Essay on Review Of ' The Holy Spirit '
4 May 2015
1. What is the Role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church? The Holy Spirit is the third component of the Holy Trinity, and rightfully so. The spirit plays a very important role as the connection between God and his people. It acts as the figure that “prepares the Church to encounter her Lord, [and] recalls and makes Christ manifest to the faith of the assembly” (CCC 1092). The Spirit brings us closer to God in acting as the link between God and the average human. I like to think of the Holy Spirit as the little angel on our shoulder (as opposed to the devil on the other shoulder!) whispering positive reinforcements and advice to be virtuous and upright. It also acts as a subconscious reminder to work how Jesus would have wanted us to. In John 14:26, Jesus says “The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you”. This applies to us individually as well as together in the Church. The Holy Spirit makes us better people- more like Jesus- but also unites us through the Church and calls us to service. In this case, the Spirit is the angel on the Church’s shoulder, reminding us of our mission to fulfill Jesus’s message.
2. Write about Mary as a model of holiness in the Church. Use Pope Francis’ addresses as support. Mary represents many things for the Church, but the main characteristics she possessed that we…