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I Believe in the Holy Spirit, The Faithful: Hierarchy, Laity, Consecrated Life

Part One
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

Section Two
THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

Chapter Three
I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH

The Faithful: Hierarchy, Laity, Consecrated Life

177. Who are the faithful?
871-872

The Christian faithful are those who, inasmuch as they have been incorporated in Christ through Baptism, have been constituted as the people of God; for this reason, since they have become sharers in Christ’s priestly, prophetic and royal office in their own manner, they are called to exercise the mission which God has entrusted to the Church. There exists a true equality among them in their dignity as children of God.

178. How are the people of God formed?
873, 934

Among the faithful by divine institution there exist sacred ministers who have received the sacrament of Holy Orders and who form the hierarchy of the Church. The other members of the Church are called the laity. In both the hierarchy and the laity there are certain of the faithful who are consecrated in a special manner to God by the profession of the evangelical counsels: chastity or celibacy, poverty, and obedience.

179. Why did Christ institute an ecclesiastical hierarchy?
874-876, 935

Christ instituted an ecclesiastical hierarchy with the mission of feeding the people of God in his name and for this purpose gave it authority. The hierarchy is formed of sacred ministers,; bishops, priests, and deacons. Thanks to the sacrament of Orders, bishops and priests act in the exercise of their ministry in the name and person of Christ the Head. Deacons minister to the people of God in thediakonia (service) of word, liturgy, and charity.

180. How is the collegial dimension of Church ministry carried out?
876-877

LaityWordleMorningPrayerAfter the example of the twelve Apostles who were chosen and sent out together by Christ, the unity of the Church’s hierarchy is at the service of the communion of all the faithful. Every bishop exercises his ministry as a member of the episcopal college in communion with the Pope and shares with him in the care of the universal Church. Priests exercise their ministry in the presbyterate of the local Church in communion with their own bishop and under his direction. Continue reading

I Believe in the Holy Spirit

Part One
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

Section Two
THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

Chapter Two
I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

136. What does the Church mean when she confesses: “I believe in the Holy Spirit”?
683-686 

To believe in the Holy Spirit is to profess faith in the Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity who proceeds from the Father and the Son and “is worshipped and glorified with the Father and the Son”. The Spirit is “sent into our hearts” (Galatians 4:6) so that we might receive new life as sons of God.

137. Why are the missions of the Son and the Holy Spirit inseparable?
687-690, 742-743

In the indivisible Trinity, the Son and the Spirit are distinct but inseparable. From the very beginning until the end of time, when the Father sends his Son he also sends his Spirit who unites us to Christ in faith so that as adopted sons we can call God “Father” (Romans 8:15). The Spirit is invisible but we know him through his actions, when he reveals the Word to us and when he acts in the Church.

138. What are the names of the Holy Spirit?
691-693

“The Holy Spirit” is the proper name of the third Person of the Most Holy Trinity. Jesus also called him the Paraclete (Consoler or Advocate) and the Spirit of Truth. The New Testament also refers to him as the Spirit of Christ, of the Lord, of God – the Spirit of Glory and the Spirit of the Promise.

I Believe in the Holy Spirit139. What symbols are used to represent the Holy Spirit?
694-701

There are many symbols of the Holy Spirit: living water which springs from the wounded Heart of Christ and which quenches the thirst of the baptized; anointing with oil, which is the sacramental sign of Confirmation; fire which transforms what it touches; the cloud, dark or luminous, in which the divine glory is revealed; the imposition of hands by which the Holy Spirit is given; the dovewhich descended on Christ at his baptism and remained with him.

140. What does it mean that the Spirit “has spoken through the prophets”?
687-688, 702-716, 743

The term “prophets” means those who were inspired by the Holy Spirit to speak in the name of God. The Spirit brings the prophecies of the Old Testament to their complete fulfillment in Christ whose mystery he reveals in the New Testament. Continue reading

Man’s Response to God, I Believe

Part One
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

Section One
“I BELIEVE” – “WE BELIEVE”

Chapter Three
MAN’S RESPONSE TO GOD – I BELIEVE

25.  How does man respond to God who reveals himself?
142-143

Sustained by divine grace, we respond to God with the obedience of faith, which means the full surrender of ourselves to God and the acceptance of this truth insofar as it is guaranteed by the one who is Truth itself.

26.  Who are the principal witnesses of the obedience of faith in the Sacred Scriptures?
144-149

There are many such witnesses, two in particular:  One is Abraham who when put to the test “believed in God” (Romans 4:3) and always obeyed his call.  For this reason he is called “the father of all who believe” (Romans 4:11).  The other is the Virgin Mary who, throughout her entire life, embodied in a perfect way the obedience of faith: “Let it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38)

27.  What does it mean in practice for a person to believe in God?
150-152, 176-178

It means to adhere to God himself, entrusting oneself to him and giving assent to all the truths which God has revealed because God is Truth.  It means to believe in one God in three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

28.  What are the characteristics of faith?
153-165, 179-180, 183-184

Faith is the supernatural virtue which is necessary for salvation.  It is a free gift of God and is accessible to all who humbly seek it.  The act of faith is a human act, that is, an act of the intellect of a person-prompted by the will moved by God-who freely assents to divine truth.  Faith is also certain because it is founded on the Word of God; it works “through charity” (Galatians 5:6); and it continually grows through listening to the Word of God and through prayer.  It is, even now, a foretaste of joys of heaven.

29.  Why is there no contradiction between faith and science?
159

Though faith is above reason, there can never be a contradiction between faith and science because both originate in God.  It is God himself who gives to us the light both of reason and of faith.

“I believe, in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe.” (Saint Augustine)

May God bless you today and always,
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