The older theologians used to say that the soul is a kind of sailboat, the Holy Spirit is the wind which fills its sails
and drives it forward,and the gusts of wind are the gifts of the Spirit.
Lacking His impulse and His grace, we do not go forward.
The Holy Spirit draws us into the mystery of the living God
and saves us from the threat of a Church which is gnostic and self-referential, closed in on herself;
He impels us to open the doors and go forth to proclaim and bear witness to the good news of the Gospel,
to communicate the joy of faith, the encounter with Christ. The Holy Spirit is the soul of mission.
On May 18, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI expressed to US Bishops during an Ad Limina visit his “deep gratitude for the example of fidelity and self-sacrifice given by many consecrated women in your country, and to join them in praying that this moment of discernment will bear abundant spiritual fruit for the revitalization and strengthening of their communities in fidelity to Christ and the Church, as well as to their founding charisms.”
As the Year of Faith approaches (October), the Holy Father added that he hopes that all people will rediscover and “re-appropriate with joy and gratitude the priceless treasure of our faith.” Furthermore, “With the progressive weakening of traditional Christian values, and the threat of a season in which our fidelity to the Gospel may cost us dearly, the truth of Christ needs not only to be understood, articulated and defended, but to be proposed joyfully and confidently as the key to authentic human fulfillment and to the welfare of society as a whole.”
As we approach Pentecost, may we, through the gifts of the Holy Spirit, have the courage of the Apostles to be bearers of the Good News in a world hostile to Christian values.