Veni Sancti Spiuritus By: Nathalia Castre

The Holy Spirit Guides and Influences the Church

The Trinity

In the Catechism we are told that God’s plan for humanity would be complete by the common work of the Trinity. The Trinity of course includes three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are coincide with the work of God. Mostly in prayer is when the Trinity is made relevant and the Holy Spirit intercedes. Again as the Catechism states, everyone who glorifies the Father does so through the Son in the Holy Spirit; everyone who follows Christ does so because the Father draws him and the Spirit moves him.

Joel 2:28-29: "It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. "Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”

Symbols

The Holy Spirit is also helps direct the church through its sacraments. Many aspects of the church are influenced and directly based off the Spirit. These elements include but are not limited to Water, the Dove.

In the action of baptizing, the holy water is the sacramental sign of new birth is presented through the invocation of the Holy Spirit. "For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink." (Corinthians 12:13)
The Dove is the most common symbol of the Holy Spirit. After Jesus' Baptism, the Spirit appeared in the form of a dove. It also has direct reference to Baptism. During Christ’s Baptism the Spirit shows up in form of a Dove and then continues on with him as so. It goes to show that those blessed with baptism are accompanied by the Holy Spirit forever.

Holy Spirit in the church

Pope Francis' Words

About two years ago, Pope Francis spoke about the Holy Spirit and Its role in the Church. He begins by explaining that the guidance to the Truth is rather skeptical in our society today. He mentions that Jesus says to his disciples: the Holy Spirit, “he will guide you to the truth”. Jesus, being the truth. With the Holy Spirit imprinted in our hearts at baptism, we are true Catholics. The Spirit separates us from those that are impure. At baptism, the prophet Ezekiel says that he will cleanse us with water making our hearts rid it's impurities. Baptism is directed correlated with the Holy Spirit and it is He who leads us away from the bad of life .This puts on straight on our path to destiny with the Father and the Son.

Church Living Through the Body of Christ

In biblical times, the Church was set as a place where people could meet to fulfill God’s plan for them. Although we all try to be good people, we unfortunately are still are sinners and fail and completing our mission. It is through the Holy Spirit that we are triggered as Church to live in the Body of Christ. We continue to see the Spirit through all the charisms (Jesus and the Church, p.25). The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that the Spirit is the true saving action in each part of the Body and that the Body is made up of charisms. Charisms, whether they are simple or extraordinary it is always indirectly helping the Church because they build up the need of the world (Catechism 768-799).

Communion

The sacrament of Communion is heavily impacted by the Spirit. “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:22-23). In this, Jesus is trying to say that the action of the Spirit of the sacrament of the Eucharist, helps us establish ourselves as the community of believers in his own Body. At mass the Priest always begs the sanctifier, the Holy Spirit, to convert the bread and wine into the Body, Blood and Soul. The Holy Spirit is the energy that makes our strength and closeness in God stronger.

The continuation of Jesus' ministry

The Sanctifier

The Holy Spirit is well known as the sanctifier, or the one that brings sacred and holiness. The Father and Son sent him in thoughts of him continuing the work of the Son. Pope John Paul II wrote, "Having accomplished the work that the Father had entrusted to the Son on earth (John 17:4), on the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit was sent to sanctify the Church for ever, so that believers might have access to the Father through Christ in one Spirit" (Eph 2: 18). Today, the Holy Spirit continuing Jesus' work is most seen in sacraments, such as Baptism. The Church has always taught that we receive the Holy Spirit through the sacrament of Baptism. Baptism signifies the cleansing of our soul of original sin, which we have inevitably inherited. In his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul tells us that we are sealed with the Holy Spirit in our baptism. In actuality, this is signified by the holy oil which is traced on the forehead of the person being baptized in the form of a cross. At that very point, we become "children of God" and "heirs with Christ." The Spirit also supplies us the gifts of faith, hope and charity, allowing us to grow in our relationship with each other and especially with God. (Catholic Faith and Reason)

The Research aftermath

Reflection

After this thorough research about the Holy Spirit, I have learned a lot about about its power. Before I knew any of this, I didn't completely disregard the Spirit but I never knew it’s impact and importance in the daily Catholic’s life. I know that now when I or anyone make reference to the Holy Spirit I will not be nonchalant about it. Everyday we pray and call upon the Spirit and now I can say I know why I am and exactly what is occurring when I call on it. In social and political aspects, this allows us to understand the significance of God’s plan for humanity and dictate our own lives avoiding what he wishes we do. With this research, I could teach other religions about the Holy Spirit’s work and lead them to understand what I now understand. The examples I found are helpful in guiding one who doesn't know about the Spirit, what they'd like to know.

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