11-12-2017 Receive the Holy Spirit

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
November 12, 2017—32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
Wis 6:12-16; Ps 63:2-8; ! Thes 4:13-18; Mt 25:1-13
 “Resplendent and unfading is wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those who love her, and found by those who seek her.” (Wis 6:12)
Receive the Holy Spirit*
Who or what do you rely on to lead you to the truth, to wisdom, and to understanding?  Who gives you the courage to stand up to injustice?

The Holy Spirit dwells within each of us at the depth of our being. The Holy Spirit is the presence and liberating power that sustains, energizes, and transforms our lives. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” (1 Cor 6:19).

Some of the images used in Sacred Scripture to express the Holy Spirit are wind, breath, fire, light, cloud, seal, hand, the finger of God, and a dove. Jesus teaches us, “The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (Jn 3:8).

“God is Love” and God’s love “has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us” (1 Jn 4:8, 16; Rom 5:5).

Through the Holy Spirit we receive the gifts of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel (Right Judgment), Fortitude (Courage), Knowledge, Piety (Reverence), and Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe in God’s Presence) (Is 11:1-2; see USCCA p. 108).

The Holy Spirit can inspire us through Sacred Scripture and open our hearts and minds to the truth and the way of Christ. The way of Christ leads to abundant life, helps us to assent to the teachings of the Church, and motivates us to holiness through the witness of the Saints. It opens us to experience God in the liturgies and sacraments, and especially in the Eucharist,. The Holy Spirit prays within us and intercedes for us, It leads, guides, and empowers us to minister to others.

If we are open to being transformed by the Holy Spirit, we will begin to manifest the “fruits” of the Spirit in our thoughts and in acts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity (see USCCA, p. 108; Gal. 5:22-23).

The Holy Spirit transforms us within the quietness of our minds and the silence of our hearts. We are called to empty ourselves of our self-centered egos so that our heart, mind, and soul can become filled with the Holy Spirit.  Come Holy Spirit!

U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 9.
Reflect on Your Experience
Who or what stirs the fire in your heart? 

Who or what helps you to let go of your ego so that you can become filled with the Holy Spirit? 
  U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA)  Catecismo Catolica de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos

"Receive the Holy Spirit" (EWTN)

"The Holy Spirit" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Fruits of the Holy Spirit" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Fruits of the Holy Spirit" (Fr. Jonathan Morris)

"Gifts of the Holy Spirit" (Catholic Mysteries)

"Who Is The Holy Spirit" (Dynamic Catholic)

"The Fruits of the Spirit" (Dynamic Catholic)

"God's Spirit" -"The Holy Spirit" - CCC 683-701 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)

"God's Spirit" - CCC 702-747 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)


"Holy Spirit Come and Fill This Place"

"Come Holy Spirit"

"Come Holy Spirit I Need You"

"Veni Sancte Spiritus"

"Come Holy Spirit" (John Michael Talbot)

Rites, Symbols, & Practices
"Liturgical Colors" (Archdiocese of Boston)
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