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Where is the Holy Spirit found? Where do you experience the touch of the Spirit in your life? Do you want to experience the Spirit in new ways?


Life in the Spirit


Where is the Spirit found?

(From Catechism of the Catholic Church 737 - 738)
The Church, a communion living in the faith of the apostles which she transmits, is the place where we know the Holy Spirit:
  • in the Scriptures he inspired;
  • in the Tradition, to which the Church Fathers are always timely witnesses;
  • in the Church's Magisterium, which he assists;
  • in the sacramental liturgy, through its words and symbols, in which the Holy Spirit puts us into communion with Christ;
  • in prayer, wherein he intercedes for us;
  • in the charisms and ministries by which the Church is built up;
  • in the signs of apostolic and missionary life;
  • in the witness of saints through whom he manifests his holiness and continues the work of salvation.
Thus the Church's mission is not an addition to that of Christ and the Holy Spirit, but is its sacrament; in her whole being and in all her members, the Church is sent to announce, bear witness, make present, and spread the mystery of the communion of the Holy Trinity.

Our Life in the Spirit

(From Catechism of the Catholic Church 739 - 741)
All of us who have received one and the same Spirit, that is, the Holy Spirit, are in a sense blended together with one another and with God. For if Christ, together with the Father's and his own Spirit, comes to dwell in each of us, though we are many, still the Spirit is one and undivided. He binds together the spirits of each and every one of us, . . . and makes all appear as one in him. For just as the power of Christ's sacred flesh unites those in whom it dwells into one body, I think that in the same way the one and undivided Spirit of God, who dwells in all, leads all into spiritual unity. (St Cyril of Alexandria, In Jo. ev., 11,11:PG 74,561.)


Because the Holy Spirit is the anointing of Christ, it is Christ who, as the head of the Body, pours out the Spirit among his members to nourish, heal, and organise them in their mutual functions, to give them life, send them to bear witness, and associate them to his self-offering to the Father and to his intercession for the whole world. Through the Church's sacraments, Christ communicates his Holy and sanctifying Spirit to the members of his Body. Our sections on Baptism and Confirmation offer more information.

These "mighty works of God", offered to believers in the sacraments of the Church, bear their fruit in the new life in Christ, according to the Spirit.

"The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with sighs too deep for words." (Rom 8:26) The Holy Spirit, the artisan of God's works, is the master of prayer.
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