From Saint and Thought For Every Day,
by Blessed James Alberione
The Work of the Spirit in Us
Faith, Hope and Charity
What are the effects which the Holy Spirit produces? First of all He gives us grace which makes us friends and sons of God, substantially holy and sharers in the divine nature. There are the three theological virtues: faith, by which we believe in God and in revealed truths; hope, which leads us to look to heaven and to work with the hope of reaching it; charity, through which we love God and our neighbor. The Holy Spirit inclines us to practice the Gospel beatitudes, a foretaste of our reward. He gives us the twelve fruits mentioned by St. Paul in his Letter to the Galatians (chapter 5). When the Holy Spirit penetrates the soul, He makes it like a living plant, and renders it fruitful for eternal life. It is commendable to ask for the gifts of the Holy Spirit often.