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Parent Letter: Before Breath
In the upcoming weeks, we will enter into the life and mission of the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. We will discover how to be more open to His presence and power in our lives and the fruits and gifts He offers us.
In Scripture and Tradition, we find several different symbols of the Holy Spirit. Some are well known (water, fire, a dove, rushing wind) and some we may never have heard of (cloud and light, seal, a hand, a finger). Each of these symbols is important and teaches us who the Holy Spirit is and what He does in the life of the Church and in our lives. In the form of a dove the Holy Spirit shows us that He is peaceful, nurturing, pure, gentle, and brings new life.
One of the responsibilities of the Holy Spirit is to anoint. In the Old Testament, He anoints priests, prophets, and kings. In the New Testament, He anoints Jesus as “Christ.” It is through this anointing that Jesus casts out demons and heals. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit anoints the apostles and transforms their fear into courage and zeal to continue Jesus mission.
Today, the Holy Spirit anoints us in the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. We have the same mission and power as Christ and the apostles. The person of the Holy Spirit is the counselor who teaches us everything and leads us to the truth. He is the Sanctifier who is given to us for our sanctification and salvation. He is our advocate.
As the Holy Spirit was given to us as an advocate, we have been given the responsibility of being an advocate for our children. We support and encourage them not only in the family or school, but also in their spiritual journey. We encourage them when they are afraid or uncertain and support them as they find their way. As children of God, we need to learn to rely and depend on our relationship with the Holy Spirit and encourage our children to seek His guidance also.
We must remember to ask for help from the Holy Spirit. He is vital to our Christian life and is the very Breath and Spirit of God breathed into us giving us life.
What symbol of the Holy Spirit are you most familiar with? What do you know about that symbol?
How is the Holy Spirit more than a symbol?
Share a time in your life when you have relied on the help of the Holy Spirit.
Sent by Victoria Maldonado on Wednesday, September 20 at 8:00PM