The Holy Spirit and it's role in our lives.
The Holy Spirits guidance and influence within the Church.
In the Jesus and the Church textbook, the Holy Spirit first guided us through Pentecost. He appeared to the Aposyles and few disciples as "tongues of fire", upon which they were all immediately "filled with the Holy Spirit" (Act 2:4). Doing so encouraged the Apostles to go preach the Word all over the Roman Empire. With the Holy Spirits help, people that didn't speak the same language as the apostle could understand them through the Holy Spirit. Peter recants Scripture of: “You who are Israelites, hear these words. Jesus the Nazorean was a man commended to you by God with mighty deeds, wonders, and signs, which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know. This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God, you killed, using lawless men to crucify him. But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death, because it was impossible for him to be held by it. . . . Therefore let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified. (Acts 2:22–25, 36)." Every Jew was moved by his speech they asked him what to do and he replied with: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).” On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Trinity was revealed fully.
According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, "Knowledge of faith is possible only in the Holy Spirit: to be in touch with Christ, we must first have been touched by the Holy Spirit. He comes to meet us and kindle faith in us." (CCC, 683). Without the Holy Spirit, we would miss our chance of seeking Jesus Christ and God the Father. We pray, "Come, Holy Spirit!" for him to inspire us to call upon God for His help. This could explain the time of Pentecost, when the Apostles were touched by the Holy Spirit. They could call upon Jesus and God to help fulfill their understandings.
According to Catechism of the Catholic Church, Gods love is the first gift from Him to us. "God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Rom 5:5)." Since we are wounded spiritually through sin, our first gift is the forgiveness of our sins. Taking in the Holy Spirit through our baptism allows us to restore the forgiveness God gives us. With this gift, we are allowed to receive use of His love. This love is the source of a Christ which can be obtained through the powers of the Holy Spirit. Through the powers of the Holy Spirit, we can receive the fruits: "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal 5:22-23)." Since we live with the Spirit, we renounce our sins and "walk by the Spirit (Mt 16:24-26)."
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "It is evident from celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost." We receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit which call upon us to be faithful, generous, loving and many more. According to Jesus and the Church, “Our lasting joy is found in only one way: saying ‘yes’ to the Lord, to God’s way, to God’s will”. We must always say yes to the Lord and recieve our sacraments to fulfill the path God had for us that is showed to us by the Holy Spirit.
Examples of the Holy Spirit being with us.
According to the Catholics United for the Faith, it states that the Magisterium are the official teachers of the Roman Catholic Church. It is to serve the Word of God and translate the Word, whether in Scripture or Tradition. The Holy Spirit protects the Magisterium from false teachings on the matter of faith and the morals in life (Catholics United for the Faith)." Jesus provided the Church with the Holy Spirit to enable the Church to be “the pillar and bulwark of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15). "No matter who the pope is, or who the bishops are, Jesus showed us throughout history that the Holy Spirit will be with us and guide the Magisterium to preserve and teach the truth(Catholics United for the Faith)."
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, there is no right way to interpret scripture. "Sacred Scripture must be read and interpreted in the light of the same Spirit by whom it was written (DV 12 #3)." This states that with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will truly understand Scripture. Scripture is not written based on records or old writings, but written with the heart of the Church. With the scriptures, the Holy Spirit gives the spiritual interpretation of the Scripture.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, prayer to Jesus is put upon us by the Holy Spirits prevenient grace. Not only does the Church stress us to pray to Jesus and God, but also to the Holy Spirit since he is the one who guides us to Jesus and God. "The Holy Spirits anointing permeates our whole body, which make him the Master of Christian prayer (Catechism of the Catholic Church)." "He is the artisan of living tradition of prayer, with many paths of prayer we are always present with the Holy Spirit (Catechism of the Catholic Church)."
The Holy Spirit as continuation of Jesus and his ministry.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we must first be touched by the Holy Spirit in order to be touched by Jesus. We can first see the Holy Spirit through baptism where we are freed of original sin and welcomed into Catholicism. Without seeing the Spirit, we will not be allowed to see the Son, and without seeing the Son, we won't be allowed to see the Father. We believe in the Holy Spirit because it proves we believe in the Holy Trinity. The Spirit is at work always within the Church but was absolute when God's salvation,Jesus, was present on earth. "The Apostles were touched by the Holy Spirit after Jesus' death on Pentecost and then finally touched by both Son and Father (Acts 2:1-4)." This moved them to preach the teachings and of God's love. Today, we see the Holy Spirit touch many lives through several sacraments, for example in confirmation. We are touched and reaffirmed within the Church so we can see the Son and Father once more.
Jesus and the Holy Spirit
Throughout the research of this project, I was taught to pray more intently and seriously rather than take it lightly. Now that I understand the importance of the Holy Spirit within prayer, I'll try to get more in touch with him. I will call upon the Holy Spirit when I need help with anything and ask for God to give me forgiveness when I sin. Once I ask for forgiveness, I know I can receive the gifts of God. I can use the new information I have just learned and apply it the the political topic of the new presidency. I can discuss the issue, not only from a citizen of this country, but also as a follower of God the Father. I will have a better grasp in defending my faith when discussing any social argument over religion. This can help me determine the difference between different faiths and the importance of the Holy Spirit.