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Discovering the Power of the Holy Spirit in Everyday Life

Discovering the Power of the Holy Spirit in Everyday Life

The Catholic faith professes that there is only One True God. In this One Godhead, there are three Divine Persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They are three entirely different Persons – totally distinct from one another – but are coequal in divinity and majesty.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: “The whole divine economy is the common work of the three divine persons. For as the Trinity has only one and the same nature, so too does it have only one and the same operation.” (par. 258).

The more “familiar” among these three Divine Persons of the Holy Trinity are the Father and the Son. Hence, this article offers insights and reflections on the Third Divine Person – the Holy Spirit – and how we are influenced by the Holy Spirit.

“What is the Holy Spirit?” many people would ask. One might think that the Holy Spirit is a powerful force from God. But the more precise question is: “Who is the Holy Spirit?”

This question already implies that the Holy Spirit is a Person, not a thing or a non-living entity. He is a Person – a Divine Person in the Trinity. He is equal in power, majesty, and glory together with the Father and the Son.

Now, what does the Holy Spirit do in our lives? Let us reflect on the roles of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Fulfilment of The Promise of Christ

On the night before the Lord Jesus Christ was arrested, tortured, and suffered, He gathered with His beloved Apostles. That sad night, He prophesied His imminent suffering and death which brought worries and sadness to the Apostles.

However, in the Gospel according to John, Jesus brought comfort and consolation to His friends: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.

This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him because he abides with you, and he will be in you. I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.” (John 14:15-18 NRSVue)

True enough, after Christ ascended into heaven, on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was sent to the disciples of the Lord. Truly, when God promises something, He fulfills it!

This is because God is so faithful to His word and that He cannot contradict His faithfulness. Therefore, by fulfilling the promise of sending us the Holy Spirit, we are assured that our prayers are being heard and that God, in His own time and way, will fulfill them for us.

The Source of Spiritual Life

The Holy Spirit is the font of our spiritual life. Through the Holy Spirit, we are born again and so become children of the Most High God. Moreover, the Holy Spirit does not only give us new life. He also empowers us who are born again in baptism to live as sons and daughters of the Father.

The Holy Spirit sanctifies us, hence the title Sanctifier. Sanctification includes being transformed from our fallen human condition into God’s beloved children.

We are transformed by the Holy Spirit in character and deeds. We are enabled to love and serve our neighbors. We are empowered to follow and fulfill our individual vocations and purposes in life.

Advocate and Helper

The Holy Spirit is rightly called our Advocate. An advocate, or advocatus in Latin, is someone who stands beside a person during a hearing. The advocate defends the client. Most importantly, the advocate does not leave the client in the most crucial moments of the hearing.

The Holy Spirit is our Advocate. He stands beside us in our battle against evil. He is with us in our struggles and challenges. He provides us with peace and comfort amid the chaos of this world. He provides us with the strength and graces to tread a difficult path.

He does not abandon or forsake us in every moment of our lives.

Guide and Comfort

The Holy Spirit guides us in our day-to-day life. Through the Holy Spirit, we are guided to the truth. Through Him, we are able to discern and listen to the will of God. He provides us with spiritual gifts of understanding, wisdom, and discernment whenever we face uneasy decisions or struggles.

In times of hardship, the Holy Spirit gives us comfort and strength. He provides us with hope, encouragement, and peace. Through Him, we are reminded that God loves us, that He is always with us, and that we are empowered to persevere even in the face of these challenges.

Teacher and Giver of Gifts

The Holy Spirit plays an indispensable role in our prayer and worship. The Holy Spirit enables us to genuinely worship God in spirit and truth. As Saint Paul tells us, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with groanings too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26)

The Holy Spirit is our teacher in prayer. He grants us the ability to comprehend and respond to God’s love and grace as manifested in the history of salvation.

The Holy Spirit also bestows upon us spiritual gifts. Unworthy as we are and independent of the merits of our actions, He still gives us these gifts to serve God and to build up the Church. Among these gifts are speaking in tongues, prophecy, teaching, serving, giving, leading, and more. The Holy Spirit gives these gifts to each of us according to the desire of God and is for the good of all.

The Holy Spirit has huge and very important roles in our lives. We are given new life by the Holy Spirit, who also leads us in worship and provides us with guidance, consolation, and spiritual gifts. To the glory of God, may we continually seek the Holy Spirit and permit the Holy Spirit to work in our lives in all these ways. To this end, let us pray:

“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.”

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