Category Archives: Gifts of the Holy Spirit

All things work together

When St. Paul writes, “All things work together toward good for those that love [and trust] God”, he seems to be laying out a principle of “Christian Karma”.  Is this so? Yes and no. First of all, it’s not magic. … Continue reading

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Zechariah vs. Mary

How different was the “How will I know?” of Zechariah and the “How is this possible?” of Mary? They seem so similar, but the reaction of Gabriel could not be more different. Why? It appears to be due to the … Continue reading

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What use is spiritual pain?

There’s a t-shirt that you see on athletes, particularly runners, that says on the back: Pain is just weakness leaving the body. What if that was essentially true of spiritual pain? Spiritual pain is just our bondage to selfishness leaving … Continue reading

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It will be amazingly beautiful

In this moment of pain the Lord said to me, “The wonderful end to your story is visible and present to me. I see the whole thing and it’s beautiful. You are not yet in a position to see it. … Continue reading

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Obey Christ’s instruction: Ask, seek, knock

Strive to see this as the perfection and wisdom of God’s will for your life: Ask with bold trust for the super-abundant gift God wants to give: the Holy Spirit; and you shall receive Him, and all else besides. Seek … Continue reading

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The fires of Hell are the fires of God

The fires of Hell are the fires of God to those who never made the journey that results in becoming on fire. When God’s full glory is revealed, if we are not yet on fire, it will be too late … Continue reading

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Prayer and Mercy

If we want to follow the pilgrimage of prayer all the way to the end, we must not be frightened by the threats of the world. We have already seen how St. John of the Cross calls such worldly forces … Continue reading

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