Category Archives: Holy Spirit

The Spirit and spirits

Is the Holy Spirit figured by spirits (i.e., Glenlivet)? Of course! The Holy Spirit intoxicates its recipients in a way whose closest earthly analogue is fermented drink (though an analogue that falls far short, and all too often serves only … Continue reading

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Gift of God

In his conversation with the Samaritan Woman, Jesus says, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee … Continue reading

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In The Last Days

When Peter quotes from the prophet Joel at the end of his Pentecost sermon, he seems to begin the quotation with the words, “And it will be in the last days, says the LORD, I will pour out my Spirit … Continue reading

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The Filioque in Romans 8:9-11

While it doesn’t positively demand this reading, Romans 8:9-11 furnishes a pattern of thought that is suggestive of the Spirit’s double procession from Father and Son: “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that … Continue reading

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Epictetus’s modest optimism

In his Entretien avec Saci, Pascal both praises and criticizes Epictetus: “I dare to say that he [Epictetus] ought to be adored, if he had known his impotence…After having so well understood that which one ought to do, look how he … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict — Holy Spirit & Understanding Theology

“es gibt kein wahres Verständnis der christlichen Offenbarung außerhalb des Wirkens des Parakleten” (Sec. 15). http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_ben-xvi_exh_20100930_verbum-domini_ge.html

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Augustine’s Canonical Paul

In De Spiritu et Lettera (DSL) 36, Augustine asks what the Law is which is written on the hearts of believers in the new covenant (Jer. 31:33), if not the Holy Spirit, by whom charity is poured into their hearts (Rom … Continue reading

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