The Holy Spirit Makes Us Divine

Christianity offers an authentic alternative to [a range of ] methods of self-deification. Through the action of the Holy Spirit poured out through the sacraments, the divine life may be shared by all, from the infant to the elderly, from the poor and forgotten to the rich and elite, women and men. Moreover, deification is not some individual pursuit but rather a communal offering that is made within the life of the church, shared especially through service to the suffering.

As a church, our participation in God’s life does not require technologies that aim at self-sufficiency but rather humble reception and subsequent growth in the Spirit. Just as in the church’s early history, so also today the Holy Spirit can enable our growth in the virtues, especially our faith, our hope, and our love, beyond any limits that society would impose on them, to become heroic and even divine expressions of God’s action in the world.

Brian Dunkle, SJ, “The Holy Spirit Makes Us Divine”, in The Holy Spirit: Setting the World on Fire, Richard Lennan and Nancy Pineda-Madrid, eds. (New York: Paulist Press, 2017), p.23.