6 Holy Spirit as Intimate Donation


Holy Spirit as Intimate Donation



“Gentle Cresting”





Yet not consumed

Roaring in a whisper

Both rapid

And serene

Yes, both

Light enough to fly

With heft enough

To crush us all

Yet not consuming



“Behold, the fear of the Lord is wisdom; and avoiding evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28)


Phase: Unitive (with remnants of Illuminative and return elements of Purgative)


Breathe in:

Beatitude(s) (and the addictions which they correct): “Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 5:10) (addiction to respect); “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 5:3) (addiction to attachments)

Gift of the Holy Spirit: Fear of the Lord (Reverence)

Deadly Sin overcome: Envy (e.g., scapegoating)

Lively Virtue developed: Admiration (e.g., praise)


Breathe out:

Beatitude: ”Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.” (Mt 5:8)

Gift of the Holy Spirit: Understanding

Deadly Sin overcome: Gluttony

Lively Virtue developed: Asceticism (or Detachment)


Sacrament: Confirmation

The Lord’s Prayer: “Hallowed be thy name”; “Thy kingdom come”

Sign from Gospel of John: Healing of the Paralytic

Teresian mansion: Sixth chamber (Fourth Water)

Sanjuanist level(s): Passive Dark Night of the Spirit/Spiritual Betrothal/Union


The soul of man, left to its own natural level, is a potentially lucid crystal left in darkness. It is perfect in its own nature, but it lacks something that it can only receive from outside and above itself. But when the light shines in it, it becomes in a manner transformed into light and seems to lose its nature in the splendor of a higher nature, the nature of the light that is in it.