This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
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Throuah Christ, our Lord.
CONFIRMATION IS THE SECOND SACRAMENT OF INITIATION -ecc. NOS. 1285-1321
FRANCES CABRINI, "GO TO AMERICA" Who is a "Mother Cabrini" in your life-someone who daily responds to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and lives the mission of the Church? How do you imitate that person?
SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
When have you been aware of the power of the Holy Spirit acting through you? How has that awareness challenged and changed you?
MISSION AND WITNESS OF THE CONFIRMED
The Holy Spirit bestows seven gifts. Which gift do you need to rely on most today? Why?
PRAY 0 ACT
Slowly and reflectively read the Meditation for Chapter 16. Select a word or phrase that is especially meaningful, and spend time thinking of its significance for your life. Record the word or phrase below, and reflect on it often, even daily.
SUGGESTIONS FOR PRAYER
Memorize either the "Come, Holy Ghost" prayer or the prayer from Edwin Hatch, and pray it each morning and throughout the day. Record in this journal how the prayer impacted your day.
FAITH INTO PRACTICE
This week, as a result of reading, reflecting, and responding to Chapter 16 I am inspired to ...
Read the Discussion Questions in this chapter and use the space below to respond to those for which you have an immediate answer. Later, return to the questions you found more challenging, and invite the Holy Spirit to guide you in responding.
Read the doctrinal statements for Chapter 16. They will help you to focus on the particular content of the chapter. Record in this journal any insights from reading this summary of the chapter's teaching,
GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT _ are seven unique gifts offered to all of humankind by the Spirit of God. The seven gifts are identified 'hi. the book of Isaiah (Isaiah 11:2-3) in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). Traditionally, the gifts have been identified as: 1) _wisdomt.. which bestows art ability to personally discern God's will for, one's life; 2) under-:standing, which helps persons know that which God has revealed; 3) knowledge, which aids members of the human community in ~heir desire to know and believe in things as they really are; 4) fortitude, which provides persons with special strength and courage needed to face various human troubles, questions, and struggles; 5) counsel, the gift that helps humanity decide what to do and what to choose in problem situations; 6) pietY, which assists persons in their attempts to reverently ap" preach God as loving and good Parent and Creator; and 7) fear of the ~, which teaches the human community that God is transcendent, all good, and loving; thus Christian peoples trust that God js deserving of human beings' complete reverence, awe, and adoration, while remaining a close Spiritual Companion, Guide, and all-loving Parent to all humans. Christian faith and tradition emphasize that human beings are infused with the gifts of the Spirit of the Creator, by God's grace, in and through the sacrament of baptism, and. that. these gifts are ~trehgthened by the experience of th~ sacrament of confirmation. The CAtholic community believes that .the seven gifts of the Spirit strengthen human beingsIn their efforts to lead faith-filled and moral. lifestyles, in line with the Creator's transcendent plan for human salvation and happiness. scripture scholars often point out that the number seven was frequently used symbolically by biblical authors to indicate perfection, fu.Uness, or completion ill God. FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT are named in chapter five oJ the epistle to the Galatial)s in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament). According to Christian faith and tradition, the spiritual fruits of the Spirit of.God enable human beings to live in a humble and unselfish .manner. The fruits have been traditionally listed as: charity, IDYt. peac,=, Eatience, gentleness, goodness, mildness, faith, endurance, modesty, self-control, and chasti!}'. The spiritual fruits are grace (or gifts) from God that counter some of the sinful effects that humanity experiences by not following the Spirit's transcendent plan for human salvation and happiness. The epistle to the Galatians lists some of these slnful effects as lewd behavior, impure living, worshiping false gods, sorcery, hostility, frequent arguments, jealousies, rage_and angeI:', selfishness, dissension, envy, drunken behavior, and sexual misconduct. Through the ages,members of the Catholic community have been encouraged. to remain always open, in prayer and in personal lifestyle, to the fruits of God's Spirit in order that they may continue to grow and mature in Christian faith, holiness, and active Christian witness .
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