"Virtues which perfect the devout person with regard to control of his own senses are modesty, continence and chastity: modesty, governing all exterior acts; continence, restraint over senses of sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing; chastity, which ennobles our nature and makes it similar to the angels. Happy the one who possesses these fine virtues, all of them fruits of the Holy Spirit who dwells within him." St. Padre Pio
The gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit bring the fullness of Christianity into our lives; with them we share in the riches of our faith. Isaiah 11:2 tells us: "The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord." Isaiah was prophesying about Christ, but the Holy Spirit brings these gifts to all of us.
God may offer us an abundance of gifts, including the fruits which Padre Pio spoke of, above, but we must be open to receiving them by cooperating with the Spirit; our faith is not one-sided, but depends upon our participation. Imagine a room filled with row upon row of beautifully wrapped gifts. Will we walk through without opening any of them, ignoring what will give our lives the most meaning? Or will we pick up and open the gifts by our attention to the things of God?
Today, let's pray to be open to the Holy Spirit and the gifts God has for us alone. Open your hands in an act of receiving with faith what the Spirit has wrapped up just for you.
St. Padre Pio, pray for us!