Venti Sancti Spiritus By:matthew henning

The First Way the Holy Spirit Guides and Influences the Church

The Holy Spirit guides and influences the church through sacred traditions. "The living transmission of the Church's Gospel message found in the Church's teaching, life, and worship. It faithfully preserved handed, handed on, and interpreted by the Church's Magisterium." (Jesus and the Church 28). The Holy Spirit helps those that transmit the Gospel to keep a strong heart and not waver. "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be equipped, prepared for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16–17). "Christ established a living teaching authority to safeguard the integrity of the gospel message, and to apply it with divine authority to succeeding ages" (The Rosary Light & Life - Vol 47, No 4).

(Catechism of the Catholic Church 76) "In keeping with the Lord's command, the Gospel was handed on in two ways: - orally by the apostles who handed on, by the spoken word of their preaching, by the example they gave, by the institutions they established, what they themselves had received - whether from the lips of Christ, from his way of life and his works, or whether they had learned it at the prompting of the Holy Spirit. In writing by those apostles and other men associated with the apostles who, under the inspiration of the same Holy Spirit, committed the message of salvation to writing." (Catechism of the Catholic Church 78) "This living transmission, accomplished in the Holy Spirit, is called Tradition, since it is distinct from Sacred Scripture, though closely connected to it. Through Tradition, the Church, in her doctrine, life and worship, perpetuates and transmits to every generation all that she herself is, all that she believes. The sayings of the holy Fathers are a witness to the life-giving presence of this Tradition, showing how its riches are poured out in the practice and life of the Church, in her belief and her prayer." (Catechism of the Catholic Church 79) The Father's self-communication made through his Word in the Holy Spirit, remains present and active in the Church: "God, who spoke in the past, continues to converse with the Spouse of his beloved Son. And the Holy Spirit, through whom the living voice of the Gospel rings out in the Church - and through her in the world - leads believers to the full truth, and makes the Word of Christ dwell in them in all its richness." (Catechism of the Catholic Church 82) "As a result the Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence."

The Second Way the Holy Spirit Guides and Influences the Church

The second way the Holy Spirit guides and influences the Church is through the Magisterium. The Magisterium is the official teaching authority of the Church (Jesus and the Church 28). The Holy Spirit helped those that teach (such as bishops and popes) non-believers to convert by giving them courage to spread Jesus' Ministry through their teaching authority and watched over them to keep them safe. "Infallibility is a charism whereby the Holy Spirit protects the Magisterium from teaching error on matters of faith and morals," (CUF). "Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," (Matthew 28:18-19).

(Catechism of the Catholic Church 86) "Yet this Magisterium is not superior to the Word of God, but is its servant. It teaches only what has been handed on to it. 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 95) "It is clear therefore that, in the supremely wise arrangement of God, sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture and the Magisterium of the Church are so connected and associated that one of them cannot stand without the others. Working together, each in its own way, under the action of the one Holy Spirit, they all contribute effectively to the salvation of souls."

Contemporary Examples

One way the Holy Spirit works today is how it guides all who help spread the gospel by giving them courage and confidence, even in 3rd world countries. Another way the Holy Spirit works today is by comforted those who are in need of help of either mental, physical, or emotion help. Lastly, the Holy Spirit is also present in the people of the church, inspiring good works and worship.

The Holy Spirit's Continuation of Jesus and His Ministry

The Holy Spirit was first mentioned in the bible when Jesus announced that when he was gone, the Holy Spirit would help guide them in all they do. Just like how the Holy Spirit gave the apostles of the pentecost the courage to face others and expand their faith to others. Even today the Holy Spirit still helps those who need the courage or guidance to spread Jesus' mission. Without all the work the Holy Spirit has done, Catholicism may have not spread as much as it has today.

(Catechism of the Catholic Church 243) "Before his Passover, Jesus announced the sending of 'another Paraclete' (Advocate), the Holy Spirit. At work since creation, having previously 'spoken through the prophets', the Spirit will now be with and in the disciples, to teach them and guide them into all the truth. The Holy Spirit is thus revealed as another divine person with Jesus and the Father." (Catechism of the Catholic Church 244) "The eternal origin of the Holy Spirit is revealed in his mission in time. The Spirit is sent to the apostles and to the Church both by the Father in the name of the Son, and by the Son in person, once he had returned to the Father. The sending of the person of the Spirit after Jesus' glorification reveals in its fullness the mystery of the Holy Trinity. "


From all that I have looked upon and my personal experiences, I feel like I will not change the way I am living at the moment. The reason being, I still have not experienced the Holy Spirit in my life in my own opinion. I do not think I will apply what I've learned about Catholicism and the Holy Spirit in my everyday life or social media because I really just don't care about it. Religion, to me is a waste because of all the conflict it brings.

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