On the Holy Spirit


by St. Basil the Great

On the Holy Spirit
Publication date: 2011-02-28
Number of pages: 128
ISBN: 9780881418767

Popular Patristics Series Volume 42.

In his funeral oration for St. Basil, St. Gregory of Nazianzus calls him a "standard of virtue," a "noble champion of the truth," and a "second Joseph" for feeding the hungry in a time of famine. The centuries-long dissemination and study of Basil's works has only confirmed Gregory's appraisal of Basil's great personal holiness, his profound insight into the eloquent defense of the Christian faith, his self-effacing generosity toward the poor and the needy, and his wise and expert guidance for those who sought along with him a deeper union with the Lord through the ascetic life.

On the Holy Spirit is a classic expression of the Church's faith in the Spirit and a lasting testimony to Basil's Christian erudition. Again in the words of Gregory, Basil's treatise was "written by a pen borrowed from the Spirit's store."

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