What’s up Holy Spirit?! For me, this is a perfect snack after Grace which we spoke of yesterday.
The Holy Spirit is so dear to me, and you’ll find if you are Catholic, or Christian or coming into the faith or thinking about faith, it will be dear to you as well. As always, this will not be an in depth treatment, because these are supposed to be short quick bites of Catholic love. Here we go!
What is it?
It’s what people call a hunch, a prompting, your sixth sense, but what is it really?
The Holy Spirit is the third PERSON of the Trinity (the others Father and Son). So the Holy Spirit is a person? Yep. Let’s take a quick look at some scripture to help us with this – it is a mystery after all:
And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, who the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you.
So the Holy Spirit as Counselor is sent to us. It is sent to us to keep us steeped in the truth, and far from sin – although, as fallen humans we can muck that up. I do.
There’s also the Coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost – one of my favorites, because that’s the meditation of the rosary. See how connected this Catholic thing is?!
Why did I choose to share this particular “H” with you?
Interestingly, we recently discussed the Holy Spirit in the RCIA class that assist with. The Deacon at my parish noted that the Holy Spirit is the least comfortable part of the Trinity for new Catholics (I think all of us, really) to relate to. It’s not easy to pin down, difficult to relate to because we have no real idea what it could look like. Is it a vapor? Does it wear a sheet? What is it? He went on to say that the argument is that this prompting, this push by a spirit is more of a realization that we really aren’t in control. Believe it or not, the Holy Spirit was, and is what I relate to the most. I know that’s how I got to where I am right now; listening to “A Tribe Call Quest“, writing about the Holy Spirit and the Trinity (which as we all know is my last name after all! WHAT?!? OH yeah) That’s another reason why we should get our Holy Spirit on.
I leave you with this… Catholics are imbued and sealed with the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit at Confirmation (another sacrament!) They help us to live a life of virtue and they are
- Wisdom: Helps us to detach from the world, makes us relish and love only the things of Heaven.
- Counsel: Enables us to see and choose correctly what is the will of God.
- Piety: Inspires us with tender and filial love of God.
- Fear of God: Fills us with love for God, and fear of offending Him.
- Knowledge: Points us to the path to follow and the dangers to avoid in order to reach Heaven
- Fortitude: Gives us courage to overcome obstacles and difficulties that arise in fulfilling our religious obligations
- Understanding: Helps us to grasp the truths of religion, as far as necessary
Do you have any Holy Spirit shares? Or questions? Or are you just a little shocked that I listen to old-school Hip-Hop as I write about Catholic things?
UPDATE: A reader just noted that the Pope spoke on the gifts of the Holy Spirit today too? See how the Holy Spirit works?! Day? MADE!
Come back tomorrow for to read all about my Catholic take on the letter I. I am blogging my way through the alphabet with others who are doing the same.
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