Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Pope Francis

4/12/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

This is why we must ask the Lord to gift us the Holy Spirit and the gift of wisdom that teaches us to see with God's eyes, to feel with God's heart to speak with God's words!

Today we begin a series of reflections on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the soul, the lifeblood of the Church and of every Christian: He is God's Love, who makes our hearts his home and enters into communion with us. The Holy Spirit is always with us, always in us, in our hearts.If we listen to him he teaches us this path of wisdom, he gifts us wisdom which is seeing with God's eyes, listening with God's ears, loving with God's heart, judging things with Gods' judgment. These are the things that Holy Spirit gifts us and we can all have this. We just have to ask the Holy Spirit.

Highlights

By Pope Francis

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/12/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Holy Spirit, Gift of Wisdom, Spiritual gifts, Pope Francis, catechesis


VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - We present the English translation of the first in the series below.

********
Pope Francis

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we begin a series of reflections on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the soul, the lifeblood of the Church and of every Christian: He is God's Love, who makes our hearts his home and enters into communion with us. The Holy Spirit is always with us, always in us, in our hearts.

The Spirit himself is "God's gift" par excellence (cf. Jn 4:10) a gift from God, and in turn communicates different spiritual gifts to those who welcome him. The Church identifies seven, a number that symbolically speaks of fullness, completeness; we learn these when preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation and we invoke them in the ancient prayer called the "Sequence of the Holy Spirit" the gifts of the Holy Spirit are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude , knowledge, piety and fear of God.

1 . The first gift of the Holy Spirit, according to this traditional list, is wisdom. It is not merely human wisdom, no, the fruit of knowledge and experience. In the Bible we are told that, at the time of his coronation as king of Israel , God asked Solomon what gift he wanted to receive. Solomon did not ask for wealth, success, fame , or a long and happy life, instead he asked for "an understanding heart that knows how to distinguish good from evil" ( 1 Kings 3:9).

This is wisdom: it is the grace of being able to see everything with the eyes of God. It is simply this: Seeing the world.situations, conjunctures, problems, everything with God's eyes. This is wisdom. Often we see things as we want to see them or according to our heart, with love, with hate, with envy. no this is not God's eyes. Wisdom is what the Holy Spirit does within us so that we can see everything with God's eyes. This is the gift of wisdom.

2 . Obviously this gift comes from intimacy with God. For our intimate relationship with God. From our relationship as children with a Father. And the Holy Spirit - when we have this relationship - gives us the gift of wisdom. When we are in communion with the Lord , it is as if the Spirit transfigures our heart and helps it to perceive all his warmth and predilection.

3 . The Holy Spirit also makes the Christian "wise". This is, however , not in the sense that he or she has an answer for everything, or knows everything, but in the sense that he or she "knows" of God, how God acts, they know when something is of God and when it is not.

They know this, they have this wisdom that God gives our heart. The heart of the wise man has this taste of God. It is so important that our communities have Christians such as these! Everything about them speaks of God and becomes a beautiful and vital sign of His presence and His love.

And it is something we cannot improvise, something we cannot obtain by our own merits: it is a gift that God gives to those who are docile to His Holy Spirit. We have the Holy Spirit in our hearts we can listen to him or not.

If we listen to him he teaches us this path of wisdom, he gifts us wisdom which is seeing with God's eyes, listening with God's ears, loving with God's heart, judging things with Gods' judgment. These are the things that Holy Spirit gifts us and we can all have this. We just have to ask the Holy Spirit.

Think of a mother at home with her children. One does something and the other thinks otherwise and the poor mother is torn between the two with the children's problems; when the mother is tired and she shouts at her children, is that wisdom? I ask you is that wisdom - what do you say? No! Instead when the mother takes her child to one side and gently rebukes him, and explains this is God's wisdom! Yes! And this is what the Holy Spirit gives us in life.

In a marriage for example, the couple argue, then they won't look at one another, or if they do it is with anger.Is that God's wisdom? No! Instead when they say let the storm pass, let's make peace! That's wisdom, that's the gift of wisdom, that comes to our homes, to children, to all of us!

And it cannot be learned, it is a gift of the Holy Spirit!

This is why we must ask the Lord to gift us the Holy Spirit and the gift of wisdom that teaches us to see with God's eyes, to feel with God's heart to speak with God's words! And with this wisdom we can move forward, build the family, the Church and we can all be sanctified.Let us ask for this grace of wisdom today. Let us ask Our Lady, who is the Seat of Wisdom, for this gift.

Thank you

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for June 2016
Universal:
Human Solidarity: That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find-even within the huge cities of the world-opportunities for encounter and solidarity.
Evangelization: Seminarians and Novices: That seminarians and men and women entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission.



Comments


More Europe

Is Pope Francis OK? Holy Father FALLS DOWN during important Mass at Poland's holiest site Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Pope Francis took a major fall during Mass at Poland's Jasna Gora Monastery, home to the Black Madonna, in the southern city of Czestochowa. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - As the Holy Father walked around during the televised Mass, he fell straight to the ground ... continue reading


Important words! Pope Francis says World is at War, but religion... Watch

Image of Pope Francis speaks to reporters about war during his flight to World Youth Day in Poland.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Pope Francis said the world is at war, but religion is not to blame, during his flight to Poland for World Youth Day. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Pope Francis has made it clear that the world is at war. He also made clear he does not think religion has much ... continue reading


Polish streets come alive in anticipation of Pope Francis' visit for World Youth Day Watch

Image of Pope Francis to visit Kraków for World Youth Day.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

How would you react if Pope Francis was heading to your city? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In wake of the horrific slaughter of French priest Jacques Hamel, Catholic pilgrims in KrakĆ³w, Poland have congregated to celebrate World Youth Day.The event, designed ... continue reading


Pope Francis asked to declare French church terror victim martyr and saint as new details emerge about attack Watch

Image of Many people have called for Fr. Jacques to be recognized as a martyr.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

We now know more about what happened during the ISIS attack on a Catholic church yesterday in France. The attackers killed a priest and were shot dead by police. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Two young men affiliated with ISIS stormed a Catholic church ... continue reading


PLEASE PRAY! Catholic priest savagely beheaded by ISIS terrorists DURING MASS in France! Watch

Image of Let us pray for Fr. Jacques Hamel!

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Islamic terrorists in France have attacked a Catholic church, murdering a priest. They also took nuns and parishoners hostage. The terrorists were eventually killed by police. Another hostage was gravely injured by the terrorists. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - ... continue reading


Pope Francis 'implores God's peace for the world' after horrific attack on French church Watch

Image of

By Ann Schneible (CNA/EWTN News)

Pope Francis has decried the "absurd violence" which has left an elderly priest dead after his church in northern France was taken hostage during Mass. Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - In a statement released Tuesday by the Vatican, the Pope, having been informed of the ... continue reading


World Youth Day 2016 begins! Find the event's FULL SCHEDULE here Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The 31st World Youth Day begins today, July 26, in Krakow, Poland. Although Pope Francis is not expected to arrive until tomorrow, the events are already underway, with a welcome to the pilgrims and later an opening mass. Here is the full schedule of events expected to ... continue reading


Germany suffers multiple attacks Watch

Image of Germany falls prey to several attacks (Nick Edwards/Daily Mail).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Germany saw multiple attacks this weekend, leaving several people injured and one pregnant woman brutally slaughtered by a machete. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrman <a ... continue reading


New British Prime Minister Theresa May flashes ILLUMINATI hand signal, here's what it could mean and why some people are worried (SECRET PHOTOS) Watch

Image of The dollar bill is rumored to contain Illuminati symbols such as the pyramid.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Is the new Prime Minister, Theresa May a member of the Illuminati? According to some theories, the answer is yes. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - British Prime Minister Theresa May is a member of the Illuminati, according to one popular theory on the web. The ... continue reading


Archaeologists finish dig at Must Farm. Here's some of the incredible things they've discovered Watch

Image of A bronze sword with a wicked point reveals the local people were well equipped.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The excavation of a Bronze Age site in England is giving archaeologists a look into ancient Britain. The archaeologists are having the experience of a lifetime on the dig. The site is the richest, most complete Bronze Age site in England and possibly Europe. LOS ... continue reading


All Europe News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • A Prayer for Special Intentions HD Video
  • Daily Readings for Friday, July 29, 2016
  • St. Martha: Saint of the Day for Friday, July 29, 2016
  • A world without nuclear weapons
  • Daily Reading for Sunday, July 31st, 2016 HD Video
  • How to be a missionary of mercy: Bishop Caggiano blows minds at WYD
  • Popular country singer sings powerful, MUST-HEAR song to 'Pray for Peace'

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 26:1-9
1 At the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 69:5, 8-10, 14
5 God, you know how foolish I am, my offences are not hidden from ... Read More

Gospel, John 11:19-27
19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 29th, 2016 Image

St. Martha
July 29: "Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus." This ... Read More