Our Lagos group is currently watching the Wild Goose which is a fourteen part series dealing with different experiences of the Holy Spirit. You can join us for the next session on Sunday 9th of July at the Lagos Resource Centre. As part of the series our chaplain has recommended some awesome reads on who the Holy spirit is. See below:
- Catechism of the Catholic Church, 687-747: The Catechism is one of the best resources to learn about the catholic faith (duh). It draws on the Bible, the Mass, the Sacraments, Church tradition and teaching, and the lives of saints. It comes with a complete index, footnotes and cross-references for a fuller understanding of every subject. Using the tradition of explaining what the Church believes (the Creed), what she celebrates (the Sacraments), what she lives (the Commandments), and what she prays (the Lord’s Prayer), the Catechism of the Catholic Church offers challenges for believers and answers for all those interested in learning about the mystery of the Catholic faith. The section we linked on the holy spirit is certainly one to bookmark!
- The Holy Spirit in the Church (Dominum et Vivificantem) by St. John Paul II: St John Paul (one of our patron saints) is a guru in almost everything! From the rosary to young people to even Ski-ing! Dominum et vivificantem (Latin: The Lord and Giver of Life) is the fifth encyclical he wrote. The encyclical was promulgated on 18 May 1986. It is a theological examination of the role of the Holy Spirit as it pertains to the modern world and the church and the use of spiritual prayer to renew one’s spiritual life.
- The Holy Spirit acting in our souls by Alexis Riaud: The infused virtues and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are absolutely indispensable to man for his being able to act supernaturally. The infused virtues dispose and prepare him for action; they make him able to act, but without the gifts- without the supernatural assistance- he will not be able to pass from the capability to act to an actual act. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are the sails, which enable the boat to receive the divine impulses of the Holy Spirit and move to the open sea, and eventually to reach the port of destination. But those sails must be properly set and unfurled, otherwise the boat will not be able to go forward.
- The Gifts of the Holy Spirit by M.M. Philippon: Ok so our priest recommended this book but we cant seem to find it online!! So if you have a local bookshop or library please have a look for us lol we would like to find the book too!
- In the School of the Holy Spirit by Jacques Philippe: In the School of the Holy Spirit will help you get to know the Sanctifier of your soul. It will lead you to be more attentive to the movements of the Holy Spirit in your life as you learn to love the third person of the Holy Trinity. Fr. Jacques Philippe explains the rewards of being attentive to the Holy Spirit and provides simple and concrete ways to grow in this inner sensitivity. In his clear and simple style, he illustrates his points with many examples from modern life. In the School of the Holy Spirit is a valuable aid in your own spiritual journey.
- About the Holy Spirit by FJ del Valle: Available on iTunes and Amazon, this 10-day devotion to the Holy Spirit has attracted many readers to a deeper appreciation and veneration of the Great Unknown. The author was a poor dressmaker who, in spite of her very limited education, testified to an extraordinary understanding of the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit through her habitual and silent practice of heroic virtue.
- Christ is Passing by, nn. 127-138 by St. Josemaria Escriva: Christ Is Passing By collects 18 homilies given by St. Josemaria between 1951 and 1971, on the occasion of various liturgical feast days. The guiding thread is divine filiation, and the universal call to holiness entailed by this reality. Known as the Saint of the Ordinary, St. Josemaria goes in about the holy spirit as he takes us on a journey of meditations on the Acts of the Apostles after the Holy Spirit descends on the apostles.