(Submitted by me for yesterday’s bulletin as a member of my parish’s Spiritual Life Committee.)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in #688, tells us this about the Holy Spirit:
The Church, a communion living in the faith of the apostles which she transmits, 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, through its words and symbols, in which the Holy Spirit puts us into communion with Christ;
– in prayer, wherein he intercedes for us;
– in the charisms and ministries by which the Church is built up;
– in the signs of apostolic and missionary life;
– in the witness of saints through whom he manifests his holiness and continues the work of salvation.
This is a pretty impressive list of what the Holy Spirit does. Is it any wonder that Jesus said elsewhere, “But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate [the Holy Spirit] will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you” (John 16:7)?
Sometimes, the Holy Spirit is called the “forgotten” person of the Holy Trinity. It seems that we understand better the Father and the Son – they are easier to picture and we can relate to figures like these in our own lives. The most familiar images of the Spirit are wind and fire, hardly things with which we can imagine having a relationship. But we must develop that relationship with the one who inspires, assists, intercedes, builds up, and makes holy.
Let us deepen our relationship with the Holy Spirit by saying this prayer often:
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray. O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.