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The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

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Convicts and Convinces
=== Convicts and Convinces ===
 
"And when He is come, He will convict the world concerning '''sin''', and concerning '''righteousness''', and concerning '''judgment'''" [http://biblehub.com/text/john/16-8.htm (John 16:8).]
 
:: καὶ ἐλθὼν ἐκεῖνος ἐλέγξει τὸν κόσμον περὶ '''ἁμαρτίας''' καὶ περὶ '''δικαιοσύνης''' καὶ περὶ '''κρίσεως'''·
The Spirit convicts us of sin and convinces us of mercy.
"True contrition for sin" is a work of the Spirit within us, not something that we can produce by pure willpower. It is a grace that lays a firm foundation for grace.
This, I think, is why blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is the "unforgivable sin" [http://usccb.org/bible/matthew/12:31 (Mt 12:31-32).] We cannot accept forgiveness if we do will not admit that we have sinned.
== Catechism of the Catholic Church ==

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