Dominum et Vivificantem. Encyclical of Pope John Paul II “Lord and Giver of Life,” 18 May From section In his intimate life, God “is love,” the essential. Dominum et vivificantem. On the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World I IntraText Edition CT Copyright ├łulogos – See also: Credits. Magisterial Documents: Dominum et Vivificantem. Encyclical Letter on the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World Pope John Paul II 18 May

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It forms a trilogy on the Trinity, with the Encyclicals dedicated to the Father, ” Dives in misericordia “and to the Son, ” Redemptor hominis ” The Holy Spirit is “a divine Person, he vivificqntem at the center of the Christian faith and is the source and dynamic power of the Church’s renewal.

This first part illustrates the modes of the gift to the Church and to mankind of the Spirit Who gives vivificanhem.


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The Pope begins from the center of the history of salvation: The second chapter contains various considerations on the action of the Holy Spirit with respect to sin in the world.

If the Spirit-Counsellor is to convince the world precisely concerning judgement, it is in order to continue in the world the salvific work of Christ.

It becomes at the same time a convincing concerning the remission of sins, in the power of the Holy Spirit. In this perspective words of “unforgiveness” of Jesus are understood, applied to “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit”, which “consists in the refusal to accept the salvation which God offers to man through the Holy Spirit.

This means the refusal to come to the sources of Redemption, which nevertheless remain ‘always’ open in the economy of salvation in which the mission of the Holy Spirit is accomplished.

At the same time it has a pneumatological aspect, since the mystery of the Incarnation was accomplished ‘by the power of the Holy Spirit’. This openness of God toward man and of man toward Ft “gives to the human creature the fullness of freedom.

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These are made concrete “in the interior and subjective dimension as tension, struggle and rebellion taking place in the human heart finds in every period of history and especially in the modern era its external dimension, which takes concrete form as the content of culture and civilization, as a philosophical system, an ideology, a program.


Fundamentally this is because it does not accept God’s existence, being a system that is essentially and systematically atheistic.

One has only to think of the arms race,” indigence and hunger, abortion and euthanasia. Nevertheless, despite this “picture of death being composed in our age, Thus that image and likeness of God which man is from his very beginning is fully realized.

The most complete sacramental expression of the ‘departure’ of Christ through the mystery of the Cross and Resurrection is the Eucharist. The Holy Spirit “does not cease to be the guardian of hope in the human heart: