A Lesson on the Holy Spirit

Let’s Read
WIND by Carol Thompson

     Thompson, Carol. Wind. Childs Play-International, 2014.

You can get the book at your local library, local independent bookstore, or…

This simple little book beautifully captures our experience of the wind, the way it feels, the way it sounds, and the things we see wind do. We cannot see wind; we can only see the things the wind does. So it is with the Holy Spirit…

Let’s Think 
For us:
The descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles in wind and fire must have been an incredible moment in time. How many experiences have you had that have been truly life changing? Just imagine those 12 apostles. How many times had their life been knocked completely off the rails? They watched Jesus perform stunning miracles and share otherworldly wisdom. Then he was killed. Then he rose. They knew that life itself had been forever changed. Then he disappeared into the sky right before their eyes and angels spoke to them.

“Go to Jerusalem,” Jesus said. “Pray and wait for the Holy Spirit I will send.” So they did. But even if they were used to the crazy happenings that surrounded Jesus, could they have predicted what happened on that Jewish feast of Pentecost 50 days after the Resurrection?

Rushing wind, tongues of fire, speaking in languages they had never known before. Peter, the blustery fisherman, who had denied Jesus, preaching so eloquently that over 3,000 people were baptized in that one place on that one day! Talk about not-to-be-missed moments!

How amazing it must have been to feel and see God’s action like this, in real time, in real ways. How great it must have been to be sure that the Holy Spirit gave you power you didn’t have before. Most of us don’t have too many of those top of the mountain or rushing wind experiences. But if we look more closely, the Holy Spirit is working in our lives and can make just as much difference for us as he* did for the apostles.

Take your child(ren) outside to experience the wind. As it blows your hair and moves the branchesof the trees, you know it is working. You can even tell how strong or weak the wind is, all through the things it does. It’s the same with the Holy Spirit.

*I’m using a male pronoun for the Holy Spirit because he is a person (of the Holy Trinity) and he is God. Traditionally, male pronouns are used for God even though God is a spirit being with no body, neither male nor female.

For our children:  
10 Awesome Things to Know about the Holy Spirit:

  1. The Holy Spirit is like the wind. You can’t see the wind. You can only see the effects of the wind, the things the wind does. It moves the branches of trees and makes the clouds move across the sky. It’s the same with the Holy Spirit. He is working in our lives, but we can only see his effects.
  2. In the Bible, wind often happens when the Holy Spirit is doing something great.
  3. The Holy Spirit is one of the three persons of the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Think of a shamrock. The shamrock has three leaves, but it is still one “flower”.
  4. The Holy Spirit is the Breath of God. Breath is like wind too!
  5. The Holy Spirit and Jesus were with God the Father at the beginning of the world.
  6. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to guide people. The Holy Spirit helps you do the right thing to become more like Jesus.
  7. The Holy Spirit makes you holy! Being holy means being closer to God.
  8. We receive gifts from the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude (courage), knowledge, piety (godliness), and awe of the Lord.
  9. We receive the “fruits” of the Holy Spirit too: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
  10. When you were baptized, the Holy Spirit came to dwell within you, so he can do all these things.

Let’s Talk  

  1. What are some of the things the wind does?
  2. What are some of the things the Holy Spirit does?
  3. How is the Holy Spirit like the wind?
  4. Choose one of the gifts or fruits of the Holy Spirit. How does that gift or fruit of the Holy Spirit show in your life?

Let’s Do 
Make a Wind Sock
Materials needed: 1 sheet of construction paper (color of your choice) or card stock, stapler or scotch tape, markers or crayons, one 12 inch piece of yarn or 

string, 4-6 tissue paper streamers about 1 foot long (can be cut from rolls of party streamers or cut in 1 inch strips from wrapping tissue paper).
Directions:

  1. Decorate the piece of construction paper with the markers and crayons. You can use symbols of the Holy Spirit like flames, water, wind, and the color red. You could write “The Holy Spirit makes me holy” on the paper.
  2. Roll the paper into a tube shape and secure it with staples or scotch tape.
  3. Add the streamers to the bottom of the tube with staples or tape.
  4. Attach one end of the string to one side of the top of the tube and one end to the other side of the top of the tube. Use this to hang your wind sock.
  5. Hang your wind sock where the air from a window can blow it. Every time you see your wind sock move, remember the Holy Spirit.

Let’s Pray 
Dear God,
you are Father, Son, and Spirit.
You are three persons in one.
But I’m only one person.
I know you created me.
And I know you love me.
I know Jesus lived, died and rose from the dead.
And I know the Holy Spirit makes me holy.
I want to be holy
because holiness is the same as happiness.
There’s no greater way to be happy
than being close to you.
Thank you God
for creation.
Thank you Jesus
for forgiving my sins.
Thank you Holy Spirit
for making me holier every day.
I pray for all the people I love
and all the people who love me.
I pray for all the people in the world
who need help.

Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Words Every Catholic Should Know 
Holy Spirit: The third person of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Trinity includes God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was sent to make the members of the Church holy.
Pentecost: the feast of Pentecost is the day we remember the Holy Spirit descending on the apostles. On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came to the apostles with a rushing wind and “tongues of fire”. We call Pentecost the birthday of the Church.

Scripture 
Acts 2:1-13. This is a great story to read in a Children’s Bible.

Let’s Remember 
Choose one fruit of the Holy Spirit, such as joy or kindness. Every time you see that “fruit” happening, know the Holy Spirit is working. For example: If you choose kindness, every time you see someone being kind, you’re seeing the Holy Spirit at work!

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