Let us hope that we never sin as gravely as those who do not deserve pardon, but perhaps for want of thought we offend our Divine Guest by lesser sins.
The Holy Ghost loves us with an infinitely tender and divine love. He loves us so dearly that He actually comes and remains in our souls. We are, therefore, bound to return this Divine love.
Do we do so, or, like so many faithless ones, do we forget Him, abandon Him and pay no heed to Him?
Or worse still, do we dare offend Him to His very face? If so, we must earnestly try to correct these faults. Here are some useful suggestions:
A pagan philosopher gave this wise advice to a disciple who asked him how best he could correct his faults: “Think,” answered Seneca, “that you are in the company of a good man who sees what you are doing and hears what you say. Do nothing that you would not do in his presence.” Following this counsel, the disciple soon corrected his faults.
St. Bernard gave similar advice to his monks, “Do nothing,” he said to them, “that you would not do if I were present.”
No thief, however daring he may be, will steal if he sees a policeman looking at him.
If then we realize that the Holy Ghost Himself is really and truly with us and sees all we do, it will be a powerful incentive to avoid offending Him.
–Fr. Paul O’Sullivan, OP
“The Holy Ghost Our Greatest Friend: He Who Loves Us Best”
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The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.