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The Role of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit makes all things new, and is ushering in a new Springtime for the Church

“I have had the joy and the grace to see young Christians touched by the power of the Holy Spirit… At a time of exhaustion, when there was talk of ‘a winter of the Church’, the Holy Spirit was creating a new spring.” (Josef Cardinal Ratzinger, Press Release – Pontifical Council for the Laity, 02-03-2002)

We’re not supposed to be the Catholic Historical Society but the Church of the Living God! (Fr. Bob Bedard, We Are Called to be Companions of the Cross, 21) It is the Holy Spirit that makes the Church ALIVE!

As Companions of the Cross we are called to be “fully Catholic, imbued with evangelical hearts, and Pentecostal fire.”  (Constitutions and Rules of the Companions of the Cross, Our Roots)

The Holy Spirit makes Jesus present and real to us.

“[The Holy Spirit] is a cause of an ever more present experience of Christ.” (Pope John Paul II)

The Holy Spirit is the Principal Agent of Evangelization

“It must be said that the Holy Spirit is the principal agent of evangelization: it is He who impels each individual to proclaim the Gospel, and it is He who in the depths of consciences causes the word of salvation to be accepted and understood.” (Pope Paul VI, EN, 75, cf. Vatican II, Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity)

“Without the Spirit, evangelization is like a stagnant river, charity like fire without heat, the Word something indeclinable, the Eucharist an impenetrable mystery, the other will never be a neighbour, the world a hell, paradise a forgotten reality, the Church a mother without love.” (Salvatore Martinez, Renewal in the Spirit, ZENIT, May 31, 2004)

The Holy Spirit backs the preaching of the Gospel with ‘demonstrations of power’ (1 Cor 2:4)

“For our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction.”  (1 Thess 1:5)

“The Holy Spirit brings the word to life; he brings the power and authority of heaven to stand behind the message.”  (Peter Herbeck, Words and Deeds, Renewal Ministries Newsletter)

The Holy Spirit causes the word of salvation to be accepted and understood

“…the Holy Spirit predisposes the soul of the hearer to be open and receptive to the Good News and to the kingdom being proclaimed.”  (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandii 75)

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