In this 1st Grade lesson, we examine the First Part of the Creed on God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is very important for the life of the Church-and our lives, too! We will learn what He does, and why He is important.
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When we are baptized, the Holy Spirit comes to us. He stays with our soul for the rest of our lives. Without the Holy Spirit we could not know God.
Fra Angelico (1426)
The story of Pentecost teaches us that we need the Holy Spirit to know God and do His Will. Jesus taught the Apostles God’s Truths, twice. They still didn’t know God. Only when the Holy Spirit came to them did they know God. That is why they didn’t go out and teach until Pentecost.
Scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit helps us know God’s Truths. He opens our eyes to see God in all things. He opens our ears to hear God talk to us in prayer. He opens our hearts to love God.
The Holy Spirit also gives us strength. It is very hard to be good by our selves. To be good like God wants us to, we need grace. The Holy Spirit gives us many graces to help us be good. These graces help us to not sin. There are two kinds of graces we get from the Holy Spirit.
This grace takes away Original Sin. It is given to us at our baptism. Sanctifying grace allows us to be close to God. This grace stays with us.
The Holy Spirit gives us actual graces to help us do God’s Will. Think about a stool. When you need to reach a cabinet that is very high up, you get the stool. When you are done, you put the stool away. Actual graces are like the stool. The Holy Spirit has these graces ready for you to use. When you need one, He gives it to you.
In the lesson on Mary, we learned that she became the Mother of God by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit also came down to Jesus at His baptism.
Jesus didn’t need to be baptized. He did it because it teaches us about the Sacrament of Baptism. It teaches us about the Holy Spirit. Both Pentecost and Jesus’ baptism teach us how to see the Holy Spirit.
At Jesus’ baptism, the Holy Spirit looked like a dove. The dove reminds us that God brings peace. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit looked like fire. Each Apostle got his own little flame. Fire reminds us that the Holy Spirit makes us strong.
The Holy Spirit also looks like wind. In Scripture the word for wind is “ruah.” Wind reminds us that the Holy Spirit gives us breath. We are alive by the Holy Spirit.
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In this lesson we learned that:
The Holy Spirit opens our minds, ears, and hearts to God’s Truths.
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