That which during the theophany at the Jordan came so to speak "from outside," from on high, here comes "from within," that is to say from the depths of who Jesus is. "245 At the culmination of the Paschal Mystery, the Son of God, made man and crucified for the sins of the world, appeared in the midst of his Apostles after the Resurrection, breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit." Acts 1:1.72. However, no one but he himself, the Spirit of truth, can "convince the world," man or the human conscience of this ineffable truth. This "guiding into all the truth," referring to what the Apostles "cannot bear now," is necessarily connected with Christ's self-emptying through his Passion and Death on the Cross, which, when he spoke these words, was just about to happen. It is the Holy Spirit who is the personal expression of this self-giving, of this being-love. ", Something about Mary and the Holy Spirit by Sister Agatha PCC. .proceeds from the Father" 28 and the Father "gives" the Spirit. They mark out the area of that mysterium pietatis that in human history is opposed to sin, to the mystery of iniquity.189 On the one hand, as St. Augustine says, there is "love of self to the point of contempt of God"; on the other, "love-of God to the point of contempt of self. In principle and in fact, materialism radically excludes the presence and action of God, who is spirit, in the world and above all in man. . Jn 16:20.49. 2, Quaestiuncula 3. He proclaims what he certainly would not have had the courage to say before: Men of Israel,...Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs which God did through him in your midst...this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. Decree on the Church's Missionary Activity, Ad Gentes,97. "82 It can be said therefore that the messianic "raising up" of Christ in the Holy Spirit reaches its zenith in the Resurrection, in which he reveals himself also as the Son of God, "full of power." In convincing the world concerning sin the Spirit of truth comes into contact with the voice of human consciences. John is not only a prophet but also a messenger: he is the precursor of Christ. Their main purpose is to develop in the Church the awareness that "she is compelled by the Holy Spirit to do her part towards the full realization of the will of God, who has established Christ as the source of salvation for the whole world. On the other, he feels himself to be boundless in his desires and summoned to a higher life. And in all this wonderful dynamism of conversion-forgiveness there is confirmed the truth of what St. Augustine writes concerning the mystery of man, when he comments on the words of the Psalm: "The abyss calls to the abyss. The Church, taking her inspiration from Revelation, believes and professes that sin is an offense against God. Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes, n. 24.260. Cf. "229 The love of God the Father, as a gift, infinite grace, source of life, has been made visible in Christ, and in his humanity that love has become "part" of the universe, the human family and history. The gift made by the Son completes the revelation and giving of the eternal love: the Holy Spirit, who in the inscrutable depths of the divinity is a Person-Gift, through the work of the Son, that is to say by means of the Paschal Mystery, is given to the Apostles and to the Church in a new way, and through them is given to humanity and the whole world. "165 The conscience therefore is not an independent and exclusive capacity to decide what is good and what is evil. "144 The ideology of the "death of God" easily demonstrates in its effects that on the "theoretical and practical" levels it is the ideology of the "death of man. 38, 40.258. 330-332.111. Cf. It can be said therefore that materialism is the systematic and logical development of that resistance" and opposition condemned by St. Paul with the words: "The desires of the flesh are against the Spirit." Through the "departure" of the Son, the Holy Spirit came and continues to come as Counselor and Spirit of truth. In this sense also the subsequent Assemblies of the Synod of Bishops are to be carefully studied and evaluated, aiming as they do to ensure that the fruits of truth and love-the authentic fruits of the Holy Spirit-become a lasting treasure for the People of God in its earthly pilgrimage down the centuries. Vatican II adds that the Church is "a sacrament. We need to go further back, to embrace the whole of the action of the Holy Spirit even before Christ-from the beginning, throughout the world, and especially in the economy of the Old Covenant. When the time for Jesus to leave this world had almost come, he told the Apostles of "another Counselor. 24. 2 Thess 2:7.123. We hear: "All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."75. And since the sacrifice of the Cross is an act proper to Christ, also in this sacrifice he "receives" the Holy Spirit. this prayer of theirs is filled, as always, with an eschatological significance, which is also destined to give fullness of meaning to the celebration of the great Jubilee. XLIX, 2: CCL 38, pp. When you wonder what it means to be a mature person, look to Christ who is the fullness of humanity. "102 The same Counselor and Spirit of truth who has been promised as the one who "will teach" and "bring to remembrance, " who "will bear witness," and "guide into all the truth," in the words just quoted is foretold as the one who "will convince the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement. How should this blasphemy be understood ? Similarly, the death of the Son of God conquers human death: "I will be your death, O death,"120 as the sin of having crucified the Son of God "conquers" human sin! The Holy Spirit "convinces concerning sin" in relation to the mystery of man's origins, showing the fact that man is a created being, and therefore in complete ontological and ethical dependence upon the Creator. Cf. Here we wish to concentrate our attention principally on this mission of the Holy Spirit, which is "to convince the world concerning sin," but at the same time respecting the general context of Jesus' words in the Upper Room. Cf. "If I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you." This is the divine "logic" which from the mystery of the Trinity leads to the mystery of the Redemption of the world in Jesus Christ. "184 In our own time this attitude of mind and heart is perhaps reflected in the loss of the sense of sin, to which the Apostolic Exhortation Reconciliatio et Paenitentia devotes many pages.185 Pope Pius XII had already declared that "the sin of the century is the loss of the sense of sin,"186 and this loss goes hand in hand with the "loss of the sense of God." Along this path-the path of such an inner maturity, which includes the full discovery of the meaning of humanity-God comes close to man, and permeates more and more completely the whole human world. The Holy Spirit comes at the price of Christ's "departure." There is granted the new life, in which as a sharer in the mystery of Incarnation "man has access to the Father in the Holy Spirit. Since God "wishes all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth," the Redemption includes all humanity and in a certain way all of creation. Jn 16:15.80. Her trust is based on him who, being the Spirit-love, is also the Spirit of peace and does not cease to be present in our human world, on the horizon of minds and hearts, in order to "fill the universe" with love and peace. Jn 12:31; 14:30; 16:11.99. (The Memorarae). The Blood that Purifies the Conscience, 42. He is the Spirit of the Father and of the Son: like the Father and the Son he is uncreated, without limit, eternal, omnipotent, God, Lord. Since the way of peace passes in the last analysis through love and seeks to create the civilization of love, the Church fixes her eyes on him who is the love of the Father and the Son, and in spite of increasing dangers she does not cease to trust, she does not cease to invoke and to serve the peace of man on earth. Those who are converted, therefore, are led by the Holy Spirit out of the range of the "judgment," and introduced into that righteousness which is in Christ Jesus, and is in him precisely because he receives it from the Father,192 as a reflection of the holiness of the Trinity. ……. The music (Veni Sancte Spiritus) is sung by the Poor Clare Sisters in enclosed community at Ty Mam Duw (North Wales). 21. "Obviously it is a question of the unity which the human race which in itself is differentiated in various ways has from God and in God. The mission of the Son, in a certain sense, finds its "fulfillment" in the Redemption. Acts 2:4.110. Following this tradition, Simon Peter will say in the house of Cornelius: "You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judea...after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. And therefore the same Sequence exclaims: "without your aid nothing is in man, nothing is without fault."
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