Remember gifts of the Spirit in light of scandal
To the editor:
I’m a 92 year old WWII Navy Veteran. I served on the USS Guam, a Battle Cruiser. I was Yeoman 3rd class, responsible for recording offenses into the records of 2000 enlisted men. Close to 100 (5%) were serious charges – close to the percentage of national Catholic Priests proven guilty of child abuse.
At Confirmation, we Christians should remember and practice the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit we received:
Wisdom – We should be wise enough not to judge all Priests by the serious sins of a few.
Understanding - We should understand that it is important for church leaders to conduct psychological examinations before young men enter the seminary.
Counsel – Sound advice, guidance, direction, information, enlightenment, warning, admonition and caution are essential before vows are taken.
Knowledge – Understanding and comprehending the sacrifices involved.
Piety – committed or devoted to religion or to religious duties or exercise; a devout Catholic.
Fortitude – strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage.
Fear of the Lord - In the Catholic Encyclopedia, Jacques Forget explains that this gift “fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread, above all things, to offend Him.”
I share these gifts on my not-for-profit website www.YesPa.org – used in English speaking grammar schools throughout the world.
To the 95%, God Bless and Love You. To the 5%, “God is all just, all Holy and all Merciful,” and I pray for you.
Fred W. Sarkis