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1.WISDOM Losing Jesus and finding Him in the Temple is counted as one of the Sorrows of Mary, as it would have been for any parent. Who would blame Maryfor affectionately chiding Him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Your father and I have been looking for you anxiously." Astonishingly that He replied, "Did you not know I must be in my Father's ...
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In Part 1 of the Prologue to this series of meditations you were given the names of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Now we are going to attempt to deepen our understanding and appreciation of their role in our lives.

At Baptism we received these gifts. At our Confirmation the Holy Spirit perfected and activated them so as to enable us to lead fully Christian lives.

It is the Prophet Isaiah who foretold the coming of the One whom Almighty God promised to send to His Chosen People. He would be richly endowed with spiritual gifts.

“A shoot will spring from the stock of Jesse; a new shoot will grow from his roots.  On him will rest the spirit of the Lord, the spirit of wisdom and insight, the spirit of counsel and power, the spirit of knowledge and fear of  the Lord:    his inspiration will lie in fearing the Lord.” (Isaiah 11).

He also wrote of someone claiming to be anointed by the Spirit of God:The spirit of the Lord  is on me for the Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the news to the afflicted, to soothe the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, release to those in prison… to comfort all who mourn,” (Is.61).

 According to the Hebrew text of the Old Testament “Messiah” was the word used of one anointed as king, priest or prophet. The equivalent word in the Greek of the New Testament is “Christ.”

Of all the passages from Sacred Scripture Jesus could have chosen to read in the Synagogue in Capernaum He selected, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, for he has anointed me to bring the good news to the afflicted...” Dramatically He exclaimed, “This text is being fulfilled today even while you are listening!” (Lk.4).

Through and through the humanity of Jesus was briskly alert to the impulse of these gifts of the Holy Spirit in the service of His Heavenly Father.

And now we ourselves our caught up in this Messianic thrust of energy –to be compared to a schooner opening its sails to the wind. After the water of Baptism had flowed over our brows we were anointed with Chrism with the words, “As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, King, so may you live always as a member of His body, sharing everlasting life.”

Loaded with such spiritual Gifts it is now up to us to let God do great things in us, for us, and through us!




Peter Clarke, O.P.

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The Spirit Is Blowing

The Spirit Is Blowing

Isidore and I are twin brothers; both of us Dominican priests. Working together, with the assistance of Skype, we have produced numerous meditations which have been published on various media outlets. On this website we shall now be sharing with you a series of mini meditations on the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Later we shall touch on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.


I shall never forget that glorious day when we were standing on the deck of a schooner   sailing between the islands of Grenada and Carriacou.  There, at the foot of the mast we gazed up at the sails embracing the strong breeze that enabled   our boat to carve its way through the waves towards our destination.

St John tells us that “the wind blows where it pleases,” and that “so it is with everyone that is born of the Spirit,” (Jn. 3.8).  Now it has been said the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit may be compared to the sails of a boat awaiting the breeze that would be its driving force.

In this scenario we can see ourselves as being like the crew of the schooner with the choice of hoisting the sails  so that  their boat might  be enthusiastically on the move  or of  leaving them furled on deck with their tethered  boat  rocking  gently in  port. The obvious parallel is you and I content to be laid-back, lack-lustre Christians or ones eager to be empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Our Heavenly Father wants us to be activated by the Gifts of the Holy Spirit which we received at our Baptism. It was then that we became Temples of the Holy Spirit – dynamic people who would lead lives that gave great glory to God.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches): “By the Sacrament of Confirmation the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed,” (1285).

The Catechism also tells us:

“The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. They belong in their fullness to Christ, Son of David. They complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them. They make the faithful docile in readily obeying divine inspirations,” (1831).

More about these Gifts next week in Prologue II


Peter Clarke O.P.


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