Blessings From the Holy Spirit

“These supernatural virtues [faith, hope, and charity] are not all, or even the greatest, of the blessings conferred on us by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost. There are others which are particularly attributed to Him, and are called in a special sense gifts of the Holy Ghost.”

“These gifts are spoken of prophetically by the prophet Isaias, who applied them to the sacred humanity of Christ: ‘And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him; the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and of godliness, and He shall be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord’ (Is 11:2). The same Holy Spirit who rested upon the humanity of the Son of God comes to us also when we are in a state of grace.”

“These are not the only means by which the Paraclete, the Comforter, assists man in his passage to eternity. Our Saviour, speaking for the last time to His disciples, said of Him that ‘He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind whatsoever I shall have said to you.’ These lessons might be summed up under two headings: (1) love of God; (2) love of man. The twelve fruits of the Holy Ghost of which St. Paul speaks are a token and reminder to God’s children of what He taught them when He was on earth. . . . As His words were ever merciful and compassionate to the sorrowful, the suffering, and the sinner; as He forgave His disciples who denied or deserted Him without so much as a word of reproach, and He besought forgiveness from His heavenly Father for his executioners: so the graces conferred by the Holy Ghost on His faithful followers are a perpetual reminder of what Christ expects from them. ‘The fruit of the Spirit is charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, and chastity’ (Gal 5:22-23).”

Quotations from Alice Lady Lovat, The Marvels of Divine Grace: Meditations Based on the “Glories of Divine Grace” (Original Treatise by Fr. Nieremberg, S.J., Entitled “Del Aprecio y Estima de la Divina Gracia”) (London: R. & T. Washbourne, Ltd., 1917).

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