Holy Spirit Guides the Church
- The main way the Holy Spirit guides the church is by being the presence of God in the Church. As we know, the father, the son, and the Holy Spirit make up the holy trinity. The Spirit is invoked in the Eucharist, and that is why God is present during mass. (http://www.christianitytoday.com/iyf/advice/faithdoubt/what-does-holy-spirit-do.html)
- Another way the Spirit guides the Church is through prayer. The Holy Spirit intercedes during prayyer. When we pray, the Holy Spirit is always present and listening to our prayers. God listens to our prayers and intercedes in any way he sees fit. (Jesus and the Church textbook) (http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p1s2c3a8.htm)
"Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" 1 Corinthians 3:16
Example of Holy Spirits Work (in Church today)
The Holy Spirit is extremely powerful in the church today, and will remain powerful in the church forever. A prominent example is in the sacraments. In each of the sacraments, the Holy Spirit is present and through these sacraments. The Holy Spirit becomes one with God and Jesus and in each sacrament is present. In our communion, the Holy Spirit is present in the Eucharist. In marriage, the Holy Spirit is present and can even be a symbol of eternal love. (http://www.catholicliturgy.com/index.cfm/FuseAction/documentText/Index/14/SubIndex/0/ContentIndex/562/Start/557)
Example of holy spirits work (in modern times)
The Holy Spirit guides us to worship. It also guides us to and serve. It serves as an advisor for us. This is prominent today, especially in your school and community. A great example of the Holy Spirits work can be seen in charity that schools may raise money for. Our school raises money for water poverty and multiple other causes, and all these wondrous acts are prompted by the Holy Spirit. (http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/45693-10-crucial-works-of-the-holy-spirit)
"For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues." 1 Corinthians 12:8-11
Example of Holy Spirits Work (in the Church)
The Holy Spirit became a part of our lives the second we decided to give our lives to Christ; Baptism. Ever since our Baptism, the Holy Spirit has guided us in not only our spiritual lives, but in our personal lives as well. In John 16, the spirit is described as a counselor by Jesus. The Holy Spirit will work in the church by guiding us in life to avoid sin and do the things that please God. (http://www.christianitytoday.com/iyf/advice/faithdoubt/what-does-holy-spirit-do.html)
The holy spirit continues to work in jesus and his ministry
The Holy Spirit continues the work of Jesus and his ministry now and will continue this work forever. The Holy Spirit meant so much for the Apostles and the early Church, as well as the Church today. The biblical origins are extensive when it comes to the Holy Spirit. The word “spirit” is translated from the Hebrew word ru’ac and refers to God’s force. The Holy Spirit was present at Pentecost and helped the apostles to spread the good news, and it does the same today. This is why the Holy Spirit is such a vital part of Jesus’ ministry. Today, we can see the Holy Spirit in many people. Everyone has a part of the spirit in them. We see this today so often, and need to remember that we are all works of God. (https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/what-is-the-holy-spirit/)
"The Spirit would then teach the disciples all things and bring to their remembrance all that Christ had said" John 14:2
The Holy Spirit plays a primary part in the works of Jesus and his ministry. It is mentioned throughout the Bible and plays multiple roles throughout. It is first translated as Spirit from the Hebrew word ru'ac meaning the power of Gods force. The Holy Spirit played a major role in the event of Pentecost in Acts 2:1-3. It does not only play a major role in Pentecost, but in many other stories throughout the Bible as it is mentioned so often. (http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p1s2c3a8.htm)
"The only way to be led by the Spirit is to follow God's command to be filled by the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18)
Another example is in John 14, when Jesus says the Holy Spirit will comfort us when we're hurting.
"I will not leave you as orphans," Jesus says (14:18), promising that "the Spirit will bring us peace" (14:27)
- What changes will you make in your life because of what you learned and experienced? Because of what I have learned, I think that I will now be more aware the Holy Spirits Work in my life. I will take it more seriously during the mass knowing that jesus and the Holy Spirit. I think that it will also help to guide me now that I know I have the Holy Spirit to look to.
- How will you apply what you’ve learned to your everyday life and learning? I will apply what I've learned to my everyday life and learning in many ways. One way is that I will certainly look to the Holy Spirit for guidance and especially in times of trouble. Another way is that I will pray to the Holy Spirit more often. Rather than simply praying to God, I could pray specifically to the father son and Holy Spirit. This will ensure a closer relation with the holy trinity.
- How will you apply what you’ve learned to the broader social and political issues that you care about? With political issues, I think that it is important to think of what Jesus had intended for us. It is important to remember that the Spirit is in all of us. We can look to it to control our emotions and help us understand and grasp the issues going on around us. We can use it to encourage and empower us to fight for what is right and what we believe in. And lastly, we can use it to help us find ways to make a difference in these issues that we care so strongly for.
- What implications does this experience have for future interfaith service-learning we might do? This will certainly encourage me to participate in more interfaith service learning opportunities. Knowing that the Holy Spirit is present in us and fueling us to do these things would definely make me feel better about these service acts. It would also push me to invite other people to join this spiritual journey, because not many know how much a vital role the Holy Spirit is in our lives.