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Pentecost Episcopalian: Why Responding to the Holy Spirit is Central to Christian Spirituality

Today - as we continue today with our theme of exploring the Holy Spirit - I'd like to share some insights from a brilliant little book titled Moving in the Spirit: Becoming a Contemplative in Action by Richard Hauser, S.J. All the thoughts below are indebted to, or quotes from that book.
Hauser points out that the person of Holy Spirit is not something "extra" about God, or some "aspect" of God that is optional...but as one person of the Trinity, the Spirit is the power of God at work in our lives and the way we experience God here in our day.
It is the Holy Spirit who leads us to faith in Jesus.
It is the Holy Spirit who allows us to live an authentic (loving) Christian life.
The best news is, "It is the Holy Spirit who leads us from seeing Christianity as the conscientious performance of external actions - living in conformity with external laws and rules - to being faithful to the law of love that arises within us."
In fact, "responding …

How Not to Speak of People (and the Holy Spirit)

As I wrote last week, with the season of Pentecost upon us, I want to get away from writing longer pieces on topics that vary from week to week, and instead write a series of short(er) installments that stick to one topic: the Holy Spirit.
So beginning today, and running through most of the summer, I want to unpack topics such as "Who is the Holy Spirit?"
Notice the pronoun in that question.
The question is, "WHO is the Holy Spirit?" -- not "what is the Holy Spirit?"
That's the first point I want to make about the Holy Spirit, and it's an important one: the Holy Spirit is a person, not a thing.  
(Which brings up a problem with English not having a neutral personal pronoun: the pronouns "he" and "she" are inadequate when referring to the Holy Spirit...but at least they are better pronouns that "it." You should no more say "it" when referring to the Holy Spirit than you would say "it" when …

Pentecost Marathon