Without the Holy Spirit — a reflection from the Greek Orthodox…

…Patriarch of Antioch, Ignatius of Litakia, who died in 2012:

THE HOLY SPIRIT

Without the Holy Spirit: God is far away, Christ stays in the past, the Gospel is a dead letter, the Church is simply an organisation, authority simply a matter of propaganda, liturgy no more than an evocation, Christian living a slave morality.

But with the Holy Spirit: the cosmos is resurrected and groans with the birth-pangs of the Kingdom, the risen Christ is present, the Gospel is the power of life, the Church shows forth the life of the Trinity, authority is a liberating service, mission is a Pentecost, the liturgy is both memorial and anticipation, human action is deified.

Ignatius of Litakia