The Catechism of Pope Saint Pius X
on
The Holy Spirit

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The Holy Spirit (depicted in the Window of the Apsis) dominates the Throne of Saint Peter -
by BERNINI, Gian Lorenzo, from San Pietro, Rome

 

The Catechism of Saint Pius X was suggested by Saint Pius X when he was still Archbishop of Mantua. Pius X's Catechism is written in a Memorizable, Question and Answer Format.

 

The Catechism of Pope Saint Pius X

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THE EIGHTH ARTICLE: "I Believe in the Holy Ghost"

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1. What are we Taught in the Eighth Article: I Believe in the Holy Ghost?

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Eighth Article of the Creed Teaches us that there is a Holy Ghost, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity; and that, like the Father and the Son, He is God Eternal, Infinite (∞), Omnipotent, Creator and Lord of All Things.

2. From Whom does the Holy Ghost Proceed?

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Holy Ghost Proceeds from the Father and the Son, as from One (1) Principle, by way of Will and Love ( Love is an Act of the Will).

Summary of Origins

God the Father possesses Two (2) Internal Divine Activities or Processions

God the Father

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(Begotten, not Made, not Created)

The Son of God,
Second Person of the Holy Trinity

God the Father
& God the Son
(As One Principle)

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(not Made, not Created,
not Generated)

The Holy Spirit,
Third Person of the Holy Trinity

3. If the Son Proceeds from the Father, and the Holy Ghost Proceeds from the Father and the Son, it would seem as if the Father and the Son are Prior to the Holy Ghost; how then can it be said that all the Three (3) Persons are Eternal?

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) It is said that all the Three (3) Persons are Eternal, because the Father, has Begotten the Son from all Eternity, and the Holy Ghost Proceeds from the Father and from the Son from all Eternity.

4. Why is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity specially designated by the name of the Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit?

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Third Person of the Blessed Trinity is specially designated by the name of the Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit, because He Proceeds from the Father and from the Son by way of Spiration and of Love.

5. What Work is especially Attributed to the Holy Ghost?

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) To the Holy Ghost is Specially Attributed the Sanctification of Souls.

6. Do the Father and the Son Sanctify us Equally with the Holy Ghost?

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) Yes, all the Three Divine Persons Equally Sanctify us.

7. If this is so, why is the Sanctification of Souls Specially Attributed to the Holy Ghost?

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Sanctification of Souls is Specially Attributed to the Holy Ghost, because it is a Work of Love, and the Works of Love are Attributed to the Holy Ghost.

pentecost1_300.jpg (8552 bytes) 8. When did the Holy Ghost descend on the Apostles?

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Holy Ghost descended on the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost, that is, Fifty (50) days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and Ten (10) days after His Ascension.

9. Where were the Apostles during the Ten (10) days preceding Pentecost?

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Apostles were gathered together in the Upper Room with the Virgin Mary and the other Disciples, and were Persevering in Prayer in expectation of the Holy Ghost, Whom Jesus Christ had Promised to send them.

10. What Effects did the Holy Ghost produce in the Apostles?

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Holy Ghost Confirmed the Apostles in the Faith, filled Them with Light, Strength, Charity, and an Abundance of all His Gifts.

11. Was the Holy Ghost sent for the Apostles alone?

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Holy Ghost was sent for the Whole Church and for every Faithful Soul.

12. What does the Holy Ghost do in the Church?

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) The Holy Ghost gives Life to the Church by His Grace and by His Gifts, as the Soul gives Life to the Body; He establishes in Her the Kingdom of Truth and of Love; and He helps Her to lead Her Children in Safety along the Way to Heaven.