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I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | The Holy Spirit helps us understand our spiritual poverty

The readings for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time blend in a similar way as the figurative yeast from the Gospel parable leavens the whole batch. The Holy Spirit is the leaven that brings these readings to life.

From the Book of Wisdom, the first reading illustrates what the Holy Spirit does in our lives. The Holy Spirit tells us through the prophet: "For your might is the source of justice; your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all."

DEAR FATHER | Holy Spirit found in inspiration of Old Testament authors

Where can I find the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament? 

We first find the Holy Spirit's presence in the Old Testament, and throughout the Bible, in His inspiration of the sacred authors of the text. The Spirit inspires the prophecies of the Old Testament, sees their fulfillment in Christ and confirms the Church in the truth of Christ through the writings of the New Testament. While He inspires the biblical authors, He is also actively at work in the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments.

CARRYING ON THE FLAME

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Katie Feise had spinal surgery 2010, after suffering a number of injuries over the years. The operation was successful, but her recovery didn't progress like it was supposed to.

"It was like a dark cloud over me," Feise said. "I felt I needed to seek a higher power in my recovery."

Feise believed there was a hurdle in front of her, one that had major spiritual implications and was preventing her from properly healing.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Jesus offers the unquenchable gift of the Holy Spirit

The readings for the Third Sunday of Lent are simultaneously simple and overwhelmingly profound. Our eyes see and our hearts hear of physical water, but our spirits hunger and thirst for the Holy Spirit.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Our gifts from the Holy Spirit are to build up the Church

The readings for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time demonstrate for us that God's call of mankind is truly transformative. The first reading begins: "The Lord said to me: you are my servant, Israel, through whom I show my glory."

Scripture scholars aren't certain of the identity of the servant. It may be Isaiah, or it may be Israel. We know that God has called Isaiah to be His servant, as He also called Israel to be His servant. However, isn't it true that He has called us also to be His servants?

DEAR FATHER | Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in reading the Bible

All of us probably have a Bible somewhere at home. It sits, quietly calling us whenever we see it or think to pick it up and to read its Good News.

Before reading it, examine it to make sure it is a Catholic Bible. If it isn't, some books might be missing that the Catholic Church accepts but other denominations of Christianity don't.

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