Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Can a catholic explain to me the baptism of the Holy Spirit?


what exactly is it? why is it different from baptism to remit original sin or baptism of water?

Update 2:

bapstism of the Holy Spirit equals "confrimation"

10 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    The answer to your question is obviously NO they can't.Anyone that would think water washes away sin is incapable of such understanding for they are deceived.John the baptist said it well when comparing the two different baptisms "I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost" Mark 1:8.Don't you just love that? Praise the Lord !

    Source(s): Jesus
  • 1 decade ago

    Baptism of the holy spirit is not Catholic. It is Protestant and Pentecostalism.

    We believe in the sacrament of Confirmation in which a Catholic recieves the full power of the holy spirit like the disciples on Penticost. This is not a baptism, but a laying of the hands by a bishop.

  • 1 decade ago

    Odd you should ask Catholics about this, since it usually associated with Pentecostal Protestant churches. However, charismatic spirituality is frequently encountered within the Holy Catholic Church, and there are numerous charismatic groups within Catholic parishes. The "Charismatic Renewal", as it is called, within the catholic Church is fully accepted by the Pope and the hierarchy of the Church, and is described in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In charismatic circles, the "baptism in the Holy Spirit" is a greater awareness of, commitment to, and experience of the power of the Holy Spirit at work in one's everyday life. One usually enters into this new commitment to the Holy Spirit when, after a course of instruction like the Life in the Spirit Seminar, a person is "prayed over" by other members of the community, while personally offering a prayer of commitment and acceptance. The "baptism in the Holy Spirit" is not a sacrament, is not necessary for salvation, and in no way replaces the holy Sacrament of Baptism. The name is used because "baptism" literally means "immersion", and the objective is fuller immersion in a Spirit-led life.


  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There is only one valid kind of baptism, via water, and in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    Baptism is always a one time event, and a function of God the Holy Spirit, who cleanses the soul, takes up residence there, bestows special gifts which leave an indelible mark, and grants membership into both the Church, and the family of God.

    Anything else is simply a false tradition of men.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The way that God designed it is this way. Acts 2:38 says repent of our sins and be baptized by immersion in the name of Jesus Christ to be washed clean of our sins, then we will be given the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in an unknown language Acts 2:4 10:45-46, 19:6 St. Mark 16:17. This is for everyone to get rid of sinful behaviors. The Chasismatic Movement is still going strong in many "religions". This is how to gain entrance into the Kingdom of God St. John 3:5. Nowhere in the Bible did the Apostles baptize using the titles father son holy ghost. The name of the father is Jesus Christ (I am come in my Fathers name), the name of the son is Jesus Christ, and the name of the Holy Ghost is Jesus Christ (I shall send you another comforter in my name).

  • 1 decade ago

    enigma's answer is correct. baptism of the holy spirit is not catholic. in the catholic faith, the only baptism is the baptism into the church, which most catholics recieved as babies. this baptism is the initiation into the catholic church. usually when the kid is in about 8th or 9th grade, they are confirmed, which means they are considered adults in the church and can become eucharistic ministers, lectors, etc.(of course, it has a deeper meaning, too, but i won't explain that right now) hope this helps!

  • 1 decade ago

    Confirmation is what is says it is, confirming your belief at the age you are considered to be capable of that decision. The three main sacraments every catholic should have is babtism(acceptance of God), communion(acceptance of Christ) and confirmation(acceptance of the Holy Spirit) then you are an adult in the eyes of the church. Its sort of similar to a bar mitzvah is judaism.

  • Stanbo
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    It's all the same. We are bapizes with Holy water to remove original sin. When we are baptized we receive the Holy Spirit.

    God bless,


  • 1 decade ago

    to get into this may take some time, for proper baptismal practices and meanings i will offer you some sites and books that may benefit you if you are interested

    the bible(catholic editions)

    catechism of the catholic church

    hope this helps and god bless

    oh and i am not trying to antagonise anyone with how i started my answer,sorry if it offends you.

  • 1 decade ago

    I doubt it, only AG/Pentecostals have that particular theology.

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