Breathe: Holy Spirit Moving Through Me

2017 Theme


When we speak about the Holy Spirit, we speak about the breath of God, breathing in us. The Greek word for “spirit” is pneuma, which means “breath.” We are seldom aware of our breathing. It is so essential for life that we only think about it when something is wrong with it.

The Spirit of God is like our breath. God’s Spirit is more intimate to us than we are to ourselves. We might not often be aware of it, but without it we cannot live a “spiritual life.” It is the Holy Spirit of God who prays in us, who offers us the gifts of love, forgiveness, kindness, goodness, gentleness, peace, and joy. It is the Holy Spirit who offers us the life that death cannot destroy. Let us always pray: “Come, Holy Spirit, come.” --- Henri Nouwen

This year, our special emphasis will explore the Holy Spirit. As Henri Nouwen says above, the Spirit is more intimate to us than we are to ourselves. Indeed, The Spirit’s presence is more intimate than our very breathing. This being so, we commit ourselves to rediscovering the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Spirit dwells in us, fills us, flows through us. And as we breathe in the Spirit, we breathe Him out to the world.

Below are the Biblical actions and elements associated with the Spirit that will guide us during each quarter of 2017:

1st Quarter (January-March) 
Action: Welcome
Element: Earth

2nd Quarter (April-June) 
Action: Fill
Element: Fire

3rd Quarter (July-September)
Action: Flow
Image: Water

4th Quarter (October-December)
Action: Breathe
Image: Wind