The Catechism of Pope Saint Pius X
THE EIGHTH ARTICLE: "I Believe in the Holy Ghost"
1. What are we Taught in the Eighth Article: I Believe in the Holy Ghost?
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
Creator and Lord of All Things.
2. From Whom does the Holy Ghost Proceed?
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
Father possesses Two (2)
Internal Divine Activities or Processions
|God the Father
(Begotten, not Made, not Created)
The Son of God,
Second Person of the Holy Trinity
|God the Father
& God the Son
(As One Principle)
(not Made, not Created,
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?
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?
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
5. What Work is especially Attributed to the Holy Ghost?
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?
Yes, all the Three Divine Persons Equally
7. If this is so, why is the Sanctification of
Souls Specially Attributed to the Holy Ghost?
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
8. When did the Holy Ghost descend on the Apostles?
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
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?
The Holy Ghost Confirmed the Apostles in the
Faith, filled Them with Light,
Strength, Charity, and an Abundance of all
11. Was the Holy Ghost sent for the Apostles alone?
The Holy Ghost was sent for the Whole Church
and for every Faithful Soul.
12. What does the Holy Ghost do in the Church?
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.