The Holy Spirit in Our Neighbours

“The Holy Ghost brings with Him a great treasure, which is Himself; and He is the pledge of an eternal one. For St. Paul says: ‘He is the pledge of our inheritance’ (Eph 1:14). As this inheritance is none other than God Himself, the pledge for it can be no other than God. For only a Divine pledge can secure us a Divine inheritance, and give us a foretaste of the enjoyment of God.”

“The Spirit of Divine charity can only be perceived and enjoyed in the measure in which we receive His love. The more we love Him, the nearer He approaches us and we experience His heavenly sweetness, the stronger will our desire grow to possess one day, not only the pledge, but the whole treasure of God. But if we do not cultivate this love in us, then we ourselves are at fault if we do not experience the presence of the Holy Spirit in our soul, and we even run the risk of losing it.”

“The Holy Ghost comes to us for our own good and our happiness, but at the same time He comes as our Lord and God to take possession of our soul. ‘Know you not,’ says the Apostle, ‘that your members are the temple of the Holy Ghost, who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?’ (1 Cor 6:19) What a crime it would be to desecrate His dwelling-place!”

“The members of our body are members of Christ, by whom we have received the Holy Spirit; thus they are His instruments and dedicated to His service and glory.”

“Our Saviour gave the Holy Spirit twice to His Apostles: immediately after His Resurrection, and on Pentecost Day; and St. Augustine reasons from this that, being the Spirit of Love, the Holy Ghost was to confer on them thereby a double love—for God and their neighbour.”

“Oh, how few realize that their neighbours are temples of the Holy Ghost, and love and reverence them as such! Were we as enlightened as the Saints, we should kneel before the sick and helpless, and willingly render them the most humiliating services, perceiving that we are rendering them to Him who dwells in them. For it is by love for our neighbour that we make our own souls pleasing to God.”

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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