Come Holy Spirit!

(The Feast of Pentecost is this Sunday – May 15 – so I am reposting this because it is always good to remind ourselves of the greats gifts of the Holy Spirit!)

If you have been following the novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost, you know we have been praying for the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. As a sort of conclusion to the novena, and for those who didn’t participate in the novena, here is a summary of the gifts of the spirit and scripture verses to pray over as you prepare for this great feast of the Church.

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Wisdom. The gift of Wisdom gives us the ability to recognize God in all things around us.

For in her [wisdom] is a spirit intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, agile, clear unstained, certain, not baneful, loving the good, keen, unhampered…For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity.” Wisdom 7:23-24

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Understanding. The gift of Understanding helps us recognize truth and how to follow in God’s ways.

Then will you understand the fear of the Lord; the knowledge of God you will find; for the Lord gives wisdom, from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:5-6

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Counsel. The gift of counsel gives us right judgement. We are able to clearly see and understand the difference between right and wrong.

I will instruct you and show you the way you should walk, give you counsel and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8

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Fortitude. The gift of Fortitude gives us the courage we need to continue our faith journey, even in the face of trials and difficulties.

I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” John 16:33

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Knowledge. The gift of knowledge helps us know who God is.

Even if I am untrained in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.” 2 Corinthians 11:6

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Piety. The gift of Piety gives us reverence and respect for all things holy, particularly God and His Holy Church.

Therefore, we who are receiving the unshakable kingdom should have gratitude, with which we should offer worship, pleasing to God in reverence and awe. For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12: 28-29

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Fear of the Lord. The gift of the Fear of the Lord gives us an understanding of the greatness and awesomeness of God.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; prudent are all who live by it. Your praise endures forever.” Psalm 111:10

I pray that each of you filled with every gift and blessing from the Lord on this Pentecost Sunday. God bless.

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(Scripture verses taken from the New American Bible, St. Joseph Edition; 1970 by the Confraternity of Christina Doctrine (CCD), Washington, DC)

7 Quick Takes: Scripture and the Eucharist Edition

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In yesterday’s Theological Thursday post I talked about the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. In today’s 7 Quick Takes I want to share just a few Scripture readings about the Eucharist for you to pray over.

1. Psalm 110:4 (Foreshadowing the Eucharist)

2. Exodus 29:38-39 (Foreshadowing the Eucharist)

3. John 6:22-69 (“Bread of Life Discourse”)

4. Matthew 26:26-30 (The Last Supper)

5. 1 Corinthians 10:16 (Is not the cup we share…)

6. Acts 2:42 (They devoted themselves…to the breaking of the bread…)

7. Hebrews 12:22-24 (Jesus and mediator)

For more scripture verses related to the Eucharist, I highly recommend ScriptureCatholic. It has done an amazing job laying out and explaining all the various scriptures that foreshadow the Eucharist, the institution of the Eucharist and the relation between the Cross and the Eucharist. Under the long list of scripture verses there are also a ton of quotes and explanations from Tradition and Church Fathers that are worth reading and praying over, too.

Also, catholicbible101 also has a page dedicated to explaining the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist that you can check out.

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Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival ( June 10, 2012)

Here’s this week’s contributions to RAnn’s weekly Sunday Snippet meme (As always, come check out other Sunday Snippet posts, or join in with your own):

Weekly Goals

10 Saints I Can’t Wait to Meet in Heaven

Guest Post: How to Encourage Your Husband to be Leader of the Family

7 Quick Takes: Random Edition

7 Quick Takes: Random Edition

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Normally, I like to do “themed” 7 Quick takes. My brain naturally works in an organized, systematic  manner and I like focusing on one topic at a time. But this week, I couldn’t come up with a theme so I figured I’d give a whirl at being random. 🙂

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I’ve started my third online college course en route to getting my bachelors degree in English. This semester it’s chemistry. I found out that I have to take some general education courses that I didn’t take the first time I was in college. 🙁 I”m not thrilled that I have to take general courses, but it is what it is.

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And can I just say that I’m only a week into the course and it is HARD and a lot of work. I’ve never had a mathematical or science-y mind, so I was expecting it to be a challenge and this course is proving to live up to that expectation and more!

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Speaking of chemistry, if you have a simple way of explaining how to balance chemical equations let me know!

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The Lord has been putting this scripture in the forefront of my mind and heart. First I read it in the bible, then a friend called and shared the scripture with me, and then put it before me again yesterday. Its 1 Peter 1:6-8:

“In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials,so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy.”

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Do these look freakin’ delicious or what?! Found these on Pinterest and I SO WANT to make these soon!

baked chocolate yummyness

Pinned from Judy Richey via http://www.bakedperfection.com/

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Yesterday I finished MONTHS of helping a friend edit her début love-inspired novel. Woot! It was a lot of work but very rewarding and I’m just as excited as the author for the book to come out! She is self-publishing the book and in the next step I’ll be helping her format the e-book for Amazon.

That’s it for this random edition of 7QT. 🙂 Have a great weekend everyone!

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7 Quck Takes: Random Stuff Edition

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I accidentally missed the voluntary blackout to stop SOPA/PIPA on Wednesday. 🙁 Are YOU familiar with SOPA and the possible consequences it could have for you? For your blog? For your freedom of speech? Or your access to many different sights on the internet, such as Youtube, Wikipedia and popular mainstream sites?

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If not, I URGE you to take a look at the following sights. Or, do your own research. Consider writting to your representatives and ask them to STOP SOPA or PIPA from passing into law.

Stop Online Piracy Act

PDM Editorial

Video ( A little over the top, but explains SOPA very well.)

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Another thing weighing on my heart is the plight of this little girl. Apparently she is being denied a transport to save her life because she is disabled. I don’t know all the details. I don’t know both sides of the story. And know that many people are denied transplants for many different reasons. But, if what this girl’s mother is saying is true, than shame on the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. To deny a person the chance to live or to to have a better life because he or she has a disability is sick.

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I think I’m a little over sensitive to the above because I am disabled. I have mild Cerebral Palsy. I’m fortunate. My condition is more mild than most. At first glance, you wouldn’t even notice that I have CP. But I do, and I  have physical issues that I have to deal with. So, I guess the thought of any disabled (or “challenged” person – be it mental or physical) person being denied care strikes close to home.

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On a happier note, I got a Kindle Touch for my birthday! It arrived on Tuesday and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I’ve been wanting a Kindle for a while now. I’m having a blast finding books upon books to download. It’s going to take a lot of discipline NOT to snuggle in a corner to read all day! 🙂

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My son starts back up with karate tomorrow. Well, if we don’t get the freezing snow and sleet we are supposed to get. I hate driving as it is and I won’t drive in snowy, freezing weather unless I.HAVE.TO. And with karate, I don’t have to! In any case, it has been hysterical listening to him practice: jumping around the house “karate chopping” everything within reach, and screaming “KEEYI!”

Karate stance

Taken a few months ago after one of his Karate classes

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Finally, I’d like to wish one of my closest friends, Terry, a happy birthday today. 🙂 We have been friends since the summer of 1982. (Yep, that’s almost 30 years we’ve been friends, folks!)  She is a great gal and I am blessed to have been her friend for all these years.

Terry & Jen

Terry is on the left and my other friend Jen is on the right

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