Daily CCC Reflection: The Holy Spirit and the Church

The Holy Spirit and the Church CCC 737 – 741

How does the works of the Holy Spirit affect our lives as Christians? What is the role of the Holy Spirit and how is the Holy Spirit active in our lives? These are questions I asked myself. I know the Holy Spirit is our advocate and comforter that continues to teach us, convict us, and guide us throughout our daily lives.

As believers, the Holy Spirit also provides us with special gifts. In Galatians 5: 22-23, it says “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” The gifts are given to allow the church to work together to meet needs, make disciples, and glorify God. Without God’s Spirit, people are unable to produce fruitful lives that reflect the desires of God. The Holy Spirit dwells in us as believers. In addition to the many roles He plays in our lives, He seals us as belonging to God (Ephesians 1:13-14) The Holy Spirit is the person of God who lives with us in our time on earth and teaches us to truly know and follow God.

The Church continues to receive that great Pentecostal outpouring of the Spirit, and the Church continues to bestow the Spirit through the sacraments established by Jesus.  As the Spirit was poured out on the Apostles, so the Spirit comes to the Church today through the cardinals, the bishops, the priests and is shared with the whole Body of Christ. The Spirit is sent by the eternal Father and by Jesus to give us light, comfort and strength. At the same time, the Holy Spirit seals our friendship with God and unites us with one another by the divine love that the Spirit pours into our hearts.
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