Holy Scripture does not, however, speak only of this general presence of God in all things; it also speaks of a special presence of God in the just.

We read, in fact, even in the Old Testament: “Wisdom will not enter into a malicious soul, nor dwell in a body subject to sins”.

Would only created grace or the created gift of wisdom dwell in the just soul? Christ’s words bring us a new light and show us that it is the divine persons Themselves who come and dwell in us: “If anyone love Me”, He says, “he will keep My word. And My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and will make Our abode with him”.

These words should be noted: “We will come”. Who will come? Would it be only created effects: sanctifying grace, the infused virtues, the gifts?

No indeed. Those who come are Those who love: the divine persons, the Father and the Son, from whom the Holy Ghost is never separated, that Spirit of Love promised, moreover, by our Lord and visibly sent on Pentecost.

“We will come to him”, to the just soul who loves God, and “We will come” not only in a transitory, passing manner, but “We will make our abode with him”, that is to say, We will dwell in him as long as he remains just, or in the state of grace, as long as he preserves charity. Such were our Lord’s own words.

These words are confirmed by those that promise the Holy Ghost: “I will ask the Father, and He shall give you another Paraclete, that He may abide with you forever, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it sees Him not, nor knows Him.

“But you shall know Him; because He shall abide with you and shall be in you….

“He will teach you all things and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you”.

These words were not only addressed to the apostles; they were verified in them on Pentecost, which is renewed for us by confirmation.

R. Garrigou-Lagrange OP (1877-1964): The Three Ages of the Interior Life