Can someone help me with questions about the Holy Spirit?
A post from quite awhile back in ‘Ask the Apologist” answered this in response to** ‘are we born with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit?’ (sorry – I don’t know how to link a post): ***Due to the effects of original sin we are **not born with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. *The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The human body shares in the dignity of “the image of God”: it is a human body precisely because it is animated by a spiritual soul, and it is the whole human person that is intended to become, in the body of Christ, a temple of the Spirit” (CCC 364, emphasis added).
**But, the Catechism also says this: * ***“The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself.” (CCC 27) Faith, through the free gift of grace, is man’s response to God’s call.
]If we are not born with the Holy Spirit as the first answer above says, then how can ‘the desire for God be written in his human heart’*, and how can he be drawn to God and ‘through the free gift of grace respond to God’s call’, if not by the Holy Spirit working within him, as CCC 27 (the second paragraph above) seems to imply?
*]Do non-Christians and non-baptized Christians (many are so vibrant in their faith and love for Jesus) not have the Holy Spirit in them? If not, how can their faith be so strong, or in the case of non-Christians, how can they be so Christ-like if not for the power of God working in them? Isn’t this ‘power’ the Holy Spirit?
*]If we are made in the image and likeness of God, doesn’t God dwell in all of us to a certain extent (i.e. – the Holy Spirit). Does baptism just increase this indwelling in us?