Splendor of Truth - What We Believe

THE HOLY SPIRIT


 

Who is the Holy Spirit? (CCC 687-741)

The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Holy Trinity. He is the Love that flows between the Father and the Son. He is the ultimate gift of God to humanity, in that the Father sends the Holy Spirit to live within us. In this way, we have Godís very life within us and we are able to be called sons and daughters of God.

When do we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? (CCC 683)

We receive the gift of the Holy Spirit first at our baptism.  The depth of the gift is increased and renewed in the Sacrament of Confirmation. As well, each time we receive any of the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, we receive a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit and His graces.

What is the mission of the Holy Spirit? (CCC 689-690)

Most simply, His mission is the sanctification of man in order that we can be united to Christ and live in Him. He lives in us and speaks to us, allowing us to know God. Jesus visibly revealed God, but the Spirit reveals Him to our hearts and minds. He convinces us of our sins, in order that we may recognize our need for mercy, and in that need, choose to turn back to God to be healed. By this mission, He brings to completion with work of God on earth Ė God the Father created us; Jesus makes possible again our Salvation by His death and Resurrection; the Holy Spirit makes us holy, revealing and cleansing our sins, so that we can participate in the Life of the Trinity (if we choose it).

When did God give the gift of the Holy Spirit to man? (CCC 731-736)

The Holy Spirit is given fully to man on the feast of Pentecost, 50 days after the Resurrection of Christ. On this day, the Trinity is fully revealed and man receives the gift of the Holy Spirit in abundance. On that day, the Church was born. We must emphasize the word fully in this case because it is important to note the Holy Spirit was still at work in the world and in the hearts of men before this day. But God chose this moment to bring the third Person of the Trinity out from hidden obscurity and to manifest His fullness to the world.

 

 



 

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