Daniel A Keating in his book, ‘Deification and Grace’ shows how powerfully we receive the Holy Spirit at our baptism. He writes, “When the Fathers speak of ‘baptism’ they are normally including the anointing with oil that signifies the gift of the Holy Spirit. Indeed it is difficult to exaggerate how strongly the Fathers link baptism to the gift of the indwelling Spirit in the believers….Gregory of Nazianzus, defending the full divinity of the Spirit, ask: ‘Were the Spirit not to be worshipped, how could he deify me through baptism?’
Maximus the Confessor links baptism by water and by fire as dual means by which the Holy Spirit causes us to become ‘gods by grace.’
He writes, ‘The Holy Spirit is active in baptism by water and by fire. As water he purifies the defilement of the flesh, and as the Spirit he cleanses the stain of the soul. As the Holy Spirit he establishes as preliminary the ways of the virtues, and as fire he make a person God by grace, radiating on him the divine characteristics of virtue.'”
Father Cantalamessa comments, “Baptism is an unreleased sacrament. Jesus says that you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit. That is Pentecost. The term baptism in the Spirit indicated that there is something here that is basic to baptism. We say that the outpouring of the Spirit actualizes and revives our baptism. To understand how a sacrament received so many years ago and administered in infancy can suddenly come alive an be revived and release such energy is explained by recalling a truth of sacramental theology. Catholic theology explains that a sacrament can be valid and licitly administered but “unreleased.” A sacrament is called “unreleased” if its fruit remains bound or unused because of the absence of certain conditions that further its efficacy.”
When we are baptized we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. We also receive charisms of the Holy Spirit. Let us ask Jesus to release the treasure of Gifts that we were given at our baptism by the Holy Spirit. Remember you are a temple of the Holy Spirit. There is no greater treasure we have than the grace of God in our souls. May we treasure and protect that gift of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, minds and souls. Let us do nothing that will sadden the the Holy Spirit in our hearts.
Let these words of St Paul live in our hearts. Live as Children of Light.
St Paul tells us in the book of Ephesians, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.Do not sadden the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”
St Stephen and St Paul pray for us