The Spirit Of The Holy Spirit

962 WordsJul 3, 20154 Pages
What captured my attention immediately after reading this section was one specific word, fearless. #259. “Spirit-filled evangelizers means evangelizers fearlessly open to the working of the Holy Spirit.“ Pope Francis is not redefining anything but encouraging us to fearlessly be open to the Holy Spirit. I can count how many times I have been hindered or even paralyzed out of fear. I think admitting we have fear and identifying its true meaning and where it’s coming from is what will ignite the spirit Pope Francis wants us to have. We have a choice, we can fuel our fears or face them head on knowing we have the gift of the Holy Spirit. I am actively trying to choose the latter every moment I can, easier said than done. The way we counter fear is with fortitude. Fortitude is a cardinal virtue, CCC 1808 “Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life. The virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face trials and persecutions. It disposes one even to renounce and sacrifice his life in defense of a just cause.” I now see one of the most important reasons why Pope Francis wants us to not forget our prayer life while we journey towards missionary discipleship with a spirit filled evangelization. The closer we move to the Lord the more temptations and fears we face. “Lead us not into

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