Friday, May 11, 2007

'When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth' (John 16:13)

It is not difficult to prove the Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Truth. Before Christ coming, the falsehood and lie ruled the vast pagan world. People and animals were worshiped, charity and compassion towards the poor and afflicted were considered as the sign of weak character, women had no rights at all, selling and buying slaves was one of the most profitable, respectable and sought after profession and perverse morals were a norm for many. Then came the Spirit of Truth. He inspired God fearing and pious men to believe and follow the only man in the world who could simply testify: "I am the truth" (John 14:6). The Church teaches that the Holy Ghost is the One : "Who has spoken trough the Prophets". And when Christ proclaimed the truth of New Testament, the Holy Ghost most effectively paved the way for the Truth to win the hearts. After Our Lord Ascension into Heaven, three thousands souls joined His disciples (Acts 2:41). The effects of Holy Ghost's work were increasingly more effective in time: "the Lord increased daily together such as should be saved" (Acts 2: 47). The one, true religion soon took over the whole Roman Empire, and in the second century began to spread over the whole world. In defence of the Truth, the power of the Holy Ghost is particularly effective. He protected and led Church who under His direction became: "the pillar and ground of the truth." (1 Tm 3: 15). He always brings new converts to the Church and inflames active Catholic life, no matter if Church enjoys peaceful or the worst periods of its history, stained by the blood of Martyrs and slanders spread over by her deadly enemies. It is like this up to the present days. Let us give wholeheartedly thanks to the Holy Ghost for His tremendous help, protection and direction given to Church and the faithful. Every one of us came to one true religion through Him. Let us stand under His banner in the Catholic Action movement, let us call His help always in the moments of danger and doubts. Let us be faithful to the one, true Church and follow St Ireneus proclamation that where the Church is, the Holy Ghost can also be found and where the Holy Ghost is we can see clearly the true Church with the Spirit of Truth and His gifts!

Today's image is by Jean Colombe "Descend of the Holy Ghost"