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St. Thomas Aquinas
Catechetical Instructions

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THE THIRD PETITION: "Thy Will Be Done on Earth as It Is in Heaven."

 

The third gift which the Holy Spirit works in us is called the gift of knowledge. The Holy Spirit not only gives us the gift of fear and the gift of piety (which is a sweet affection for God, as we have said); but He also makes man wise. It was this for which David prayed: "Teach me goodness and discipline and knowledge."1 This knowledge which the Holy Spirit teaches us is that whereby man lives justly. Among all that goes to make up knowledge and wisdom in man, the principal wisdom is that man should not depend solely upon his own opinion: "Lean not upon thy own prudence."2 Those who put all their trust in their own judgment so that they do not trust others, but only themselves, are always found to be stupid and are so adjudged by others: "Hast thou seen a man wise in his own conceit? There shall be more hope of a fool than of him."3

 




1. Ps. cxviii. 66.

 



2. Prov. iii. 5.

 



3. "Ibid.," xxvi. 12.

 






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