Holy Spirit Monica AguiAR

Magisterium

"The magisterium is the bishops in communication with the successor of Peter.” (Jesus and the Church). The magisterium is the teaching authority of the church. The magisterium is the Catholic bishops and the Pope. The Holy Spirit anoints the Pope. Since the Holy Spirit chooses the Pope and bishops, their teaching authority is error free. “Infallibility is a charism whereby the Holy Spirit protects the Magisterium from teaching error on matters of faith and morals” (CUF). He gives the teaching authority to the Roman Catholic Church. “‘The task of interpretation has been entrusted to the bishops in communion with the with the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome…’ At the divine command and with the help of the Holy Spirit, it listens to this devotedly, guards it with dedication and expounds it faithfully. All that it proposes for belief as being divinely revealed is drawn from this single deposit of faith” (Catechism of the Catholic Church). The magisterium interprets the Word of God. The Spirit will help us remember thing that we learned about God.

Magisterium

The magisterium leads to dogma. “Truths contained about divine Revelation” are found in the dogmas (Catechism of the Catholic Church).

“After much debate had taken place, Peter got up and said to them, “My brothers, you are well aware that from early days God made his choice among you that through my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness by granting them the holy Spirit just as he did us.”- Acts 15: 7-8

Sacred Scripture

In Sacred Scripture the Holy Spirit inspires. Scripture must be interpreted correctly. “Sacred Scripture must be read and interpreted in the light of the same Spirit by whom it was written” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, The Holy Spirit, Interpreter of Scripture). Scripture is the reason of God’s plan. Scripture is considered “heart of Christ.” “Sacred Scripture is written principally in the Church's heart rather than in documents and records, for the Church carries in her Tradition the living memorial of God's Word, and it is the Holy Spirit who gives her the spiritual interpretation of the Scripture” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, The Holy Spirit, Interpreter of Scripture). The Spirit grants the scripture’s spiritual meaning to the church (Catechism of the Catholic Church, The Holy Spirit, Interpreter of Scripture). “All of Sacred Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit and is free of error ” (Jesus and the Church).

"Sacred Scripture is the collection of books, all of which were written under the inspiration of God, and in the Trinitarian Life, its inspiration is attributed to the Holy Spirit, the Executor of the will of Jesus" (Klenda).

Sacred Scripture

“and that from infancy you have known [the] sacred scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripturek is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” - 2Timothy 3:15-16

Contemporary examples

A nice couple, Lehman Strauss and his wife Elsie experience the Holy Spirits comfort. Elsie had a stroke, and after that they had received daily comfort from the Holy Spirit. They understood that the Holy Spirit was sent to help us. They overcame their troubles with the help of the Holy Spirit (Strauss).

The Holy Spirit helped in Missions. In Africa Donald K. Smith went on a mission, a man he had seen four weeks before was ill. So Donald prayed for the man's healing. The man healed and the Holy Spirit was evident (Smith). “Far less frequently do we hear of the Holy Spirit’s manifestations in North America and Europe” (Smith).

Another example of how the Holy Spirit comforts the people of the church. When my brother was younger he had a hernia, the procedure was to take 5 hours. One we arrive to the hospital, we were all worried. The entire family came to make sure my brother was going to be fine. Surgery is very dangerous thing to go through, even though some people don't believe so. As soon as he went in, we all bowed our heads to pray. As we prayed we were comforted. It was like someone told us everything was going to be fine, he would be ok. When he came out he was ok, and he made a full recovery. The Holy Spirit is extremely powerful.

“Reading the Bible brings solace to sorrowing hearts and peace to those in great turmoil” (Strauss).

Holy Spirit continues Jesus' ministry

In the church, the church is considered the Body of Christ.

“What the soul is to the human body, the Holy Spirit is to the Body of Christ, which is the Church” (Sermon 267)- St. Augustine.

In order to go to heaven we must be forgiven, the Spirit shows us how not to sin.

Holy Spirit guides us, shows us the truth and how to live. The Holy Spirit conforms us.

“In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.

And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because it intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will.”- Romans 8: 26-27

“But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.”- John 16:7

The Spirit is there in place of Jesus, the Spirit is an “advocate” for God which means it is almost the same as Jesus being with his people.

The Pentecost helped create the church. The gift from the Holy Spirit guided and powered the Church.

“Those who are Christians experience this life through Jesus because they see the Spirit so fully manifest in him” (Grisham).

“The Spirit was poured out in power upon the Church” (Grisham).

“And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, Receive the holy Spirit.

Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” -John 20: 22-23

The Holy Spirit granted us the power of forgiving, and spreading the word of God. Without it we would never have a church, to teach us and spread the word of God. The Holy Spirit granted these gifts to the Aposles. They spread the Word, and now we have the Church.

“The Holy Spirit is the living presence of God in the Church. He keeps the Church going, keeps the Church moving forward. More and more, beyond the limits, onwards. The Holy Spirit with His gifts guides the Church.” - Pope Francis

The Holy Spirit is present today, because he leads the church everyday. Without the Holy Spirit we wouldn't have the magisterium or Sacred Scripture, without these we would learn anything about God and we would have a Church.

Pentecost

Reflection

I have learned that the Holy Spirit help us and guides us to make the right choices. He teaches us not to sin. I sin, Everyone does, but I repent and pray everyday. I will change because the Holy Spirit leads me to the right choices. I will never do anything that with go against what God asks of me, because the Holy Spirit will help me.

I will apply this because if someone ask me why they are comforted even in a time of pain, I will explain everything I've learned. If someone ever is going through a bad time, I will them everything is going to be alright. They just need to look a little deeper, to find the Holy Spirit.

I can apply what I learned about the Holy Spirit to every day political issues. An example would be abortion, many people believe it is ok, but I would tell them how much pain it causes both physically and mentally. Abortion is considered a sin, and the Holy Spirit appears to those considering getting an abortion and telling them not to. The Holy Spirit teaches us to overcome grave sin.

We might learn in the future how the Holy Spirit chooses the Magisterium. We also might learn more about how the Holy Spirit was present in Jesus’ life. There is a lot to learn about the Holy Spirit, we might go into depth about these topics.

Work Cited

"Catechism of the Catholic Church - IntraText." Catechism of the Catholic Church - IntraText. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2017. <http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__PQ.HTM>.

"Catechism of the Catholic Church - The Transmission of Divine Revelation." Catechism of the Catholic Church - The Transmission of Divine Revelation. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2017. <http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p1s1c2a2.htm>.

"Catholics United for the Faith | The Infallibility of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church | Teaching the Catholic Faith." Catholics United for the Faith - Catholics United for the Faith is an international lay apostolate founded to help the faithful learn what the Catholic Church teaches. N.p., 15 Oct. 2013. Web. 25 Jan. 2017. <http://www.cuf.org/2002/11/pillar-and-bulwark-of-the-truth-the-infallibility-magisterium-of-the-catholic-church/>.

Jesus and the Church textbook

Klenda, Jackie. "The Holy Spirit in Sacred Scripture and in the Life of the Church." The Holy Spirit in Sacred Scripture and in the Life of the Church. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2017. <http://www.lincolndiocese.org/bishops/bishop-fabian-bruskewitz/writings-and-talks/162-the-holy-spirit-in-sacred-scripture-and-in-the-life-of-the-church>.

Kolb , William A., and Lowell Grisham. "What is Pentecost and what difference does it make in our lives today? - explore faith." What is Pentecost and what difference does it make in our lives today? - explore faith. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2017.

New American RE Bible

Smith, Donald K. "12. The Holy Spirit in Missions." Bible.org. N.p., 14 Dec. 2005. Web. 24 Jan. 2017.

Strauss, Lehman. "8. The God of All Comfort." Bible.org. N.p., 05 Sept. 2005. Web. 24 Jan. 2017. <https://bible.org/seriespage/8-god-all-comfort>.

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