Do WE Really Believe In The Holy Spirit?

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. Every year we hear about the Holy Spirit descending upon the disciples in the Upper Room. Every year we hear over and over from the book of Acts of miracles witnessed by the early Church as the Holy Spirit worked through these same disciples. As Catholics who have been baptized and confirmed we possess the same Holy Spirit but where are the miracles?
Why don’t we see the Holy Spirit working through us as the Spirit worked through the Holy Spirit? Why aren’t we laying hands on the sick and praying for healing? Why aren’t we allowing the Spirit to work through us? Why aren’t we reaching out to others in the name of Christ? Why aren’t we going to church expecting miracles? We possess the same Holy Spirit as the Apostles, not a watered down version. The same power that was available to the Apostles is available to us. The same God that used the Apostles wants to use us to spread His kingdom, to bring people closer to Him.
Like the Apostles we too live in a pagan age where the True God is ignored and mocked. People were drawn to the Church by the miracles that occurred there. We need the same thing. We need to show the modern world that God is alive and wants to bless them. We need to allow God to use us to bless others. It doesn’t matter how uneducated or unworthy we are. The Apostles and early disciples weren’t scholars or worthy. All but John abandoned Jesus. God used them anyway. In fact it was their weakness that glorified God because they knew it was all the Spirit and Jesus not them.
We are a part of the Church founded by Christ. Our confirmation was performed for most of us by a bishop who can trace his lineage back to one of the 12 Apostles. We have Jesus Christ truly present at every mass, the same Jesus who raised Lazarus from the dead, fed 5,000, healed the paralytic and calmed the storm.
Yet it seems that other denominations see more miracles. This week I met a convert to Catholicism, a former Pentecostal. She was amazed that we don’t go to church expecting miracles. We have the true faith, Jesus in the Eucharist and the Holy Spirit but we expect nothing. Many of us go to church on Sunday hoping for a short homily not a miracle.
We are missing so much of what God wants to give us. Jesus came so that we might have life and have it abundantly yet we fail to even seek the blessings He wants to give us.
Do we not understand that our God is the God of infinite love, infinite mercy and infinite power? Do we not understand how passionately He wants to bless us, to draw us close to Him to guide us? Do we know how much we miss because we ignore the Holy Spirit?


Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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