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The Profession of Faith

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— 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

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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.

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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.

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