Holy Spirit

How St. John Paul II Prayed for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

From his childhood, his father instilled in Karol a strong devotion to the Holy Spirit. He recalled his father telling him, “You don’t pray to the Holy Spirit enough. You ought to pray to him.” Karol, Sr., gave him a prayer book on the Holy Spirit, which he used throughout his life, and also taught […]

Charismatic and Sanctifying Gifts

—from the blog post Charisms =/= Sanctity by Mark Shea at the National Catholic Register The point is that there are two different sorts of gifts that the Church speaks of: charismatic gifts and sanctifying gifts.   Now Paul’s point in describing the charisms is this: your charisms are not for you.  They are the […]

From the Whisper in Eden to the God Within

If pushed too far, the quest for a “Supreme Self” can blur into the most ancient human temptation, the whisper in Eden that “ye shall be as gods.” + But the strictures that orthodoxy places on its mystical seekers, […] they’re a useful reminder that the promptings of one’s inner self aren’t necessarily identical to […]

A Striking Trait of the Saints Through the Centuries

St. Augustine (and Vatican Council II, which cited him) made the classical remark that “a person possesses the Holy Spirit to the extent of his love for Christ’s Church” (OT, no. 9). Jesus in the New Testament so identifies himself with the Church he founded and loved into being that he is able to say […]

The Holy Spirit, Mary, and the Humble

723     In Mary, the Holy Spirit fulfills the plan of the Father’s loving goodness. Through the Holy Spirit, the Virgin conceives and gives birth to the Son of God. By the Holy Spirit’s power and her faith, her virginity became uniquely fruitful. 724     In Mary, the Holy Spirit manifests the Son of the Father, now become the Son of […]

A Portrait

Every catechism that I have ever seen lists the “twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit”… it is seldom that the twelve fruits get more than a passing mention in religious instruction classes. … Perhaps the simplest procedure would be to see what that portrait [of a truly Christian man or woman] looks like. … First […]