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Temporal Mission of the Holy Ghost

If we are to ‘serve our generation by the will of God,’ it must be by the boldest and clearest enunciation of the great principles of Divine certainty in matters of Faith, and by pointing out the relations of Faith to human knowledge, scientific and moral.

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   Written nearly 150 years ago, The Temporal Mission of the Holy Ghost by Henry Edward Cardinal Manning has today acquired a timeliness even greater than when it was first written.  The third Person of the Blessed Trinity has been called by some spiritual writers the “Divine Unknown.”  As the divine Person who proceeds from eternity from the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit exercises a role in the sanctification of souls that has been widely overlooked in our time. Cardinal Manning’s The Temporal Mission of the Holy Ghost corrects this misunderstanding. It explains a unique presence of the Holy Spirit which is not the same as His indwelling in individual souls from the beginning of time. It is something more, for it is His presence in the Holy Catholic Church, where He is the Soul of the Mystical Body of Christ.  It is not enough to say that the Holy Ghost dwells in any soul who is in the state of grace, for this fact alone does not explain His presence in the one, true Church.  Non-Catholic Christians can receive valid sacraments, but until they become members of the Catholic Church they are not yet part of the Mystical Body.  Cardinal Manning’s book is perhaps unequaled in religious literature as an explanation of this essential truth, with the exception of Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical on the Holy Spirit, and Pope Pius XII’s encyclical Mystici Corporis on the Catholic Church as the exclusive embodiment of the Mystical Body of Christ.


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