Catechesis on the Holy Spirit

Joeven MatugasFr. Joeven MATUGAS, sx

Since we celebrate the Pentecost Sunday – the feast day of the Church and the Holy Spirit, I just want to share some basic catechesis on the Holy Spirit based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Our Church has magnificent teachings on the Holy Spirit. In my own observation, the Holy Spirit is the less mention among the three persons of the Blessed Trinity. However in our Church today, there are strong charismatic groups and movements that are inspired by the Holy Spirit. There are hundreds of these movements rising up in the world. This is for the world to see that our Church is so unique and universal and everyone is ever welcome.

Fr. Joeven - Sierra Leone(691) The proper name of the Holy Spirit

“Holy Spirit” is the proper name of the one whom we adore and glorify with the Father and the Son. The Church has received this name for the Lord and professes it in Baptism of her new children.

The term “Spirit” translates the Hebrew word ruah, which in its primary sense, meaning breath, air, wind.

“Spirit” and “Holy” are divine attributes common to the three divine persons. By joining the terms, Scripture, liturgy and theological language designate the inexpressible person of the Holy Spirit, without possible equivocation with other sues of the terms “spirit” and “holy”.

(692-693) Titles of the Holy Spirit

When he proclaims and promises the coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus calls him the “Paraclete” literally, “he who is called to one’s side,” ad-vocatus.

“Paraclete” is commonly translated by ‘consoler’ and Jesus is the first consoler. The Lord also called the Holy Spirit, “the Spirit of Truth”.

Spirit of Promise

That the blessing of Abraham might be extended to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith (Gal. 3:4).

Spirit of Adoption

As proof that you are children, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out Abba Father (Gal. 4:16).

Spirit of Christ

Whoever does not have the spirit of Christ, does not belong to him (Rom. 8:9).

Spirit of the Lord

Now the Lord is the spirit, and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Cor. 3:17).

Spirit of God

But you are not in the flesh, on the contrary; you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you (Rom. 8:9).

Spirit of Glory – St. Peter

 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of Glory and of God rests upon you (1 Pet. 4:14) CCC 639.

Symbols of the Holy Spirit

(694) Water. The symbolism of water signifies the Holy Spirit`s action in Baptism. The water of Baptism signifies that our birth into the divine life is given to us in the Holy Spirit.

(695) Anointing. The symbolism of anointing with oil also signifies the Holy Spirit’s to the point of becoming a synonym for the Holy Spirit.

(696) Fire. While water signifies birth and the fruitfulness of life given in the Holy Spirit, fire symbolizes the transforming energy of the Holy Spirit’s action.

(697) Cloud and light. In the theophanies of the OT, the cloud, now obscure, now luminous, reveals the living and saving God. While veiling the transcendence of his glory with Moses on Mt. Sinai at the tent of meeting.

(698) The Seal is a symbol close to that of anointing. “The Father has set his seal” on Christ and also seals us in him.

(699) The hand. Jesus heals the sick and blesses little children by laying hands on them.

(700) The finger. “It is by the finger of God that Jesus cast our demons”.

(701) The dove. At the end of the flood, whose symbolism refers to Baptism, a dove released by Noah returns with a fresh olive tree branch in its beak as a sign that the earth was again habitable?

Holy Spirit set my heart on fire (4x)  Come Holy Spirit let the fire fallHoly Spirit purify my heart (4x) Come Holy Spirit let the fire fall




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