Holy Spirit – The Living Breath

Last May, the young adults from Turrist Orationist Ministry had a talk on the Holy Spirit with a very special guest speaker, Fr Connor Steadman. Here is a summary of the talk:


 Let us take a short moment to reflect on one of the basic questions as Catholics.

 Why God made me?

 God made us to know Him, love Him, serve Him, and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.

We do not do what we want to do, but what we do not want to do (Romans 7:15). We have the desire to do what is good, but we cannot carry it out and we tend to do the evil thing.

So, how then can God help us to overcome our weaknesses so we reach our final destination?

  • Teach us by means of His law – Through His commandments and teachings He guides us to understand things that we should or we should not do
  • God helps us by His grace – He sends us His Holy Spirit to guide us and to lead us in the Godly direction

Right, so now we are entering the gift of the Holy Spirit itself. There are two types of gifts: extraordinary/charismatic gift (1 Corinthians 12:8-10) and also ordinary gift. For this discussion, we will only learn about the ordinary gift.

Ordinary gift of the Holy Spirit begins at baptism. After we emerge from the water, the original sin is washed away and the Holy Spirit is poured out for us. We then receive the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit.

 

Boat and Sail

But, is that it? Imagine a boat with a sail. The boat is us, sail is the gift, and the wind is the Holy Spirit. We cannot control the wind, only the sail. In order for the boat to move, the sail needs to be open, maintained in good condition, allowing the wind to blow it and direct the boat along a true course. If the sail is shut or torn, then the boat will struggle to reach its destination. Therefore, the gift of the Holy Spirit needs to be exercised and practiced throughout our daily life.

Fear of the Lord – Not merely fear of committing a sin because we fear punishment, but because we love God so much. This is a fear that arises from love. This gift helps us to understand God as our father and makes us realize our weaknesses.

Fortitude/Courage – Gives us the necessary strength to overcome obstacles and remain strong and faithful. We can practice this by being patient in suffering and offering it to God, persevering in our daily work, while remaining focused on Him.

Piety – Helps us to trust God as our father, to forgive others when it is hard, and to trust that God will bring out something good for us

Counsel – the Holy Spirit is our best teacher. He helps us to judge promptly and determine the right decisions for our life. Never make a decision before asking the Holy Spirit and counselling in the presence of God.

Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom – Knowledge helps us to understand ourselves and the world better. We can appreciate creation as God desires us to see it and we can use it in the right way. The gift of understanding grants us greater intimacy with God helping us know who God is. The gift of wisdom makes us able to observe everything through God’s perspective. We have a sense of what God is when we discern about any situation.

Conclusion

Each one of us received the gifts of the Holy Spirit when we were baptised, from which we can draw the necessary strength as we journey to Heaven. We need to always stay close to God at all times and exercise the Holy Spirit throughout our daily life.

written by Ignatius Vito Oentoro from Turrist Orationist Ministry (TOM). TOM is a charismatic Catholic community of Indonesia in Perth established on 2000. TOM stands for Turrist Orationist Ministry which in Latin means the Tower of Prayer, as the community’s first members are longing to be the prayer towers in Perth. For more info visit http://www.tom.org.au/ or follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/menaradoa/