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carnate Son that we receive the Spirit of adoption. Jesus breathed upon the Apostles, and they received the Holy Ghost; and we share, through them, in that mission of the Paraclete. The first time we read the Name of the Holy Ghost, as the Third Person of the Ever-blessed Trinity, is in the words of the Annunciation, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee.' Therefore it is that devotion to the Holy Ghost vivifies with a special light and grace our adoration of the Sacred Humanity and of the Blessed Sacrament, and our filial love to the Mother of God.

You have also, I think, chosen well St. Thomas'a exposition of the Ten Commandments as the opening of the lesser series of 'Little Books of the Holy Ghost.' It is a work which ought to be in the hands of the faithful, and on the lips of our priests.

One such solid book of the ages of faith outweighs many manuals, however pious, of our softer days.

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In thus putting the two series of books and the devotion under the patronage of St. Thomas, whom our Holy Father has so lately set before us as our teacher, you have given to them a solid foundation in the dogmatic theology of the Church.

As to “The Holy Ghost, the Sanctifier,' I will not fail to use what free time I can to get it ready. Meanwhile I will only say that it seems strange that any one should have thought the devotion to the Holy Ghost to be either novel or unusual in the Catholic Church. As St. Augustin says of miracles, that by their multitude they pass unperceived, so with the devotion to the Holy Ghost.

The Catholic Church has no distinct festival for the First Person of the Everblessed Trinity: but for the Second and for the Third Persons of the Holy Trinity the Church has sanctioned and always used distinct and proper devotions.

As to the Eternal Son, a whole series of festivals from Christmas to the Ascension sets Him before us in His Advent, His Incarnation, His Life, His Redemption, and His return to the glory of the Father.

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As to the Holy Ghost, the Feast of Pentecost sets before us His Advent; whole series of acts of distinct and special adoration brings before us His abiding Presence ; His perpetual Assistance in the Church, as its Guide; and His indwelling in every faithful soul, as our Sanctifier; for instance, the Votive Mass of the Holy Ghost ; the solemn invocation in the Holy Mass, Veni, Sanctificator, Omnipotens, Æterne Deus ; the Veni Creator Spiritus, in the ordination of Priests, in the opening of (Ecumenical Councils, and Provincial and Diocesan Synods ; add to this the whole office for Confirmation : moreover, the Veni Creator Spiritus ; the Veni Sancte Spiritus ; the Adsumus Domine Sancte Spiritus, which are prayers of the Pontificale and the Rituale of the Catholic Church. To these it is hardly needful to add the many indulgenced prayers and

devotions in authorised manuals; the Office of the Holy Ghost; the Litany; the Novena used in Rome; and I know not what besides. If the devotion to the Holy Ghost be to any one novel or unusual, a moment's thought will transfer this reflection from the Catholic worship to his own daily prayers.

Every day I pray that the consciousness of our great vocation to be Disciples and Servants of the Holy Ghost, by our regeneration, may be deepened in us all, and diffused throughout the Christian world. Believe me always, my dear Father, Yours affectionately in Jesus Christ,

HENRY EDWARD, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.

Archbishop's House,

Oct. 22, 1879.

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