The Temple of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit descending on the twelve Apostles

The Holy Spirit descending on the twelve Apostles

The artist depicts the scene described in the Acts of the Apostles of the awesome power of the Holy Spirit given as a gift from God to the Apostles.

Today we to receive the awesome gift of the Holy Spirit through the Sacraments of Baptism (CCC 1226) and Confirmation (CCC 1287-1289). That gift from God changes us, like it changed the Apostles, because the Holy Spirit — the Third Person of the Holy Trinity — now lives within us.

In 1 Corinthians we find a very explicit reminder from St. Paul.  He states:

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 6: 19-20

But there is more to our being temples of the Holy Spirit.  For one thing, “We are the temple of the living God” [1 Corinthians 6: 16]; that is to say, the Holy Spirit resides within the community of the baptized. There is both a communal and a personal aspect to this presence within the community: “The Spirit dwells in the Church and in the hearts of the faithful as in a temple” [Constitution on the Church, 4]. The Church is a temple of the Holy Spirit, and each member of the Church is a temple of the Holy Spirit. We speak in a special way of “the Mother of the Son of God [as] the temple of the Holy Spirit” [Constitution on the Church, 53] because she carried God within her womb. This is the model for us to follow: carrying Christ within our hearts so that we can share him with others.
Text from Loyola Press