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Sunday Scripture…on Monday June 9, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — carlawordsmithblog @ 8:16 pm

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

“He breathed on them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.”  John 20:22

 

I feel horrible.  Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday and I failed to write my normal Sunday Scripture blog.  I’m so bummed about it that I’m writing it today…never too late for God, right?

 

Pentecost Sunday is one the Church’s most ancient feasts and recounts the time when the Holy Spirit came to the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Christ had promised He would send His Holy Spirit and on Pentecost nearly 3,000 non-believers were baptized and the Apostles were granted the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.   On that day, often called the “birthday of the church,” through the descent of the Holy Spirit, Christ’s mission was completed and His promise to be with us forever was fulfilled.

 

I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the Holy Spirit.  Every day I pray, “Holy Spirit help me today in everything I think and do and say” and I’ve passed that simple prayer onto my daughter and the young man I recently sponsored for the sacrament of confirmation.  It’s fitting, as during the Catholic confirmation process, the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are studied at length and it is the sacrament during which we receive and are anointed with the same Spirit of Jesus.  Not a different Spirit or a lesser Spirit, but the same exact spirit.  Hash-tag chills.

 

The Gifts can be found in scripture and are considered gifts from God.  We cannot merit them and we are not entitled to them.  With the help of these gifts we are to go out into the world and proclaim the Word and our faith.  In a way, they are simple rules on how to live life.  They are:

 

 

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

(1 Cor. 12)

Knowledge

“Good sense”

Prevents us from being mislead

Knowing only God can make us truly happy

Wisdom

Helps us have God’s view of things

Helps see God even in suffering

Understanding

Helps us understand church doctrines and mysteries

Helps us avoid evil

Fear of the Lord

When we see what we’re afraid to lose, we see what we really love

Fear of offending God

Fortitude

Courage

Gives us energy to overcome difficulties and pressure

A “holy patience”

Piety

Reverence for God and religious obligations

Inspires ministry

Saints’ intercessions are acts of piety

Counsel

Instructs good judgment

Sense of trust

 

 

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