NAME OF PROGRAM: New Life
PRESENTER: Kimberly Kramar
TOPIC: The process of the Holy Spirit
PROGRAM # 10
Live transmission: Monday, May 8, 2017
Time: Miami 8:00pm / Mexico 18:00pm / Colombia 19:00pm / Argentina 22:00hrs / Europe 1:00am
SPECIAL GUESTS: Music ministry - Kiki Troia, Margarita Araux and Marco López
Purpose of message:
To approach the Person of the Holy Spirit to know how He can transform us if we open ourselves to his action together with the Father and the Son, an indivisible Trinity who wishes to make us partakers of the New Life, to transform the face of the earth and share with them eternal glory.
Ps 139, 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?
Who is the Holy Spirit?
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Holy Spirit is the "Third Person of the Holy Trinity"; As we recite in the old Creed (Nicene - Constantinople) is "Lord and giver of Life", comes from the "Father and the Son" and together with them "receive the same adoration and glory."
The ultimate in the revelation of this indivisible Trinity is the first to awaken us in faith to initiate us into a New Life. The Holy Spirit is, therefore, a gift of God through which He has poured out His love into our hearts (cf. Rom 5: 5). As our dear Pope Francis said, a gift "active in us" that allows us to remember, to remember, to renew ourselves ... However, as we have read and heard so many times, the Holy Spirit is also called "the great unknown." The more indifferent and forgetful we are, the more we will distance ourselves from its powerful action and, likewise, we will be missing the opportunity to receive His sanctifying grace.
Although from the old covenant God had chosen men and women to speak in his name and prepare the people for the coming of the Messiah, many - and to this day - did not listen to the Spirit of God who spoke through the mouth of Isaiah, Jeremiah and The other prophets. Not even those who had been baptized with water by John, the last prophet, remembered his announcement:
Jn 1, 22 – 33 So they said to him, "Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us? What do you have to say for yourself?" (v. 25-26) They asked him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet?" John answered them, "I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, (v. 33) I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the holy Spirit.'
When Paul arrived at Ephesus, he asked disciples:
Acts 19, 2 – 3 He said to them, "Did you receive the holy Spirit when you became believers?" They answered him, "We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." He said, "How were you baptized?" They replied, "With the baptism of John."
Our tendency to forget seems peculiar to our ungrateful humanity. The Holy Spirit is therefore that great unknown of our faith, defined by St. Teresa of Jesus "as a strong hurricane, [which] brings the vessel of our soul to holiness more than an hour, than what we had obtained in months and Years rowing with our own forces."
Memory is, then, part of the process that the Holy Spirit does in us, not only for the recognition of His Person, but also to open the door of salvation. Bishop Alfonso Uribe Jaramillo, who along with my mother was one of the pioneers of the Charismatic Renewal in Colombia and therefore a great proclaimer of the baptism in the Spirit, wrote: "When we open our lives to the enlightening and sanctifying action of the Holy Spirit, He begins by discovering us and making us savor the ineffable reality of the Fatherhood of God."
1 Cor 12, 3 And no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit in the Life of Jesus
Young Catechism of the Church - Youcat 114
"Without the Holy Spirit you can not understand Jesus. In his life was shown as never before the presence of the Spirit of God that we call the Holy Spirit.
It was the Holy Spirit who called the human life to Jesus in the womb of the Virgin Mary (Mt 1, 18), confirmed him as the beloved Son (Lk 4, 16-19), guided him (Mk 1, 12) and He revived it to the end (Jn 19, 30). On the Cross Jesus breathed the Spirit. After his resurrection he gave his disciples the Holy Spirit (Jn 20, 20). With this the Spirit passed to the Church: "As the Father has sent me, so I send you" (Jn 20, 21)”.
Gal 4, 4 – 6 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!"
• Believing in the Holy Spirit means recognizing ourselves as children of God, joint heirs with Christ, unified with Him to carry out the mission of changing the face of the earth
• The New Life of the Children of God
"In Jesus Christ God Himself became man and granted us to contemplate in a certain way the intimacy of God Himself. And there we see something totally unexpected: the mysterious God is not an infinite solitude; It is an event of love. There is the Son who speaks with the Father. And both are one in the Spirit, which is, so to speak, the atmosphere of giving and loving that makes them one God."
Benedict XVI, Vigil of Pentecost, 2006
The Holy Spirit in the Church
In paragraph 4 of the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium, the constant action of the Holy Spirit in the Church is explicit:
"The Holy Spirit was sent on the day of Pentecost, in order to sanctify the Church indefinitely, so that the faithful may have access to the Holy Spirit." (cf. Jn 17, 4). Father through Christ in one Spirit (cf. Eph 2, 18). He is the Spirit of life or the spring of water that jumps to eternal life (cf. Jn 4,14; 7, 38-39), by whom the Father gives life to men, dead by sin, until he resurrects his Mortal bodies in Christ (cf. Rom 8, 10-11). The Spirit dwells in the Church and in the hearts of the faithful as in a temple (cf. 1 Cor 3, 16. 6, 19), and in them prays and testifies to their adoption as sons (cf. Rom 8, 15-16. 26). It guides the Church to all truth (cf. Jn 16, 13), unifies it in communion and ministry, provides and governs it with various hierarchical and charismatic gifts and embellishes it with its fruits (cf. Eph 4, 11-12; 1 Co 12, 4; Ga 5, 22). With the strength of the Gospel, it rejuvenates the Church, renews it incessantly and leads it to the consummate union with its Bridegroom. Indeed, the Spirit and the Bride say to the Lord Jesus: Come! (cf. Ap 22, 17).
And so the whole Church appears as "a people gathered together by virtue of the unity of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
"We can not understand the greatness and vitality of the Church if we do not see it full of the Holy Spirit"
Bishop Alfonso Uribe Jaramillo
"In addition to being a source of the truth and vital principle of the identity of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, the Holy Spirit is also the source and principle of the sacramental life, through which the Church takes strength from Christ, His holiness, is nourished by his grace, grows and advances in his pilgrimage to eternity. The Holy Spirit, who is at the origin of the Incarnation of the Word, is the living source of all the sacraments instituted by Christ and administered by the Church. Precisely through the sacraments, he gives men the "new life", associating the Church as a cooperator in this saving action ".
Congregation for the Clergy, http://www.clerus.org
How does the Holy Spirit arise?
Names, symbols and sacramental presence
"The Holy Spirit is the author, the diffuser and almost the breath of the grace of Christ in us"
John Paul II, General Audience
- The pigeon: the symbol valid from antiquity to the present day:
Youcat 115 The Holy Spirit descends upon Jesus in the form of a dove. The early Christians experienced the Holy Spirit as a healing anointing, living water, impetuous wind or flaming fire. Jesus Christ himself speaks of Him as help, comforter, teacher and Spirit of Truth.
(...) The peace that God established with men after the flood was announced to Noah by the appearance of a dove. Pagan antiquity also knew the dove as a symbol of love. In this way the early Christians quickly understood why the Holy Spirit, the love of God made person, descended upon Jesus in the form of a dove, when he was baptized in the Jordan. Today the dove is the sign of peace known throughout the world and one of the great symbols of the reconciliation of men with God (cf. Gen 8, 10-11).
- Water: the symbolism of water is significant of the action of the Holy Spirit in Baptism, since water becomes the sacramental sign of the new birth.
- By the anointing: symbolizes the force. The anointing with oil is synonymous with the Holy Spirit. In the sacrament of Confirmation anointed the confirmed to prepare him to be a witness of Christ.
- The seal: symbol close to the anointing. It indicates the indelible character of the anointing of the Spirit in the sacraments and speaks of the consecration of the Christian.
- Fire: symbolizes the transforming energy of the acts of the Spirit.
- The cloud and the light: they are inseparable symbols in the manifestations of the Holy Spirit. Thus it descends on the Virgin Mary to "cover it with its shadow". On Mount Tabor, in the Transfiguration, the day of the Ascension; a shadow and a cloud appear.
- Imposition of hands: through this action the Apostles and now the Bishops transmit the "gift of the Spirit".
"The sacraments are the means of grace instituted by Jesus Christ to save us"
John Paul II, in General Audience, citing the old catechism
Tit 3, 5 Not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit in us
Catholics received the Holy Spirit on the day of our baptism:
1 Cor 12, 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.
Acts 2, 38 Peter [said] to them, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Youcat 120 The Holy Spirit opens me to God; teaches me to pray and helps me to be available to others. "The silent guest of our soul," St. Augustine calls the Holy Spirit. Whoever wants to perceive it must be silent. Often this guest speaks softly within us, for example in the voice of our conscience or through internal and external impulses. To be "temple of the Holy Spirit" means to be in body and soul at the disposal of this guest, of God in us. Our body is therefore, in a way, the living room with God. The more we open ourselves to the Holy Spirit in us, the more he will become the teacher of our life, the more he will give us today his charisms for the edification of the Church. In this way, instead of the works of the flesh, the fruits of the Spirit will grow in us.
• We do not see the Spirit, but we know it through its action in each of us and for its impact on the Church we constitute: holy, catholic and apostolic
Jn 14, 16 – 17 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you.
"Jesus has kept his promises: he has risen, he has ascended into heaven and, in union with the Eternal Father, he sends us the Holy Spirit to sanctify us and give us life.
The strength and power of God illuminates the face of the earth. The Holy Spirit continues to assist the Church of Christ, so that it may be - always and in everything - a sign raised before the nations, which announces to mankind the benevolence and love of God. However great our limitations may be, men can look with confidence at the heavens and feel full of joy: God loves us and frees us from our sins. The presence and action of the Holy Spirit in the Church is the pledge and anticipation of eternal happiness, joy and peace that God has for us.
We too, like those first who approached St. Peter on the day of Pentecost, have been baptized. At baptism, Our Father God has taken possession of our lives, has incorporated us into the life of Christ and sent us the Holy Spirit. "
Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer, It is Christ who passes, n. 127
1 Cor 6, 11 That is what some of you used to be; but now you have had yourselves washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
• Free from sin (Jn 20, 23)
• Confirmed in faith (Acts 8, 17; 19, 6)
• Sealed with the Spirit of the Promise, pledge of our inheritance (Eph 1, 13-14)
• Reconciled by Christ himself after the resurrection (Jn 20, 22-23)
• Anointed and united in prayer to raise the sick, to see them safe and sound in the Name of the Lord
• Bearers of the Spirit of Life through the Holy Eucharist (Jn 6, 63), to enjoy an experience of communion through the "outpouring of the Holy Spirit"
Gifts and charisms of the Holy Spirit
Charisms: from the Greek charis: gift, grace, favor, talent. The free gifts of the Holy Spirit are called
1 Cor 12, 4 – 11 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another the expression of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit; to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy; to another discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues; to another interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as he wishes.
• Witnesses to the ends of the earth
Pentecost: from the Greek pentecoste: "the day fifty" after Easter. In its origin was a festival in which Israel celebrated the covenant of the covenant with God in Sinai. By the event of Pentecost in Jerusalem became for the Christians in the feast of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2, 1 – 4 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
• Far from fear, full of courage, enthusiasm and offering their own life for the communication of the Kingdom of God on earth. Fully aware of his baptism in the Holy Spirit
Baptism in the Spirit
Alfonso Uribe Jaramillo explains in the Seminar on Life in the Spirit: it is not a new sacrament, it does not mean that the Holy Spirit is received for the first time (already present in baptism and confirmation); It is not receiving a great perfection in a sudden way; It is not the prize for great personal holiness; Is not a method to avoid the difficulties inherent in all Christian life.
Baptism in the Spirit is an event in our lives, in which the Lord descends from the mind to the heart and experiences the loving presence of the Father, of Christ and of the Holy Spirit, and the manifestation of His power that enables us to be true Witnesses of Jesus and ministers of his total salvation.
It is to open the whole person for this Divine Spirit to take possession of it and, from now on, the Orient. It is to have a deep experience of the loving presence of God in our lives that facilitates the total surrender to Him. It is to relive the grace of Baptism and Confirmation and the other commitments acquired with the Lord throughout our lives. It is a first great step of a new spiritual path under the loving action of the Spirit.
Fruits of this experience
• Great love for the Word of God, which is "spirit and life"
• Intense thirst for prayer
• Filial appreciation for the Blessed Virgin: she enters our life in a new way
• Filial love for the Holy Father and appreciation for the Magisterium
• Value for the community, need to love and to project to it with generosity
• The charisms appear in their great exercise
• Ineffable joy in living the experience of the loving person of the Lord in our life
What do you do to receive it?
• Believing in this reality, knowing what it is
• Asking for it
Lk 11, 13 If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit to those who ask him?"
Ps 139, 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?
Come Holy Spirit, send your light from heaven. Loving father of the poor; Gift, in your splendid gifts; Light that penetrates the souls; Source of greatest comfort.
Come, sweet guest of the soul, rest of our effort, truce in the hard work, breeze in the hours of fire, joy that wipes the tears and comfort in the duels.
Enter to the bottom of the soul, divine light and enrich us. Look at the emptiness of man if You lack within; Look at the power of sin when you do not send your breath.
It waters the earth in drought, heals the sick heart, cleans the stains, infuses the heat of life in the ice, dresses the indomitable spirit, guides the one who twists the path.
Share your Seven Gifts according to the faith of your servants. By your goodness and your grace give the effort its merit; Save the one who seeks salvation and give us your eternal joy.