SIGNS OF THE PRESENCE
OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Half of Christianity claims that they
possess the Holy Spirit. But what are the signs of the presence of the Holy
As Christ Himself stated, "He, the
Holy Spirit, will remind you of all the things I have taught you." So,
one possessed by the Holy Spirit would know all the commands of Christ and
how to observe them since these are the things that Christ taught while He
was on earth.
Before Pentecost, the disciples were able
to teach the commands of Christ and how to observe them to a few. But after
Pentecost, they were able to teach many the commands of Christ and how to
At the end of the the Gospel, Christ gave
the apostolic commission to "teach all nations all My commands and how
to observe them." One possessed by the Holy Spirit would know those
commands and how to observe them.
Secondly, St. Thomas describes one
possessed by the Holy Spirit as one who loves the Church. And love for the
Church is shown by building the Church. To build His Church means to teach
men the commands of Christ and how to observe them...and guiding souls to
the observance of these commands.
The absence of this knowledge is proof that
there is no abiding of the Holy Spirit as in Pentecost. The slightest error
in one's belief makes one unworthy to receive the Holy Spirit. When Mary
Magdalene forgot one statement of Christ, which was her only mistake, Christ
had to rebuke her, "touch me not", so that her knowledge may be
complete and she be worthy to receive the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.