"I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets."
The Holy Spirit is the third of the three in the Trinity, part and one with God, often pictured as a dove or tongues of fire. Ancient pagan tradition taught that dove was a symbol of love, so when the Holy Spirit appeared to the early Christians, they understood that the Spirit was truly God's Love for them. The Spirit can and will fill men and women, giving them the insight to lift their voices for God, like the prophets in the Old Testament.
The Holy Spirit works through us in the Church, present in the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. The Spirit builds up the Church and provides us (the Church) with the gifts we need to continue to support our God's Church on earth. St. Augustine called the Spirit "the quiet guest of our soul," we have to be quiet and invite the Spirit in. Just as we ask for the Spirit to come to the child being baptized or to us during our Confirmation, in our every day lives, we can quiet our souls and ask for the Spirit's love and presence.
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As our analysis of the Nicene Creed continues, the next section of the prayer looks at the second member of the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit).
"We believe in One Lord, Jesus Christ, the Only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father"
Simply put, we believe that Jesus is one part of the eternal God-head as a member of the Trinity that we believe in.
"God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God"
These lines are representative and descriptive of the relationship between the Father and the Son. They co-exist eternally, they are co-eternal. A better example would be a candle, the flame doesn't exist without light and the light does not exist without the flame. Even further, the Father is never without the Son, and of course, the Son is never with out the Father.
"Begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father"
Consubstantial means to be of the substance or or essence, thus Jesus was part of and is the same the as the Father. Thus, Jesus is God.
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