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Year of Faith Series 5

Posted on : 08-05-2013 | By : TAG | In : Faith Series



“ I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.” (Ref. CCC, Part I, Sec. 2, Ch. 3)

“No one can say ’Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.” To be in touch with Christ, we must first have been touched by the Holy Spirit. By virtue of our Baptism, the first sacrament of the faith, the Holy Spirit in the Church communicates to us, intimately and personally, the life that originates in the Father and is offered to us in the Son. Through his grace, the Holy Spirit is the first to awaken faith in us. (CCC 683-684)

The mission of Christ and the Holy Spirit is brought to completion in the Church, which is the Body of Christ and the Temple of the Holy Spirit. (CCC 737) The Holy Spirit is the soul of the Church; he builds, animates and sanctifies the Mystical Body of Christ. The Church aims to lead souls to the eternal happiness of heaven and it is the place where we know the Holy Spirit:

  • in the Scriptures he inspired;
  • in the Tradition, to which the Church Fathers are always timely witnesses;
  • in the Church’s Magisterium, which he assists;
  • in the sacramental liturgy;
  • in prayer, where he intercedes for us;
  • in the witnesses of the saints through whom he manifests his holiness and continues the work of salvation.

In the Creed, after having professed our faith in God the Father and God the Son, we also profess that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Blessed Trinity, is God.

The Holy Spirit is, for many believers, the Great Unknown even though as St Paul says, Christians are temples of the Holy Spirit. From the moment of baptism, the Holy Spirit is in our souls, sanctifying them and enriching them with his gifts. If we don’t expel Him by committing a mortal sin, the Holy Spirit inspires and guides us, leading us to Heaven. The Holy Spirit is the Paraclete comforting us, “the sweet guest of the soul”.

The Holy Spirit is Jesus Christ’s great gift, after He ascended into Heaven. Just as He had promised during the Last Supper, “It is for your own good that I am going, because unless I go, the Paraclete will not come to you, but if I go, I will send Him to you.” (John 16: 7). And in fact, on the day of Pentecost, they received the Holy Spirit.

 With the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, the Church opened up to all nations. The work of the Holy Spirit consists in uniting ourselves more and more with God; but in order that the Holy Spirit may accomplish it, we have to let Him do his job in our soul: by being always in the state of God´s grace;

  • by receiving the sacraments, especially Penance and the Hoy Eucharist. The sacrament of Penance or Reconciliation restores sanctifying grace lost by sin. The Holy Eucharist nourishes the soul and confers supernatural grace – the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.  
  • by listening to what the Holy Spirit tells us through the teachings of the pastors of the Church; 
  • by listening to His promptings and inspirations though prayer and spiritual direction.


In a special way, we have to ask the Holy Spirit for His seven gifts which are necessary to live as truly Christians. These are permanent dispositions which make us docile in following the promptings of the Holy Spirit:

  • The gift of Understanding enables us to clearly grasp the truths of faith and gives us an instinct for what is supernatural in the world.  
  • The gift of Knowledge enables us to understand the world in the light of God’s plan of creation and elevation to the supernatural order and that everything comes from God and are directed towards Him.  
  • The gift of Wisdom gives us the knowledge of God and of what refers to God which only comes with holiness of life. This gift is closely united to charity which enables us to live in harmony with others. The soul is able to contemplate reality from a higher perspective.  
  • The gift of Counsel is a supernatural instinct for knowing the means which gives the most glory to God. It gives us a true conscience, to act in accord with God’s Will at every moment.
  • The gift of Piety enables us to appreciate our divine filiation and gives us the tenderness and affection in our relationships with God, the Blessed Virgin, the angels and saints.  
  • The gift of Fortitude produces in our soul a greater desire for holiness that never wavers in the face of obstacles and difficulties. It is heroism in little things, in the daily fulfillment of our duties. Martyrdom is the supreme act of fortitude.  
  • The gift Fear of the Lord grants us a deep discernment of what is sacred and a limitless rejoicing in the goodness of God the Father. Fear is the outward sign of wisdom, its consequence.

When the soul is docile to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit, it becomes that good tree which is known by its fruits. These fruits enrich the Christian’s life and are manifestations of the glory of God: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-control, Chastity.

Now that we are in the season of Easter, the “greatest feast of all feasts” of the Church, let us implore the Holy Spirit for His twelve fruits. The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. (CCC 1832)


The mystery of the Blessed Trinity is a fundamental truth of our faith. As a mystery, we shall never be able to comprehend it. This mystery teaches us that in God there are three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The three Persons are God, but there is only one God.

Since there is only one God, everything that God does is done by the three Divine Persons.

The three Divine Persons take part in our salvation: God the Father sending His Son; the Son dying for us; the Holy Spirit coming on the day of Pentecost to be the soul of the Church and to inhabit in each one of us. However, we attribute some actions to the Father, some to the Son and some to the Holy Spirit. God the Father is the Creator of the world because creation is accomplished by God’s omnipotence which is attributed to the Father, though the world was also created by the Son and Holy Spirit. Redemption was accomplished by the incarnate Son of God. Sanctification of men is attributed to the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the love of the Father and the Son, though this task is done by the whole Trinity.

It is the Church’s tradition to pray the Angelic Trisagion three days prior to the feast of the Blessed Trinity, which this year will fall on May 26, 2013. To get a copy of the prayer, you may log on to:



April 02, 2013, feast of Blessed Pope John Paul II

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