Fr. John H. Hampsch, CMF
Widespread ignorance about the Triune God can be described as nothing short of "abysmal." This is especially true of knowledge about the least understood Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit.
In a Barna survey in 1997, a disappointing 61% of US residents surveyed agreed with the statement that "the Holy Spirit is a symbol of God's presence or power, but is not a living entity." Even more disheartening is the fact that this heretical opinion was held by a majority or near-majority of persons in almost every Christian denomination, including traditional mainline Protestants and evangelical Christians, and was most common among young people. The following facts show that the Holy Spirit is truly a Person and is also truly God.
John tells us that "God is Love" (1 John 4:8). Jesus also tells us in John's gospel, as he told the Samaritan women at the well, that "God is Spirit" (John 4:24). Besides being the third Person of the Holy Trinity, we can say that the Holy Spirit is God's Spirit of Divine Love. He is essentially the mutual flow of personified Love that exists beetween the Father and the Son; this is the Holy Spirit that the Father promised to pour out on all mankind to draw us into the intimacy and love of the Holy Trinity.