First Corinthians 3:16 (NAB) reminds us that the Holy Spirit dwells in you and in me as baptized Christians.  What does this mean exactly?  The Holy Spirit is within us, separate, yet, an inseparable part of our very being.  How does this Truth change how we exist or what we do?  Does it change us at all?

          The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Blessed Trinity.  He was sent by the Father so that we might have faith in Jesus as the Son of God and leads us to communion with God.  The Holy Spirit inspires us, gives us gifts, comforts us, teaches us, and guides us.  Pope Francis points out that the Holy Spirit teaches us to look with the eyes of Christ and to live life as Christ lived it. And this is a daily journey in the Holy Spirit.

          As we walk in our daily lives, may we always remember that we are the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit.  What we say, how we say it, what we do, and where we go—all that we do—we take the Holy Spirit with us.  During this Lenten Season, we should ask ourselves:  would the Holy Spirit want to be where I am going?  Would the Holy Spirit want to hear what I am saying?  Would the Holy Spirit be proud of my action and view them as loving Christian actions?

          We are a people of hope.  We have a purpose. We must not forget that the Holy Spirit dwells within us.  How will we allow this to change us?  Are we, each day, trying to be a more acceptable dwelling for the Holy Spirit?     


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