us. This pointed over and over again to the need for a Messiah. As outlined earlier in this Chapter, the Holy Spirit is the one teaching through the bishops, sanctifying us through prayer and the sacraments, and spreading the Good News through the apostolic works of the Church. As the disciples are gathered in the upper room, tongues as of fire descend upon them, and they are filled with the Holy Spirit. So it is with the Holy Spirit. This is seen in Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination and the Anointing of the Sick. He is there in His fullness, veiled by the liturgical action itself. The Sacramental Liturgy is the most powerful way that God is present to us right here, right now. We must repent and let the Spirit be as active as possible in our lives. Church:  At Pentecost the Church is born. It symbolizes power, energy and transformation. An Infant Rejoices in the Presence of the Lord! This is Tradition, and it is quite an ongoing gift! Be it plants, animals or humans, no scientific discovery can unmask the actual principle of life itself. : The Holy Spirit prepared Mary with a special preservative grace (as explained in. : The kingdoms of the Old Testament also pointed to the promise of the one eternal Kingdom which would be established by Christ and orchestrated by the Holy Spirit. Look for the effects of the Holy Spirit to discern whether or not you are being truly led by God. God’s light and goodness shine on them and through them for all to see. Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, National Liturgical Calendars of the World. Mary was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit. In the Liturgy, we use words and symbols through which God shows up and is made manifest. : John was “filled with the Holy Spirit” from his mother’s womb. What sustains life? Seal: To be marked or sealed with God is an action of the Holy Spirit. Or a mysterious aspect of God’s life. Do you sense the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life? It is the role of the Holy Spirit to enkindle within us the grace we need in order to know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and to know the Father as our Father. So let’s take a closer look at the activity of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit leads us in the moment but does not typically reveal our whole future. The intercession is our transformation in Christ. The Holy Spirit also has the unique role of animating the Church in our day and age. And they are the only three Persons who share in this one divine nature. We must be content to be led by the daily gentle presence of God, allowing ourselves to be moved here and there. We know the Holy Spirit…. : The Spirit breathed on the waters at the beginning of Creation and is responsible for the principle of life. Among the greatest of these actions is the Most Holy Eucharist. They have all-power, are all-knowing, and are all-loving. In this passage, Jesus offers an image of how the Holy Spirit works in us. “Con” means “with,” and “substantial” means “substance.”  Again, this is philosophical terminology that our Church has used to try to vaguely put into language the relationships between these three divine Persons. The Holy Spirit is now revealed in a different manner. John the Baptist: John was “filled with the Holy Spirit” from his mother’s womb. The Holy Spirit, River of Grace. These O.T. EWTN is a global, Catholic Television, Catholic Radio, ... Reflections. —In the charisms and ministries by which the Church is built up; That’s right, we need God’s help to pray to God. Much more will be said on this later on in Book Two of this series: My Catholic Worship! This is seen in the story of Noah and the flood as well as in the story of the Red Sea when water destroyed the Egyptian army. REFLECTIONS ON THE SPIRIT OF PENTECOST Jennifer Wortman/Guest contributer 05/26/2020 W ARREN, PA — I sit on my front porch, enjoying a gorgeous sunny day and I reflect on the fact that we have been living through isolation and quarantine in our diocese since March 17 th.None of us could have ever imagined life without Mass, the sacraments or community for ten weeks. : The symbol of anointing with oil also signifies an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, I give You my life and invite You to come to me, to overshadow me and to fill me with Your divine presence. It’s a sort of spiritual quality or ability to offer some service to the Church. This was God’s way of slowly revealing the full truth of Who He is over time. As You fill me, give me the wisdom I need to speak of Your greatness and to be an instrument through which others are drawn into the glorious celebration of the birth of the Savior of the World. The Holy Spirit did not just start to act at that time. Thus, their inability to keep the law was a sign they needed more. To be “consubstantial” means that God the Holy Spirit is of the same divine substance or the same divine nature as the Father and the Son. If you think hard about it, you’ll discover that “life” is hard to define. Nonetheless, we can quench (1 Thes 5:19) and grieve (Eph 4:30) the Holy Spirit by our sins. This shows the Holy Spirit at work in Jesus’ ministry. It is the task of the Holy Spirit to bestow these gifts. That Messiah would come and, in the end, bestow the Holy Spirit. We also recall that Jesus laid hands on the sick to cure them. And it is by the finger of God that the Holy Spirit continues to work in our day and age. Water: Water signifies the Holy Spirit in that it is poured and cleanses. The law, given through Moses, was also a manifestation of God’s order and direction. We are grateful to accompany you on your journey of personal conversion. God comes to meet us, to descend to us, and we encounter Him. It’s an interesting reality. In the Eucharist, we have a unity of Heaven and Earth. The Holy Ghost Only one thing is important ~ eternal salvation. And we came to realize that this Holy Spirit is also God, also I AM. Lord of light! Not in the same way that He once inspired the books of the Bible, but certainly in powerful ways nonetheless. It is poured at baptism, and the Holy Spirit is subsequently poured in that act. Confused? What I mean is that we can “say prayers” if we like, and this is good. God is also made present to us in all liturgical actions, but above all, it is the Holy Eucharist that we hold up as the summit of His presence! Pentecost: Pentecost is the clearest manifestation of the Holy Spirit. If we are to be in touch with Christ, we must first have been touched by the Holy Spirit ( CCC 683 ). In the end, at His death He “gave up His Spirit.”  And after His Resurrection He breathed the Spirit on the Apostles and promised to send His Spirit on all as He was preparing to ascend into Heaven. In the Liturgy, we use words and symbols through which God shows up and is made manifest. Finger:  It was by the “finger” of God that Jesus did many great works. —In prayer, wherein he intercedes for us; We do not even know how to pray by ourselves. When we perceive a new strength within us, or an increase in virtues, or an ability to forgive, etc., we are aware of the fact that the Holy Spirit is present, leading us, transforming us and guiding us. There have been many images of the Holy Spirit used in Scripture. Many people remain isolated. —in the witness of saints through whom he manifests his holiness and continues the work of salvation. This is a marking of God and a sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit. : God spoke to Moses, Joshua and the great prophets in various ways. No, instead He gave us the Holy Spirit, and most specifically, He gave the unique gift of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles and their successors to teach us and to lead us into all truth in every day and age when questions would arise. Dove: Perhaps this is the most common symbol of the Holy Spirit. So the Holy Spirit has been very much alive and active in the history of our world and continues to be active in the life of the Church. The dove was present with Noah at the ark, the dove descended upon Jesus at His baptism. The Holy Spirit, Purifier. Come Holy Spirit, renew within me the grace of my Baptism and lead me each and every day in accord with Your divine will. God invites us to consider wisely all that has been happening and to weigh up the choices we make. Join Josh Perry, Director of the Office of Worship, for a virtual reflection on the person of the Holy Spirit as we prepare to celebrate Pentecost. But the fact that the human author was inspired and was used as such a powerful instrument should tell us not only much about this wonderful gift of the Bible, it should also tell us much about the fact that the Holy Spirit wants to use us humans for divine work. Thus, studying the person and nature of the Holy Spirit, though sometimes neglected, is crucial for us as Catholic apologists and as Catholics in general. Each wants the other to completely possess the gift of who they are. 317-353-9404 parishoffice@holyspirit.cc Holy Spirit Catholic Church 7243 East 10th Street Indianapolis, IN 46219 We see this in several of the sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick, and Holy Orders). This requires much trust and abandonment. This is not something the Holy Spirit will do again, inspiring more Scripture to be written. The Holy Spirit is also very much alive in the activity of the Church. We also profess that the human author wrote under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit! This blog is intended to share the daily mass readings from the Catholic Church and to offer some reflection on the readings. And has been around catholic reflections on the holy spirit before the beginning of time, we were also made aware of wind... ’ t already with Jesus revealing this reality and one with the Holy is... 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