But now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me, 'Where are you going?' But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts. But I tell you the truth,
it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation: sin, because they do not believe in me; righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
To believe in the Holy Spirit means to worship him as God just like the Father and the Son. It means to believe that the Holy Spirit comes into our hearts so that we as children of God might know our Father in heaven. Moved by God’s Spirit, we can change the face of the earth. (683–686)
Before his death, Jesus promised his disciples that he would send them “another Counselor” (Jn 14,16) when he was no longer with them. Then when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the disciples of the original Church, they learned what Jesus had meant. They experienced a deep assurance and joy in their faith and received particular charisms; in other words, they could prophesy, heal, and work miracles. To this day there are people in the Church who possess such gifts and have these experiences.
To the extent that one loves the Church of Christ, so too Heloves the Holy Spirit.
When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.
And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.
I have told you this so that you may not fall away. They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour 1 is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God. They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me. I have told you this so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you.
Yes, there are fields of activity and professions that clearly contradict Christian anthropology and the Church’s minimum ethical standards. In following Christ, Christians must be willing to accept occupational disadvantages as part of the bargain, even when they are under great economic pressure. It is impossible to be a Christian and at the same time to work in an abortion or euthanasia facility. Prostitution, pimping, the production and distribution of pornography are just as definitely forbidden as indirect or direct participation in the drug trade, human trafficking, and other harmful, oppressive, and degrading practices. In banks and in the finance sector, Christians are pressured more and more often to sell bad products to their customers. Journalists must decide in conscience how far they can go along with certain practices in the popular media without losing their identity as Christians. Belonging to Jesus means: no professional, financial, economic, or political collaboration with criminal organizations (Mafia, ’Ndrangheta, etc.), governmental systems of injustice, or businesses that destroy the environment, violate human dignity (subliving wages, sickening workplace conditions, child labor), harass and persecute the Church, manufacture weapons of mass destruction, or ruthlessly pursue profits with no care about social consequences.
A witness is one who directly proves the truth of the teaching which he proclaims — partly by holding truth and bliss in his person, and partly by immediately offering himself and saying, "See now if you can compel me to deny this teaching."
Jesus answered and said to him, "Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me. I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name - he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, 'I am going away and I will come back to you.' If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.
The faithful as a whole cannot err in faith, because Jesus promised his disciples that he would send them the Spirit of truth and keep them in the truth (Jn 14,17). (80–82, 85–87, 92, 100)
Just as the disciples believed Jesus with their whole heart, a Christian can rely completely on the Church when he asks about the way to life. Since Jesus Christ himself gave his apostles the commission to teach, the Church has a teaching authority (the Magisterium) and must not remain silent. Although individual members of the Church can err and even make serious mistakes, the Church as a whole can never fall away from God’s truth. The Church carries through the ages a living truth that is greater than herself. We speak about a depositum fidei, a deposit of faith that is to be preserved. If such a truth is publicly disputed or distorted, the Church is called upon to clarify again “what has always and everywhere been believed by all” (St. Vincent of Lerins, d. 450).
The Church has the task of interpreting the faith with the assistance of the Holy Spirit. Think today how you might deepen your knowledge of the faith. Maybe you can even start a Youcat or a Docat Studygroup (https://www.youcat.org/youcatstudy).
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