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‘Without the Holy Spirit, God is distant, Christ is in the past, the Gospel is a dead letter, the Church is simply an organisation, authority is domination, mission is propaganda, worship is the summoning of the spirits and Christian action is the morality of slaves.

But in the Spirit, the risen Christ is here. The Gospel is the power of life. The Church means Trinitarian communion. Authority is a liberating service. Mission is a Pentecost. Liturgy is memorial and anticipation and human behaviour is deified’.


Bishop Ignatius Hazim

‘Through the Holy Spirit we are all called participators of God…we enter to form part of divine nature through participation in the Spirit…This is why the Spirit makes divine all those in which he is present’

St Athanasius, Letter to Serapion, I, 14.

‘The Holy Spirit, whose anointing permeates our whole being, is the interior Master of Christian prayer. He is the artisan of the living tradition of prayer’.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2672.

‘The source of man’s love for God can only be found in the fact that God loved him first. He has given us himself as the object of our love, and he has also given us its source. What this source is you may learn more clearly from the apostle Paul who tells us: The love of God has been poured into our hearts. This love is not something we generate ourselves; it comes to us through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us’.

St Augustine, Sermon 34, 1-3, 5-6

"Jesus can bring all the young people of the Church together in a single dream, a great dream, a dream with a place for everyone. The dream for which Jesus gave his life on the cross, for which the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost and brought fire to the heart of every man and woman, to your heart and mine. To your heart too, he brought that fire, in the hope of finding room for it to grow and flourish. A dream whose name is Jesus, planted by the Father in the confidence that it would grow and live in every heart. A concrete dream who is a person, running through our veins, thrilling our hearts and making them dance”.

Pope Francis, Christ is Alive, 157


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