The Holy Spirit!

John 16:7
Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.

Many people want to know where the Church “came up with” the Holy Spirit – as though He is something the Church invented and could have simplified life by not making up.  They ask why the Holy Spirit is such a fuzzy thing in the minds of most Christians or why nobody quite knows what Confirmation does.  Such people forget that Revelation is like falling in love, not like designing a car.  It happens.  Then you spend the rest of your life saying, “Whoa!  What was that?”  The Church has been doing that since the Holy Spirit came rushing down on her head at Pentecost.  We believe in the Holy Spirit because, well, there He is, just as Jesus promised.  Exactly what that means, we don’t know completely.  But we believe, just as the Beloved believes in her Lover without understanding it all.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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