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177. The Gift of Words

1. A gratuitous grace is one given less for the benefit of theperson who receives it than for the benefit of others. Such a graceis the gift of effective speaking for the benefit and enlightenmentof souls. The gift of tongues makes understood theknowledge that is expressed; the gift of words makes the expressioneffective in convincing and converting souls. St. Gregory(Hom. xxx in Ev.) says: "Unless the HolyGhost fill the hearts of those who hear, the teacher's voicesounds vainly in their bodily ears."

2. The grace of the word of God to be preached publicly to thefaithful of the Church, is given to men, not to women.

"Obedience is the true holocaust which we sacrifice to God on the altar of our hearts."
St Philip Neri

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"Try to turn your heart from the love of things visible and bring yourself to things invisible. For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciences and lose the grace of God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"A tree that is cultivated and guarded through the care of its owner produces its fruit at the expected time. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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