Tuesday April 24, 2018

Happy Birthday to my younger brother Joseph Lee.  Joe just might be one of the smartest persons I know but is a very quiet and humble man – unless you challenge him about the St. Louis Blues – then you better be ready to throw down.  I love ya bro.

The 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit – can you name them?

Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Self Control and Chastity.  Impressed that I did?  Don’t, I copied them from the link I posted above.  Well, I knew of them but hope to learn more about each of these as we explore them over these next few weeks leading up to Pentecost.  As you read in the link, you have a choice – be like a tree that produces good fruit or don’t.  When you look at the lives of the saints you probably see everyone of these gifts coming from their persona.  I can think of two of our most recently canonized Saints – St. Pope John Paul II and St. Mother Teresa – did they not bear everyone one of these fruits?  We are all called to be Saints, so let us dive into what each of these fruits mean so we too can be like St. John Paul II, St. Teresa, St. Jerome, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Stephen, St. fill in a name.  Not only are we called to do this, we CAN do this.

Charity: The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines “charity” as “the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for His own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God”.

An article from Catholic Answers:  Catholic Charity.

Need some more inspirational reading?  Here you go – Today’s Readings.

And how about one of my favorite hymns?  Where charity and love prevail

Do something great for our Lord today – perform an act of charity.

God’s will, not mine be done.

Be not afraid.

Jesus, i trust in You.

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