River of Life/Grace

The Paraclete Presides at the Baptism of Christ in the River Jordan - by DAVID, Gerard - from Groeninge Museum, Bruges

At the Moment of our Baptism the Priest says, "Depart, Unclean Spirit, and give place to the Holy Spirit". Saint John writes: "This is our Proof that we are dwelling in Him and He in us; He has given us a Share of His Own Spirit" (1John 4:13). The Spirit within us a Moving Spirit, Illumining the Mind and Strengthening the Will to Sanctify ourselves and others.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen


Paraclete (Latin <Consolator>; Greek <Parakletos>), an Appellation of the Holy Ghost. Variously translated "Advocate", "Intercessor", "Teacher", "Helper", "Comforter". According to St John, the Mission of the Paraclete is to Abide with the Disciples after Jesus has withdrawn His Visible-Presence from them; to Inwardly Bring-home to them the Teaching Externally given by Christ and thus to Stand as a Witness to the Doctrine and Work of the Savior. There is no reason for limiting to the Apostles themselves the Comforting Influence of the Paraclete. The Paraclete Comforts the Church by Guaranteeing her Inerrancy and Fostering Her Sanctity. He Comforts each Individual Soul in many ways. Every Salutary Condition, Power, and Action, in fact the Whole Range of our Salvation, comes within the Comforter's Mission. Its Extraordinary Effects are styled Gifts, Fruits, Beatitudes. Its Ordinary Working is Sanctification with all it entails, Habitual Grace, Infused Virtues, Adoption, and the Right to the Celestial Inheritance. "The Charity of God", says St Paul, "is Poured-forth in our Hearts by the Holy Ghost Who is given to us". In that Passage the Paraclete is both the Giver and the Gift: the Giver of Grace (<Donum Creatum>) and the Gift of the Father and the Son (<Donum Increatum>). St Paul teaches repeatedly that:

the Holy Ghost dwells in us.

from the Catholic Encyclopedia


Supernatural Order
( If you are in the State of Sanctifying Grace,
the Holy Ghost dwells 'in-you'
in a very Special and Personal way.

Human Being/Person
(A Unity (1) of Body and Soul)




(Dominant Partner)

Supernatural Grace/
Infused Virtues
and Gifts of the
Holy Ghost

The Supernatural Order is the Ensemble of Effects exceeding the Powers of the Created Universe, and Gratuitously produced directly by God for the purpose of Raising the Rational Creature above its Natural Sphere to a God-like Life and Destiny.




The Holy Spirit,
River of Grace

Saint Ambrose of Milan

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So, then, the Holy Spirit is the River, and the Abundant River, which according to the Hebrews Flowed-from Jesus in the Lands, as we have Received it Prophesied by the Mouth of Isaiah. This is the Great River which Flows always and never Fails. And not only a River, but also one of Copious Stream and Overflowing Greatness, as also David said: "The Stream of the River makes Glad the City of God".

For neither is that City, the Heavenly Jerusalem, Watered by the Channel of any Earthly River, but that Holy Spirit, Proceeding from the Fount of Life, by a Short-Draught of Whom we are Satiated, seems to Flow more Abundantly among those Celestial Thrones, Dominions and Powers, Angels and Archangels, Rushing in the Full Course of the Seven Virtues of the Spirit. For if a River Rising Above its Banks Overflows, how much more does the Spirit, Rising Above every Creature, when He Touches the, as-it-were, Low-lying Fields of our Minds, make Glad that Heavenly Nature of the Creatures with the Larger Fertility of His Sanctification.

And let it not Trouble you, that either here it is said "Rivers", or elsewhere "Seven Spirits", for by the Sanctification of these Seven Gifts of the Spirit, as Isaiah said, is Signified the Fullness of all Virtue; the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Strength, the Spirit of Knowledge and Godliness, and the Spirit of the Fear of God. One (1), then, is the River, but Many the Channels of the Girth of the Spirit. This River, then, goes forth from the Fount of Life.

And here, again, you must not Turn Aside your Thoughts to Lower Things, because there seems to be some Difference between a Fount and a River, and yet the Divine Scripture has provided that the Weakness of Human Understanding should not be Injured by the Lowliness of the Language. Set before yourself any River, it Springs-from its Fount, but is of One (1) Nature, of One (1) Brightness and Beauty. And do you assert Rightly that the Holy Spirit is of One (1) Substance, Brightness, and Glory with the Son of God and with God the Father. I will sum up all in the Oneness of the Qualities, and shall not be afraid of any Question as to Difference of Greatness. For in this Point also, Scripture has provided for us; for the Son of God says: "He that shall Drink of the Water which I will give him, it shall become in him a Well of Water Springing up unto Everlasting Life". This Well is clearly the Grace of the Spirit, a Stream proceeding from the Living Fount. The Holy Spirit, then, is also the Fount of Eternal Life . . . .

Good, then, is this Water, even the Grace of the Spirit. Who will give this Fount to my Breast? Let it Spring-up in me, let that which gives Eternal Life Flow-upon me. Let that Fount Overflow upon us, and not Flow away. For Wisdom says: "Drink Water out of thine own Vessels, and from the Founts of thine own Wells, and let thy Waters Flow Abroad in thy streets". How shall I keep this Water that it flow not forth, that it glide not away? How shall I Preserve my Vessel, lest any Crack of Sin Penetrating it, should let the Water of Eternal Life Exude? Teach us, Lord Jesus, Teach us as Thou didst Teach Thine Apostles, saying: "Lay not up for yourselves Treasures upon the Earth, where Rust and Moth Destroy, and where Thieves Break through and Steal".