Monday, March 21, 2016

Youcat commented through CCC – Question n. 128 - Part IV.

YOUCAT Question n. 128 - Part IV. What does it mean to say that the Church is the “Temple of the Holy Spirit”?

(Youcat answer - repeated) The Church is the place in the world where the Holy Spirit is completely present.        

A deepening through CCC

(CCC 801) It is in this sense that discernment of charisms is always necessary. No charism is exempt from being referred and submitted to the Church's shepherds. "Their office [is[ not indeed to extinguish the Spirit, but to test all things and hold fast to what is good" (LG 12; cf. 30; 1 Thess 5:12, 19-21; John Paul II, Christifideles    Laici, 24), so that all the diverse and complementary charisms work together "for the common good" (1 Cor 12:7).    

Reflecting and meditating 

(Youcat comment) The people of Israel worshipped God in the Temple of Jerusalem. This temple no longer exists. It has been replaced by the Church, which is not limited to a particular place.”Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt 18:20). What makes her alive is the Spirit of Christ: He lives in the Word of Sacred Scripture and is present in the sacred signs of the sacraments. He loves in the hearts of believers and speaks in their prayers. He leads them and bestows charisms on themsimple gifts as well as extraordinary ones. Anyone who enters into a relationship with the Holy Spirit can experience true miracles even today.    

(CCC Comment)

(CCC 799) Whether extraordinary or simple and humble, charisms are graces of the Holy Spirit which directly or indirectly benefit the Church, ordered as they are to her building up, to the good of men, and to the needs of the world.      

(The next question is: Why can there be only one Church?)

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