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Part One

The Holy Spirit—God’s gift

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“God is Love”

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and love is his first gift, containing all

others. “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the

Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

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Because we are dead or at least wounded through sin, the

first effect of the gift of love is the forgiveness of our sins. The

communion of the Holy Spirit

126

in the Church restores to the

baptized the divine likeness lost through sin.

735

He, then, gives us the “pledge” or “first fruits” of our

inheritance: the very life of the Holy Trinity, which is to love as

“God [has] loved us.”

127

This love (the “charity” of

1 Cor

13) is the

source of the new life in Christ, made possible because we have

received “power” from the Holy Spirit.

128

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By this power of the Spirit, God’s children can bear much

fruit. He who has grafted us onto the true vine will make us bear

“the fruit of the Spirit: . . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,

goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”

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“We live by the

Spirit”; the more we renounce ourselves, the more we “walk by the

Spirit.”

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Through the Holy Spirit we are restored to paradise, led back

to the Kingdom of heaven, and adopted as children, given

confidence to call God “Father” and to share in Christ’s

grace, called children of light and given a share in eternal

glory.

131

The Holy Spirit and the Church

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The mission of Christ and the Holy Spirit is brought to

completion in the Church, which is the Body of Christ and the

Temple of the Holy Spirit. This joint mission henceforth brings

Christ’s faithful to share in his communion with the Father in the

Holy Spirit. The Spirit

prepares

men and goes out to them with his

grace, in order to draw them to Christ. The Spirit

manifests

the risen

Lord to them, recalls his word to them and opens their minds to

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1 Jn

4:8, 16.

125

Rom

5:5.

126

2 Cor

13:13.

127

1 Jn

4:11-12; cf.

Rom

8:23;

2 Cor

1:21.

128

Acts

1:8; cf.

1 Cor

13.

129

Gal

5:22-23.

130

Gal

5:25; cf.

Mt

16:24-26.

131 St. Basil,

De Spiritu Sancto,

15, 36: PG 32, 132.

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1987

1822

1832

787-798

1093-1109