4-28-2019 Being Led by the Holy Spirit

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
APRIL 28, 2019 - SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
OR SUNDAY OF DIVINE MERCY
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SAFE RELEASE OF LEAH SHARIBU AND OTHERS WHO ARE HELD CAPTIVE BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO RENOUNCE THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
"Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created and you shall renew the face of the Earth.” Amen.
BEING LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
Is your life being led by the Holy Spirit?

Before Jesus was crucified almost two thousand years ago, he promised to send the Holy Spirit to teach us all things and to remind us of everything that Jesus taught us (Jn 14:26). It is the Holy Spirit who is the “spirit of truth” (cf. Jn 14:17; 15:26; 16:13) who will guide us into all truth (John 16:13).

As Pope Francis cautioned:
We live in an age rather skeptical of truth. Benedict XVI has spoken many times of relativism, that is, the tendency to believe that nothing is definitive, and think that the truth is given by consent or by what we want. The question arises: does “the” truth really exist? What is “the” truth? Can we know it? Can we find it?
As Christians, we believe that Jesus is “the way, and the truth, and the life” (Jn 14:6). Jesus taught his disciples, “It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63). The flesh refers to our fallen and finite human nature and our self-centered thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors.

We received the promised indwelling Spirit at our Baptism. We are called to allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit who teaches, guides, and transforms us moment-by-moment into the perfection of God’s supernatural reality of love, truth, goodness, and beauty, eventually leading to our eternal union with God. Or instead, we can choose to become slaves to our self-centered desires for finite sensual pleasures, power, material possessions, or for the esteem and approval of others that eventually leads to an empty existence with no ultimate meaning or purpose. As Scripture teaches, “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life….” (Dt 30:19).

As Pope Francis teaches:
Let us ask ourselves: am I open to the action of the Holy Spirit, do I pray to it to enlighten me, to make me more sensitive to the things of God? This is a prayer we must pray every day: “Holy Spirit make my heart be open to the Word of God, that my heart be open to good, that my heart be open to the beauty of God every day."
We also received at Baptism the seven “gifts” of the Holy Spirit that were strengthened through the Sacrament of Confirmation (Is 11:1-3) These gifts become manifested to us through prayer, humility, and our desire to do God’s will. These are the gifts of wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord. In following the Spirit we can experience the Spirit’s “fruits” of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity.
Reflect on Your Experience
When and how do you experience the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life?

Do you allow the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors?
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults   Catecismo Catolico de Los Estadios Unidos para los Adultos  
Compendium on the Social Doctrine of the Church    Compendio de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia
Videos
"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)

Music
"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)
Other Resources
"Pope Francis Reflects on the Work and Power of the Holy Spirit"

"Following Christ in the Holy Spirit: Discernment of the Holy Spirit" (Fr. Dick Hauser, SJ USCCB)

"Called to Live in the Spirit" (Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.)

"Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit"

"10 Ways to Open Us Up to the Holy Spirit"

"9 Truths About the Holy Spirit No Catholic Can Live Without"

"How I Met the Holy Spirit (and You Can, Too)"

"The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church"

"The Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life"

"Divine Mercy Sunday" (USCCB)

"9 Things You Need to Know About Divine Mercy"

"Divine Mercy Sunday"

"Divine Mercy Sunday Prayers"

"Catholic Spirituality in Practice" (C 21 - Boston College)

Other Prayer and Spiritual Practices

Social Services and Other Charitable Resources

Other Resources on Catholic Social Teaching
Reflection
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