June 23, 2013 - The Holy Spirit and the gifts that are granted to us - St. Nicholas Kavasilas

June 23, 2013

The Holy Spirit and the gifts that are granted to us - St. Nicholas Kavasilas

The Holy Spirit, therefore, is truly given. To some He is given that they may be able to benefit others and, as, Paul says, edify the Church by speaking of the future or by teaching mysteries or by relieving illnesses  with a single word. To others, however, He is given in order that they themselves may become more virtuous and shine with godliness or with an abundance of sobriety, love, or humility. It is possible, then, to practice sobriety by using reason and morality, and to train one's character in righteousness and to become virtuous in other ways by prayer and love.

On all then, who have been initiated the Mystery produces its proper effects. Not all, however have perception of the gifts or eagerness to make use of the riches which they have been given.

The Life of Christ

Book 3, p.108-109

St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press