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Signs of Life
Parent Letter: Signs of Life
The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts called extraordinary gifts or charisms. Charisms are graces that are intended to be used for the good of others. When we use these gifts, we are able to make the Church stronger, build up the people around us, and serve those in need. They can be simple and humble like teaching, encouragement, and counsel. They can be extraordinary like healing, prophecy, and mighty deeds.
(CCC 799-800, 951, 2003)
Since Pentecost, it has been common for Christ’s followers to exercise these gifts. In 1 Corinthians 12:7-10 and Ephesians 4:11-12, St. Paul gave instructions to the Church on how to use these gifts.
(CCC 798, 800)
These gifts are signs of life in the Church. Through them God speaks, heals, and sets free. They create apostolic vitality and fervor. They renew God’s people.
Throughout the history of the Church, saints have exercised these extraordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit. Healings and miracles flowed from saints such as Catherine of Sienna, Martin de Porres, John Bosco, and Mother Frances Xavier de Cabrini. Saint Pio ministered the gifts of prophecy, wisdom, and counsel.
Some may think this all sounds crazy and not for “ordinary people.” We believe that Jesus rose from the dead, multiplied the loaves and fishes, and healed the blind. Why can He not work other great miracles today?
Faith is both a requirement and fruit of miracles. It requires faith to pray for a miracle, or tell someone you have a message for them from God. It requires faith to ask for prayers and pray for healing ourselves. When these prayers are answered and messages are delivered, more faith is found.
If we do not see miracles today, it could be because we are lacking the faith to believe in them or we just have not prayed for one.
As parents, we want to give our children what they need and want for a healthy and happy life. Our Heavenly Father wants that for us too, His children. He gives us the gifts we need through the Holy Spirit
Share a story about a miracle that you have experienced or heard or read about.
As a family, share what gift you would like to experience and what gift makes you uncomfortable. Explain.
Plan a time of family prayer when the family prays for an increase in faith to use and receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Sent by Victoria Maldonado on Wednesday, October 4 at 8:00PM