"These are not drunk, as you suppose...."
—Peter preaching to the crowd after the descent
of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2:15).
"We need to discover what we have become in baptism in
order to understand what we ought to do in life. Our duty flows out
of who we have become: 'If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by
the Spirit'" (Galatians 5:25).
—from chapter three
Baptism by water is the new birth. Baptism of the Spirit renews that birth and is "a conscious awareness and a powerful experience of its meaning and its potentialities," as Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa explains in this rich discussion of how the Holy Spirit makes all things new. In this followup to the bestselling first volume, Fr. Cantalamessa
explores the themes of ongoing conversion, our transformation in faith, and our need to focus always on eternity.
RANIERO CANTALAMESSA, O.F.M. CAP., was appointed by John Paul II as
preacher to the papal household in 1980, and he continues to serve in
that capacity for Pope Benedict XVI. He is the author of many books,
including Sober Intoxication of the Spirit: Filled With the Fullness of
God and The Beatitudes: Eight Steps to Happiness.
MARSHA DAIGLE-WILLIAMSON received her doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Michigan and is professor emerita of English at Spring Arbor University.
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