According to the
"We receive the
gift of Fear of the Lord to fill us with a dread of sin."
Fear of the Lord – a
Gift of the Holy Spirit – is highly praised in Scripture. In fact, Holy
Scripture calls fear of the Lord "the beginning of wisdom" in multiple places.
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"Give honor to all,
love the community, fear God, honor the king." (St. Peter, 1 Pt. 2:17,
"[F]or they alone who
fear God are truly wise" (Catechism of the Council of Trent)
"For I have learnt for
a fact that nothing so effectively obtains, retains and regains grace, as that
we should always be found not high-minded before God, but filled with holy
fear." (St. Bernard, Doctor of the Church)
"The more one loves
God, the more one responds with holy fear to His unapproachable majesty - and to
Him as Judge. Of course this holy fear on the day of judgement is permeated by
hope and love and faith in our redemption through Christ, but it is never
replaced by a false security. Real love for God presupposes fear; there is no
love of God without real [holy] fear of God." (Von Hildebrand)
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