Saturday, September 29, 2012, 5:42 AM [General]
Dear God, let your will for me be known.
Use me, oh God, as your creation.
When a kind word needs to be spoken, use my voice.
When a load needs to be lifted, use my back.
When a hug needs to be given,use my arms.
When a journey needs to be taken, use my feet.
When a message needs to be delivered, use my mind.
When a friend needs to be loved, use my heart.
In all things, In all ways, use me God, as your instrument of love,
faith, peace and tranquility.
Saturday, September 29, 2012, 2:08 AM [General]
The Seven Gifts Of The Holy Spirit.
The Seven Gifts Are As Follows.
1. Wisdom: We see God at work in our lives and in the world. For the wise, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the ups and dows of life take on deeper meaning, We see God as our Father, appreciate the dignity of others, and find God in all things.
2. Understanding:In understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as followers of Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live.The gift of understanding perfects a person's speculative reason in the apprehension of truth. It is the gift whereby self-evident principles are known, Aquinas writes.
3. Counsel (Right Judgment): With the gift of counsel/right judgment, we konw the difference between right and wrong, and we choose to do what is right. A person with right judgment avoids sin and lives out the values tought by Jesus.
4. Fortitude (Courage): With the gift of fortitude/courage,we overcome our fear and are willing to take risks as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or physical harm. The gift of courage allows people the firmness of mind that is required both in doing good and in enduring evil.
5. Knowledge: With the gift of knowledge, we understand the meaning of God. The gift of knowledge is more thanan accumulation of facts.
6. Piety (Reverence): With the gift of reverence, sometimes called piety, we have a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love.Piety is the gift whereby, at the HolySpirit's instigation. we pay worship and duty to God as our Father, Aquinas wrtes.
7. Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe): With the gift of fear of the Lord we are awareof the glory and majesty of God, A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love. This gift is described by Aquinas as a "filal fear," like a child'sfear of offending his father, rather then a "seevile fear," that is, a fear of punishment. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov 1:7) because it puts our mindset in correct location with respect to God: we are finite, dependent creatures, and He is the infinite, all- powerful Creator.
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