Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What about the Holy Spirit?

Without the Holy Spirit God is far away.
Christ stays in the past,
The Gospel is simply an organization,
Authority is a matter of propaganda,
The Liturgy no more than an evolution,
Christian loving a slave morality.
But in the Holy Spirit
The cosmos is resurrected and grows 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 science,
Mission is a Pentecost,
The Liturgy is both renewal and anticipation,
Human action is deified.

-Patriarch Ignatius, address to the Assembly of the World Council of Churches, 1968.

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