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CHAPTER SIXTEEN SIGNS OF THE PRESENCE OF THE SPIRIT


SIGNS OF THE PRRESENCE OF THE SPIRIT


The Spirit who enters the hearts of people produces signs of her presence. The Spirit bears fruit. She


makes the Church grow and creates it into a sign of God’s presence in the world. The confirmed Christian is a sign of the presence of God in the world by witnessing to the Word of God and by the change in himself/herself that the Spirit brings about.


LOVE


The gift of the Spirit is the gift of love. The love of the Spirit is selfless love. Her love is patient, kind, joyful, and without end (1 Cor 13). The gift of love is the full gift of the Spirit. From it flow all other gifts.


JOY


From the Spirit of love comes joy. People who have received the Spirit are filled with joy. They realize that God loves them and has saved them from their sins and from death. They are joyful even when they are persecuted for the faith because they know that God will strengthen and support them.


GENTLENESS


The Spirit is the Spirit of gentleness. She helps us to overcome anger and frustration. She gives us the power to act gently towards others. The truly strong person acts with gentleness, not with violent force.


LONGSUFFERING


The Spirit gives us the power to endure physical and spiritual suffering. The sufferings that we cannot escape can be united to the sufferings of


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