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The Holy Spirit - in Action Today

Man’s consciousness is the realm where God’s spirit can be experienced. It is endowed with being human. Conscience is the organ for perceiving the Holy Spirit. Every human being has the so-called inborn knowledge which s/he always takes for granted in him/ herself or others: I am absolutely obligated to the good. I constantly live under the strict demand to recognize and do the good and only the good. I am not totally fixed in my ways, not completely determined, but also free and responsible at the same time. I am constantly summoned by a word from above which I must respond to. Only in this way do I do justice to my responsibility. The right answer lies in my doing what is good, good for me, for others, for the world so that I become good thus raising the level of the good in humankind. In this manner, I have my utterly personal experience of the Holy Spirit, day by day, hour by hour.


But I also experience the working of the Holy Spirit in my personal environment and world- wide. Where people strive for the knowledge of the truth and good, where people are mindful of doing the good, especially where they must renounce their personal comfort, in extreme cases even their lives, that is where the working of the Holy Spirit and, thereby, the Holy Spirit itself come into the open. Where people pray and love sincerely, where they are honest and true, where in spite of adversity they do not become bitter and despair, where they give comfort and help, that is where the Holy Spirit is in action and can be experienced.


At one point in history, people had and still have an unbeatable Holy-Spirit-Experience: Jesus from Nazareth. Those that lived with earthly Jesus and opened up to him called him: Hebrew Messiah, Greek Christos, in German the Anointed: the one anointed by the Spirit of God, the one filled with the Spirit of God. In him they met the good as such, God. It became certain to them: if we live bonded to him and orientate our existence to him accordingly, then we reach the highest likelihood to become human and humane, to make the best of our life and to serve fellow humans in the best way possible.


“ (…) Wherever truly lived Christendom is experienced, even today the Holy Spirit is experienced as present and effective.” (Anton Schlembach)


The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of peace, with its light and strength, may it lead all efforts to putting an end to the war in the Ukraine and Syria to success!

To you all a blessed feast of Pentecost!

Ortwin Gebauer


Translated from the German by York R. Buttler, Honorary Commander of the CBdSE Office Rhineland


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Light in Darkness by Msgr. PhDr. Ortwin Gebauer

The Christmas season makes us focus on the heartening good news of the angel: ”Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord”. (Lk 10,11)


Filled with the steadfast faith of our Church bearing this good news of joy throughout times, I write you these lines. God turned human seeks community with his people. He does not leave them behind alone in darkness, need and sorrow and does not keep out of the history of the world, neither your nor my story of life.


There might be some who quarrel with their fate who, in hindsight, think: life has not kept what it once promised. They must have had bitter experiences not having attained what they had planned or are not on speaking terms with God or their neighbour living next door.


There are many things in our life we could not cope with. We humbly should admit this and not shy away from the truth – especially these days. For Christmas wants to remind us that despite all this we are not alone.


If we think that our fate is especially severe and nobody understands us and when sometimes we are a puzzle to ourselves and even frightened of ourselves: the child from Bethlehem does not let us down, but loves us, seeks us and wants to be close to us. Christ shows us the way which gives meaning to each station in life but also to the years of old age when loss of strength increases and the pinnacle of life has long gone by.  


Christmas is like a “keyhole through which light shines from our eternal home to our dark path on earth”.  (F.v.Bodelschwingh)


The Son of God descended into our night so that we can reach his bright light. This brings great joy!

No matter where we celebrate Christmas: with family or alone, on duty or on holiday, in days of happiness or melancholy memories.

There is a personal message for everybody:” Today unto you is born your Saviour!”

In this spirit I wish you, your family, dependents and friends, and all who are close to your heart, the grace, peace and joy of Christmas with God’s rich blessing for the New Year.


Translated from the German by York R. Buttler, Honorary Commander of the CBdSE Office



December 2021    


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