Where do I see the Holy Spirit today?
A poem captures one U.S. Catholic reader's vision the Holy Spirit in today's church.
Guest blog post by John Chuchman
I see the Holy Spirit in the Church
as defined at Vatican II,
The People of God,
not just the hierarchy.
I see the Holy Spirit driving us ALL to be ONE
not in structure, organization, culture, or practice,
but as Jesus, in Love and Forgiveness.
I see the Holy Spirit driving us ALL to be HOLY
not in common external signs of piety,
but in the pursuit of internal Spiritual Growth.
I see the Holy Spirit driving us ALL to be TRULY CATHOLIC
not as members of one universal organization,
but reaching out to serve ALL peoples of the world,
especially the marginalized.
I see the Holy Spirit as APOSTOLIC
not in physical lineage to the Apostles,
but living in the Holy Spirit as bestowed on them.
I see the Holy Spirit driving us ALL to be ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC, APOSTOLIC
not in a limiting or exclusive sense,
as prescribed by the hierarchy,
but in an Expanding and Inclusive sense,
as modeled by Jesus.
John Chuchman is a U.S. Catholic reader and published poet from Central Lake, Michigan.
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