[3] Cf. These two images occur together in the manifestations of the Holy Spirit. 6 Nicene Creed; see above, par. The Lord gave his Church the same mission that the Father had entrusted to him (cf. "56 The hymn Veni Creator Spiritus invokes the Holy Spirit as the "finger of the Father's right hand."57. All the Church’s members, according to their specific function, share in the mission received by the Apostles to bring the Gospel to the whole world. The prophets are those who, moved by the Spirit, spoke in God’s name to stir his people to convert. . I believe in one, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. 24 2 Cor 3:17. He who has grafted us onto the true vine will make us bear "the fruit of the Spirit: . With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. As Lord and giver of life, he is God, with the Father and the Son, and therefore receives the same adoration they do. Without the Holy Spirit God is far away. Acts 1:9; cf. 1 Co 10:16). 46 Cf. MONDAY AFTER EPIPHANY READINGS, GOSPEL COMMENTARY AND SERMON. We know him only in the movement by which he reveals the Word to us and disposes us to welcome him in faith. 21 Cf. POPE FRANCIS’ 2021 REFLECTION HOMILY ON THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD. The Lord’s missionary mandate has its source in the eternal love of God, who sent his Son and his Spirit because he wanted all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2:4). May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. "99, 720 Finally, with John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit begins the restoration to man of "the divine likeness," prefiguring what he would achieve with and in Christ. Despite the weaknesses and the sins of every one of us, it is the reality of today’s Church and the Church of all time” (St Josemaria, Christ is Passing By, nos. 64 Byzantine liturgy, Sundays of the second mode, Troparion of Morning Prayer. 65 St. Irenaeus, Dem ap. Welcome to Holy Spirit Catholic Church. 745 The Son of God was consecrated as Christ (Messiah) by the anointing of the Holy Spirit at his Incarnation (cf. "88, IV. 36 Eph 4:13; cf. [5] Cf. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.”. St Josemaria, Homily The Great Unknown, in Christ Is Passing By, 127-138. 127-128. We are the Roman Catholic Community of Progreso, Santa Maria and Bluetown along the Military Highway serving the needs of Catholics in this area. When the Father sends his Word, he always sends his Breath. And we believe it is a catholic Church because it embraces In this people, all have the common dignity of being God’s children, a common mission to be salt of the earth, and a common end, which is the Kingdom of God. 10 Cf. It is the Holy Spirit who gives charisms. Furthermore, the Spirit dwells inside every true Christian. Lk 2:11,26-27. The central mystery of the Catholic faith is that God is a Trinity, three divine persons in one God (one substance or essence). In this sense the Church's Tradition has often read the most beautiful texts on wisdom in relation to Mary.101 Mary is acclaimed and represented in the liturgy as the "Seat of Wisdom.". in Catholic Catechism June 3, 2012 Comments Off on I Believe In The Holy Spirit. It was fitting that the mother of him in whom "the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily"102 should herself be "full of grace." “The mission of Christ and of the Spirit became the mission of the Church, which is sent to proclaim and spread the mystery of the communion of the Trinity” (Compendium, 144). Nevertheless, little by little he alludes to him even in his teaching of the multitudes, as when he reveals that his own flesh will be food for the life of the world.110 He also alludes to the Spirit in speaking to Nicodemus,111 to the Samaritan woman,112 and to those who take part in the feast of Tabernacles.113 To his disciples he speaks openly of the Spirit in connection with prayer114 and with the witness they will have to bear.115. 106 Cf. John's baptism was for repentance; baptism in water and the Spirit will be a new birth.100, 721 Mary, the all-holy ever-virgin Mother of God, is the masterwork of the mission of the Son and the Spirit in the fullness of time. The most popular depiction of the Holy Spirit is the symbol of the dove. 1.1K likes. The Kingdom, however, the object of the promise made to David,76 would be the work of the Holy Spirit; it would belong to the poor according to the Spirit. There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse. In the mysteries of Christ’s life, the Man anointed by the Spirit fulfilled the promises announced in the Law and Prophets. This name also implies that God’s covenant with mankind is definitive, because God is faithful to his promises, and the Church, in turn, faithfully corresponds by being a fruitful Mother of all the sons and daughters of God. 112 Cf. In the theophanies of the Old Testament, the cloud, now obscure, now luminous, reveals the living and saving God, while veiling the transcendence of his glory - with Moses on Mount Sinai,43 at the tent of meeting,44 and during the wandering in the desert,45 and with Solomon at the dedication of the Temple.46 In the Holy Spirit, Christ fulfills these figures. 40 Acts 2:3-4. 45 Cf. Filled with the Holy Spirit she makes the Word visible in the humility of his flesh. Jn 6:27,51,62-63. He is the “other” Paraclete (Consoler, Advocate) promised by Christ, who is the first Paraclete (the Greek text speaks of the “other” Paraclete, and not a “distinct” paraclete, to stress the communion and continuity between Christ and the Spirit). [4] “When you invoke God the Father, then, remember that the Spirit is the one who has given you this prayer by stirring your soul. 732 On that day, the Holy Trinity is fully revealed. Isa 40:1-3. 44 Cf. In its present form it is dated no later than the fourth century. But in these ‘end times,’ ushered in by the Son’s redeeming Incarnation, the Spirit is revealed and given, recognized and welcomed as a person” (Catechism, 686). 700 The finger. The Spirit is sent by the eternal Father and by Jesus to give us light, comfort and strength and to stir up within us a newness of life. Acts 2:36). He is the sole guarantee that God’s life and truth and love are with men. All of us who have received one and the same Spirit, that is, the Holy Spirit, are in a sense blended together with one another and with God. 2 Liturgy MISSION- CHURCH ORGANIZATION - LAST THINGS 3 Mission The symbolism of water signifies the Holy Spirit's action in Baptism, since after the invocation of the Holy Spirit it becomes the efficacious sacramental sign of new birth: just as the gestation of our first birth took place in water, so the water of Baptism truly signifies that our birth into the divine life is given to us in the Holy Spirit. 714 This is why Christ inaugurates the proclamation of the Good News by making his own the following passage from Isaiah:84. Jn 15:26; 5:35. Mt 28:19. Qui cum Patre et Filio simul adoratur, et conglorificatur: qui locutus est per Prophetas. 61 Cf. 132 Jn 15:8,16. The Church is Catholic, that is, universal, because Christ is present in her and she herself preserves and administers all the means of salvation entrusted to her by Christ—a treasure she has received and transmits with total integrity. In short, the Spirit is God's life, energy, power, vigour for action, wisdom, fire of emotion, God's tender and strong love. This joint mission henceforth brings Christ's faithful to share in his communion with the Father in the Holy Spirit. He is also the Teacher who reminds all Christians what Christ revealed (cf. 124 1 Jn 4:8,1. III. Weekdays after Epiphany readings and commentary. 97 Jn 1:7; cf. "If you will obey my voice and keep my covenant, . Gen 12:3; Gal 3:16. Isa 6-12. The revelation by the Spirit in the Old Testament prophecies reaches its fullness in the mystery of Jesus Christ, God’s definitive Word. The Christian vocation, by its very nature, is a vocation to the apostolate (cf. . They converge in the small Remnant, the people of the poor, who await in hope the "consolation of Israel" and "the redemption of Jerusalem."79. [3] It also signifies that the Church has been chosen by God as a visible community among the nations, journeying toward its final homeland. Those could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded by Christ for the salvation of men, would refuse to enter it or to remain in it. It sets forth their doctrine "in sublime simplicity, in unsurpassable brevity, in beautiful order, and with liturgical solemnity." I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. To be sure, it is Christ who is seen, the visible image of the invisible God, but it is the Spirit who reveals him. 71 Eph 1:13-14; cf. 11:SCh 62,48-49. He sends them forth to bear witness to the Truth of Christ and he organizes them in their respective functions so that all might bear ‘the fruit of the Spirit’ (Gal 5:22) (Compendium, 145). I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT. In Sacred Scripture, the Holy Spirit is given various names: Gift, Lord, Spirit of God, Spirit of Truth and Paraclete, among others. 88 Lk 1:17. Ex 30:22-32; 1 Sam 16:13. 52 Cf. The Spirit alone is the guarantee of God’s Kingdom on earth. It is this quality of heart, purified and enlightened by the Spirit, which is expressed in the Psalms. [2]. To believe in the Holy Spirit means to worship him as God just like the Father and the Son. Jn 11:52. I believe the Holy Spirit is truly the spirit of wisdom and inspiration, and we need to have open minds and hearts to hear her voice, a voice which often surprises. Jan. 9: VIVA, JESUS NAZARENO! Mon 12/14. Jn 1:14; Phil 2:7. He binds together the spirits of each and every one of us, . The Spirit is the cause of the Christ’s presence in his Church through the sacraments and the Word, and continually adorns it with different hierarchical and charismatic gifts. "108 As such, she was present with the Twelve, who "with one accord devoted themselves to prayer,"109 at the dawn of the "end time" which the Spirit was to inaugurate on the morning of Pentecost with the manifestation of the Church. Lk 21:27. I just remembered all the interesting things that I learned last year in a Catechist training class. The Church is also called the “Bride of Christ” (cf. 13 Cf. 1 Pet 2:9. All these blessings come from Christ and lead to catholic unity. Christ stays in the past, The Gospel is simply an organisation, Authority is a matter of propaganda, The liturgy is no more than an evolution, Christian loving a slave mentality. Where does he show up in Scripture, and in our lives? Its full force can be grasped only in relation to the primary anointing accomplished by the Holy Spirit, that of Jesus. She was prepared for in the Old Covenant with the election of Israel, the sign of the future gathering of all the nations. 75 Ex 19:5-6; Cf. At the end of the flood, whose symbolism refers to Baptism, a dove released by Noah returns with a fresh olive-tree branch in its beak as a sign that the earth was again habitable.58 When Christ comes up from the water of his baptism, the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, comes down upon him and remains with him.59 The Spirit comes down and remains in the purified hearts of the baptized. Lk 23:46; Jn 19:30. Charisms could be as amazing as being prophetic or healing the sick, or they could be as ordinary (but necessary) as being able to organize activities within … 90 Lk 1:15, 41. (This will be the topic of Part Four.). 98 Cf. Jn 20:22. That is why the confession of the Son's Lordship is made in the Holy Spirit by those who receive him, the Spirit coming from all sides to those who approach the Son in faith. He ascended to Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. Vatican Council II, Gaudium et Spes, 22. 33 Cf. 99 Jn 1:33-36. "27 Thus the Spirit is also personally the living water welling up from Christ crucified28 as its source and welling up in us to eternal life.29. [9] Cf. The Holy Spirit is NOT a dove. The Holy Spirit acted so strongly upon them that he seemed to have been 'poured out,' as was foretold by the prophet Joel. 76 Cf. (YouCat 113) The Spirit isn’t something Christians made up on their own. Acts 2:33-36. "75 But after David, Israel gave in to the temptation of becoming a kingdom like other nations. WHAT IS HOLINESS AND WHAT DOES CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACH ABOUT OUR VOCATION TO HOLINESS? "130, 737 The mission of Christ and the Holy Spirit is brought to completion in the Church, which is the Body of Christ and the Temple of the Holy Spirit. The last phrase points to the mission the Spirit carries out among men: he has spoken through the prophets. The Spirit is invisible but we know him through his actions, when he reveals the Word to us and when he acts in the Church” ( Compendium, 137). I believe in the Holy Spirit I believe in the Holy Spirit Belief in the Holy Spirit, third person of the Trinity is at the heart of Christian faith but many people see the Holy Spirit as an abstract concept which they find difficult both to understand and to relate to. Jn 13:1; 17:1. It belongs to the Holy Spirit to rule, sanctify, and animate creation, for he is God, consubstantial with the Father and the Son. THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME, 717 "There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. 70 Cf. Neither is fully revealed but both are already promised, to be watched for and welcomed at their manifestation. There is no particular moment when Christ can be said to have founded the Church, for he founded it throughout his entire life, from the Incarnation right up to his death, through his Resurrection, Ascension and sending of the Paraclete. "I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH" 748 "Christ is the light of humanity; and it is, accordingly, the heart-felt desire of this sacred Council, being gathered together in the Holy Spirit, that, by proclaiming his Gospel to every creature, it may bring to all men that light of Christ which shines out visibly from the Church. [6] Cf. 66 Rom 3:23. no. In Christian initiation, anointing is the sacramental sign of Confirmation, called "chrismation" in the Churches of the East. 683 "No one can say 'Jesus is Lord' except by the Holy Spirit." "94 In him, the Holy Spirit concludes his speaking through the prophets. Not only are Christians effected by the work of the Holy Spirit; but, those who don’t believe are effected by the Holy Spirit’s work as well. 127 1 Jn 4: 12; cf. This translation of the Latin text was approved by the CRC Synod of 1988. Vatican Council II, Lumen Gentium, 4 and 12. Gal 4:6. He makes present the mystery of Christ, supremely in the Eucharist, in order to reconcile them, to bring them into communion with God, that they may "bear much fruit."132. "i believe in the holy catholic church" 748 "Christ is the light of humanity; and it is, accordingly, the heart-felt desire of this sacred Council, being gathered together in the Holy Spirit, that, by proclaiming his Gospel to every creature, it may bring to all men that light of Christ which shines out visibly from the Church. There were several anointed ones of the Lord in the Old Covenant, pre-eminently King David.31 But Jesus is God's Anointed in a unique way: the humanity the Son assumed was entirely anointed by the Holy Spirit. 103 Cf. This mission contains the Church’s three functions on earth: the munus propheticum (to proclaim the good news of salvation in Christ), the munus sacerdotale (to make present and transmit the saving life of Christ through the sacraments), and the munus regale (to help Christians fulfill their mission and grow in holiness). 725 Finally, through Mary, the Holy Spirit begins to bring men, the objects of God's merciful love,107 into communion with Christ. It is to the poor and the first representatives of the gentiles that she makes him known.106. ARTICLE 9 "I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH" 748 "Christ is the light of humanity; and it is, accordingly, the heart-felt desire of this sacred Council, being gathered together in the Holy Spirit, that, by proclaiming his Gospel to every creature, it may bring to all men that light of Christ which shines out visibly from the Church." John Paul II, Catechesis on the Holy Spirit, 8 December 1989. To be clear, baptism in the Holy Spirit is not a sacrament but is believed to be related to the sacraments. TUESDAY AFTER EPIPHANY READINGS, GOSPEL COMMENTARY AND SERMON. Jewish tradition distinguishes first the Law (the five first books or Pentateuch), then the Prophets (our historical and prophetic books) and finally the Writings (especially the wisdom literature, in particular the Psalms).62, 703 The Word of God and his Breath are at the origin of the being and life of every creature:63, 704 "God fashioned man with his own hands [that is, the Son and the Holy Spirit] and impressed his own form on the flesh he had fashioned, in such a way that even what was visible might bear the divine form. 730 At last Jesus' hour arrives:117 he commends his spirit into the Father's hands118 at the very moment when by his death he conquers death, so that, "raised from the dead by the glory of the Father,"119 he might immediately give the Holy Spirit by "breathing" on his disciples.120 From this hour onward, the mission of Christ and the Spirit becomes the mission of the Church: "As the Father has sent me, even so I send you. 84 Isa 61:1-2; cf. 744 In the fullness of time the Holy Spirit completes in Mary all the preparations for Christ's coming among the People of God. 131 St. Zeph 2:3; Lk 2:25,38. The Church is a mystery (cf. Christ stays in the past, The Gospel is simply an organisation, Authority is a matter of propaganda, The liturgy is no more than an evolution, Christian loving a slave mentality. The Holy Spirit established him as "Christ. Lk 2:14. As her soul, the Holy Spirit unites all the faithful in communion with Christ” ( Compendium, 161). As Catholics, then, we must be able to respond to these two key misunderstandings concerning the Holy Spirit. Mk 6:5; 8:23; 10:16. The Church is holy because she has God for her Author, Christ for her Spouse, and the Holy Spirit for her source of life. We have seen earlier how Jesus fulfills the prophecies concerning himself. 108 Cf. We limit ourselves here to those in which the relationship of the Messiah and his Spirit appears more clearly. I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 683, 688; 731-741. “The Church, constituted and organized as a society in the present world, subsists in the Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the bishops in communion with him.” [8] Only in the Church can the fullness of the means of salvation be obtained, since our Lord entrusted the blessings of the New Covenant to the apostolic college alone, whose head is Peter. The term "Spirit" translates the Hebrew word. ARTICLE 8 "I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT" 687 "No one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God." Unto this catholic visible church Christ hath given the ministry, oracles, and ordinances of God, for the gathering and perfecting of the saints, in this life, to the end of the world: and doth, by his own presence and Spirit, according to his promise, make them effectual thereunto. In adoring the Holy Trinity, life-giving, consubstantial, and indivisible, the Church's faith also professes the distinction of persons. 743 From the beginning to the end of time, whenever God sends his Son, he always sends his Spirit: their mission is conjoined and inseparable. 31 Cf. The Christian Church lives by the Holy Spirit. Daily Scripture Readings . I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT. 9 Jn 14:17. What is the feast all about? 110 Cf. The truths about the Holy Spirit are that 1. he is a person, and 2. he is God. 696 Fire. 118 Cf. By his coming, which never ceases, the Holy Spirit causes the world to enter into the "last days," the time of the Church, the Kingdom already inherited though not yet consummated. She is the burning bush of the definitive theophany. 130 Gal 5:25; cf. The term “church" comes from the Greek “ekklesia," which means the assembly of those who are “convoked." 54-55; Jn 1:12-13; Rom 4:16-21. Amen. “The Church is one because she has as her source and exemplar the unity of the Trinity of Persons in one God. 733 "God is Love"124 and love is his first gift, containing all others. The great fourth century Doctor of the Church, St. Athanasius, expressed it this way in his creed, "Now this is the Catholic faith: … 15 St. Gregory of Nyssa, De Spiritu Sancto, 16:PG 45,1321A-B. [6] This is accomplished in a specific manner in the sacraments, principally the Eucharist, which also is frequently called communion (cf. 23 Rom 8:9. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. 133 St. Cyril of Alexandria, In Jo. Gen 18:1-15; Lk 1:26-38. For just as the power of Christ's sacred flesh unites those in whom it dwells into one body, I think that in the same way the one and undivided Spirit of God, who dwells in all, leads all into spiritual unity. 746 By his Death and his Resurrection, Jesus is constituted in glory as Lord and Christ (cf. He has spoken through the Prophets. 47 Lk 1:35. "20, 693 Besides the proper name of "Holy Spirit," which is most frequently used in the Acts of the Apostles and in the Epistles, we also find in St. Paul the titles: the Spirit of the promise,21 the Spirit of adoption,22 the Spirit of Christ,23 the Spirit of the Lord,24 and the Spirit of God25 - and, in St. Peter, the Spirit of glory.26, 694 Water. Pss 33:6; 104:30; Gen 1:2; 2:7; Eccl 3:20-21; Ezek 37:10. John Paul II, Enc. Heb 6:2. "God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."125. These are the familiar words of the Apostles’ Creed, a historic and simple summary of basic truths confessed by early Christians. Joel 3:1-5. [4] Since the true temple of the Holy Spirit was Christ (cf. Lk 418-19; Isa 61:1. 17 Jn 3:5-8. 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