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God the Holy Spirit


the Holy Spirit“It must be said that the Holy Spirit is the principal agent of evangelization: it is He who impels each individual to proclaim the Gospel, and it is He who in the depths of consciences causes the word of salvation to be accepted and understood. But it can equally be said that He is the goal of evangelization: He alone stirs up the new creation, the new humanity of which evangelization is to be the result, with that unity in variety which evangelization wishes to achieve within the Christian community. Through the Holy Spirit the Gospel penetrates to the heart of the world, for it is He who causes people to discern the signs of the times- signs willed by God- which evangelization reveals and puts to use within history.” EVANGELII NUNTIANDI - APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION OF HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI

He is a Person, distinct from the Father and the Son. He is God and consubstantial* with the Father and the Son. He is God, one and equal with the Father and the Son, of the same substance and also of the same nature. He proceeds eternally from both (God the Father and God the Son) as from one principle and through one spiration*.

“For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God” 1 Cor 2-10

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses,
I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God.
I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice,
and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul.
In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace
and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You.
Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light,
and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations.
I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness.
Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds,
and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart,
I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace
that I may never sin against You. Give me grace,
O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere,
"Speak Lord for Your servant heareth."

Catechism of the Catholic Church
CHAPTER THREE “I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT” 685 To believe in the Holy Spirit is to profess that the Holy Spirit is one of the persons of the Holy Trinity, consubstantial with the Father and the Son: “with the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified”6 For this reason, the divine mystery of the Holy Spirit was already treated in the context of Trinitarian “theology.”Here, however, we have to do with the Holy Spirit only in the divine “economy.” ARTICLE 8 “I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT” 687 “No one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”Now God's Spirit, who reveals God, makes known to us Christ, his Word, his living Utterance, but the Spirit does not speak of himself. The Spirit who “has spoken through the prophets” makes us hear the Father's Word, but we do not hear the Spirit himself. We know him only in the movement by which he reveals the Word to us and disposes us to welcome him in faith. The Spirit of truth who “unveils”Christ to us “will not speak on his own.” Such properly divine self-effacement explains why “the world cannot receive [him], because it neither sees him nor knows him,”while those who believe in Christ know the Spirit because he dwells with them.

Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Counsel, Fortitude, Piety, Fear of God

Fruit of the Holy Spirit: Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-control, Chastity

Prayer To The Holy Spirit:
Come, Holy Spirit Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Your Divine love.
Send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created, And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit, instructed the hearts of the faithful,
grant that by the same Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation,
we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Names synonymous with the Holy Spirit include: Paraclete (Consoler), The Helper, The Spirit, Spirit of Truth, The Healer, The Comforter, The Guide, Holy Ghost, Spirit of God, the Advocate and the Spirit of the Lord. Symbols of the Holy Spirit: water, anointing, fire, cloud and light, the seal, the hand, the finger and the dove.

*notes: spiration - procession consubstantial - the same in substance or essence Sources: St. Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica. Second and Revised Edition, 1920.