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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."

"It is vanity to be concerned with the present only and not to make provision for things to come."
Thomas á Kempis

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"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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"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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