The reality of the third Divine Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Holy Spirit, was confirmed by Jesus and Jesus revealed the great blessings a man can receive through the Holy Spirit; through the powerful and life-changing Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit a man can successfully grow in holiness and happiness on earth and be received into the eternal happiness of Heaven. 

God’s Gift of the Holy Spirit

God, in His infinite wisdom, power and mercy, has deliberately given Himself in the Holy Spirit so that every man of good will can become a Saint in Heaven.

For those who are blessed to receive the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Baptism, the Holy Spirit graciously grants The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit as supernatural powers from God to help a man grow in the Virtues and battle against Vices. Traditionally, each of The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit offer special help which correspond to the seven core Virtues (four Cardinal Virtues and three Theological Virtues) as described below.

The Holy Spirit is given to a Catholic man in Baptism and Confirmation

The Holy Spirit is an essential part of a man’s adoption as a son of God in Baptism. It is the Holy Spirit who gives a man the gift of the Theological Virtue of Faith which allows him to believe in God and His Holy Catholic Church and to present himself for the Sacrament of Baptism (CCC 1215, 1226-1227, 1278). 

The cleansing of a man from sin in Baptism is also accomplished by the Holy Spirit who gives a man sanctifying Grace which wipes away Original Sin and all the man’s committed sins up to that point, and resides in the soul of a man for the rest of his life. 

At the same time, the Holy Spirit gives the Theological Virtues of Hope and Charity, along with The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit (detailed below) which guide and strengthen a man’s ability to grow in the Theological and Cardinal Virtues (see Pursuing Holiness in the Virtues, p. ___) as he continues on his pilgrimage to Heaven while on earth. 

Following Baptism, the Sacrament of Confirmation (CCC 1285) further builds and strengthens a man’s ability to grow in holiness through the Gifts of the Holy Spirit which reside in a man’s soul. 

The Holy Spirit remains with a Catholic man through his entire life

As a Catholic man moves forward in his life, he will be cleansed of the sins he commits in the future if he repents and confesses his sins in the Sacrament of Penance and nourished in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, which are made effective by the sending of the Holy Spirit by God the Father and God the Son. 

Cleansed of sin which separates man from God and strengthen by the Sacraments, a man also is able to more fully accept the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (CCC 1830) which continue to  strengthen the Theological Virtues (Faith, Hope and Charity) and also super-naturalize the Cardinal Virtues (Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance) so that the man can avoid sin and think, speak and act in holy ways in growing love and service of God and others. Saints are made through the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit helps a Catholic man overcome the obstacles to Sainthood

God, in His infinite mercy, desires for every man, particularly every Catholic man, to be received as a Saint into Heaven. Infinite in wisdom, God knows of the obstacles a Catholic man faces as he seeks to ascend on the path to Sainthood and also knows how to help a man overcome the obstacles. With His infinite Power, God gives every Catholic man who zealously seeks to be united with Him, the Holy Spirit who resides in a man’s heart from the moment of Baptism to help the man of good will who remains in a state of Grace (is not guilty of any mortal sin) to overcome any and all obstacles to Sainthood:

The Holy Spirit helps a Catholic man resist sin

A baptized Catholic man is blessed to have the Holy Spirit residing in his soul during his time on earth. The Holy Spirit stands ever ready to alert the man to recognize when the desire to sin arises, reminds him in his conscience of the evil of sin, and reveals that if he chooses to sin he has failed to love God who perfectly loves the man. 

As with any act of the Holy Spirit within a man, because the man has been given free will, the Spirit will remain patiently latent and not act in the soul of a man who rejects the Holy Spirit by freely choosing to embrace sin. 

Every Catholic man who sincerely desires and acts to overcome sin is blessed with abundant supernatural help from the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit protects a Catholic man against the Attacks of Satan

 God, who has absolute dominion over Satan and men, allows men to be tested by Satan, who constantly prowls about the world seeking the ruin of souls, but God never abandons the faithful Catholic man to go it alone against Satan. 

The power of the Holy Spirit is unleashed in the Catholic man who fervently desires His help; the more zealously a Catholic man desires to battle against sin and seeks the help of the Spirit, the greater will be the action of the Spirit in a man’s life. 

The overwhelming presence of the Holy Spirit terrifies Satan and his demons, and Satan flees from the man strong in the Spirit, preferring to attack the weak who are prone to sin and have not embraced the Spirit in their lives. 

While a man has little or no power against Satan on his own, with the Holy Spirit, he becomes invincible to Satan. 

The Holy Spirit helps a Catholic man grow in Virtue

Jesus commands that men must be perfect (Mt. 5:48), a command He explicitly chooses to make and one He demands that every Saint must achieve; there are no imperfect souls in Heaven, only the Saints who are perfect. 

Given that it is practically impossible for men to achieve perfection, Jesus confirms that nothing is impossible for God (Mt 19:26), promises to send the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:16), and fulfills His promise when He sends the Holy Spirit to men (Acts 2:1-4, 38). 

The Holy Spirit helps every Catholic man do the impossible which is to ascend towards perfection in this life.

Those who remain in a state of Grace and are free from mortal sin at the time of their death will be perfected and purified through the agonizing fires of Purgatory, and will be sustained by the Holy Spirit during his trial of purification.  

While on earth, every Catholic man who battles sin and remains free of mortal sin receives the constant help of the Holy Spirit to move towards perfection by supernaturally acting to perfect a man’s virtues. 

If a Catholic man is unfortunate enough to fall into a state of mortal sin, the Holy Spirit immediately withdraws His Gifts, for by choosing to commit mortal sin with his own free will, a man has betrayed and rejected the help of the Holy Spirit; the Spirit will not force Himself upon a man who rejects him. 

Thanks to the mercy of God, every repentant Catholic man who falls into mortal sin can be forgiven of his sins in the Sacrament of Penance, be returned to a state of grace and reconciled with the Holy Spirit; immediately, the Holy Spirit again begins to help the man in the Spiritual Combat. 

The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit

While the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (CCC 1830) are given to men at their Baptism and Confirmation, when the Holy Spirit takes up residence in a Catholic man’s soul, the Holy Spirit patiently builds upon a man’s willingness to reject sin and his desire to grow in holiness, and allows His Gifts to be more fully present in a man’s life over time based on the Holy Spirit’s perfect understanding of a man’s need and readiness. 

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are holy acts which God allows a Catholic man to routinely and consistently take in his life when he cooperates with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit; these fruits of the Spirit are signs of the eternal glory that awaits every Catholic man who seeks to become a Saint in Heaven (CCC 1832).