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Q. 1. On May 31, Trinity Sunday, I was reading an article in our Parish Bulletin. It was written by Margaret McCarthy. In her article, she refers to the Holy Spirit as "it." Here are two of her passages: "Often when we speak of the Holy Spirit we associate it with an extraordinary or spectacular event." "In most cases the Holy Spirit usually does not try to draw attention to itself but rather works on us to strenghten our relationship of faith in Christ."

If the Holy Spirit is a Person, why is she calling Him an "it?"

A. 1. As I have stated in a "Frequently Asked Question," to refer to the Holy Spirit as an "it" is to debase Him to a level lower than animals, birds, fish or plants that have life in them. It is plain rude to equal the Holy Spirit to a stone, referred to as "it," that is without life.

Please see the article The Gender of the Holy Spirit

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