A Life-in-the-Spirit Program consists of a series of
talks designed to help people realize the power of the
Holy Spirit that is available for every aspect of their
All of us have heard of the Holy Spirit. Most
had learned of the Holy Spirit, but many do not
really know Him. The Holy Spirit is a real person, a
part of the Blessed Trinity just like Jesus and the
- We receive the Holy Spirit through the
Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. In a LSP,
through what is called the Baptism in the Holy
Spirit (a personal conversion experience), the power
of the Holy Spirit is released within us.
For illustration, imagine a candle. It is designed
with a wick that, when lit, creates or releases its
light. Only at that time does the candle fulfill the
purpose for which it was created. Until then it may
be pleasant to look at, but does not fulfill its
purpose of giving light. The candle’s ability to be
a source of light only happens when it is
“empowered”; that is until the wick is lit. It lies
"dormant'"; it does not fully become what it was
designed to be. So it is with all of us; we need to
be empowered by the Holy Spirit in order to be the
light of the world.
We have been designed by God and empowered with the
power of the Holy Spirit. But until that power is
released, it lays dormant as does the light of the
candle. A LSP is designed to help us yield to the
action, empowerment and the power of the Holy Spirit
in our own lives just as He empowered the early
church on the day of Pentecost.
- The talks in a LSP are designed to lead people
through the message of salvation, to understand the
need within themselves for release of the Holy
Spirit’s power that already lies within them, and
yield their lives to the Holy Spirit; for a life of
joy and peace using His many Gifts.
- The format is simple, informal and presented
with balanced Catholic teachings based upon
Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church,
Church documents, personal testimony and prayer.
Opportunities are given in each session for
discussion of how the topic may relate to one’s
life, but no one is required to share more than he
or she feels comfortable doing.
Many who have attended a LSP have experienced
God and the Holy Spirit in a way they had never done
before. It is not unusual for people to fall more
deeply in love with the Eucharist, with Jesus Christ
and the Trinity and with the Bible, and many receive
the charismatic Gifts of the Holy Spirit just as the
Apostles did in the upper room on Pentecost. Those
gifts are given to improve our lives and the lives
of our family, church and community.
Most of us have a relationship with God; some of
those relationships are closer than others are. It
doesn’t matter how close you are to Him or how far away
He may seem, He is calling every one of us to deepen
that relationship and He has nothing but LOVE waiting
for us as we accept His call. THERE’S ALWAYS MORE of His
love for everyone; all we have to do is yield ourselves
more deeply to it and receive it.
Do you sense that call today?
If you are open to the possibility that you can deepen
your personal relationship with the Father, Son and Holy
Spirit, why not attend our Life-in-the-Spirit Program? It may change your life!! It certainly has, for
millions and millions of Catholics, including priests,
religious and laity, who are living a holier,
Spirit-filled and Spirit-empowered life today.
said that we would "receive power when the Holy Spirit
comes upon you". In Acts 1:8. Power to live holy lives,
power to witness, power to pray, to understand
scripture, to minister, and to lay our lives down.
There should be no confusion between this and the
Sacrament of Baptism. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit or
Outpouring of the Holy Spirit is the heart of Catholic
Charismatic Renewal. It is a complete ‘YES’ to let our
life to be lead by the power of the Holy Spirit. It
should be emphasized that this baptism in the Holy
Spirit would never replace the Sacrament of Baptism by
the Catholic Church.
Another analogy: Imagine the Holy Spirit as syrup and
ourselves as a glass of water. In the Sacrament of
Baptism, this ‘syrup’ was poured in the ‘water’. So the
Holy Spirit has been in us. Most of the time, the Spirit
remains there inside us, at the bottom of our ‘glass of
water’. Through the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, the
‘syrup’ is stirred, so that the Spirit would fill all
aspects of our life.