Holy Fathers on the Holy Spirit

The Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. The Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles.
The Holy Spirit is an immaterial fire: the light of faith, the warmth of love, the tongues of fire that speak in the heart of God’s Law… He awakens us from the world’s charms, leads us to hope in God, and encourages us toward repentance. If we do not prevent His action, He directs us along the narrow path of self-denial… Grace transforms everything it touches into a priceless treasure… But others do not wait, they do not ask for the gifts of the Holy Spirit; they remain in their heedless idleness, content with ordinary worldly uprightness, outwardly fulfilling their Christian obligations… This is all pharisaical… Only God can create a clean heart in us, and we need to be born from above in order to see the Kingdom of Heaven (Jn. 3:3)… For now, God preserves His Church’s existence, and the Holy Spirit still abides in it… Just as at the creation of the world He moved across the waters, so also now, He moves across the abyss of our shattered nature… We shall give ourselves over to the almighty operation of the Holy Spirit and call out to Him from the depth of our fallen nature: O Heavenly King!..

St. Philaret of Moscow

We celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit… Could it be that there was no Spirit in us? No, there was not: For the Holy Ghost was not yet given (Jn. 7:39). And a new spirit will I put within you (Ez. 36:26); God breathes a new spirit of life into man… The apostles were the first vessels of the Holy Spirit… As life in plants freezes from the winter cold, so does man’s spirit freeze when he is given over to sin… There is a sprout of life in a seed, and life is also in plants that have frozen over the winter. But if the Lord does not send the spirit of spring, the seed and the plant do not grow, and the face of the earth is not renewed (cf. Ps. 103, 30)… Repentance opens the door to the operation of the Spirit of God, but a lack of repentance locks that door…

And then the soul enlivened and cleansed by the Holy Spirit shines with the Trinitarian unity… We cannot fathom how this wondrous work of goodwill takes place, but the Word of God is true… Here is the path by which the Spirit of God leads to perfection those who receive Him … The beginning of it all is repentance, the middle of this work and ascetic struggle is cleansing of the heart from passions and its saturation with virtues, and the end is the holy mystery of communion with God… Where there is no communion with God, there is no Spirit… For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting (Gal. 6:7-8).

St. Theophan the Recluse

When the Most High came down and confused the tongues, He divided the nations (kontakion of Pentecost)… The Lord confused the languages of those nations that were building the Tower of Babel… People had conceived the plan of reaching the heavens through this building… They wanted to be comparable to God in power, to elevate themselves… The Lord defeated this plan, for pride lay at the foundation of it… When on the day of Pentecost He divided the tongues of fire over the heads of the apostles, the entire Christian world was called to unity… To what unity does the Lord call us? To the unity of faith, of truth, of sanctity, and to the highest form of unity—unity in Love.

St. Luke (Voino-Yasnetsky)

Comments
Sally Iloff6/20/2016 5:58 am
So beautifully said! Thank you Lord for those words of yours said by ordinary human beings used by You for extraordinary work! Blessed be the name of the Lord Noe and forever and into the ages of ages! Amen!!
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