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YEAR OF FAITH – Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

posted 17 May 2013, 04:20 by Susan Weaver

The word “Spirit” in the Scriptures comes from the Hebrew word “Ruah” meaning breath, air, wind; which conveys to us the image of God breathing over the Earth in the act of creation; the Word and the Breath of God act together to reveal God to us (see the Catechism of the Catholic Church pages 157-171). 

In the Acts of the Apostles and the Letters of St.Peter and St.Paul, the term Holy Spirit is
interchangeable with the Spirit of the Promise; the Spirit of Adoption; the Spirit of the Lord; the Spirit of Glory.  St. Paul tells us that “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit”
(Rom.5:5).  The fruit of the Spirit is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.” (Gal.5:22).  The Spirit also “helps us in o
ur weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.”
(Rom.8.26). 

The words of the hymn “Breathe on me breath of God” spring to mind: a prayer to the Holy Spirit to transform our hearts and our lives.

 

Prayer & Spirituality – Day of Recollection with Jo Bradbury - Saturday 8th June, at St. Hugh’s, 10 am – 3.30 pm

The day is aimed at deacons and catechists, but open to anyone who would like to take part.  We are all Living Stones!  Starting with 10 am Mass, the day includes a talk on the spiritual traditions in our Church; a discussion about how deacons and those with a ministry in their
parish might work more closely together; and an opportunity for prayer using Lectio Divina.

It is not necessary to book in advance, but there is a charge of £5.  Tea/coffee available throughout the day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

 

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