Browsing the April 2016 archive of Weekly Reflections

Piety

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 4/23/16

Piety comes from the Latin pius meaning dutiful, not excessive devotion, but a reverence, respectful worship and discipleship.      Catholics are occasionally called superstitious for genuflecting in the presence of the Eucharist, kissing a Rosary, or bowing their heads at the name of Jesus or Mary. If these gestures are mere rote, ... Read More »

Fortitude

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 4/17/16

“they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand’. Jn 10

Fortitude is both a gift of the Holy Spirit and a virtue, a cardinal virtue in fact. As a cardinal virtue man develops this virtue by habit to become part of our moral conscious.

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Breathe!

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 4/10/16

Counsel is the third of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit that we receive in confirmation. This gift of the Holy Spirit was exclusively referred to as“Counsel” until the end of the 20th century.  The more recent use of “Right Judgement” for this gift points the role of ... Read More »

Breathe in the Holy Spirit

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 4/02/16

Breathe in the Holy Spirit

There are seven weeks of Easter readings between Easter and Pentecost. Sunday May 15 is Pentecost. Saturday May 14 is Confirmation here at St. Pius X. It is only timely then that we, as Easter people, spend some time thinking about Pentecost, Confirmation and ... Read More »