There is, for me, meaning in references to the Father as “creator,” or to You as “redeemer.” But most references to the Spirit (such as “paraclete”) leave me mystified. Yet I think I have at least a partial handle on the action of the Spirit in our lives. I’m led, therefore,to try to come up with a one-word descriptor, like “redeemer” or “creator” that would characterize the work of the Spirit without being so mystifying.
The dictionary lists about ten shades of meaning for the word “spirit,” and I found some help in the fifth one: “disposition or mood.” If the Father is the creator and You are the redeemer, then the Holy Spirit is the “disposer.”
If we nurture the Spirit in our lives, what it does is incline our attention to the love and presence of the creator and redeemer in our daily lives. The Spirit moves us. If we accept and allow the Spirit of God to work in us, our relationship with God is dynamic, not static. Thus God leaves us His Spirit, His disposer, His connection to Himself. As such, the Spirit is the dynamo of the inner life. There is no inner life unless we allow the Spirit to move us and dispose us.
When we talk of “school spirit” or “Christmas spirit” we’re talking about something that supports school or Christmas. I have a bookmark with a phrase from St. Paul on it which says, “There are many gifts, but only one spirit.” Each of us has his/her own unique gifts, but the Spirit of God unifies and disposes us to use our gifts to support and promote our relationship with God.
If, in the triune God, the Spirit seems least present to us it is, in fact, because, as a spirit, a ghost, He is always present as the disposition we have (or don’t have) toward God.