Basic Beliefs on the Holy Spirit
from the New Catholic Catechism


The Paraclete with the Holy Family and God the Father - by DOLCI, Carlo - from a Private Collection

 

Paraclete (Latin <Consolator>; Greek <Parakletos>), an Appellation of the Holy Ghost. Variously translated "Advocate", "Intercessor", "Teacher", "Helper", "Comforter". According to St John, the Mission of the Paraclete is to Abide with the Disciples after Jesus has withdrawn His Visible-Presence from them; to Inwardly Bring-home to them the Teaching Externally given by Christ and thus to Stand as a Witness to the Doctrine and Work of the Savior. There is no reason for limiting to the Apostles themselves the Comforting Influence of the Paraclete. The Paraclete Comforts the Church by Guaranteeing her Inerrancy and Fostering Her Sanctity. He Comforts each Individual Soul in many ways. Every Salutary Condition, Power, and Action, in fact the Whole Range of our Salvation, comes within the Comforter's Mission. Its Extraordinary Effects are styled Gifts, Fruits, Beatitudes. Its Ordinary Working is Sanctification with all it entails, Habitual Grace, Infused Virtues, Adoption, and the Right to the Celestial Inheritance. "The Charity of God", says St Paul, "is Poured-forth in our Hearts by the Holy Ghost Who is given to us". In that Passage the Paraclete is both the Giver and the Gift: the Giver of Grace (<Donum Creatum>) and the Gift of the Father and the Son (<Donum Increatum>). St Paul teaches repeatedly that:

the Holy Ghost dwells in us.

from the Catholic Encyclopedia

 

Supernatural Order
( If you are in the State of Sanctifying Grace,
the Holy Ghost dwells 'in-you'
in a very Special and Personal way.
)

Human Being/Person
(A Unity (1) of Body and Soul)

Natural
Order

Supernatural
Order

Natural
Body
(Subordinate-Partner)

Natural
Soul
(Dominant Partner)

Supernatural Grace/
Infused Virtues
and Gifts of the
Holy Ghost

The Supernatural Order is the Ensemble of Effects exceeding the Powers of the Created Universe, and Gratuitously produced directly by God for the purpose of Raising the Rational Creature above its Natural Sphere to a God-like Life and Destiny.

 

 

Basic Beliefs on the Holy Spirit
from the New Catholic Catechism

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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. (CCC685)

In Christ you who heard the Word of Truth ... and believed it were Sealed by the Promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13).(See also Romans 8:14, 17; Acts 1:8)

 

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Is the Holy Spirit God?
The Holy Spirit is God, as is the Father and the Son. (CCC691)

The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2Corinthians 13:13).

 

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) What are some other names for the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is also called Paraclete, Spirit of God, Gift of God, Spirit of Truth, Spirit of Adoption and Giver of Life. (CCC691–693)

But when He comes — the Spirit of Truth — He will lead you to the Whole Truth (John 16:13).

 

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) What does Paraclete mean?
Paraclete means "someone called upon for help" (Advocate, Intercessor). The term also means "Consoler". (CCC692)

And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Intercessor to be with you Forever (John 14:16).

 

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) What does the Holy Spirit do for us?
The Holy Spirit Transforms us through Sanctifying Grace, the Virtues, His Gifts and Actual Graces. He helps us to know Jesus, our Savior, and our Father in Heaven; the Spirit also helps us to Pray and to Evangelize. (CCC733–736)

If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit (Galatians 5:25).

 

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) What does the Holy Spirit do for the Church?
The Holy Spirit Unites God's People, the Church, in Faith and Love, and gives us the Grace Jesus Won for us by His Death on the Cross. The Spirit Guides the Church's Chief Teachers, the Pope and Bishops United with Him, so that they will Faithfully hand-on the Truth Christ taught. (CCC737)

So the Church was at Peace . . . ; it was being built up and proceeded in the Fear of the Lord and it grew in numbers with the Encouragement of the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:31).

 

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This Vatican painting of - The Mystical Press - by Da Siena
depicts the Infinite Supply of Grace won for us by Jesus' Death.

 

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) When did the Holy Spirit first make Himself known to Jesus' followers?
Although the Holy Spirit was Active in the World before Jesus' Resurrection, on Pentecost the Spirit descended on Jesus' Disciples with Great Power. He gave the Apostles Courage, a Deeper Understanding of Jesus' Teachings, and a Spirit of Sacrifice. He Strengthened them with Grace and United them more closely. (CCC739–741)

Tongues as if of Fire appeared to them, parting and coming to rest on each of them, and they were all Filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different Tongues according to how the Spirit Inspired them to speak (Acts 2:3–4).

 

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) What special Gift does the Holy Spirit give us?
The Holy Spirit gives us Grace, a Participation in the Life of God, which Jesus Won for us by His Death on the Cross. (CCC1996–1997)

Thus He has bestowed on us the Great and Precious Promises so that through them you may come to Share in the Divine Nature . . . (2Peter 1:4).