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Catechetical Instructions

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THE EIGHTH ARTICLE: "I Believe in the Holy Ghost."

 

As we have said, the Word of God is the Son of God just as in a way the

word of man is the concept of his intellect.1 But sometimes man has a word

which is dead. This is when, for instance, he conceives what he ought to

do, but he has not the will to do it; or when one believes but does not

practise; then his faith is said to be dead, as St. James points out.2 The

word of God, however, is alive: "For the word of God is living."3 It is

necessary, therefore, that in God there be will and love. Thus, St.

Augustine says: "The word of God which we plan to speak is knowledge with

love."4 Now, as the Word of God is the Son of God, God's love is the Holy

Ghost. Hence, it is that one possesses the Holy Ghost when he loves God:

"The charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost who is

given to us."5

 




1. See above, p. 17.

 



2. "So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself" (James, ii. 17).

 



3. Heb., iv. 12.

 



4. "De Trinitate," ix. 1O.

 



5. Rom., v. 5.

 






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