The Spirit is Glorified!

1 Peter 4:14
If you are reproached for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.

The Holy Spirit is glorified because He is the Spirit of Glory and of God.  Glory is a word that is not much used in our utilitarian culture.  There is something extravagant and wasteful about glory, we think.  We are such hard-bitten economists these days, pinching our spiritual pennies and not wanting to get carried away.  Glory?  Isn’t it enough that the Spirit is worshipped?  What’s the point of saying He is worshipped and glorified too?  Such parsimony is not, however, the language of love.  Nor is it the language of God, whose infinitude – legally speaking – will not have a drop more glory at the end of time than it did before Creation.  Yet the God of Glory has freely chosen to bring into being a radically unnecessary creation, to let us creatures share in His glory and to even let our fall be the occasion of multiplied glory by redeeming us from death and making us sharers in His Spirit of Glory.  Today worship and glorify the Spirit of Glory and of God.

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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