By the Power of the Holy Spirit!

Luke 1:35
And the angel said to her,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;
therefore the child to be born will be called holy,
the Son of God.”

The same Holy Spirit that wrought the Incarnation of the Son of God in the Virgin’s womb is still at work in the present moment – right where you are sitting, if you like – impregnating human beings with the life of God and growing Christ again in the hearts of men, women and children all over the globe.  His power has not diminished with the centuries.  “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.  And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.”

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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  • Guest

    hi mark, after reading gen 35 today i began to wonder…was the holy spirit present and moving in the jewish people or was he not working in the people until after pentecost? i know where God is, there is the trinity, but i thought the father sent the holy spirit to be with us at pentecost.


  • alvinal

    Our parish has a Catholic Scripture Study International program. This year we’ll study the book of Genesis. Yes, the Trinity existed before the world began. In part from the Introduction to Genesis of our study…

    “From John’s Gospel, ‘In the begaining was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’ (John 1:1) God was already pre-existing before the world began, and the Word-Jesus Christ who became flesh and dwelt among us-was God. (as to His nature and being, he was eternal and divine.)

    Before the beginning of the world God existed as a Trinity. The three persons of the Trinity created the world for their pleasure. The physical world-and all that is not God-was created and had a beginning. But God has no beginning. He is eternal. Try as you will, you will never wrap you finite mind around that infinite mystery. There was never a time that God was not; but there was a time when the world was not, and God called it into being.”