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If You Can’t See the Fruits of the Holy Spirit in Your Life …

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Fr. James Farfaglia - published on 06/07/14

On this Pentecost Sunday, let us open our hearts anew to the action of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Let’s clear out whatever is holding us back from an intimate relationship with God, so that we can fully live the new life that Jesus gained for us through the Paschal Mystery.

Let’s leave behind our attachments to worldly desires. Let’s try to root out the selfish attitudes and actions that give Satan a grip on our lives.

Today, on this Pentecost Sunday, let us renew our decision to always walk with the Lord, seeking and doing his will for us. Of course that is easier said than done. However, the Holy Spirit is always present to assist us in this struggle and to renew our daily efforts.  

For all the gifts that we have received through Baptism and Confirmation to be effective and transforming, we need to develop a mature spiritual life. Cultivating daily moments of silence, setting aside time for meditation or contemplative prayer are essential. But it’s very difficult to do so, unless we organize our daily lives with greater discipline.

Along with the wonderful gifts that the Holy Spirit has given to us through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, let’s recall the fruits of the Holy Spirit that we experience as consequences of his gifts. When we allow the Holy Spirit a home in our soul, we can know he’s present there by the signs enumerated by St. Paul: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control and chastity (Gal. 5: 22).

Reading this list, we can see how beautiful our lives can be when we let the Holy Spirit live fully in us.

Fr. James Farfagliais the Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Corpus Christi, TX.  You can visit him on the web at

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