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The Holy Spirit

Who Is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is one of the three persons of the Trinity and can be described as the love which flows between the Father and the Son. This love is so strong that it is a separate person of the Trinity.

See the article What Is the Holy Trinity? for more background material on the three persons of the Trinity.

The Holy Spirit is associated with many qualities, but perhaps best known are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. See this Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit Cryptogram Worksheet for definitions of each of these.

Gifts of the Spirit

  • wisdom
  • understanding
  • counsel
  • fortitude
  • knowledge
  • piety
  • fear of the Lord

Fruits of the Spirit

  • charity
  • joy
  • peace
  • patience
  • kindness
  • goodness
  • generosity
  • gentleness
  • faithfulness
  • modesty
  • self-control
  • chastity


Prayer to the Holy Spirit
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Prayer to the Holy Spirit by St. Augustine

This prayer is all about the call to holiness, which our Holy Father recently focused on in his apostolic exhortation  Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad) — The Call to Holiness in Today’s World.

litany of the gifts of the holy spirit
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Litany of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

A litany is a prayer where there is a prompt and then a response. They are often prayed in a group setting. The prayer leader says the first part and the group responds with the second part.

Lesson Plans and Activities

I Am With You

This I Am With You lesson plan will help youth understand how the Spirit helps us remember and live the teachings of Jesus.

Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit Cryptogram
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Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit Cryptogram Worksheet

Each letter actually represents a different letter. So every time a youth decrypts a word, they get more clues for how to decrypt the remaining word.

The Holy Spirit Is Like the Wind (Kite Activity and Reflection)

"The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit." – John 3:8

What Moves You? – Discussion and Reflection Questions

This reflection encourages youth to consider how they see the working of the Spirit in their lives. This is a lesson for Pentecost in particular.

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Why is the Spirit Even Necessary? - What are the basics we should know about the Spirit? Why not just God the Father and God the Son? In today’s episode Bishop Robert Barron reflects on these questions and explains how to grow closer to the Spirit and receive all its gifts.

The Fruit of the Spirit Song - This video is pure silliness, but the teens in our youth group love it. It is a cross between the Muppets and Veggie Tales. 🙂

Quotes and Social Media Graphics

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the spirit restores hope
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"The Holy Spirit, when we invite Him into our wounds, anoints our painful memories with the balm of hope, because the Spirit restores hope." - Pope Francis
A prophet is a living sign
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"A prophet is a living sign who points God out to others, a reflection of Christ’s light on the path of the brothers and sisters, someone who helps others read the present under the action of the Holy Spirit, to understand God’s plans and correspond to them." - Pope Francis

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