Nothing is more important than experiencing the grace and beauty of the Holy Spirit of the Risen Christ. Yet talk of the Spirit – the Giver of life – in our culture can sound strange, writes Br Mark O’Connor FMS. Source: Catholic Outlook.
We should never forget, however, that in many other cultures, such language about the Spirit’s reality is more ordinary. In those cultures, if you ask if God exists – not a remote deity in the sky, but God, the really real, the wholly gracious One – the answer is yes, of course.
That is why St Pope John Paul II, often affirmed the Catholic truth: that the Spirit is present beyond the boundaries of the Catholic Church. The Spirit blows where he/she wills.
When John Paul II prayed at Assisi with the leaders of world religions and especially when he encountered indigenous peoples on his many papal trips, he was especially reverent of the "seeds of the Spirit" present in their religious indigenous rituals.
Sadly, in our sceptical and pragmatic Australian culture, we can more easily be agnostic about the Holy Spirit, but be dead sure about the material world around us, even though modern physics sounds more and more like mysticism.
Many of us often neglect or fear the life of the Holy Spirit. But if there is a God, then certainly experiencing the grace of the Holy Spirit is the only realism.
Br Mark O’Connor FMS is the Vicar for Communications in the Parramatta Diocese.
I Believe…In The Holy Spirit, The Giver Of Life (Catholic Outlook)