Catechism 37

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Detail from a painting by Antonio da Correggio
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Catechism 37

How does the Holy Spirit help us?

The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, comforts us, guides us, gives us spiritual gifts and the desire to obey God; and he enables us to pray and to understand God’s Word.

(New City Catechism)

Dove:

my best attempts are straw.

My righteousness is dust, my hope

of being more is void.

Dove:

Your peace like river flows;

your olive branch restores, implores

us into growing grace.

Dove:

rest on my spirit; open eyes

and ears and heart. Give gifts,

give life. Give comfort in this dross.

Dove:

only when Your flame descends,

and burns, convicts – O gentle peace –

only then, release.

Catechism 36

What do we believe about the Holy Spirit?
That he is God, coeternal with the Father and the Son, and that God grants him irrevocably to all who believe.
(New City Catechism)

God’s wind blows
wherever it wills –
blows and leads
the soul to life.

The Spirit draws
the dying spirit,
draws and enters,
giving life.

Spirit from
eternal Father:
dwelling in
and never lost:

breathing and
revivifying,
sign and seal
of life to come.

Catechism 35

Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, where does this faith come from?
All the gifts we receive from Christ we receive through the Holy Spirit, including faith itself.
(New City Catechism)

Even faith’s a gift:
   the thought
that I can stretch out my hand
     and take
   free gift of grace,
in death does not occur;
     the soul
clings only to the dust,
           unless
respired by gift of faith.

Even faith’s from His hand:
   the Spirit
breathes out life-desiring life
     and life
    breathes hope that there
is more than death ahead.
      What life
desires, the Spirit gives.
           Faith first:
for faith itself’s a gift.