Without the Holy Spirit:
God is far away,
Christ stays in the past,
the Gospel is a dead letter,
the Church is simply an organization,
authority a matter of domination,
mission a matter of propaganda,
liturgy no more than evocation,
Christian living a slave morality.
But with the Holy Spirit,
the cosmos is resurrected and groans with the birth-pangs,
of the Kingdom,
the risen Christ is there,
the Gospel is the power of life,
the Church shows forth the life of the Trinity,
authority is a liberating service,
mission is a Pentecost,
the liturgy is both memorial and anticipation,
human action is deified [sanctified may be a term more familiar to my readers].
Sunday, July 8, 2012
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I would ask that you credit the author differently. The author is now called His Beatitude, Ignatius IV, Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and the East.
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