Confirmation I Session III reflection

 

Confirmation I Session 3 Reflection - Due December 4th

Often in life, when something needs to be done, we will assume “someone else will take care of it.”  As Father Michael Schmitz mentioned in his talk, this happens often with the Church and the task of passing on the Faith.  Why is this approach dangerous for our faith?  As Confirmed Catholics, what are we called to do?  How might you answer Jesus’ call in your life?  Think about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  What are some specific ways you can pray for those gifts to help you in your life?  (NOT how people in general can be helped by these gifts but how they can help YOU specifically in YOUR personal life.)  Please write 1-2 substantial paragraphs in response to this prompt and email them to me by Saturday, December 4th.

 

Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

  • Wisdom: knowledge of and judgment about “divine things” and the ability to judge and direct human affairs according to divine truth

  • Understanding: penetrating insight into the very heart of things, especially those higher truths that are necessary for our eternal salvation—in effect, the ability to “see” God

  • Counsel:  allows a man to be directed by God in matters necessary for his salvation

  • Fortitude:  denotes a firmness of mind in doing good and in avoiding evil, particularly when it is difficult or dangerous to do so, and the confidence to overcome all obstacles, even deadly ones, by virtue of the assurance of everlasting life 

  • Knowledge: the ability to judge correctly about matters of faith and right action, so as to never wander from the straight path of justice

  • Piety:   revering God with filial affection, paying worship and duty to God, paying due duty to all men on account of their relationship to God, and honoring the saints and not contradicting Scripture.

  • Fear of God:  “filial” or chaste fear whereby we revere God and avoid separating ourselves from him—as opposed to “servile” fear, whereby we fear punishment 

 

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