In this 8th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on God the Holy Spirit. We will review the most important Scriptural references to the Holy Spirit and the many graces that the Holy Spirit gives us to aid our growth in holiness.
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There are several places in the Bible where we find out about the existence of the Holy Spirit.
When the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and asked her to be the Mother of God, the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and Jesus was conceived in her womb.
If you look at this picture by Fra Angelica you will notice on the top of the picture and above Mary a white dove. This dove signifies the Holy Spirit.
After Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph took Him to the temple to be presented. Remember the story of Simeon? When he saw the baby Jesus he announced that he was now able to die, since he had seen the Lord with his own eyes. When Jesus was presented in the temple, St. Joseph brought along a dove as an offering. This dove signifies the Holy Spirit.
When Jesus went to St. John the Baptist to be baptized, the sky opened, God told everyone that Jesus was His Son and to listen to Him, and then the Holy Spirit appeared above Him in the form of a dove. Look at it in this picture:
Probably the most important and significant appearance of the Holy Spirit occurred at Pentecost. Pente means 50, so Pentecost means “50 days after Easter.” The Apostles were gathered together in a room, when suddenly the Holy Spirit appeared to them in tongues of fire. The Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit and were then able to go out and spread the Catholic Faith all over the world.
Siennese painting by Duccio (above) shows us the moment when the Bible says the Spirit descended upon the Apostles
The Holy Spirit is important in our daily lives because we receive special graces from Him. Sanctifying grace is the grace we receive through the Sacraments, like when we are baptized, go to Confession, receive the Eucharist, are Confirmed, or we get married, ordained or anointed. As long as we are in a state of grace, the Holy Spirit dwells inside of us.
The Holy Spirit also gives us Actual Grace. These graces help to stay away from sinning and have a real desire to be holy.
In Baptism, the Holy Spirit enters the soul and cleanses it. Special things called the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and Fruits of the Holy Spirit are poured into our souls that strengthen us. When we are confirmed in the Church these gifts and fruits are made even stronger.
There are seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts help us to live holy Catholic lives.
The Gifts are:
Wisdom — means wanting everything to be for God
Understanding — helps us to know about our Faith
Counsel- helps us to avoid danger and sin
Fortitude — makes us strong so we can do the will of God
Knowledge — helps us to ... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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