Saturday, May 30, 2009

Excerpt from "The Spirit in My Life" by Blessed James Alberione

This Pentecost 2009 I invite you to reflect on an excerpt from "The Spirit in My Life," by Blessed James Alberione, founder of the Pauline Family. I pray that all baptized Christians receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and spread the Good News of eternal salvation. May Mary, Queen of Apostles, who was present at Pentecost, pray for us.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The gifts of the Holy Spirit complete the powers of our soul as they sanctified Christ. “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord” (Is. 11:2-3). Entering our soul through grace, the Holy Spirit penetrates all its faculties and elevates the natural virtues with His supernatural gifts. Thus from the natural virtue of intelligence, we have the gift of understanding; from wisdom, wisdom; from knowledge, knowledge; from prudence, counsel; from justice, piety; from strength, fortitude; from temperance, the holy fear of the Lord.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are habits which perfect us so that we can follow promptly the action of the Holy Spirit. In penetrating the soul, the Holy Spirit bestows on it every good, because “He is a spirit intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, agile, clear, unstained, certain. Not baneful, loving the good, keen, unhampered, beneficent, kindly firm, secure tranquil, all-powerful, all-seeing, and pervading all spirits, though they be intelligent, pure, and very subtle” (Wis. 7:22-23).


Sr Margaret Kerry fsp said...

Thanks for this post!
Sr Margaret
HAPPY PENTACOST! Pray to Mary for a New Pentacost as Alberione and M. Thecla did.

Margie said...

Thanks, Sr. Margaret. Indeed, with open hearts may all Christians experience this New Pentecost which we ask to bring about all the gifts needed for a most fruitful and successful implementation of the Great Commission, as mentioned in tomorrow's Gospel of Matthew on Holy Trinity Sunday. Amen.