• Is the Holy Spirit in your church?

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    THIS is a question properly asked of Roman Catholics (and Aglipayans, Episcopalians and other members of mainstream Christian denominations).

    But it could also apply to social and government bodies peopled by members or delegates whose majority are believers in God. For although come Christian sects and other religions do not call God the Holy Spirit by the name Jesus gave His and His Father’s spirit of Love and Wisdom, these sects all want Divine Love and Wisdom to rule, guide and console them. And even non-church bodies, like the House and the Senate, and their committees, ought to be guided by the Divine Spirit of Love, Wisdom, Truth and Unity.

    The Holy Father Pope Francis last Friday May 8 dwelt on this subject in his homily during morning Mass at Casa San Marta.

    He spoke these strong words: “A Church where its people are always arguing and there are lobbies and people are betraying their brothers and sisters, is a Church where there is no Holy Spirit!”

    The Pope reflected on the reading from the Acts of the Apostles, which narrates how the Christian community split between those who called themselves Christians but remained attached to Jewish laws and wanted to impose these on the other early Christians (many of whom were not Jews). St. Paul of Tarsus opposed the pro-Jewish Party’s impositions.

    Pope Francis also spoke about the First Council of Jerusalem’s outcome in which the early Christian community succeeded, through the Holy Spirit, to dialogue, resolve differences of opinion and reach an agreement.

    “They discuss this issue but like brothers and sisters and not like enemies. They don’t form external lobbies in order to win, they don’t go to the civil authorities in order to win and they don’t kill in order to triumph. They seek the path of prayer and dialogue.”

    The Holy Father said there are discussions within the Church the aim of which is to seek and arrive at unity. Churches should not be places where people are always “clashing, betraying each other and forming lobbies to win their argument.”

    He reminded the people present that “The Holy Spirit has the power to create unity among all the members of the Church, for the Spirit brings change and moves things forward in the Church.”

    Granting that sometimes this movement stirred by the Holy Spirit may at first appear to be confusing, Pope Francis said that if the change or movement is welcomed with prayer and a spirit of dialogue, it always generates unity between Christians.

    “A Church where there are never problems of this type makes me think that the Holy Spirit is not very present within it,” he said.

    He stressed that “It’s the Spirit which creates change, which creates the momentum for going ahead, that creates new spaces, that creates that wisdom which Jesus promised: ‘It will teach you!’”

    He said, it’s the Holy Spirit Who “creates the harmonious unity between everyone.”

    He ended the homily by asking the congregation to ask Jesus, “who will be present among us, to always send the Holy Spirit to us, to each one of us.”

    He led the people in praying: “May He send it to the Church and may the Church always know how to be faithful to the movement that the Holy Spirit creates.”

    Those involved in promoting or opposing the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law should reflect on these points.

    The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Love, Wisdom, Truth and Unity.

    The discussions and polemics on the BBL have been attended by gross untruthfulness and lack of wisdom and charity (which is love).

    These virtues are of course difficult to uphold when the leader of the administration seeking the passage of the BBL in its original form despite its being unconstitutional is prepared to lie, intimidate and bribe our lawmakers.

    But good Christians in Congress must not falter in living up to their faith and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

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    10 Comments

    1. IF YOU WANT TO BE A PRIEST GO TO SCHOOL FOR 12 YEARS, A HIGH SCHOOL OR ELEMENTARY GRADUATE can be BECOME PASTOR by just reading the bible and can claim to be expert and preaching about its content.

      REPLY: You forget that the seminarians are supposed to be FORMED into Christlike persons. They are not just TRAINED. They are FORMED.

    2. Amado Aguila on

      The Holy Spirtit is our advocate. Our source for truth. When Jesus walked here on earth, He was full human and have all the human emotions. He understood how we feel and care about our predicament; it is difficult enough for us to control our fleshly desires but we also have to fight the evil spirit in this world. So Jesus asked God the father to send us the Holy Spirit as a Helper. But most of us barely understands the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes with a warning: to blaspheme the Holy Spirit is an unpardonable sin. So majority of us took the easy way and play it safe. There are about 102 verses that mention the Holy Spirit in the bible. If Jesus felt it was important enough to send us the Holy Spirit even with the warning, perhaps it’s important enough to learn and seek more about the Holy Spirit.

    3. Watch everyday 7am ang Oras ng katotohanan IBC channel 13 . The only got the true teaching of Jesus Christ . See for yourself

    4. Gloria M. Kuizon on

      I love your last sentence. Indeed Congress has very very good Christians, May they do as your last sentence urges them to do. Be God’s men and women in our sadly corruption-immersed House and Senate.

    5. Sa taggal ng naging pari si pope francis,bakit po ngayon lang siya tinawag na holy?ang mga taong bumoto sa kanya ay holy?paano sila nagkaroon ng karapatan maglagay ng isang taong holy!hindiba nakapagtataka??
      Nagtatanong lang po!
      Iisa lang ang alam kung holy ay si cristo dahil wala siyang sin!
      Tama bang tawagin holy father si pope Francis?

      • Justaskingseriously on

        Sa ating pambansang wika mayroon tayong salita na “pinili”. “Chosen” “elected” sa wikang engles. Sa ating karanasan, tayo ay pumipili ng mga taong dapat bigyan ng karapatan maging presidente, senador, congressman, gobernador, at iba pang mga “office” o tungkulin sa bawat local na pamumunu-an. Ang bawat “office” ay binibigay ng mga botante sa kanilang ibinoboto. Binibigyan din ang mga “pinili” ng mga dangal sa pamamagitan ng mga salita tulad ng “honorable” “his excellency” at iba pa. Ang mga botante ay mga tao lamang tulad niyo at tulad ko. Nguni’t ang nagiging ganon na rin dahil sa karapatan na nandodoon na talaga sa bawat tungkulin o “office”.

        Totoo nga na ang Maykapal lamang ang tunay na banal. Ano kaya ang ibig sabihin ng salitang “banal” o “holy”? Nanggaling sa Griego ito at ang ibig sabihin sa wikang Griego ay “separate” o nahihiwalay sa karamihan. Kaya nga ang Dios ay ginagalang na nag-iisa dahil siya ay talagang walang kasing diyos tulad niya. Nangyari nga na itong banal na Diyos ay pumili na maging tao rin siya. Kaya totoo nga na itong Diyos-na-naging-tao ay siya pa rin ang nag-iisang banal na walang katulad sa kaniya, ayon sa naisulat ni “canuto” at “Mike Gonz” na sinundan ng sulat niyo na “nagtatanong lang po!” Kayo po ay tunay na Pilipino: magalang.

        Bago namatay sa cruz, pinili ni Cristo si Simon bar Jona (Simon na anak ni Jona) at binago niya ang pangngalan ni Simon. Binigyan niya ng pangngalan na Pedro. Ang pangngalan ay nagbibigay katwiran sa tungkulin ng kaniyang “office”. Bilang Pedro o bundok-bato magiging ganon din ang simbahan ni Cristo na pangungunahan ni Pedro. Ang tungkulin ni Pedro ay pumasa rin sa sumunod sa kaniya na si Lino. Mayroong mahabang lista ng mga sumunod kay Lino hanggang ngayon na ang sumunod ay si Francis. Akala yata ni Pedro na ang kaniyang tungkulin ay bilang kanang-kamay ng kaniyang inakalang magiging Hari na magpahinto ng kapangyarihan ng mga Romano. Nang nakita ni Pedro na nahuli si Cristo ng mga Romano, kaya natakot nga siya at tatlong beses niya sinabing hindi niya kilala ang nahuli.
        Nag naalala ni Pedro na ang ginawa niya ay dating sinabi sa kaniya ni Cristo, nagsisi siya.

        Nang nabuhay uli si Cristo, mababasa natin ang na e record sa bibliya sa John 21. Binago ni Cristo ang kaniyang pagpili kay Pedro. Tatlong beses niya tinanong si Pedro “Do you love Me?” Tatlong beses din sinagot ni Pedro na “Opo”. “Feed my sheep” sabi ni Cristo sa bawat “opo” ni Pedro. Yon ang tunay na tungkulin ni Pedro at sa ngayon naramdaman ni Pedro ang maging taong “pinili” ng Banal na Diyos. Ang banal na Maykapal ay may kapangyarihan din magbigay ng anumang biyaya sa kaniyang pinili. Ang biyaya ng Diyos ay hindi natin ma-iwasan o mabawasan. Siya ang Maykapal. Ika nga natin, “Bahala na ang Diyos.”

        Ang “thought of the day”? Igalang ng mga tao ang kanilang boto. Huwag ibenta ang boto upang lumabas ang tunay na mga “pinili” para sa mga tungkuling mamamayan sa buong Pilipinas. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Vox populi vox Dei. Latin yon para sa lahat nga mga bobotante: ang boses ng mga botante ay boses ng Maykapal. The voice of the people is the voice of God.

      • Great thought to be shared today! There is only one Holy Father and that is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

    6. Some denominations do not even believe there is a HOLY SPIRIT. One is the INC, another is the Mormon religion. Others who does not believe in the Holy Spirit, the God of the WILL OF CONSCIENCE AND SINLESS THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS are present in the Philippine government in the faces of the senators and congressmen and those in the helm of government headed by PNoy and his cohorts.