Skip to content

Come Holy Spirit!

By Deacon Keith Fournier
( c ) Third Millennium, LLC


"What the soul is to the body of man, the Holy Spirit is in the Body of Jesus Christ which is the Church. The Holy Spirit acts in the Church as the soul acts in the members of a body... ." St Augustine, Sermon 267, 4: PL 38, 1231 D


They were not the most promising lot, this group of early followers of the One who was raised from the dead. Even though they had seen Him defeat the final enemy, death, they were still afraid as they gathered in that upper room where Jesus had told them to wait. He promised, right before he ascended, that they would receive power from on high.

There, in that Cenacle, along with His mother, they prayed for power to overcome their fears. She probably understood more than most of them. After all, she would have remembered another day when she heard an angel tell her to not be afraid. That day, when she was first overshadowed by that same Holy Spirit of God, the Word became flesh.

Now, the Body of her Son and Savior, of which she was a member, waited for the same Holy Spirit. This day, another "overshadowing" would occur and the Church would be born. Again, Christ would be sent into the world through His new family to continue His redemptive mission.

On that great day, that once not so promising lot became the ones who turned the world upside down with their message. When the Holy Spirit came on that day, they became the bearers of the life and promises of God to the whole world. The leader of the crew, the one named Peter who had once denied the Lord out of fear, went out from that upper room on that day of Pentecost and preached to a hostile crowd, only now he was unafraid. Three thousand came to believe on that day alone. Countless billions have followed since then, as He has led the Church for two thousand years from the Chair of authority established in his name.

The Tradition has long referred to this great feast, this day called Pentecost when faithful Jews celebrated the fruits of the harvest, as the Birthday of the Church. So it is. The Church is the first fruits, the seed of the kingdom that is to come, the harvest of what was sown by the grain of wheat that fell to the ground and was raised up, the Lord from whose wounded side she has been fashioned. The Church was born in that upper room. Her members were the first born of many brothers and sisters who are born again through the waters of the womb called Baptism and who continue the mission to the nations.

The Church always needs the Holy Spirit. So does every one of her members. So do you and me. It is the God the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Blessed Trinity, who convicts of sin, consoles, comforts, converts and clothes ordinary men and women with extraordinary grace and power. It is the Holy Spirit who gives light and life to a world filled with shadows and turns dead men walking into new creatures in Christ. It is the Holy Spirit who reveals and leads men and women hungering for meaning to the fountain of truth and makes the mysteries of the living God present among mere mortals.

In his wonderful Encyclical letter "The Lord and Giver of Life" (Dominum Vivicantem), Pope John Paul II reminds us:

"The Church, therefore, instructed by the words of Christ, and drawing on the experience of Pentecost and her own apostolic history, has proclaimed since the earliest centuries her faith in the Holy Spirit, as the giver of life, the one in whom the inscrutable Triune God communicates himself to human beings, constituting in them the source of eternal life... . The Church, therefore, instructed by the words of Christ, and drawing on the experience of Pentecost and her own apostolic history, has proclaimed since the earliest centuries her faith in the Holy Spirit, as the giver of life, the one in whom the inscrutable Triune God communicates himself to human beings, constituting in them the source of eternal life."

The God whom we profess as Christians is a God who gives Himself to men and women. No mere principle, theory or distant Deity, the God whom we who follow Jesus Christ proclaim to a world waiting to be born can be known. He gives Himself through His Spirit.

"What the soul is to the body of man, the Holy Spirit is in the Body of Jesus Christ which is the Church. The Holy Spirit acts in the Church as the soul acts in the members of a body... ." , wrote the great Western Church Bishop Augustine.

It is by the Holy Spirit that the living God communicates Himself to us and through us to the entire world! In us and through us the Spirit is bearing his fruits that we might live the holiness that is a very manifestation of Jesus Christ for the world. When we receive the Holy Spirit, the Spirit continues that mission that began on that day of Pentecost when those who were once afraid became clothed with power from on high.

We overcome our own fears and thus become His witnesses in our day, when we receive the Holy Spirit. The call of Pentecost is our call as well. That same Spirit that filled the apostles on the day of Pentecost now fills us as we yield to the promise from on high. Then, filled with the very Lord and Giver of Life, we go forth on mission into the entire world. That mission is the source of our joy. Let us be about the work of the Church in the Third Christian millennium.

Come Holy Spirit!


Deacon Keith Fournier serves as the Editor in Chief for Catholic Online. Along with Sandy and Michael Galloway, he is a founder of the "Your Catholic Voice" movement and serves as the President of the "Your Catholic Voice Foundation"


Your Catholic Voice Foundation CA, US
Deacon Keith Fournier - President, 661 869-1000



Holy Spirit

More Catholic PRWire

Showing 1 - 50 of 4,718

A Recession Antidote
Randy Hain

Monaco & The Vatican: Monaco's Grace Kelly Exhibit to Rome--A Review of Monegasque-Holy See Diplomatic History
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.

The Why of Jesus' Death: A Pauline Perspective
Jerom Paul

A Royal Betrayal: Catholic Monaco Liberalizes Abortion
Dna. Maria St.Catherine De Grace Sharpe, t.o.s.m., T.O.SS.T.

Embrace every moment as sacred time
Mary Regina Morrell

My Dad
JoMarie Grinkiewicz

Letting go is simple wisdom with divine potential
Mary Regina Morrell

Father Lombardi's Address on Catholic Media
Catholic Online

Pope's Words to Pontifical Latin American College
Catholic Online

Prelate: Genetics Needs a Conscience
Catholic Online

State Aid for Catholic Schools: Help or Hindrance?
Catholic Online

Scorsese Planning Movie on Japanese Martyrs
Catholic Online

2 Nuns Kidnapped in Kenya Set Free
Catholic Online

Holy See-Israel Negotiation Moves Forward
Catholic Online

Franchising to Evangelize
Catholic Online

Catholics Decry Anti-Christianity in Israel
Catholic Online

Pope and Gordon Brown Meet About Development Aid
Catholic Online

Pontiff Backs Latin America's Continental Mission
Catholic Online

Cardinal Warns Against Anti-Catholic Education
Catholic Online

Full Circle
Robert Gieb

Three words to a deeper faith
Paul Sposite

Relections for Lent 2009
chris anthony

Wisdom lies beyond the surface of life
Mary Regina Morrell

World Food Program Director on Lent
Catholic Online

Moral Clarity

Pope's Lenten Message for 2009
Catholic Online

A Prayer for Monaco: Remembering the Faith Legacy of Prince Rainier III & Princess Grace and Contemplating the Moral Challenges of Prince Albert II
Dna. Maria St. Catherine Sharpe

Keeping a Lid on Permissiveness
Sally Connolly

Glimpse of Me
Sarah Reinhard

The 3 stages of life
Michele Szekely

Sex and the Married Woman
Cheryl Dickow

A Catholic Woman Returns to the Church
Cheryl Dickow

Modernity & Morality
Dan Shea

Just a Minute
Sarah Reinhard

Catholic identity ... triumphant reemergence!
Hugh McNichol

Edging God Out
Paul Sposite

Burying a St. Joseph Statue
Cheryl Dickow

George Bush Speaks on Papal Visit
Catholic Online

Sometimes moving forward means moving the canoe
Mary Regina Morrell

Action Changes Things: Teaching our Kids about Community Service
Lisa Hendey

Easter... A Way of Life
Paul Spoisite

Papal initiative...peace and harmony!
Hugh McNichol

Proclaim the mysteries of the Resurrection!
Hugh McNichol

Jerusalem Patriarch's Easter Message
Catholic Online

Good Friday Sermon of Father Cantalamessa
Catholic Online

Papal Address at the End of the Way of the Cross
Catholic Online

Cardinal Zen's Meditations for Via Crucis
Catholic Online

Interview With Vatican Aide on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Catholic Online

Pope Benedict XVI On the Easter Triduum
Catholic Online

Holy Saturday...anticipation!
Hugh McNichol

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Catholic Online MasterClass
Learn from experts

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Catholic Media Missionaries
The New Evangelization

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.