June 9, 2019



Christ Be Our Light

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The Gifts of the Holy Spirit Light our Way
The Risen Christ commissioned the disciples and therefore us, to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News! Part of the Good News of Jesus Christ is the power of the Holy Spirit at work within us and among us. We are given all that we need to be the Light of Christ to others in our mission to love and to work for justice and the flourishing of all people.

Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Fear of the Lord (“WOW!” Awe, Wonder, Amazement) is awakening to God’s blessings freely given in the beauty of creation, the truth of compassion deep within us, the goodness of loving relationships – recognizing that “All is Gift.”

Piety (Reverence) is living gratefully in a graced world with a profound respect for all life and a passion to be faithful stewards of God’s bountiful gifts.

Fortitude (Courage) enables us to dream of what is possible with Christ’s love. Fortitude emboldens us to take responsibility for that vision and to creatively make it a reality.

Right Counsel helps us to sift and sort in prayer what cannot be changed and needs to be accepted and what can be changed and needs to be accomplished.

Knowledge focuses our priorities and shifts our perspective to think, feel and act with faith, hope and love.

Understanding is seeing, feeling and listening with the “ear of our heart.” Understanding and compassion are God’s heart.

Wisdom enables us to discern and relish God’s presence in all things, to trust in Providence and to therefore live with compassion on the journey.

Week VI Gift of the Holy Spirit – Wisdom
Wisdom is to love with God’s heart
Get on The Bus
Rigo is among the small group of prisoners gathered in the Catholic chaplain’s office to begin classes for the Sacraments. When asked why he wants to start this spiritual journey he answers, “I’ve been in this prison for one year and a half. Every Sunday my Mama comes to see me. She usually gets here just a little before visiting time is over. Some weeks all she gets to say to me is, ‘God loves you and I love you.’ I’m always glad to see her but her stay is so short. Last week my Auntie writes me a letter and says, ‘Stop looking all dog- faced when your Mama’s visits are short. She gets there as fast as she can. Don’t you know that she takes seven buses to see you?’ I didn’t know. Imagine seven buses!” Rigo starts to weep. When he composes himself, he says, “Any God who can make a Mama with a heart that loves like that… Man, I got to be working for a God like that.”

God makes Mamas and Papas, Brothers and Sisters, Children and Parishioners with hearts that love like that! This Pentecost, we celebrate the blessing of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The gifts of the Holy Spirit motivate, empower and give us hearts that love like God. God makes our hearts to love with all of our mind, will and by being love in action. Our Mission at St. Philip the Apostle parish is to do our Opus Christi, Christ’s Work. Christ’s words and deeds, life and death and resurrection say to us, “God loves you and I love you!”

We share in Christ’s Work which is to say in our words and deeds, “God loves you and I love you.” We love individually and as a community of faith through our Spiritual, Service and Social ministries. Every day, in this parish, we are climbing on many buses to bring Christ’s love by doing Christ’s work. Please note below the brief listing of our ministries from the last year to now.

Prayerful Reflection
In prayer, ask God to help you to recall occasions when you gave of your time, talent or treasure during this past year. What buses did you ride to be love in action for others? In what ways is your love like the love of the Mama in the story? Whose love are you grateful for? Acknowledge that all love has one source – our God. God makes hearts to love like that. Thank God for these opportunities to be love and to be loved. On this Feast of Pentecost, may we ask for a full activation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. May we be empowered to be love in action saying through our words and deeds, “God loves you and I love you.” It is time to get on the next bus!

Our Walk Through the Last Year
Pentecost is a celebration of God’s love and power at work within and among us.
The Eucharist means “to give thanks”. Our celebration is the perfect time to recount all the ways that God has blessed our parish and the ways that we have blessed each other with Compassion on the Journey since last Pentecost.

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