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What is impossible with man…

February 7, 2010

To the soul that doubts how it can ever give birth to Christ through great acts of holiness, these words are said: ‘The Holy Spirit shall come upon you’ (Lk. 1:35). Where the Holy Spirit is present, do not expect any more the sequence and laws of nature and habit. The Holy Spirit, whom we worship, is all-powerful, and in an astonishing way He brings into existence what does not as yet exist within us. The intellect that was previously defeated He now makes victorious; for the Paraclete, who in compassion comes upon us from above, ‘is higher than all’ (Jn. 3:31), and He raises us above all natural impulses and demonic passions. – St. John of Karpathos