God truly changes the human person, and through the gifts of the Holy Spirit he enables the Christian to receive his immediate, wise, and loving direction. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit remains a classic text of Thomistic theology and spirituality. Its author, John of St. Thomas, provides a marvelous example of how sound philosophy and theology bear significant implications for happy living. This book, like its topic, may intimidate the casual reader. However, any investment of time and energy given to its pages does not go unrewarded. Father Walter Farrell, O.P., said it well: “Here in this book, even the most unscholarly will get a glimpse, again and again, of the glory of God in the soul of man.”
Praise for The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
“When people inquire about ethics they usually expect to discover the Ten Commandments. Commandment suggests restriction. What may I do? Or, more likely, What may I not do? This book explodes a rule-dominated view of Catholic morality. The Dominican Fathers behind this volume make clear the true dimensions of the Christian gospel. The Holy Spirit moves those who live a godly life to discover the thousand ways to accomplish the good, not the hundred rules that keep one from going off the deep end. The priests who first worked on this volume are now dead. Fortunately, the Thomist instinct for morals runs strong in the blood of the Washington, DC, Dominicans. Father Cajetan Cuddy introduces this classic piece of Thomist moral theology with a clarity and brilliance that confirm his own Thomist credentials. Priests and seminarians will find in this book a rich source for pastoral counseling. Students and teachers will learn about aspects of the moral life that oftentimes go unnoticed in the standard literature. Everyone will rejoice to discover gifts from on high that energize the everyday Christian life here below.” ~Romanus Cessario, O.P., St. John’s Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts
“One of the greatest of Thomists, John of St. Thomas (John Poinsot), wrote this spiritual classic back in 17th-century Spain. But his profound insights and practical counsel are just as needed today (maybe more). He shows how the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are genuinely gifts—from God to us—to enable us to share the life of Christ and to grow in every virtue, natural and supernatural. This classic will provide guidance to the perplexed and encouragement to the weary.” ~Scott Hahn, Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization, Franciscan University of Steubenville
About the Authors
John of St. Thomas (1589–1644) is one of the greatest figures in the Thomist tradition. A master of philosophy, theology, and the spiritual life, he served as priest-confessor to the Spanish King Philip IV. Jacques Maritain regarded John of St. Thomas as one of the most significant thinkers in modern Western philosophy.
Cajetan Cuddy, O.P., is a Dominican priest of the Province of St. Joseph. He is currently completing doctoral studies at the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland.