Some years ago, when I was serving as a catechist for an eighth-grade faith formation group, I was blessed to have an outstanding catechist aide. Let’s call her Mrs. Kelly. As it turns out, Mrs. Kelly was a nurse at nearby Advocate Christ Hospital. When it came time for us to teach about the coming of the Holy Spirit—our Advocate—on Pentecost, I asked Mrs. Kelly to describe her work as a nurse in pediatrics and how she acts as an advocate for her patients. She did a wonderful job of explaining the many ways that she and other nurses and medical personnel advocate for patients. When she was done, I told the young people, “When you think of the Holy Spirit, I want you to think of Mrs. Kelly and how she advocates for her patients, who are children like you. That’s what the Holy Spirit is like.” In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we look at the Holy Spirit—our Advocate—as we prepare to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost.
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