Fr. Mike Smith talks about Heaven and Hell. Will many be saved? What does Jesus say? “Wide is the road that leads to destruction”. “Narrow is the gate that leads to eternal life.” You have to choose. Do you think, good people, go to heaven...
This original artwork by Jeff Pettit is not the classic Crèche Nativity of St. Francis origin, but one based on the mystics mind’s eye view.
Primarily an image influenced by the Venerable Mary of Agreda, and Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich (1800) both who have mystical experiences of the blessed event.
I took pictures of this miracle in 2014. In the Basilica of San Francesco in Siena, 223 consecrated Hosts have remained intact for 276 years. (Archbishop Tiberio Borghese sealed unconsecrated hosts in a tin box for ten years. The scientific commission...
Well it is Christmas time 2014. Although I wanted to have the Nativity painting I started three years ago complete, I’m sad to say it is not. However, I decided I could least share the progress so far. It is not the classic...
Dear Friends, Regardless of what you think of Jesus and the many churches and denominations that follow him, I think you will find this movie a compelling, powerful, inspiring and educational portrayal of the most famous person who ever lived – whose impact on the...
The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory.
The traditional fruits of the Holy Spirit. There are 12 traditional fruits of the Holy Spirit, some which overlap the biblical list:
[Gal. 5:22-23, Latin Vulgate]
The Bible’s fruits of the Holy Spirit.There are nine biblically-based fruits of the Holy Spirit as given by St. Paul in his letter to the Galatians: “
Please note that while the Cathechism of the Catholic Church lists 12 fruits, you will only find 9 in the modern versions of the Holy Bibles. The Latin Vulgate (Latin translation of the Bible circa 382) states 12 fruits.
“Like a warm blanket wrapped around my Soul!”
These are some personal testimonies of mine that describe the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit Frees Us
The holy Spirit frees us from or chains of our attachments, the wealth that turns our heart to material things, the pleasures that weaken our will, and pride that caries us above ourselves. This is the first consolation of the Spirit the consolation of freedom.
Why would any of these things matter if we “Seek first the kingdom of God”?
The troubles of this earth, the shadows of life and the pains in our body do not matter if we have God in our soul. The consolation that makes us forget the troubles of life, or least wrap them in the splender of celestial happiness is the consolation of the union with God’s Love.
The Holy Spirit gives usconsolation of Hope. The Holy Spirit gives us the hope in the inheritance of eternal life in heaven with God. We rejoice in our hope not only because we trust in God, but also because we carry with us the guarantee of its fulfillment.