Persons, places and things: The Holy Spirit brings strength


By Barb Arland-Fye


A story in this week’s paper about parents dealing with the loss of their child impacted me on several levels: as a mom, editor and theology student. The parents believe that the Holy Spirit is at work in them, providing an overwhelming sense of strength, calm and clarity.
Their walk by faith inspires me and provides a real-life perspective of the material covered in a Master of Pastoral Theology class last weekend concerning the theology of death and what follows it, and the work of the Holy Spirit.
Our Mass, sacraments, Scriptures, Church documents and prayers contain abundant references to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, leading us toward the fulfillment of our salvation. In reading and preparing for class, I have become more aware of the Holy Spirit’s role in the work of salvation.

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