What’s the Nature of the Holy Spirit? (Special Podcast Highlight)

Understanding the Trinity and the role of the Holy Spirit can be very confusing, but don’t worry!  Patrick Madrid is here to explain. Let’s delve into the highlights:


Understanding the Holy Spirit


Nature of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. This means we’re talking about one God in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is fully God, possessing the same divine nature as the Father and the Son.


Eternal Mystery


Beyond Time: God exists outside of time. When we say God is eternal, it means He is not bound by temporal limitations. This applies equally to the Holy Spirit.


Trinity Explained


One God in Three Persons: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not three separate gods. They share one divine essence. If they were separate, it would limit God’s infinitude, contradicting His nature.


Analogies: Patrick uses the analogy of a reflection in a mirror to illustrate the distinct yet unified nature of the Trinity. Though this analogy is not perfect, it helps us grasp the concept of distinct persons sharing one essence.


Scriptural Insights


Incarnation and the Holy Spirit: Jesus, the incarnate second person of the Trinity, receives the Holy Spirit in His humanity. This is seen at key moments like His baptism, where the Holy Spirit descends like a dove.


Mary’s Role: Mary, full of grace and overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, becomes the mother of Jesus through a miraculous, divine act, showing her unique relationship with the Holy Spirit.


Divine Knowledge and Love


Infinite Attributes: God’s knowledge, power, and love are limitless. The Holy Spirit, sharing in this divine infinitude, also embodies these attributes fully.


Go Deeper


If you want to learn more, Patrick recommends Dominum et Vivificantem, an encyclical by St. Pope John Paul II, which delves into the Holy Spirit’s role and nature. 

Patrick Madrid is an acclaimed public speaker and has authored or edited 26 books, which have sold over a million copies worldwide, including foreign-language editions. He hosts The Patrick Madrid Show daily on Relevant Radio.