What Is The Holy Spirit About: Teachings of the Catholic Church Seven Sacraments: Fruits and Gifts

What Is The Holy Trinity?

Since God is omnipotent and all-powerful, He is more complex than humans can understand. Catholics recognize three parts of God; God the Father the God-head, Jesus His son, and the Holy Spirit. All three of these "God parts" make up what Catholics refer to as the “Holy Trinity".

I would like to point out, however, that many non-Catholic Christians challenge the concept of the Holy Trinity as it is not directly mentioned in the Bible. However, to Catholic believers, believing in the Holy Trinity makes sense! There is no denying that there is God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The best way to explain how all three of these persons represent one God is through the concept of the Holy Trinity.

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The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the essence of God. The Holy Spirit of God is what empowers Christian believers. The Holy Spirit dwells in all Christians who have been baptized in the name of Jesus. When called upon, the Holy Spirit can enlighten, strengthen, and help those who ask for. It is accepted that the authors of the books in the Bible were filled with the Holy Spirit, and therefore, produced the True Word of God.

The Holy Spirit is often shown through symbols. The most common symbols are the white dove, and fire. The dove can represent freedom and beauty, and fire can represent power, strength, and consumption. Since the Holy Spirit is a part of God, it is everywhere. It is in all mankind and can awaken faith. It enables communication with Christ, grants gifts to all, and helps men grow in spiritual freedom. The Holy Spirit reveals God through the written word as a source of inspiration.

The Holy Spirit is regarded as the source of all holiness, and brings about the unity of the church as it directs and supports the church, and the liturgy of the Church. Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary.

Baptism is a new birth in God the Father, through his Son, and in the Holy Spirit. It is impossible to know Jesus without the Spirit. The Holy Spirit awakens us in faith and provides a grace within us. Although the Holy Spirit has always been in existence, it is the last part of the Trinity to be revealed. The Holy Spirit was truly revealed after the resurrection of Christ.

Confirmation,: The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit

If you are following this article in the series, then you may be aware of the Sacrament of Confirmation as one of the Sacraments of Initiation. Please follow the link to learn more on this subject. In short, Confirmation is like a continuation of baptism. As the candidate making their confirmation is (figuratively) old enough to decide on whether or not they want to continue in the Catholic Faith, becoming confirmed, literally, seals the person with the Holy Spirit.

There are Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.

There are also Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit, which are charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity. When one becomes confirmed they are sealed with these gifts and fruits.

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Ancillotti 5 years ago from Brasil, Vitoria - ES

Great and beautiful Hub! I loved that...


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks Ancillotti! As always, I appreciate your comments!

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MoosieMac 5 years ago from Watertown, NY

So glad to see there is still faith out there. Beautiful hub, I loved it!


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks, MoosieMac! I got back into the church a few years ago after a long leave of absence! Glad you enjoyed and thanks for the comment! Feel free to read the other articles in the series.

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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Another solid informative hub....keep it up.


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sangre 5 years ago from Ireland

Great Hub, I've forgotten half of this from my youth. Voted up.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks again Cogerson!

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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

sangre thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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Paul Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

When I was confirmed at the age of 14, I was told that I was now a soldier of Jesus Christ. I also remember taking on a confirmation name.


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LuxmiH 5 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

I was confirmed an Anglican at a Catholic Convent School, when I was certainly a Hells Angel. Now I love exploring the similarities and the essence of truth in all beliefs. The Hindu's believe that God is everywhere present, and in order for the human mind to grasp even a small understanding, they break down the various aspects of God's qualities into 'Dieties'. The more I learn the more I discover that the the words and terms may be different, but the essence has a common thread. Loved your article.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks again for commenting, Paul Kuehn. My confirmation name was "Thomas", because I often had doubts in my faith!

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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks again to you LuxmiH! I always appreciate your comments. I wrote a short essay on a topic in Hinduism: http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Liviing-In

It's not so much religious, I just thought you might be interested in the read! Thanks for coming by again!

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L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

A great detailed explanation that is yet easy to read and understand. Nicely done.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you L.L. Woodard, that's exactly what I was trying to do!

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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Easy to understand and nicely written information. Thanks JS!


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks again, Sharyn's Slant! I appreciate your comments very much!

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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

What a great article. I grew up in the Catholic Church until I was around nine. I stopped believing in God around ten or so. Because I wasn’t comfortable in hearing about what the priests were doing to young boys. This made me turn away from that religion. Then at fourteen, I was once again re introduced to him. And I later said the sinner’s prayer and life for me began to get so much better. I realized at some point in my teen age years, that if we as Christians are to pray to Mary, the mother of Christ. Then this negates the whole concept of why Jesus had to die for our sins. It clearly says in the bible that the only way to get to the father is through Jesus. The whole middle place, purgatory concept is out the window as well. If this were the case, then it again, negates Jesus shedding his precious blood, and suffering. I feel that the Holy Spirit revealed this truth to me. I don’t consider myself a “denomination” of Catholic, Baptist, and ect. I want to be considered a child of God. And when folks read what I have to share, or when they see me. I want them to see Jesus. I think this is what is important. To be so close to him in the relationship, that you become one, in mind and spirit. Great article! Peace be with you


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you for sharing your testimony, Jo_Goldsmith! What great faith you have in Jesus! Peace be with you as well and may you be blessed as a daughter of God!

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FirstCommunion 5 years ago from US

Thanks for the information! I so badly need this.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

You are welcome, FirstCommunion! Make sure to follow the rest of the series! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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Ancillotti 5 years ago from Brasil, Vitoria - ES

Hello, my friend. I made a hub and spoke of her amazing series on Catholicism in it. See if you like. Cheers!

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Today-Cath...


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks for linking it to my comments, Ancillotti. I am going there to read it now!

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Westonian 5 years ago

I disagree with your assumption that non-Catholics don`t believe in the Trinity. All genuine Bible believing Followers of Christ believe in the Trinity. Plus you state that the Holy Spirit was the last part of God to be revealed but that is incorrect because He is revealed right in the very begining of the Holy Scriptures.(read Genesis 1:2).

God bless.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Westonian, thank you for the clarification!

I didn't realize that many non-Catholics believed in the Holy Trinity as well! I always thought that we were a minority within the majority of Christians.

I am so glad that you left this comment. It is refreshing to hear what other Christians have to say about this. I am only learning myself and I believe in the Lord, Jesus Christ. I am merely trying to communicate His words through this venue.

"In the beginning was the Word; and the Word was with Us":

I choose not to debate religion but rather, embrace and practice it. It entails praying, solitude, and life experience.

I write these articles not to profess, but to share so that others may follow. I am barely a messenger.

Jesus said, "Where two or more are gathered in my name, I AM present".

I think that says enough. Peace to you and thanks for sharing your opinion and faith!

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mauricio13 5 years ago

Thanks for the hub am a devout catholic and found the hub very informative


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

I am glad you enjoyed this, mauricio13! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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meow48 5 years ago from usa

wow, i liked this. thankyou for sharing it. and thank you for the comment and follow.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

meow48, thank you and you are welcome! I appreciate you stopping by.

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

I was brought up in Catholic Ireland and as children we were brought up with stories from the bible and of the saints. I was always impressed by the story of how St Patrick had explained the Trinity, not in words but with the shamrock. Thank you.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

That is very nice Spirit Whisperer! What a wonderful way to explain the trinity! I am surprised that I never heard of this as my mother's side is Scotch-Irish. Now that I think of it, I believe they were Protestant because my grandmother converted to Catholicism as a teenager. Thanks for sharing with us!


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chefsref 5 years ago from Citra Florida

Hey JS

Well written and a good explanation of Catholic beliefs. It's easy to forget what we learned in Catechism about the foundations of our faith. I' will refresh my memory with your series

Thanx for this

Lee


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks for the comment chefsref! It is amazing how much we take for granted and how much we forget. Once we read it though, it's like, oh ya! Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you continue in the series!

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Carolyn Moe 5 years ago

A friend told me about the baptism of the Holy Spirit while I was at prep school... I searched the scriptures and read a book about it and asked God for it and stepped out on my own speaking in tongues all by my lonesome in the 12th grade. Christ seems so much more real to me since that time and I open myself to him every day and also... thank you so much for following my hubs it meant a lot to me especially that you're an elite!


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Carolyn Moe thanks for the inspirational comment! You have a very strong faith and you are blessed. Thanks for stopping by! May God bless you!

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whoisbid 5 years ago

I am not religious but the concept of true Christianity seems a good one that teaches people will be rewarded for doing good in this world no matter what their religion is. I was impressed by the new Catholic Pope who gave a speech about the need for tolerance of religions. I have also found catholics to be more tolerant and less judgemental of others compared to other offshoot christian sects.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

whoisbid thanks for the great comment. Tolerance is the key to peace and understanding is the doorway. I come from a very multicultural family: My nieces are African (their father is from Nigeria) and my wife and kids are Cambodian. My family also is French, Portuguese and Irish. We are a mixed bunch but we all get along. Thanks for the inspiring comment!

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whoisbid 5 years ago

I think that those christian sects won't listen because they think it is their job to save others from hell. I like your ideas on this point because it teaches people what Jesus taught when he spoke about the good samaritan.

I believe that the man who was beaten and robbed was already in some kind of hell and so many people are living in some kind of hell already and they don't need to be pushed further into hell.

I wish you all the luck with your family and friends. May the force be with you all!


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks again whoisbid for another awesome comment!

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mkrandhawa 5 years ago from India

Your Hubs are very useful and awesome.I really enjoyed it.Thanks for sharing about The Teachings of Catholic Church Seven Sacraments.Voted up all Hubs JS Matthew


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks so much mkrandhawa! I appreciate the vote-up and the comment! Thanks for stopping by!

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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY

I agree with you God is three and one at the same time. God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit are three distinct persons with a single essense. The Holy Spirit can be grieved and blasphemed. This points to His personhood. Jesus Himself walked in the power of the Spirit after His temptation in the desert.The Holy spirit always glorifies Jesus. Being filled with the spirit transform the 120 believers at pentacost from defeated cowards to world shakers.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Wow! Powerful comment wba108! Thanks for adding to this Hub!

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whoisbid 5 years ago

I was taught a prayer as a child by nuns which I have never forgotten.

Hail Mary, Mother of God

Blessed art Thou amongst women

Blessed is the fruit of Thy womb Jesus

Holy Mary Mother of God

Pray for our sinners

Now and at the hour of death

Amen.

I like this prayer and I respect catholic nuns for teaching it to me. Maybe one day I will fully understand it. I hope so!

I will stop commenting here now and wish you the best in everything you do!


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

whoisbid I appreciate you posting the Hail Mary! Thanks for another great comment! Good luck to you as well.

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dfbishopsr 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, US

I just joined Hub Pages so I am a little late reading your hub on the Holy Spirit. To be indwelt by the Spirit of God is one of His greatest expressions of grace to me. I cannot fathom a love so deep, so wide, so unconditional as His.I was wondering if you believe the catholic church is the only church, and salvation, or rebirth can only take place in the Catholic Church. Personally, though the Church is God's plan, I do not think God is restricted to any denomination - He is to big for that.


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Ms Louise 4 years ago

I really appreciate how you handled this topic. It's not easy to write about nor easily understood but you did a great job clarifying from a Biblical point of view. Thanks.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@dfbishopsr: Hello! I believe that anyone who loves Jesus and believes that he died for our sins will follow Salvation. Man created all the different sects of religion, not God. The important thing is the message of Christ. Whatever one decides to label themselves has no reflection on their status with God. It's what you believe in your heart. In short, Jesus said that where 2 or more are gathered in My name; I am there. Doesn't matter if it's in an alley way or a giant church. I appreciate your comment!

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@ Ms Louise: Thank you very much! I appreciate your comment!

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bettybarnesb 3 years ago from Bartlett, TN

Enoyed our article. I most definitely believe the the Trinity as I do the entire Bible. Thanks ever so much for sharing.


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J.S.Matthew 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello bettybarnesb! I am happy you enjoyed my article. Thanks for your comment!

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One_who_Seeks_Truth 3 years ago

We have God the Father, Jesus Christ the son and the Holy Spirit. What about God the Mother, "Enter name here" the daughter and the Holy Spirit. Woman have been suppressed for too long and with all of God's glory and magnificence and love how can there only be a male counterpart to the being we call God? Here is a balance to the male part of God being both male and female: thetruejesus.org/mother.html

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