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					Content taken mostly from the Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth and the CCC and US Catholic Catechism for Adults. Photos downloaded from www.google.com images. Slideshow created by M. Bolton 01/09

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Cardinal Mercier opposed the German invasion in Belgium in 1914. He was a key figure in the resistance movement. Despite that 13 other priests were killed in his Diocese, he remained an outspoken critic of the atrocities and persecution. He said, „I am going to reveal to you a secret of sanctity and happiness. Every day for 5 minutes control your imagination and close your eyes to the things of the sense and your ears to all the noises of the world, in order to enter into yourself. Then, in the sanctity of your baptized soul (the temple of the Holy Spirit) speak to that Divine Spirit, saying to him…

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O Holy Spirit, Soul of my soul, I adore You. Enlighten, guide, strengthen and console me. Tell me what I ought to do and command me to do it. I promise to be submissive in everything that You permit to happen to me, only show me what is Your will. Amen.

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Giver of life, Guide, Spirit of Truth, Teacher, The Spirit of the Promise, The Spirit of God, the Lord, the Christ, The Spirit of Adoption, The Spirit of Glory . Jesus called the Holy Spirit “the Advocate”, translated from the Greek word “Paraclete”. Some bibles translate it to “Helper” or “Comforter”. Advocate means “someone who stands by your side” The Holy Spirit takes our side, helps us defend our belief in Jesus, supports us in living out our faith in word and deed.
Symbols of the Holy Spirit….

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Water – signifies the Holy Spirit‟s action in Baptism. (1 Cor 12:13) “For in one Spirit we are all baptized into one body”. And in John 7:37-39, Jesus directly associates the Spirit with the living water that satisfies spiritual thirst.

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Fire – signifies the vibrant and transforming energy of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit appeared as tongues of fire upon the Apostles at Pentecost, and they were transformed into courageous witnesses for Christ.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6l62eB-jHg

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A cloud and light – In the Old Testament, God often appeared as a fire or light within a dense cloud (Ex 40:38, Ezekiel 1:4). This symbolizes that the Holy Spirit reveals yet also keeps hidden the glory of God. In the New Testament, clouds play a role in Jesus‟ baptism, Transfiguration and Ascension.

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A dove – In all four Gospels, at Jesus‟ baptism the Spirit descends on him in the form of a dove. This is why in Christian art, a dove often symbolizes the Holy Spirit.

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Anointing – As part of our sacramental rites, to be anointed with oil (Chrism) symbolizes that the power of the Holy Spirit is being poured out on the person. The word Christ means “the one anointed by God‟s Spirit.” Jesus pours out his Spirit on all those who are baptized and confirmed, (as well as on those receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick)

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Laying on of hands – Jesus healed the sick and blessed children by laying his hands on them (Mark 10:16). People received the Holy Spirit when the Apostles laid hands on them (Acts 8:17)

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Who is the Holy Spirit?
The 3rd person of the blessed Trinity – proceeds from the Father and the Son….  The Holy Spirit is part of everything that God is and does and always has been and always will be.  Hebrew word for wind is ruah = “breath” or “spirit”
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At Creation – In the beginning when God created the heavens and earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. (Gen 1:1-2)

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Most dramatic manifestation of the Holy Spirit – recorded at beginning of the Acts of Apostles. (READ Acts 2:18) Pentacost celebrated 50 days after Easter. Birthday of the Catholic Church. Holy Spirit gave the apostles courage to preach the message of Jesus and to baptize those who believed.

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The mission of the Holy Spirit and the Catholic Church are fused together. The Holy Spirit directs the Church‟s mission. The Spirit works through the Church to make the mission of Jesus known. The Catholic Church is sometimes called the Temple of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit unites us and enriches us with all the gifts needed to be the Body of Christ. Eucharistic prayers….

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In the Old Testament – “spirit of God”
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2 Chronicles 15:1, Ezekiel 11:24 The Jewish people associated the Spirit of God with prophecy….God spoke through the prophets who spoke in His name.

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In the New Testament – Gospel of Luke is sometimes referred to as the Gospel of the Holy Spirit.
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Holy Spirit fills John the Baptist at his birth (1:15) Jesus is conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit (1:35) The Holy Spirit fills Elizabeth (1:41) and Simeon (2:25) The Holy Spirit descends on Jesus at His Baptism (3:22) and fills him after his time in the desert (4:1) – in the form of a dove.

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In Confirmation you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit into your life in a deeper and more profound way. The Holy Spirit‟s gifts help strengthen your bond with Christ and the Catholic Church and help you witness to the Christian faith in words and deeds. Strengthens you in faith, hope & charity – the 3 theological gifts. Through Confirmation we are given special strength to spread and defend out faith. 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit – (the number 7 represents fullness or completion). Read Isaiah 11:2-3

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Wisdom – to see God at work in our lives and in the world. Gives meaning and purpose. Understanding – to comprehend how we need to live to follow Jesus. Keeps us from being confused. Right Judgment –to know the difference between right and wrong and choose to do what is right. Helps us to avoid sin. Courage – to overcome our fear and help us take risks as a follower of Jesus. Helps us stand up for what is right. Knowledge – to understand the meaning of God‟s revelation of the life and words of Jesus. Inspires us to want to learn more. Reverence – to give us a deep respect for God and the Church. Helps us rely on God with humility, trust and love. Wonder and Awe – to make us aware of the glory and majesty of God. Helps us to know that God is perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, perfect love.

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Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.

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Come, Holy Spirit, and send down from heaven the ray of your light. Come, father of the poor, come, giver of gifts, come, light of the hearts. Best consoler, sweet host of the soul, sweet refresher. Rest in work, cooling in heat, comfort in crying. O most blessed light, fill the innermost hearts of your faithful.

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Without your power nothing is in man, nothing innocent.
Clean what is dirty, water what is dry, heal what is wounded. Bend what is rigid, heat what is cold, lead what has gone astray.

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Grant to your faithful who trust in you, your sevenfold holy gift.
Grant us the reward of virtue, grant us final salvation, grant us eternal joy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqkR-4l73CI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8aJKAvqStA

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The Holy Spirit – Discussion points for small groups. What symbol of the Holy Spirit stands out to you the most? What did you learn or think of in a new way that you hadn’t before? In whose lives do you see the Spirit at work? Why? How do you decide where the Spirit is leading you? Prayer life – Start adding “come Holy Spirit” or “Veni, Sancte Spiritus” to your daily personal prayer. In talking to Nicodemus about the necessity of being born of the spirit, Jesus said, “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit (John 3:8). Think about ways we encounter wind: gentle breezes that bring coolness, steady winds and gusts that make sailboats move and generate power, violent winds that are capable of reshaping the earth. We can not see the wind, only its effects. Can the Holy Spirit’s action in your life be likened to the power and movement of the wind? Have you been inspired by the Spirit to do things without knowing what would result? Favorite Places: Think about one of your favorite places. Do you ever think about the presence of the Holy Spirit when you are there? If not, the next time you go there, call to mind the promise of the Spirit’s presence and invite the Holy Spirit – Veni, Sancte Spiritus….Come Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit in the Eucharist – the next time you go to Mass, pay special attention to the references to the Holy Spirit. Pay particular attention to what we ask of the Holy Spirit during Mass. Legislative advocacy – You can get involved in being advocates for those whose basic needs are not being met. Remember that the Holy Spirit is sometimes called the Advocate….distribute FOCA postcards….


				
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