Dominum et Vivificantem
In his intimate life, God “is love,” the essential love shared by the three divine Persons: personal love is the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of the Father and the Son. Therefore he, “searches even the depths of God,” as uncreated Love-Gift. It can be said that in the Holy Spirit the intimate life of the Triune God becomes totally gift, an exchange of mutual love between the divine Persons, and that through the Holy Spirit God exists in the mode of gift. It is the Holy Spirit who is the personal expression of this self-giving, of this being-love. He is Person-Love. He is Person-Gift. Here we have an inexhaustible treasure of the reality and an inexpressible deepening of the concept of person in God, which only divine Revelation makes known to us.
| At the same time, the Holy Spirit, being consubstantial with the Father and the Son in divinity, is love and uncreated gift from which derives as from its source (Fons vivus) all giving of gifts vis-a-vis creatures (created gift): the gift of existence to all things through creation; the gift of grace to human beings through the whole economy of salvation. As the Apostle Paul writes: “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.” The salvific self-giving of God in the Holy Spirit.|
Excerpted from John Paul II’s encyclical letter “Lord and Giver of Life,” Dominum et Vivificantem, 18 May 1986.
Veni Creator Spiritus! Holy Spirit – life we proclaim.
Human life is the privileged recipient of the gifts and charisms of the Holy Spirit. Through the Spirit, each human person has received the gift of life.
Veni Creator Spiritus! Holy Spirit – life we serve.
The Church is called upon to be a sign of hope in the world today. Hope is a precious gift in the Church and for a world in dire need of it.Veni Creator Spiritus! Holy Spirit – life we celebrate.
To Make Jesus Known and Loved Today
…Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to Him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us?
…No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation....When we give ourselves to Him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life…
…"Without Jesus, we do not know what 'Father' truly is. This becomes visible in His prayer, which is the foundation of His being. A Jesus Who was not continuously absorbed in the Father, and was not in continuous intimate communication with Him, would be a completely different being from the Jesus of the Bible, the real Jesus of history... In Jesus' prayer, the Father becomes visible and Jesus makes Himself known as the Son. The unity which this reveals is the Trinity. Accordingly, becoming a Christian means sharing in Jesus' prayer, entering into the model provided by His life, i.e. the model of prayer. Becoming a Christian means saying 'Father' with Jesus, and thus becoming a child, God's son--God--in the unity of the Spirit, Who allows us to be ourselves and precisely in this way draws us into the unity of God. Being a Christian means looking at the world from this central point, which gives us freedom, hope, decisiveness, and consolation…"
… "Friendship with Jesus Christ," on this intimate friendship, "everything depends. We are all called to open ourselves to this friendship with God... speaking to Him as to a friend, the only One who can make the world both good and happy... That is, all we have to do is put ourselves at His disposal... It is a message that helps to overcome what can be considered the great temptation of our time: the claim, that after the Big Bang, God withdrew from history." Our main purpose is "to help foster the growth of a living relationship" with Jesus Christ…
-His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
...Jesus is not loved because He is not known, and thus our challenge is to make Him known and loved today…
Fatherhood of God and Christian Stewardship
The word “Father” makes me sure of one thing: I do not come from myself; I am a child. I am tempted at first to protest against this reminder as the prodigal son did. I want to be “of age,” “emancipated,” “my own master.” [a self-made man or woman]. But then I ask myself: What is the alternative for me—or for any person—if I no longer have a Father, if I have left my state as child definitively behind me? What have I gained thereby? Am I really free? No, I am free only when there is a principle of freedom, when there is someone who loves me and whose love is strong. [I am free only because I am made free through love.]
Ultimately, then, I have no alternative but to turn back again, to say “Father,” and in that way to gain access to freedom by acknowledging the truth about myself. Then my glance falls on him who, his whole life long, identified himself as a child, as Son, and who, precisely as child and Son, was cosubstantial with God himself: Jesus Christ. When I say “Father,” the word automatically calls up the word “our.” When I speak to God, I cannot address him solely as “Father.” When I say “Father,” I must include the “we” of all his children. But the opposite is also true: when I say “Father” I know that I have entered the company of all the children of God and that they are at my side. Consequently, talking with God does not distract me from my responsibility for the earth and for all mankind; it gives it to me anew. In the light of prayer, I can venture to accept it.
-His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI