Sure, when I lifted my son up to that statue I was being light-hearted, but the gesture was not entirely symbolic. It was my way of confirming to myself that I had truly given all I have back to Christ through Mary. Even that willful little boy.
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.
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.
Once we see life properly, we will find that the goods of this life (pleasure, comfort, wealth, power, fame, etc.) aren’t what really make us happy. Poverty of Spirit, meekness, justice and the other beatitudes are the true way to happiness. It seems like a total paradox, but its the gospel truth!
Although there are active bioethical debates around the world that use all sorts of sophisticated language, this denial of childhood to the youngest among us is at the heart of the arguments. Don’t fall for the sophistry. The academic, medical, and political debates in the international community go awry on this very simple question. Is an embryo a child?
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