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“I Had Forgotten There Is a God Who Loves Me”


Fr Dave Pivonka

Zoe Romanowsky - published on 12/08/15

A new video series will help you deepen your relationship with the Holy Spirit

If you’ve ever wondered who the Holy Spirit really is, or why you should care, Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, has an early Christmas present for you: a free 14-part web video series about how to develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit. The first installment in the series is called “God’s Love Poured Out” and was released this past Friday.

Beautifully filmed at various locations, the series takes its name from the ancient Celts who called the Holy Spirit, “the Wild Goose.” Fr. Pivonka, a nationally known author, speaker, and pilgrimage leader has written numerous books and is presently the director of Franciscan Pathways, an evangelistic outreach of his Franciscan community, the Sacred Heart Province of Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular. He spoke to Aleteia about the new Holy Spirit series.

What is this video series about and what inspired you to launch it?

The series takes a look at the Holy Spirit and what it means to live our life in relationship with the Holy Spirit.  I like to think the inspiration for the project is the Holy Spirit.  I am absolutely convinced that one is not able to live the Christian life without the Holy Spirit.  However, for a large percentage of people they have only a vague idea of who the Holy Spirit is and the role that the Spirit wants to play in their life.

What can people expect from the series? 

They can expect an inspired, beautifully produced presentation on the Holy Spirit.  In each segment I will speak about a different aspect of the Holy Spirit.  Some of this will be from my personal experiences as well as my many years of ministry.  I have also asked men and women from around the U.S. to share their story of their relationship with the Holy Spirit.  This provides the viewer the opportunity to hear many people’s experiences of God’s Spirit.  My hope is that this allows the viewer to experience multiple people with whom they will be able to relate.  When the series is taken as a whole it will provide the viewer a very broad view of what it means to live a life in relationship with the Holy Spirit.

What do you hope will be its fruits?

Honestly, conversion. As a Franciscan, the main charism of my order is conversion and we believe that we are always in need of this. My hope is that the Holy Spirit will use this series to bring men and women into a deeper relationship with Christ and the Church. I also hope that those who participate in the series will come to understand how the Spirit wants to animate their life.

Why did you choose “God’s love” as the topic to begin the series? 

Because I think it is so foundational to all we believe. God is love. To the degree that we truly come to understand this then everything else begins to fall into place. Jesus came to reveal the love of the Father and the Holy Spirit moves in our hearts and allows us to see this. It seems to me this is the very best place to start this journey.

To sign up to receive the series, or find our more, visit The Wild Goose Is Loose.

Zoe Romanowsky is lifestyle editor and video content producer for Aleteia

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