Be open to the Holy Spirit

From the Desk of Father David

Dear Friends in Christ,

              Two weeks ago I asked you to reflect upon who is God for you. In today’s bulletin I would like to share with you my reflection on the Holy Spirit. Jesus said the Holy Spirit is like the wind, you do not see where it is coming from or where it is going, you only feel its effects.  When I was in grade school preparing for Confirmation, we were told to frequently pray for one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.  I chose wisdom.  Not only would I pray for this gift, I would seek it out through college and seminary days.  I didn’t realize for a long time I should have been seeking all seven gifts.  At our Baptism and Confirmation we have received all seven gifts. We are challenged to develop each gift. 

When I reflect upon my life I see the effects of the Holy Spirit in small and dynamic ways.  I will now share a few experiences.  One day a lady came to the door and told me her son just died and would I go and bless his body.  I told her that we do the blessing at the funeral service.  Then, all of a sudden, I realized I should go.  As I was following her in my car, I realized that this was a tragic death and I needed to prepare myself, so I started praying.  When we arrived at the house an officer met me at the door and after a short conversation he escorted me to the body.  I blessed the body of the young man who had committed suicide.  Then I went out to comfort the mother.  All the guidance came from the Holy Spirit.  When I preach, I know it is the Spirit of God touching individuals, because people will say, “Father your homily spoke directly to me as if you knew what was happening in my life.”  At other times, I will hear someone’s confession or be praying with a person and the right words or needed insights come at the moment to help the individual.  Sometimes people think living in the Spirit equals being Charismatic.  That is not true.  The more you are open to the movements of the Holy Spirit the more the Spirit works with your personality, gifts, talents and even your weaknesses.  The only common denominator is that the fruits of the Holy Spirit take hold.  In St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, he identifies twelve fruits: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty,    self-control, and chastity.

Almighty God set our hearts on fire with Divine Love and give us Your assistance in increasing the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Come Holy Spirit!

In Christ,

Fr. David

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  1. Suzette Evans says:

    Thank you Fr. David for that Wisdom! I too have received that gift of wisdom from the Holy Spirit as well as other gifts since praying for them. I was happy to share some of my Holy Spirit Moments with the students I was teaching Confirmation too in past years. One of them was the Holy Spirit giving me the courage to stand up in front of students to teach as it is in my nature to shy away from public speaking and help in other ways. One day, I was preparing to teach and my mind was drawing a complete blank on conveying my lesson material to the students in a way that they could grasp and I finally closed all the materials I was reviewing and just prayed. The next morning, I had to jump out of bed because so many ideas were going thru my head, I had to write them down right away before I forgot them! Needless to say, It was the best lesson I ever taught and I really think the received the message from the Holy spirit thru me! I know that those words were not mine but his , I was just the vessel. Have a wonderful Memorial day and week!

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