By the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, Christ’s paschal mystery was brought to its completion.  The Holy Spirit prepares us with his grace in order to draw us to Christ.  He manifests the risen Lord to us, opening our minds.  He makes present the mystery of Christ.  And he reconciles us bringing us into communion with God.  Saint Thomas Aquinas says that the Holy Spirit interiorly perfects our spirit, communicating to it a new dynamism so that it refrains from evil from love.  With the Holy Spirit within us “it is quite natural for people who had been absorbed by the things of this world to become entirely other worldly in outlook and for cowards to become people of great courage (St Cyril of Alexandria)


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