RUAH – Breathe through me Holy Spirit
Do you truly believe that the Holy Spirit exists or is it an invention of Christianity? If He exists can He help you? How can you learn more about the Holy Spirit?
If any of these questions have crossed your mind, find your answers by joining our prayer community every two weeks. We will look at how, when and why the Holy Spirit was revealed in the Scriptures and what impact He can have in our life today.
In the book of Genesis, the Holy Spirit was translated from the Hebrew word “Ruah” which means breath, air or wind. As Saint John Paul II said in his general audience in 1990:
...breath is the most immaterial reality we perceive; it cannot be seen; it is intangible; it cannot be grasped by the hand; it seems to be nothing, and yet it is vitally important. The person who does not breathe cannot live. The difference between a living person and a dead one is that the former has breath and the latter no longer does. Life comes from God. Hence breath, too, comes from him and he can take it away (cf. Ps 104 [1O3]:29-30).
If we take a look at the Bible, the first book, Genesis, begins with the Holy Spirit in the first chapter and the last book, Revelation, ends with the Holy Spirit in the last chapter. The Bible is ‘THE BOOK' that Christianity is based upon and it begins and ends with the Holy Spirit! Even though we cannot see the Holy Spirit, He has an essential role in revealing God's promise and love for each of us.
The Catechism says
“power over life pertains to the Spirit, for being God He preserves creation in the Father through the Son” (CCC 703).
Long ago the Church referred to the Holy Spirit as the Holy Ghost. We might ask ourselves how can a ghost be holy? If I say the word ghost you automatically think of haunted houses, people and places. A ghost makes us feel very uncomfortable, scared and anxious which is the exact opposite of what we should feel when the Holy Spirit is part of our lives: joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, perseverance, gentleness, faith, humility, charity, self-control and chastity. Luckily for us, after Vatican II, the Church stopped using the term Holy Ghost.
Become part of our “Ruah” and take deep breaths of the Holy Spirit twice a month by joining our prayer community. The Holy Spirit will grant you his gifts! You will become more peaceful, joyful, patient, kind, gentle, faithful, charitable, and simple.
Here is what we would like to share with you in each publication:
- A scripture passage revealing the presence of the Holy Spirit.
- A short meditation on how the scripture passage applies to your life today.
- A video giving more explanation or a song.
- A prayer asking the Holy Spirit to come into your life.
Prayer from the community
Breathe into me Holy Spirit
Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy. (Saint Augustine)
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