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Unit 8/Podcast

The Holy Spirit is the Lord and Giver of Life

Join Real+True as we explore God’s breath and how we are transformed by the Holy Spirit. Edmund gives us a new tool for teaching about the Holy Spirit. Emily shares behind-the-scenes insights about a major Real+True announcement.

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(00:11) Emily and Edmund welcome you to this episode and announce the big news that Real+True has received the official endorsement (patronage) of the Holy See through the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. This honor comes after Real+True was presented to leaders in the Vatican. 

(04:21) Edmund introduces Unit 8. The thesis: The Holy Spirit is the Lord and Giver of Life and covers CCC 683-747, the section entitled, “I believe in the Holy Spirit.” The Proclamation video is entitled, “The Power of Breath.” The Explanation video asks the question,” Who is the Holy Spirit?” And finally, the Connection video poses the question, “What it means to be transformed by the Holy Spirit.”  Together, they discuss the Proclamation video and how considering breath can lead us to understand the Holy Spirit in a deeper way. 

(10:35) Stand out Section: 

Emily highlights CCC 736, “By this power of the Spirit, God’s children can bear much fruit. He who has grafted us onto the true vine will make us bear “the fruit of the Spirit: . . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control… Through the HolySpirit, we are restored to paradise, lead back to the kingdom of heaven. “   This passage has encouraged her to invite the Holy Spirit into her life.

Edmund shares CCC 684 “Through his grace, the Holy Spirit is the first to awaken faith in us and to communicate to us the new life, which is to “know the Father and the one whom he has sent, Jesus Christ.” But the Spirit is the last of the persons of the Holy Trinity to be revealed. St. Gregory of Nazianzus, the Theologian, explains this progression in terms of the pedagogy of divine “condescension”.

(16:30) The Explanation tackles the question, “Who is the Holy Spirit?” The hosts discuss how the Holy Spirit can seem distant or vague, but the Creed and Scripture reveal to us ways to understand the Holy Spirit. The Connection video is titled “What it means to be transformed by the Holy Spirit.” The video shoot at a pottery studio is discussed, including a mishap with the firing of two vases. Emily makes the point that pottery is sealed through fire, and we are “sealed with the Holy Spirit” in Confirmation.  

(25:023) Emily reminds us that each unit has a discussion guide at realtrue.org. Like the videos, all resources on the realtrue.org website are free and easy to use. Thanks for listening 

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