Veni Sancti Spiritus translates to Come Holy Spirit. I really had no idea what the Holy Spirit really was or how it affects the church so I looked it up. The Holy Spirit is recognized as a ghost, or "Holy Ghost". The Holy Spirit is a part of the Trinity, which means three in one. The cool thing about the Trinity is that it consists of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but they are all equal which means they are all God. This is a mystery to some of us still to this day. Although many people have done research, I still needed more clarification on what the Trinity really was. A good quote from the Bible is "God the Father's role is to generate things. Things originate with him and flow from him. God the Father is equal with the Son and the Holy Spirit, but things start with him. The Father sent both the Son (John 3:16-17) and Holy Spirit (John 14:26) into the world." This give more of an explanation of the Trinity.
There are many ways that the Holy Spirit influences the church. The first way is that it actually started the church. Pope Francis said this ain a speech at Vatican City; "The Holy Spirit", he reiterated, is what makes the Church go "beyond the limits, go ever forward." Without the Holy Spirit the church wouldn't have half the influence that it has now. People of churches have been being guided and have been able to advance the church over all these years. You can't be guided individually unless you allow the Holy Spirit to help you. The Spirit is mostly with us at times that our decisions are going to affect something later on in our lives. Most Catholics believe that their destiny has been fullfilled through Jesus. The spirit also guides the church and unites it in fellowship and in ministry, (Ave Maria Press, 26).
The second reason is that the Holy Spirit actually lives in the Church. It guides the churches actions and we are shown this through ministries and scriptures, also sometimes through charity work some Christians do. The ways are actually in our textbook:
"The Spirit continues to be present in Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, the Magisterium, which he assists, the liturgy, prayer, wherein he intercedes, the gifts and ministry by which the church is built up, the signs of apostolic and missionary life, and the witness of saints through whom he shows his holiness and continues the work of Salvation. (CCC, 688)"
These are all examples on how the Holy Spirit continues to influence the church. One word that I wanted to clarify is Magesterium, it basically means the official teaching athourity of the church. Jesus actually made Peter, who was one of his apostles, the first bishop of Rome. Today's pope is Pope Francis and he is a successor of Peter, as were all the Popes who came after Peter.
At around 40 days after the ressurection of Jesus, the church was born, being known as the Pentecost. During the Pentecost mean the Holy Spirit reached out to the Apostles. In the book of a Mathew 28:18-20 Jesus first tells them what to do:
"18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age." (NIV, Holy Bible, Red Letter Edition, Zondervan)
While I was doing this project about half way through I was still questioning what the Holy Spirit really did to guide the church. I learned from this project that the Holy Spirit is actually the church. That without the Holy Spirit the church would have no influence what so ever because it is God and he is our main guide when we go to church. Also with the Trinity I realized that some things are still a mystery even to this day and they are kept like that's because some things are just meant to not be fully understood, and that is our faith, the Holy Spirit is the base of our faith. Also, I like working on project in groups rather than individual. I feel like it's less work and the project can be more creative if there's more people to come up with ideas for it.