Tag: Holy Spirit

The Power of the Holy Spirit

The Book of Acts contains one of my favorite Scripture verses. Just before He ascends to heaven, Jesus promises the disciples He will not leave them alone. “But you will receive the power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my...

The Workings of the Holy Spirit

Catholics and other Christians know that the Holy Spirit, together with the Father and the Son, constitute the Trinity called God. Most have learned this prayer to the Holy Spirit: “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in...

The Holy Spirit in the Teachings of Pope Francis

One of the contemporary pneumatologists who inspires us to believe, love and trust the Holy Spirit is Pope Francis. In his very particular poetic-practical style, the Argentinian Pope helps us approach the Holy Spirit with that ardent openness...

The Advocate

Across the centuries, Christians have always needed someone mighty and strong to lean on and to cling to whenever the squalls blow fiercely, and the pain becomes hard to bear. For three years that support was provided by the physical presence of the...

Substance Versus Style

A girl named Betty was visiting her grandmother down South, and on Sunday morning they went to the only church nearby—one having a free-spirited, charismatic or Pentecostal congregation. The service was very emotional, with people expressing their...

Trusting in the Power of the Holy Spirit

If we, westerners, had been in the Upper Room on the morning of Pentecost Day we would have had a hard time trying to sort things out and decipher God’s message. Not so for the disciples gathered in it with the Blessed Mother. They were all Jews;...

The Unfathomable Silence of the Shepherds

The Shepherd metaphor is one of the clearest and most vivid in all of Scripture and not surprisingly was adopted by the Church and used for millennia to describe the relationship of its bishops with its people. The Bible is filled with references to...

Priest, Prophet, and King

Our invitation to accept the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the life of the Church begins the moment we are baptized, when we are anointed with sacred chrism on the crown of our heads. In that anointing, we are appointed priest, prophet and king. We...