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).
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.