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Talk about the Holy Spirit

Do your children know the answers to these questions about the Holy Spirit? You will find succinct answers to all these questions in the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
 

  • What do we mean when we say “I believe in the Holy Spirit”?
    To believe in the Holy Spirit is to profess faith in the Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity who proceeds from the Father and the Son and "who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified." The Spirit is "sent.... into our hearts" (Galatians 4:6) so that we might receive new life as sons of God. 
     

  • How did the Holy Spirit work in Mary? 
    The Holy Spirit brought to fulfillment in Mary all the waiting and the preparation of the Old Testament for the coming of Christ. In a singular way he filled her with grace and made her virginity fruitful do that she could give birth to the Son of God made flesh. He made her the Mother of the "whole Christ," that is, of Jesus the Head and of the Church his body. Mary was present with the twelve on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit inaugurated the "last days" with the manifestation of the Church. 

  • Why are the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ inseparable? 
    In the indivisible Trinity, the Son and the Spirit are distinct but inseparable. From the very beginning until the end of time, when the Father sends his Son he also sends his Spirit who unites us to Christ in faith so that as adopted sons we can call God "Father" (Romans 8:15). The Spirit is invisible but we know him through his actions, when he reveals the Word to us and when he acts in the Church. 
     

  • What does the Holy Spirit do in the Church? 
    The Spirit builds, animates and sanctifies the Church. As the Spirit of Love, he restores to the baptized the divine likeness that was lost through sin and causes them to live in Christ the very life of the Holy Trinity. He sends them forth to bear witness to the Truth of Christ and he organizes them in their respective functions so that all might bear "the fruit of the Spirit" (Galatians 5:22). 

     

Dinner question: What gifts would you ask the Holy Spirit for?
“To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit,” Over dinner, ask your family..

  • What gifts would you ask the Holy Spirit for? 

  • The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord (Catechism 1831).

  • What fruits of the Holy Spirit are most “abundant” in our family? 

  • The fruits of the Holy Spirit are charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity (Catechism 1832).