Faith is the Work of Holy Spirit

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The Holy Spirit (depicted in the Window of the Apsis) dominates the Throne of Saint Peter -
by BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo, from San Pietro, Rome

 

Paraclete (Latin <Consolator>; Greek <Parakletos>), an Appellation of the Holy Ghost. Variously translated "Advocate", "Intercessor", "Teacher", "Helper", "Comforter". According to St John, the Mission of the Paraclete is to Abide with the Disciples after Jesus has withdrawn His Visible-Presence from them; to Inwardly Bring-home to them the Teaching Externally given by Christ and thus to Stand as a Witness to the Doctrine and Work of the Savior. There is no reason for limiting to the Apostles themselves the Comforting Influence of the Paraclete. The Paraclete Comforts the Church by Guaranteeing her Inerrancy and Fostering Her Sanctity. He Comforts each Individual Soul in many ways. Every Salutary Condition, Power, and Action, in fact the Whole Range of our Salvation, comes within the Comforter's Mission. Its Extraordinary Effects are styled Gifts, Fruits, Beatitudes. Its Ordinary Working is Sanctification with all it entails, Habitual Grace, Infused Virtues, Adoption, and the Right to the Celestial Inheritance. "The Charity of God", says St Paul, "is Poured-forth in our Hearts by the Holy Ghost Who is given to us". In that Passage the Paraclete is both the Giver and the Gift: the Giver of Grace (<Donum Creatum>) and the Gift of the Father and the Son (<Donum Increatum>). St Paul teaches repeatedly that:

the Holy Ghost dwells in us.

from the Catholic Encyclopedia

 

Supernatural Order
( If you are in the State of Sanctifying Grace,
the Holy Ghost dwells 'in-you'
in a very Special and Personal way.
)

Human Being/Person
(A Unity (1) of Body and Soul)

Natural
Order

Supernatural
Order

Natural
Body
(Subordinate-Partner)

Natural
Soul
(Dominant Partner)

Supernatural Grace/
Infused Virtues
and Gifts of the
Holy Ghost

The Supernatural Order is the Ensemble of Effects exceeding the Powers of the Created Universe, and Gratuitously produced directly by God for the purpose of Raising the Rational Creature above its Natural Sphere to a God-like Life and Destiny.

 

 

Faith is the Work of Holy Spirit

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by Pope John Paul II

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1. Dear friends who have traveled so many miles, in so many ways, to come to Rome, to the Tombs of the Apostles, let me begin by putting to you a Question: What have you come here to find? You have come to Celebrate your Jubilee: The Jubilee of the young Church. Yours is not just any Journey: if you have set out on a Pilgrimage, it is not just for the Sake of Recreation or an Interest in Culture. Well then, let me ask again: What have you come in search of? Or rather, Who have you come here to find?

There can be only One (1) Answer to that: You have come in Search of Jesus Christ! But Jesus Christ has First gone in Search of you. To Celebrate the Jubilee can have no other meaning than that of Celebrating and Meeting Jesus Christ, the Word Who took Flesh and came to Dwell among us.

The Prologue of Saint John's Gospel, which has just now been Proclaimed, is in a sense Jesus' "Visiting Card". These Words invite us to Fix our Eyes on the Mystery that He is. These Words hold a Special Message for you, dear young people: "In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the Beginning with God" (John 1:1-2).

Origin of the Eternal Word

God the Father possesses Two (2)
Internal Divine Processions

God the Father

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(Begotten, not Made, not Created)

The Eternal Word,
The Son of God,
Second Person of the Holy Trinity

Indicating to us the Word Who is One-in-Being with the Father, the Eternal Word Generated as God from God and Light from Light, the Evangelist takes us to the Heart of the Divine Life, but also to the Wellspring of the World. This Word in fact is the Beginning of all Creation: "All things were made through Him, and without Him was not made anything that was made" (John 1:3). The Whole Created World, before ever it came to be, was in the Mind of God and was Willed by Him in an Eternal Plan of Love. Therefore, if we look at the World in Depth, allowing ourselves to Marvel at the Wisdom and Beauty which God has Poured-out upon it, we can see in it a Reflection of the Word, which Biblical-Revelation Unveils for us Fully in the Face of Jesus of Nazareth. In a sense, Creation is the First "Revelation" of Him.

2. The Prologue continues with these Words: "In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of Men. The Light shines in the Darkness, but the Darkness did not accept it" (John 1:4-5). For the Evangelist, the Light is Life, and Death, the Enemy of Life, is Darkness. Through the Word, all Life appeared on the Earth, and in the Word this Life has its Perfect Fulfillment.

Identifying Light and Life, John is thinking of the Life that is not just the Biological-Life of the Body, but the Life which comes from Sharing-in the very Life of Christ. The Evangelist says: "The True Light that Enlightens every Man was coming into the World" (John 1:9). This Enlightenment was given to Humanity on the Night-of-Bethlehem, when the Eternal Word of the Father took a Body from the Virgin Mary, became Man, and was Born into the World. From that time onwards, every Person who by Faith shares in the Mystery of that Event, experiences some measure of that Enlightenment.

Christ Himself, announcing that He was the Light of the World, said one day: "While you have the Light, Believe in the Light, that you may become Children of Light" (John 12:36). This is a Summons which the followers of Christ Pass-on to one another from generation-to-generation, trying to answer it in Everyday Life. Referring to this Summons, Saint Paul writes: "Walk always as Children of Light, for the Fruit of Light is found in all that is Good and Right and True" (Ephesians 5:8-9).

3. The Heart of John's Prologue is the Proclamation that "the Word was made Flesh and Dwelt amongst us" (1:14). A little before this, the Evangelist had declared: "He came to His own Home, and His own People received Him not. But to all who received Him, He gave Power to become Children of God (cf. 1:10-12). Dear friends, are you among those who have Accepted Christ? Your presence here is already an Answer to that Question. You have come to Rome, in this Jubilee of the 2,000th Anniversary of Christ's Birth, in order to open your Hearts to the Power of Life which is in Him. You have come here to rediscover the Truth about Creation and to Recover a Sense of Wonder at the Beauty and the Richness of the Created World. You have come to Renew within yourselves the Awareness of the Dignity of Man, Created in the Image and Likeness of God.

How Man is made in the Image and Likeness of God (Summa of St Thomas)

Man is said to be in the Image of God by Reason of his Intellectual Nature.
To be to the Image of God belongs to the Mind (i.e. Soul/Intellect/Heart) only.
The Image of God is more-perfect in the Angels than in Man, because their Intellectual Nature is more-perfect.
Scripture implies Man was made "to" God's Likeness; for the preposition "to" signifies a certain approach, as of something 'at-a-distance'.
Therefore there is in Man a Likeness to God; not, indeed, a Perfect Likeness, but Imperfect.
Men are called to overcome their Imperfection and become Saints - (Romans 1:7);
    "Be you therefore Perfect, as also your Heavenly Father is Perfect" - Mt 5:48(DRV).

"We have beheld His Glory, Glory as of the only Son from the Father, Full of Grace and Truth" (John 1:14). A Contemporary Philosopher has emphasized the Significance of Death in Human Life, to the point of describing Man as "a Being made for Death". The Gospel, on the contrary, makes it clear that Man is a Being made for Life. Every Person is called by God to share in the Divine Life. Man is a Being called to Glory.

These days, which you will spend together in Rome at the World Youth Day, should help each of you to see more clearly the Glory which belongs to the Son of God and to which we have been called in Him by the Father. For this to happen, your Faith in Christ must Grow and be Strengthened.

4. I wish to Bear Witness to this Faith here before all of you, young friends, at the Tomb of the Apostle Peter, to whom the Lord wished me to Succeed as Bishop of Rome. Beginning with myself, today I wish to tell you that I Believe Firmly in Jesus Christ our Lord. Yes, I Believe, and I make my-own, the Words of the Apostle Paul: "The Life I now Live in the Flesh I Live by Faith in the Son of God, Who Loved me and Gave Himself for me" (Galations 2:20).

I remember how as a child, in my own family, I learned to Pray and Trust in God. I remember the Life of my Parish in Wadowice and that of Saint Stanislaus Kostka, in Debniki in Kraków where I received my Basic Training in Christian Living. I cannot forget the experience of the War and the Years of Work in a Factory. My Priestly Vocation came to its Full Maturity during the Second World War, during the Occupation of Poland. The Tragedy of the War gave a particular coloring to the Gradual Maturing of my Vocation in Life. In these circumstances, I perceived a Light shining ever more brightly within me: the Lord wanted me to be a Priest! I remember with feeling, that moment in my life when, on the Morning of 1 November 1946, I was Ordained a Priest.

My Credo continues in my Present Service to the Church. On 16 October 1978, after my Election to the See-of-Peter, when I was asked "Do you accept?", I answered "With Obedience in Faith to Christ, my Lord, and Trusting in the Mother of Christ and of the Church, no matter what the Difficulties, I accept" ( Redemptor Hominis, n. 2). From that time on, I have tried to Carry-out my Mission, drawing Light and Strength every day from the Faith that Binds me to Christ.

But my Faith, like that of Peter and like the Faith of each one of you, is not just my doing, my Attachment to the Truth of Christ and the Church. It is Essentially and Primarily the Work of the Holy Spirit, a Gift of His Grace. The Lord gives His Spirit to me as He gives Him to you, to Help us say: "I Believe", and then to use us to Bear Witness to Him in every Corner of the World.

5. Dear friends, why do I want to offer you this Personal Testimony at the beginning of your Jubilee? I do so in order to make it clear that the Journey of Faith is part of everything that happens in our Lives. God is at Work in the Concrete and Personal Situations of each one of us: through them, sometimes in Truly Mysterious Ways, the Word "Made Flesh", Who came to Live among us, makes Himself Present to us.

Dear young people, do not let the time that the Lord gives you go by as though everything happened by-chance. Saint John has told us that everything has been Made-in Christ. Therefore, Believe Unshakeably in Him. He Directs the History of Individuals, as well as the History of Humanity. Certainly Christ Respects our Freedom, but in all the Joyful or Bitter Circumstances of Life, He never stops asking us to Believe in Him, in His Word, in the Reality of the Church, in Eternal Life!

Don't ever think then that you are unknown to Him, as if you were just a Number in an Anonymous Crowd. Each one of you is Precious to Christ, He knows you Personally, He Loves you Tenderly, even when you are not aware of it.

salus.gif (37928 bytes) 6. Dear friends, who face the Third Millennium with all the Ardor of your Youth, give your Full Attention to the Opportunity Offered to you by World Youth Day in this Church of Rome, which today more than ever is your Church. Let yourselves be Molded by the Holy Spirit. Spend Time in Prayer, letting the Spirit Speak to your Hearts. To Pray means to give some of your Time to Christ, to Entrust yourselves to Him, to Listen in Silence to His Word, to make It Echo in your Hearts.

Treat these days as though they were a Great Week of Spiritual Exercises; look for Times of Silence, Prayer and Recollection. Ask the Holy Spirit to Enlighten your Minds, ask Him for the Gift of a Living Faith which will forever give Meaning to your Lives, Joining them to Christ, the Word made Flesh.

May the Blessed Virgin Mary, who gave Birth to Christ by the Work of the Holy Spirit, Mary Salus Populi Romani (Protectress of the Roman People) and Mother of all Peoples, and Saints Peter and Paul, and all the other Saints and Martyrs of this Church and of all the Churches to which you belong, Sustain you on your Journey.