Please excuse this tardy post. The last two days have run right past me!
This week, let's try to focus on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how they guide us during this challenge.
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia (www.newadvent.org/cathen/07409a.htm
), the gifts are: "wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety (godliness), and fear of the Lord.
"The gift of wisdom, by detaching us from the world, makes us relish and love only the things of heaven.
"The gift of understanding helps us to grasp the truths of religion as far as is necessary.
"The gift of counsel springs from supernatural prudence, and enables us to see and choose correctly what will help most to the glory of God and our own salvation.
"By the gift of fortitude we receive courage to overcome the obstacles and difficulties that arise in the practice of our religious duties.
"The gift of knowledge points out to us the path to follow and the dangers to avoid in order to reach heaven.
"The gift of piety, by inspiring us with a tender and filial confidence in God, makes us joyfully embrace all that pertains to His service.
"Lastly, the gift of fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread, above all things, to offend Him."
Post any hints you'd like to share on how your faith, and specifically the Holy Spirit, is guiding you to develop healthy habits!
"You cannot accept another with a hateful heart. You cannot hear the other with a closed mind. You cannot embrace with closed arms. You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."
--Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi
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