How to spot the Holy Spirit

You may be hearing about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit if your child is preparing for Confirmation this spring.  Here’s a great piece by Tom McGrath, from the archives of At Home with Our Faith newsletter (sample here), about how we can tap into the power of the Spirit for the everyday challenges of parenting:

Have you noticed the Holy Spirit at work in your life?

Have you intuitively known how to handle a tough situation in your family? That’s wisdom.

Have you stopped yourself from getting angry at your child long enough to think about how it feels to be in his shoes? That’s understanding.

Have you clearly and firmly stated your beliefs about right and wrong to someone in your family? That’s counsel.

Have you hung in there when you wanted to throw in the towel? That’s fortitude.

Are you open-minded, letting go of superstitions, prejudices and small mindedness? That’s the gift of knowledge.

Do you realize you need God’s help and that all of life is a gift? That’s piety.

Have you felt awe, perhaps on the day you first held your baby in your arms? That’s fear of the Lord.

These are the gifts of the Holy Spirit, signs that God’s love is flowing through your life. The gifts are yours – look for them.

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