It was necessary that this Church should last for all ages, and that She should traverse the earth in such wise that Her name and mission might be known to all nations; in a word, She was to be Catholic, that is, universal, taking in all times and all places.
The Holy Spirit's role in the early Church was not confined to miraculous manifestations but also extended to guiding and equipping believers, empowering them to carry out their mission with supernatural wisdom and discernment.
Glory, then, to Philip Neri – one of the worthiest representatives of charity in the 16th century! It was owing to his zeal that Rome, and Christendom at large, were replenished with a new life by the frequentation of the sacraments and by the exercises of Catholic piety.
St Gregory VII, an illustrious champion of the Church’s liberty, with all his elevation of purpose and all his untiring zeal in what concerned the interests of Christendom, was as solicitous about the spiritual advancement of a single soul as any director could be.