Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Spirit Gives Life

"It is the Spirit that gives life, the flesh has nothing to offer. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life." (John 6: 63)

The Spirit gives life. The Holy Spirit gives eternal life. Christ's words are spirit and life.

List all that the Spirit gives:

  • Life
  • Power
  • Knowledge
  • Wisdom
  • Fear of the Lord
  • Discernment
  • Joy

The Holy Spirit is the one thing we truly need.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Sanctifying Grace

The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines sanctifying grace thus:

"Sanctifying grace is an habitual gift, a stable and supernatural disposition that perfects the soul itself to enable it to live with God, to act by his love. Habitual grace, the permanent disposition to live and act in keeping with God's call, is distinguished from actual graces which refer to God's interventions, whether at the beginning of conversion or in the course of the work of sanctification." (CCC # 2000)

Monday, December 01, 2008

The Cup of Salvation

"What return can I make to the Lord for all that he gives to me? The cup of salvation I will take up and I will call upon the name of the Lord." (Psalm 116: 12-13)

This is Thanksgiving season. How do we thank the Lord for all that He gives to us? If we take the example of the Psalmist, we thank Him first and foremost through Eucharistic worship. In the Eucharist, which means Thanksgiving, we honor the Lord by lifting up "the cup of salvation."

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Jesus Christ cures you

"Peter said to him, 'Aeneas, Jesus Christ cures you: get up and make your bed.' Aeneas got up immediately." (Acts 9: 34)

It is Jesus Christ who heals. Grace and truth comes through Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ mediates the fruits of our redemption through:

  • The Sacraments
  • The word of God
  • Prayer
  • The name of Jesus

"Jesus Christ cures you"

  • Jesus Christ gives you.
  • Jesus Christ touches you.
  • Jesus Christ loves you.