Our faith teaches us that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity. As a fully divine and distinct individual, the Holy Spirit has certain personal qualities. The Holy Spirit is spoken of as having understanding (1 Cor 2:11), as having a will (1 Cor 12:11) and as having power (Rom 15:13) and feelings (Eph 4:30). As a real person, He can act and He can give. One of the gifts He gives is the spiritual gift of mercy. People who receive this gift exhibit the virtues of patience, compassion, kindness and gentleness. They “weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15) and “bear one another’s burdens” (Gal 6:2). They concern not only the physical but also the spiritual needs of others. They have great empathy for those who suffer. They are good listeners and supporters. They are truly the hands and feet of God to the afflicted.