The early Christian writers were enthusiastic about what we can expect from the Spirit. St. Cyril of Jerusalem assured us, “The Spirit comes with the tenderness of a true friend and protector to save, to heal, to teach, to counsel, to strengthen, to console.”
St. Cyril of Alexandria testified, “The Spirit changes those in whom he comes to dwell; he so transforms them that they begin to live a completely new kind of life.”
St. Hilary reminded us that the grace of the Holy Spirit is “given to each person in proportion to their readiness to receive it.” The greater our desire, the more open our heart, the more the Spirit enriches our life. Our fervent prayer is, “Come, Holy Spirit!”
By the power of the Gospel, Vatican II says, the Spirit “enables the Church to grow young, perpetually renews it, and leads it to complete union with the Bridegroom.” Karl Rahner sums up: “Because God creates as God, he creates as Spirit everything in the world that is constantly new and fresh, free and alive, unexpected and mighty, at once tender and strong—the mystery of love.”
Come, Holy Spirit!