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February 24, 2019 - Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

From Fr. Tom...
Last Sunday and this Sunday are very exciting days, because we are celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation. Many of our young parishioners, like us, will be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and be able to access within them God’s gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord!

When we are baptized, we are made temples where the Holy Spirit dwells and are given “the power to live and act under the prompting of the Holy Spirit through the gifts of the Holy Spirit”.

“Although all baptized Christians have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit, usually the full life-changing power of the Spirit’s presence is first shown when a Christian undergoes a spiritual awakening and begins to seriously live his or her faith.... It may happen suddenly or gradually, but the end result is the same: a Christian begins to seek God’s presence, desires to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ, and in so doing, opens himself or herself to be used by the Holy Spirit.”

I have always appreciated the advice given by Cardinal Mercier (1851-1926) who once wrote:
I am going to reveal to you the secret of
sanctity and happiness.
Every day for five minutes control your imagination and close your eyes to the things of sense and your ears to all the noises of the world, in order to enter into yourself. Then, in the sanctity of your baptized soul (which is the temple of the Holy Spirit), speak to that Divine Spirit, saying to Him:

O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore You. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do. Give me your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that You desire of me and accept all that You permit to happen to me. Let me only know Your Will.

If you do this, your life will flow along happily, serenely, and full of consolation, even in the midst of trials. Grace will be proportioned to the trial, giving you strength to carry it, and you will arrive at the Gate of Paradise laden with merit. This submission to the Holy Spirit is the secret of sanctity.