The Holy Spirit

Brother John Raymond
May 22, 1994

	The Holy Spirit is often portrayed as a dove in Christian art. Of
 course we know that this is only symbolic imagery. The Holy Spirit
 is not a dove. With the other Two Persons of the Holy Trinity we
 have clear images. But the Holy Spirit is a little harder to relate
 to as a Person - we have no image of Him as one. A Benedictine
 Priest-friend of mine in his homily commented on this very fact.
	In spite of a lack of imagery the Holy Spirit is really a Person
 and a very important part of our life. As breathing is to the life
 of the body so is the Holy Spirit to the life of our souls. St. Paul
 tells us that we cannot even say, "Jesus is Lord" without the Holy
 Spirit. Also, he tells us that we are "Temples of the Holy Spirit."
	Many people, like me, might have thought that the descent of the
 Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday was it for the Apostles. They did
 not need a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit after this. But this is
 not so. Some time later after Pentecost Sunday Peter and John were
 arrested by the Priests and Temple guards. After there release we
 are told that Peter and John told their companions all that had
 happened to them. Then they lifted up their voices with one accord
 in prayer asking for the gift of speaking the Word of God with
 boldness. Also they asked God to perform new cures, signs and
 wonders in the name of Jesus. "And when they had prayed, the place
 where they had assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with
 the Holy Spirit, and spoke the Word of God with boldness." (Acts 4:
	We receive the Holy Spirit through the Sacraments of Baptism and
 Confirmation. But throughout our Christian life the Holy Spirit
 continues to work and grow in us. By prayer to Him we can invite Him
 to work more powerfully through us. It has become common among some
 to invoke the help of the Holy Spirit before prayer, talks, healing,
 etc. This is correct and effective. As we saw above, St. Peter and
 St. John didn't think they were exempt from invoking the aid of the
 Holy Spirit after Pentecost. They felt the need to be recreated
 again and again by His Power.
	I know in both the Cursillo and Charismatic Movements people have
 been powerfully transformed by the working of the Holy Spirit. Some
 people have received special gifts of the Holy Spirit such as
 praying in tongues, healing, etc. As gifts of the Holy Spirit they
 are important for the building up of the Body of Christ - in other
 words they are for the good of others. As such they do not mean that
 a person is a saint that possesses them. We shouldn't be quick to be
 critical of these people because they may have a gift that we do
 not. Rather let us thank God for working wonders through the
 instrumentality of His people for His glory. Anyway, if someone
 offers to pray over us, why not let them? As the expression goes
 "Try it, you'll like it."
	But the work of the Holy Spirit is not limited to groups and
 extraordinary gifts. Individuals can at any time invoke the Holy
 Spirit. He is also known as the Sanctifier. The Holy Spirit has
 seven gifts that are in us and that can continually increase. These
 are the Gifts of Fear of the Lord, Fortitude, Piety, Counsel,
 Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom. These seven gifts in our souls
 produce twelve fruits in us. They are Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience,
 Longanimity, Goodness, Benignity, Mildness, Faith, Modesty,
 Continency and Chastity. (For more information consult the greatest
 book about the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit - "The
 Sanctifier." Available for $6.00 + 1.50 Postage from The Monks of
 Adoration, 2241 Englewood Road, Englewood, FL 34223)
	Let us not forget this very important Person of the Holy Trinity.
 May we talk to Him as a Person. Let us continually beg for His
 assistance and increase in our souls. May we today, Pentecost
 Sunday, invite the Holy Spirit to transform and fill us with His