In this 4th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on God the Holy Spirit. We will learn what the Holy Spirit embodies and the different forms He takes. We will also introduce the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
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In lesson 3 we talked about the Holy Trinity and how they got along. St. Augustine explained it like this:
The Father gives Love.
The Son receives Love.
The Holy Spirit is the Love that is given and received.
In English “love” is often a verb. What is special about love in the relationship of the Holy Trinity is that “love” the verb becomes “Love” the noun. It becomes a living thing! “Love” has a life of its own. That’s why we say that the Holy Spirit is Love.
The Holy Spirit gives life to things, making them like a real person. For example, the Holy Spirit is also called “Wisdom” and “Truth.” We know wisdom and truth as ideas, but the Holy Spirit makes them alive, like you are alive.
We say that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. Imagine if you could take a part of yourself and share it with another person. The part would still be with you, but it would also be with someone else. The Holy Spirit is the Person that God shares with us. The word “proceed” means sending the Holy Spirit out to be shared.
When the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son, He takes different forms. Sometimes He looks like a dove. Sometimes He looks like fire. Sometimes He is a great wind. The Holy Spirit came down as a dove at Jesus’ baptism. He was the great wind at the beginning of the Creation Story.
In the story of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came down to the Apostles as little tongues of fire. When they received the Holy Spirit, the Apostles had the power and the energy to go out and teach others what Jesus taught them. The tongue of fire is a symbol of the power and energy that the Holy Spirit gives all of us. It is the power we need to be strong in our Faith. It is the energy we need to keep living our Faith. Without the Holy Spirit, we can’t do these things. Without the Holy Spirit, we can’t know God.
The Holy Spirit gives us strength through graces. In baptism we receive Sanctifying Grace, which heals Original Sin. When we need them, the Holy Spirit gives us actual graces. These help us to do God’s Will in our everyday lives.
Some of the graces that the Holy Spirit gives us are called Gifts. These Gifts help us to know God, love Him, and serve Him well. There are seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. They are: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord.
by Duccio (1308-1311)
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