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By Walter Farrell, O.P., and Dominic Hughes, O.P.
Swift Victory is a compelling presentation of a longstanding, treasured part of Christian tradition: the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The fruit of fraternal collaboration between two brilliant twentieth-century Thomists, Walter Farrell, O.P., and Dominic Hughes, O.P., these nine chapters place the doctrine of the Gifts in their proper theological setting; proceed to individual treatments of the Gifts of Understanding, Knowledge, Wisdom, Counsel, Piety, Fear of the Lord, and Fortitude; and conclude with an inspirational meditation on the power of the Gifts to bring about the foretaste of heavenly glory.
Christ promised that “the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things.” Swift Victory: Essays on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit bears out the truth that what God has promised, he will accomplish. In the words of Dominic Hughes, “Every human longing for objective answers and inward experience is superabundantly fulfilled by [God’s] presence in the essence of the soul and his Gifts in its powers.”
Walter Farrell (1902–1951) and Dominic Hughes (b. 1918) were Dominican priests and scholars. Farrell was the founder of The Thomist and author of the bestselling, four-volume Companion to the Summa, which was instrumental in the popularization of the Summa Theologiae. Hughes held professorships at St. John’s University and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas and translated such works as M.-D. Chenu’s Toward Understanding St. Thomas and John of St. Thomas’s The Gifts of the Holy Spirit.