Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 181 — in the Tradition, to which the Church Fathers are always timely witnesses; — in the Church’s Magisterium, which he assists; — in the sacramental liturgy, through its words and symbols, in which the Holy Spirit puts us into communion with Christ; — in prayer, wherein he intercedes for us; — in the charisms and ministries by which the Church is built up; — in the signs of apostolic and missionary life; — in the witness of saints through whom he manifests his holiness and continues the work of salvation. I. T he J oint M ission of the S on and the S pirit 689 The One whom the Father has sent into our hearts, the Spirit of his Son, is truly God. 10 Consubstantial with the Father and the Son, the Spirit is inseparable from them, in both the inner life of the Trinity and his gift of love for the world. In adoring the Holy Trinity, life-giving, consubstantial, and indivisible, the Church’s faith also professes the distinction of persons. When the Father sends his Word, he always sends his Breath. In their joint mission, the Son and the Holy Spirit are distinct but inseparable. To be sure, it is Christ who is seen, the visible image of the invisible God, but it is the Spirit who reveals him. 690 Jesus is Christ, “anointed,” because the Spirit is his anoint- ing, and everything that occurs from the Incarnation on derives from this fullness. 11 When Christ is finally glorified, 12 he can in turn send the Spirit from his place with the Father to those who believe in him: he communicates to them his glory, 13 that is, the Holy Spirit who glorifies him. 14 From that time on, this joint mission will be manifested in the children adopted by the Father in the Body of his Son: the mission of the Spirit of adoption is to unite them to Christ and make them live in him: 10 Cf. Gal 4:6. 11 Cf. Jn 3:34. 12 Jn 7:39. 13 Cf. Jn 17:22. 14 Cf. Jn 16:14. 245 254 485 436 788