signs of the Spirit

“Let us love the Cross and let us remember that we are not alone in carrying it.
God is helping us. And in God who is comforting us,
as St. Paul says, we can do anything.”

St. Gianna Molla


(Girolamo dai Libri / God the Father / 1555)

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
Even though the Disciples suffered persecution, they were filled with joy.
One would have expected them to be depressed or angry or resentful.
The very fact that they responded to persecution with joy is a sign that the Spirit
was guiding their actions.
We can use that same test with our own words and actions.”

Rev. Jude Winkler, O.F.M., p. 11
An Excerpt From
Daily Meditations Holy Spirit

As I read this quote by the Rev. Winkler, I wonder do I, can I, possess this same power
of the Spirit–
a power that allows me to rise above the hardships of this day, the pressures of this life, the
trials of fighting an uphill and up-stream battle…
can I too possess joy in the face of persecution and suffering?

May God give me the gift of such a burden…

8 comments on “signs of the Spirit

  1. bcparkison says:

    Lets pray to hear” Well done”.

  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good observation about having joy in the face of persecution as a sign of the Spirit.

  3. Tricia says:

    You and me both sister. 🙂

  4. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Strong truth from Rev. Winkler and a courageous statement from you, Julie: “May God give me the gift of such a burden,” [his joy in the face of persecution and suffering]. AMEN! It does indeed have to come from him.

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