The Spirit of truth . . .

“The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does His works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves . . . If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you.” (John 14)

Reflection: “He will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth.” The Father does not fail. He cannot fail, a quality of His perfection. Therefore, the Counselor, Who was given to us (then – at the Pentecost), has been with us to this day. The Church the Son nurtured in His apostles and disciples has been with us to this day, because the Son, by definition, too, cannot fail. Yes, man is frail – but not the Father, Son, and Counselor – the Spirit. Therefore, St. Augustine’s quote above has meaning, relevance, and truth.