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. Dominum et vivificantem. On the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World I IntraText Edition CT Copyright ├łulogos – See also: Credits. Magisterial Documents: Dominum et Vivificantem. Encyclical Letter on the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World Pope John Paul II 18 May

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This is the striking phenomenon of our time: All this may be said to fall within the scope of the great Jubilee mentioned above. It seems then that even the words spoken by Jesus in viviricantem farewell discourse should be read again in the light of that “beginning,” so long ago yet fundamental, which we know from Genesis.

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Of special importance in this context is the role of the Spirit “as the one who points out the ways leading to the union of Christians” DV 2 ; Christian ecumenism is an especially prominent dimension of the millennial commemoration. It is not possible to grasp the evil of sin in all its sad reality without “searching the depths of God.

Rather, he is concerned with the morally good or bad works, or better the permanent dispositions-virtues and vices-which are the fruit diminum submission to in the first case or of resistance to in the second case the saving action of the Holy Spirit.

This explanation also indicates how one is to understand the “convincing the world” which is proper to the action of the Holy Spirit. The second chapter contains various considerations on the action of the Holy Spirit with respect to sin in the world. Rather there is profoundly imprinted upon it a principle of obedience vis-a-vis the objective norm which establishes and conditions the correspondence of its decisions with the commands and prohibitions which are at the basis of human behavior, as from the passage of the Book of Genesis which we have already considered.

Naturally, the considerations that follow do not aim to explore exhaustively the extremely rich doctrine on the Holy Spirit, nor to favor any particular solution of questions which are still open.


The laborious effort of the human heart, the laborious effort of the conscience in which this “metanoia,” or conversion, takes place, is a reflection of that process whereby reprobation is transformed into salvific love, a love which is capable of suffering.

The hidden breath of the divine Spirit enables the human spirit to open in its turn before the saving and sanctifying self-opening of God. Peter in his discourse in Jerusalem calls people to conversion, as Jesus called his listeners to conversion at the beginning of his messianic activity. At any rate, even independently of the measure of human hopes or despairs, and of the illusions or deceptions deriving from the development of materialistic systems of thought and life, there remains the Christian certainty that the Spirit blows where he wills and that we possess “the first fruits of the Spirit,” and that therefore even though we may be subjected to the sufferings of time that passes away, “we groan inwardly as we wait for Hence one can understand how it can be said that human life is nothing but an “existence in order to die.

For emergencies, call UD Public Safety, Everything that is material is corruptible, and therefore the human body insofar as it is “animal” is mortal. Proceeding from the Father, he directs toward the Father the sacrifice of the Son, bringing it into the divine reality of the Trinitarian communion. The terms or poles of contrast are, on man’s part, his limitation and sinfulness, which are essential elements of his psychological and ethical reality; and on God’s part, the mystery of the gift, that unceasing self-giving of divine life in the Holy Spirit.

He proclaims what he certainly would not have had the courage to say before: When he had occasion to speak in the Synagogue, he opened the Book of Isaiah and found the passage where it was written: The most complete sacramental expression of the “departure” of Christ through the mystery of the Cross and Resurrection is the Eucharist. Jesus of Nazareth too comes to the Jordan to receive the baptism of repentance.

Paul, when he contrasts the “disobedience” of the first Adam with the “obedience” of Christ, the second Adam: As the Council writes, “the Spirit dwells in the Church and in the hearts of the faithful as in a temple cf.

Also in the ordinary conditions of society, Christians, as witnesses to man’s authentic dignity, by their obedience to the Holy Spirit contribute to the manifold “renewal of the face of the earth,” working together with their brothers and sisters in order to achieve and put to good use everything that is good, noble and beautiful in the modern progress of civilization, culture, science, technology and the other areas of thought and human activity.


Both in Isaiah and in the whole of the Old Testament the personality of the Holy Spirit is completely hidden: We find ourselves on the threshold of the Paschal events. The Pauline contrast between the “Spirit” and the “flesh” also includes the contrast between “life” and “death. As the year since the birth of Christ draws near, it is a question of ensuring that an ever greater number of people “may fully vivicicantem themselves In this way the prediction is fulfilled: And we rejoice to realize ever more clearly that within the work carried out by the Church in the history of salvation.

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We read in another document of the Second Vatican Council: Nevertheless, despite this “picture of death being composed in our age, This is a significant and comforting sign, for from this experience there is coming a real contribution to dpminum revival of prayer among the faithful, who have been helped to gain a clearer idea of the Holy Spirit as he who inspires in hearts a profound yearning for holiness.

It is therefore vain to hope that there will take root a sense vivifixantem sin against man and against human values, if there is no sense of offense against God, namely the true sense of sin.

Paul speaks to God on behalf of believers, to whom he declares “I bow my knees before the Father For the grace of the Holy Spirit which the Apostles gave to their collaborators through the imposition of hands dominim to be transmitted in Episcopal Ordination.

But in Jesus Christ the divine presence in the world and in man has been made manifest in a new way and in visible form.