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The Holy Spirit Inspiring all Catechesis
The Holy Spirit Inspiring all Catechesis

Author(s): Piotr Tomasz Goliszek
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Theology and Religion, Pastoral Theology
Published by: Towarzystwo Naukowe KUL & Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II
Keywords: The Holy Spirit; person; catechesis; subject; personalism; evangelization

Summary/Abstract: Since its birth on Pentecost, the Church has received the ability to evangelize and catechize as a gift from the Holy Spirit. He is the principal author of the entire work of catechesis and the Inner Teacher of both those who teach catechism and those who are taught. Catechesis, therefore, which is growth in faith and a Christian life that matures to its fullness, is consequently the work of the Holy Spirit, a work that He incessantly awakens and sustains in the Church. Through the word of God, the Holy Spirit dwells in the human person as if in a temple and enlightens him from within and helps him to live according to the Gospel. This dwelling of the Holy Spirit in man consecrates the entire person. It is a consecration sanctifying the whole person. It is also the personalization of man: the new man (Ephesians 4:24), the new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) is the work of the Holy Spirit present in man. The Holy Spirit as the subject of catechesis is also the source of the new catechesis, which is not a new doctrine, but above all a new methodology of catechesis. The newness of catechesis lies in a new attitude and style, a new effort and program, new enthusiasm, new methods and means of influencing those taught catechism to enable them to meet anew or for the first time with Christ. It is a new awakening of the heart “by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5). Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Pentecost, the Spirit of Truth present in the Church leads everyone to all truth (cf. Jn 16:13).

  • Issue Year: 65/2018
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 57-73
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English