Dominum et Vivificantem, The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the. World, May 18, Encyclical on the Holy Spirit. A divine Person, he is at the. Dominum et Vivificantem. Encyclical of Pope John Paul II “Lord and Giver of Life,” 18 May From section In his intimate life, God “is love,” the essential. Encyclical Letter on the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World Pope Of the sixty-seven multi-paragraph articles in Dominum et Vivificantem, ten.

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For sin, shown in relation to the cross of Christ, is at the same time identified in the full dimension of the “mysterium pietatis,” as indicated by the Post- Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Reconciliatio et Paenitentia. Only the spirit can be so permanent in man and in the world, while remaining inviolable and immutable in his absolute transcendence.

How intimately this mission is linked with the mission of Christ, how fully it draws from this mission of Christ, consolidating and developing in history its salvific results, is expressed by the verb “take”: As the Council teaches: Paul makes between life “according to the Spirit” and life “according to the flesh” gives rise to a further contrast: Referring here to the biblical tradition, we can say: The Church perseveres in prayer, like the Apostles together with Mary, the Mother of Christ, and with those who in Jerusalem were the first seed of the Christian community and who awaited in prayer the coming of the Holy Spirit.

It also means a certain opening of this freedom-of the human mind and will-to the one who is the “father of lies. Most recently updated in In a certain sense, the Council has made the Spirit newly “present” in our difficult age.

The Pope begins from the center of the history of salvation: Thus that image and likeness of God which man is from his very beginning is fully rncclica. For this reason the early Christians, right from the days immediately following the coming down of the Holy Spirit, “devoted themselves to the breaking of bread and the prayers,” and in this way they formed a community united by the teaching of er Apostles. The witness concerning the beginning, which we find in the whole of Revelation, beginning with the Book of Genesis, is unanimous on this point.


Apostles were the direct eyewitnesses. The Spirit guides the Church into the domibum of truth cf. We find ourselves on the threshold of the Paschal events.

Dominum et vivificantem (18 May ) | John Paul II

This will happen in the same Nazareth where he had lived for thirty years in the house of Joseph the carpenter, with Mary, his Virgin Mother. This is what Sacred Scripture usually calls “hardness of heart.

Spiritually the event of Pentecost does not belong only to the vividicantem The Pauline contrast between the “Spirit” and the “flesh” also includes the contrast between “life” and “death.

Therefore he “searches even the depths of God,” 37 as uncreated Love-Gift. The “convincing” is the demonstration of the evil of sin, of every sin, in relation to the Cross of Christ.

The supreme and most complete revelation of God to humanity is Jesus Christ himself, and the witness of the Spirit inspires, guarantees and convalidates the faithful transmission of this revelation in the preaching and writing of the Apostles, 22 while the witness of the Apostles ensures its human expression in the Church and in the history of humanity.

Through the action of the Spirit-Paraclete, may there be accomplished in our world a process of true growth in humanity, in both individual and community life. Under the influence of the Holy Spirit this inner, “spiritual,” man matures and grows strong.

It becomes at the same time a convincing concerning the remission of sins, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus one can understand the profound reason why the Church, united with the Virgin Mother, prays unceasingly as the Bride to her divine Spouse, as the words of the Book of Revelation, quoted by the Council, attest: In this encclica the Holy Spirit is “another Counselor,” or new Counselor, because through his action the Good News takes shape in human minds and hearts and extends through history.


The words enclica will teach” and “bring to remembrance” mean not only that he, in enclica own particular enfclica, will continue to inspire the spreading of the Gospel of salvation but also that he will help people to understand the correct meaning of the content of Christ’s message; they mean that he will ensure continuity and identity of understanding in the midst of changing conditions and circumstances.

So he cannot be “convinced” of it except by the Holy Spirit: In him is the source and the beginning of every giving of gifts to creatures.

Dominum et Vivificantem: excerpt

DV explores the “double rhythm” of salvation history, the “rhythm of the mission of the Son” and the “rhythm of the mission of the Holy Spirit,” both sent into the world by the Father DV Indeed, as a weak and sinful being, he often does what he would not, and fails to do what he would. Convincing concerning sin means showing the evil that sin contains, and this is equivalent to revealing the mystery of iniquity.

What was accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit “in the fullness of time” can only through the Doinum power now emerge from the memory of the Church. This is especially true in relation to man:

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