The coming of the Holy Spirit can change our lives. We just celebrated Confirmation with our young people a few weeks ago and Bishop Brennan spoke about the change that should happen in our life if we truly embrace the Holy Spirit. For those of you who saw The Shack, perhaps we have a greater insight into and understanding of the Holy Spirit as someone who animates, enlivens, soothes and inspires. We are all given the gifts of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation—
wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. Using those gifts we should experience some of the fruits of the Holy Spirit — love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. If these things exist in your life, give thanks to God. If not, today is an excellent day to receive the gifts of the spirit so that we may experience His fruit.