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38. "Gift" as the Name of the Holy Ghost

1. The name gift in God is a personal name. A rational creature (man or angel) can possess God by or through a Person of the Trinity who is thus given to the creature.

2. This name gift in God is proper to the Third Person of the Trinity. A gift is the fruit of love. Love itself which dictates the giving is the first gift. Hence, as the Holy Ghost has the proper name of love, He is also properly called gift. St. Augustine (De Trin. vx) says,"By the gift which is the Holy Ghost, many particular gifts are bestowed on the members of Christ."

"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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"The Lord has always revealed to mortals the treasures of his wisdom and his spirit, but now that the face of evil bares itself more and more, so does the Lord bare his treasures more."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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