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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."

"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"A single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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