Frankly friends, this is a battle for the soul of our children that I do not take lightly, and one that I know comes with a tremendous amount of heartache and frustration. The light of Christ does shine in the darkness of our youth culture, but you have to really strain to see it. When you see that light, it will remind you of why you volunteered to teach youth in the first place.
Throughout Jesus’ life on earth, he was moved the Holy Spirit through the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit that he had. We who are baptized, and especially we who are confirmed, have the same gifts of the Holy Spirit. We have been given the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord.
Virtue makes us different from dogs, cats, monkeys, dogs, spiders, and worm food. Virtue is the power that forms us into who we are meant to be. It’s how to live better lives and be happy. It’s about love.
Bishop Joseph Strickland, founder of St. Philip Institute, offers clear teachings explaining the importance of the most holy Eucharist; as well as practical tips on how we can rekindle our amazement at the Blessed Sacrament.
When we have difficult choices to make, we should always make good choices for love of God. Jesus is the perfect model of this for us. With the same gifts of infused moral virtues, the followers of Jesus can also do amazing, even heroic, things for love of God.
The Catholic East Texas is the magazine of the Diocese of Tyler published by Bishop Joseph Strickland’s St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization.
Seasons of Life
Season of Infancy (0 – 4 years)
Season of Initiation (5 – 12 years)
Season of Discipleship (13 – 23 years)
Season of Commitment (23 – 30 years)
Season of Living the Journey (30 – 50)
Season of Maturity (50 – 70 years)
Season of Wisdom (70 and over)
- Bishop Joseph E. Strickland
- Fr. Joshua Neu
- Fr. Justin Braun
- Luke Heintschel
- Mikki Sciba
- Stacy A. Trasancos