Gift: Fortitude (Courage)
Reading: Now we realize that you know everything and that you do not need to have anyone question you. Because of this we believe that you came from God.” 7 (John 16:30)
Observation: When I was in college and first studied the Catechism of the Catholic Church under the instruction of Father James Leone, I found myself questioning everything that was being professed as doctrine of the church. The reason I was questioning it, I believe, was because I was seeing it through the eyes of the world view that I grew up with. However, once I began to accept that it could be the truth, I found myself having far less questions. Like the disciples in today’s Gospel, I believe, we can all begin to follow our faith more closely, when we stop looking at it as something to be questioned, because the world knows better, and we start accepting it as truth, because Jesus conquered the world.
Personification: Goodness – A real desire to live a holy life, to set a good example by our conduct where we are. I am definitely not the best example, not even a “good” example of goodness most of the time. However, if I can remember to only act in the ways that God is calling me to act and not in my own ways, I can hopefully approach this goodness, by the grace and power of God.
Prayer: Lord, continue to reveal your truth to us in ways that we can understand and help us to accept your truth more fully in our lives, so that we can be conduits of this truth to our family and friends. We ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen.