The tabernacle of my parish church, Holy Spirit, has the scene of Pentecost inscribed on the front. The apostles have the pre-requisite tongues of flame above their heads and off in the upper left is a dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit with rays cast upon those assembled. Kneeling among the apostles is Mary. It is appropriate that we remember her with the apostles on Pentecost because at her Annunciation the Holy Spirit overshadowed her and she conceived the Christ. In Genesis, the Spirit of God hovered over the waters of creation. At Pentecost, the divine Spirit is showered upon the Church; the Church must now bear Christ just as he was brought into the world first by Mary. We can know and extend the presence of Jesus to others because the Holy Spirit gives us access to him. The weak apostles are confirmed in the truth and now preach the Gospels themselves. The Charisms and gifts of the Holy Spirit are give to us corporately as a Church and as individuals. Pentecost symbolizes a new beginning, the creation of a new covenant people. The Holy Spirit is to the Church what the soul is to the body. Strip it away and all we have is a corpse. The Holy Spirit is the breath of divine life!
The Holy Spirit preserves orthodoxy for the successors of the apostles and Peter regarding faith and morals.
The same Holy Spirit by which Christ performed his miracles, healings, and his resurrection from the dead gives efficacy to the sacraments as the continued work of Christ in the Church.
The same Holy Spirit inspires the Scriptures and enables us to understand revelation and to have faith in our Savior, Jesus.
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