THE GIFTS AND FRUITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

THE GIFTS AND FRUITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

“The moral life of Christians is sustained by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are permanent dispositions which make man docile in following the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. They belong in their fullness to Christ, Son of David. They complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them. They make the faithful docile in readily obeying divine inspirations.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church n. 1831-1832.

1st the gift of wisdom: in order to understand and judge rightly about God’s plans;

2nd the gift of understanding: in order to penetrate into the truth about God;

3rd the gift of counsel: to recognize and further God’s plans in particular acts;

4th the gift of fortitude: to overcome difficulties in Christian life;

5th the gift of knowledge: to grasp the order of created reality;

6th the gift of piety: to behave as children of God and in a fraternal manner towards all our brothers and sisters, being other Christs;

7th the gift of fear of the Lord: to reject all that could offend God, as a child would reject, through love, all that might offend his father.

The fruits of the Holy Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory”Catechism, 1832). These are acts which the action of the Holy Spirit produces in our soul in a habitual way. The tradition of the Church enumerates twelve fruits: “love, joy, peace, patience, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, modesty, self-control, chastity” (see Gal 5:22–23).

Spirit of Love, Creator and Sanctifier of souls, your first work in us is to transform us so that we resemble Jesus. Help me, Spirit of Love, to adapt myself to the pattern of Jesus, to think like Jesus, to speak like Jesus, to love like Jesus, to suffer like Jesus, to behave like Jesus.
Remain always in me and, by your grace and your cooperation, fulfill in me the designs of God the Father with respect to my soul. As you have governed the sacred humanity of our Lord during his stay upon earth, be also the moving power of my life, the Soul of my soul.
Holy Spirit, Spirit of Love, I consecrate myself to you; I give myself entirely to you. I abandon myself to you, through Mary, your temple, through Mary, your spouse, through Mary, channel of your graces
(Riaud, The Holy Spirit Acting in Our Souls).”

In the following days, we shall briefly present  excerpts on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit from F. Fernandez Carvajal, In Conversation with God, vol. 2.

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May 25: ST. BEDE, THE VENERABLE. DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH. Short bio + 2nd reading Liturgy of the Hours.

May 25: ST. BEDE, THE VENERABLE. DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH
Short bio + 2nd reading Liturgy of the Hours.

 

Born in England, St Bede (673-735) became a Benedictine to be ‘the most observant and the happiest of all monks.’ His writings were full of sound doctrine so he was called ‘Venerable’ while still alive. He wrote commentaries on Holy Scripture and treatises of theology and history. He died at Jarrow, England. Bede’s influence both upon English and foreign scholarship was very great, and it would probably have been greater still but for the devastation inflicted upon the Northern monasteries by the inroads of the Danes less than a century after his death.

From a letter on the death of the Venerable Bede, By Cuthbert  (Nn. 4-6: PL 90, 64-66)
I desire to see Christ

On Tuesday before the feast of the Ascension, Bede’s breathing became labored and a slight swelling appeared in his legs. Nevertheless, he gave us instruction all day long and dictated cheerfully the whole time. It seemed to us, however, that he knew very well that his end was near, and so he spent the whole night giving thanks to God.

At daybreak on Wednesday he told us to finish the writing we had begun. We worked until nine o’clock, when we went in procession with the relics  as the custom of the day required. But one of our community, a boy named Wilbert, stayed with him and said to him, “Dear master, there is still one more chapter  to finish in that book you were dictating. Do you think it would be too hard for you to answer any more questions?” Bede replied: “Not at all; it will be easy. Take up your pen and ink, and write quickly,” and he did so.

At three o’clock, Bede said to me, “I have a few treasures in my private chest, some pepper, napkins, and a little incense. Run quickly and bring the priest of our monastery, and I will distribute among them these little presents that god has given me.”

When the priests arrived he spoke to them and asked each one to offer Masses and prayers for him regularly. They gladly promised to do so. The priests were sad, however, and they all wept, especially because Bede had said that he thought they would not see his face much longer in this world. Yet they rejoiced when he said, “If it so please my Maker, it is time for me to return to him who created me and formed me out of nothing when I did not exist. I have lived a long time, and the righteous Judge has taken good care of me during my whole life. The time has come for my departure, and I long to die and be with Christ. My soul yearns to see Christ, my King, in all his glory.” He said many other things which profited us greatly, and so he passed the day joyfully till evening.

When evening came, young Wilbert said to Bede, “Dear master, there is still one sentence that we have not written down.” Bede said, “Quick, write it down.” In a little while, Wilbert said, “There; now it is written down.” Bede said, “Good. You have spoken the truth; it is finished. Hold my head in your hands, for I really enjoy sitting opposite the holy place where I used to pray; I can call upon my Father as I sit there.”

And so Bede, as he lay upon the floor of his cell, sang, “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.” And when he had named the Holy Spirit, he breathed his last breath.  We believe most firmly that Bede has now entered into the joy of the heaven he longed for, since his labors here on earth were always dedicated to the glory of God.

RESPONSORY

During all my years in the monastery I spent long hours in meditating on the sacred Scriptures; I was always faithful to the holy rule and to the daily chanting of the hours. I found delight in constant study, teaching and writing, alleluia.  The man who obeys God’s law and teaches others to do so will be great in the kingdom of heaven.  I found delight in constant study, teaching and writing, alleluia.

COLLECT

O God, who bring light to your Church through the learning of the Priest Saint Bede, mercifully grant that your servants may always be enlightened by his wisdom and helped by his merits. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

A BEAUTIFUL PRAYER TO GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT!

A BEAUTIFUL PRAYER TO
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT!

As the 10-day devotion to the Holy Spirit, a tradition in the Catholic Church, begins tomorrow as a preparation for the Solemnity of the Pentecost, here you have a St. Josemaria’s prayer meme which you might want to use during these days.

Deal with the Holy Spirit frequently. Live the life according to the Spirit! But for this, we need to be docile to His divine inspirations and allow Him to work and mould our soul into the image of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Only then shall we advance along the path of holiness to which God calls each one of us. Come, Holy Spirit!

Photo mine: Juan Antonio (painter)

THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD (2): ITS REPERCUSSIONS IN OUR CHRISTIAN LIFE. Summary vid + full text.

THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD (2):
ITS REPERCUSSIONS IN OUR CHRISTIAN LIFE.
Summary vid + full text.

 

After having seen the significance of Our Lord’s Ascension into heaven, we can now tackle its REPERCUSSIONS in our daily Christian life. The Ascension of Our Lord has the following practical implications in our daily life.

  1. It CONFIRMS and STRENGTHENS OUR FAITH IN THE DIVINITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, Perfect God-Perfect Man.
  2. By virtue of our Baptism, WE, CHRISTIANS, ARE ALSO CALLED TO BE CHRIST’S WITNESSES in our surroundings and CALLED AS WELL TO DO APOSTOLATE with the people around us. APOSTOLATE CONSISTS IN BRINGING SOULS CLOSER TO CHRIST through our prayer, our sacrifices, our good example, our timely and amiable understanding and advices and sincere friendship wherever God has placed us.
  3. It should inspire us to “LOOK INTENTLY AT THE SKY (Acts 1:10)”, that is, to DIRECT OUR GAZE TOWARDS THE SUPERNATURAL AND LIFT OUR HEARTS AND OUR SPIRIT TO HEAVEN, SEEKING AND LOVING “THE THINGS OF THE ABOVE” WHILE WE CARRY OUT OUR DAILY ORDINARY ACTIVITIES, thereby, FOSTERING the virtue of HOPE, that one day, with God’s grace, WE SHALL BE UNITED WITH HIM. This is nothing but living a CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD.

As St. Josemaria wrote: “I will never share the opinion — though I respect it — of those who separate prayer from active life, as if they were incompatible.

WE CHILDREN OF GOD HAVE TO BE CONTEMPLATIVES: PEOPLE WHO, IN THE MIDST OF THE DIN OF THE THRONG, KNOW HOW TO FIND SILENCE OF SOUL IN A LASTING CONVERSATION WITH OUR LORD, people who know how to look at him as they look at a Father, as they look at a Friend, as they look at someone with whom they are madly in love (Forge, n. 738).”

Dear friends, although Our Lord ascended and gloriously entered into heaven, He hasn’t abandoned us: He has sent us the Holy Spirit, He is physically, truly and substantially present in the Tabernacle and hidden behind the most ordinary duties of our everyday life at the same time, present in our soul in grace with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.

Let us then seek Him earnestly, with our mind, heart and soul in the midst of our daily occupations. Let us also take seriously of our apostolic responsibility to be His witnesses and gain souls for love of Him and for His Glory. These we ask God through Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles, Queen of Heaven!

SEE AS WELL: THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD (1). ITS SIGNIFICANCE in http://wp.me/p6k7Mv-2sD

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THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD (1): ITS SIGNIFICANCE. Summary vid + full text.

THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD (1):
ITS SIGNIFICANCE.
Summary vid + full text.

In the 1st reading of today’s Mass, the Acts of the Apostles recount the last apparition and last instructions of Our Lord Jesus Christ on earth before ascending into heaven:

“’It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ WHEN HE HAD SAID THIS, AS THEY WERE LOOKING ON, HE WAS LIFTED UP, AND A CLOUD TOOK HIM FROM THEIR SIGHT (Acts 1:7-9).”

 St Luke, in his Gospel, added: “LIFTING UP HIS HANDS HE BLESSED THEM. WHILE HE BLESSED THEM, HE PARTED FROM THEM, AND WAS CARRIED UP INTO HEAVEN (Lk 24:50-51).”

WHAT DOES OUR LORD’S ASCENSION SIGNIFY?

With Our Lord’s Ascension into heaven, He once more demonstrates that He is God. His humanity is glorified with His Ascension. The Catechism teaches us that:

  1. “Christ’s Ascension marks the DEFINITIVE ENTRANCE OF JESUS’ HUMANITY INTO GOD’S HEAVENLY DOMAIN, whence he will come again (cf. Acts 1:11)…
  2. As “the head of the Church”, Jesus “PRECEDES US INTO THE FATHER’S GLORIOUS KINGDOM so that WE, THE MEMBERS OF HIS BODY, MAY LIVE IN THE HOPE OF ONE DAY BEING WITH HIM FOR EVER…”
  3. Moreover, Our Lord Jesus Christ, “having entered the sanctuary of heaven once and for all, INTERCEDES CONSTANTLY FOR US AS THE MEDIATOR WHO ASSURES US OF THE PERMANENT OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 665-667).”

At the same time, Our Lord upon opening the minds of the Apostles to understand the scriptures and that all that has been written about Him in the law of Moses and the prophets have to be fulfilled told them in the Gospel of St. Luke:

“Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and THAT REPENTANCE AND FORGIVENESS OF SINS SHOULD BE PREACHED IN HIS NAME TO ALL NATIONS, BEGINNING FROM JERUSALEM. YOU ARE WITNESSES OF THESE THINGS. 49 And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high (Lk 24:4648).”

He instructed the Apostles to be his witnesses not only in Jerusalem but all throughout the world, giving them thus their APOSTOLIC MISSION, as narrated also by St. Mark: “GO INTO THE WHOLE WORLD AND PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE. WHOEVER BELIEVES AND IS BAPTIZED WILL BE SAVED; WHOEVER DOES NOT BELIEVE WILL BE CONDEMNED (Mk 16:15-16).”

NEXT VID: ASCENSION OF OUR LORD (2). Its Repercussions in Christian life in http://wp.me/p6k7Mv-2sP

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POPE FRANCIS: CHILDREN ARE NEVER A MISTAKE

POPE FRANCIS: “LET US NOT IMPOSE OUR OWN FAULTS ON CHILDREN, PLEASE. CHILDREN ARE NEVER A MISTAKE.”

(Rome Reports). Pope Francis delivered a somber, serious catechesis about children and the family with roughly 50,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

With a heavy tone, he described many of the traumas children face. The pain of children, he said, is a cry that directly hits God’s heart. “We think about the children who are unwanted or abandoned, children in the street, without education or health care, ill children who have their childhood and youth stolen … It’s a disgrace to society and a cry of pain that directly hits the heart of God our Father.”

He went on to denounce hunger, poverty and child exploitation. He then expressed disappointment in systems that claim to defend fundamental rights but in reality attack them.

When it comes to responsibility, he called on adults to face up to their actions and their consequences. He said it’s up to grown ups to ensure that no child grows up feeling like a mistake. “When children come into this world, no sacrifice endured by adults will be deemed too expensive or too heavy to bear. Especially if it prevents children from thinking that they are a mistake or worthless, or if it protects them from being abandoned from the wounds of life and arrogance of mankind. Children are not a game.”

The Pope also talked about the problems children face in first world countries. He said that kids are the first to suffer from immature marriages and irresponsible separations. He added that children also are hurt when their parents are underpaid and overworked by their employers.

Even though he didn’t use the word ‘abortion’ outright, he did say it’s shameful to consider a child as a mistake. “From the first moments of their lives, some are rejected, abandoned, and robbed of their infancy and future. Some even dare to say, as a way of justifying their actions, that it was a mistake to bring them into this world. This is shameful. Let’s not impose our own faults on children, please. Children are never a mistake.”

Pope Francis also discussed how parents often make sacrifices for their children. He then called on Christians to reflect on how they too, could lend a helping hand.

VIDEO CREDIT AND SOURCE: ROME REPORTS VIDEO in https://youtu.be/k2pwaQvGSO0

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