The Holy Spirit at Work in the Church
Join Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR, for an enlightening study of the hidden workings of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church. Often called the “forgotten God,” the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity is revealed to be the “Soul of the Church.” Just as the Spirit is the bond of love between the Father and the Son, he shows himself to be the bond of unity between God and the Church, and among all mankind. Anyone striving for holiness will benefit from a closer look at the Sanctifier and Comforter, the Spirit who leads us into the depths of God’s love for us and into the fullness of truth. Anyone desiring deeper intimacy in relationship with Our Lord will find in the Spirit a ready guide. Fr. Apostoli illuminates the many mysterious ways in which the Paraclete promised by Christ leads to purposeful action and more effective ministry, directing the faithful in ways most pleasing to Our Lord.
Getting to Know the Holy Spirit
Fr. Apostoli describes the need of Christians to discover that the Holy Spirit exists as the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity and likewise can be personally known.
The Holy Spirit Was Gradually Revealed to Us
Fr. Apostoli describes how the Holy Spirit was revealed gradually to humanity through the salvation history in the Hebrew Scriptures and Christian Scriptures.
Pentecost and the New Pentecost
Fr. Apostoli describes the development of the Holy Spirit’s action in the Church from the first Pentecost in first century Jerusalem to the present-day outpouring of grace at the Second Vatican Council.
The External and Internal Authority of the Church
Fr. Apostoli describes how the Holy Spirit works through the external authority of the Church and in fact is the internal authority of the Church.
The Holy Spirit Directs the Church's Missionary and Preaching Efforts
Fr. Apostoli describes how it is that the Holy Spirit, as a spiritual director, directs the Church’s missionary and preaching efforts.
The Holy Spirit at Work in Times of Persecution
Fr. Apostoli describes how the Holy Spirit comforts, strengthens and advises the Church in times of persecution.
The Holy Spirit Preserves True Church Teaching in Times of Crisis
Fr. Apostoli describes how the Holy Spirit preserves the full deposit of revelation and faithful teaching in times of crisis.
The Holy Spirit Builds the Unity of the Church Through the Teachings of the Apostles
Fr. Apostoli declares how the Holy Spirit maintains and builds the unity of the Church through faithful, direct adherence to the actual teachings of the Apostles and apostolic succession.
The Holy Spirit Builds up the Community of the Church in Love
Fr. Apostoli depicts how the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of love works to unify the Church in God’s love.
The Holy Spirit Works Through the Sacraments of the Church
Fr. Apostoli declares that the Holy Spirit works actively and powerfully through the Sacraments of the Church as God’s ways of applying the grace of the Redemption to our lives.
The Holy Spirit Guides the Prayer Life of the Church
Fr. Apostoli relates how the Holy Spirit guides the prayer life of the Church, leading us into the fullness of grace and truth that God has available for the life of his Church.
The Holy Spirit Fosters the Holiness of the Church's Members
Fr. Apostoli reveals how the Holy Spirit actually fosters the personal holiness of the members of the Church.
The Holy Spirit Distributes His Charismatic Gifts Within the Church
Fr. Apostoli relates that the Holy Spirit distributes his Charismatic gifts as means for building faith, increasing holiness and demonstrative service within the Church.