The Spirit in the Church As we conclude our celebration of Easter, we are reminded in so many ways that it is the Spirit, which our Lord promised he has given us, which animates us and our life in the Church. The celebration of Ascension is also the foreshadowing of the gift of the Spirit, given to us at Pentecost, and also given to our parish in the celebration of First Holy Communion, Confirmation, and each Mass we take part in.
Saint Anthony of Padua, Franciscan, Doctor of the Church, explains it thus:
The Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, the Advocate, is he whom the Father and the Son send like a breath into the souls of the just. It is by him that we are sanctified and made worthy of becoming saints. Human breath is the life of the body, divine breath is the life of the soul. Human breath makes us sensitive, divine breath makes us holy.
This Spirit is Holy because without him no spirit, whether angelic or human, is able to be holy.”
May the Spirit awaken in you His gifts in abundance!