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August 8, 2018 – Spiritual Gifts

Sacred Scripture on Spiritual Gifts (and Body of Christ)

1 Corinthians 12 (NABRE) Spiritual Gifts

Unity and Variety. Now in regard to spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be unaware. [b]You know how, when you were pagans, you were constantly attracted and led away to mute idols. Therefore, I tell you that nobody speaking by the spirit of God says, “Jesus be accursed.” And no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the holy Spirit.

[c]There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another the expression of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit; 10 to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy; to another discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues; to another interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as he wishes.

One Body, Many Parts.[d] 12 As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.

14 Now the body is not a single part, but many. 15 If a foot should say, “Because I am not a hand I do not belong to the body,” it does not for this reason belong any less to the body. 16 Or if an ear should say, “Because I am not an eye I do not belong to the body,” it does not for this reason belong any less to the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 But as it is, there are many parts, yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I do not need you.” 22 Indeed, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are all the more necessary, 23 and those parts of the body that we consider less honorable we surround with greater honor, and our less presentable parts are treated with greater propriety, 24 whereas our more presentable parts do not need this. But God has so constructed the body as to give greater honor to a part that is without it, 25 so that there may be no division in the body, but that the parts may have the same concern for one another. 26 If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.

Application to Christ.[e] 27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it.28 Some people God has designated in the church to be, first, apostles;[f] second, prophets; third, teachers; then, mighty deeds; then, gifts of healing, assistance, administration, and varieties of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work mighty deeds? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.


I should point out that the passage above ends with, “But I shall show you a more perfect way.” and then presents Chapter 13 on the necessity of “love” as defined in the Greatest Commandments.

Gifts & Fruits of the HS in the Catechism

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And here is an attempt to put everything from the perfect to the terrible in context.

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Non-Scriptural Readings

Here is an amazing thing. I tend to get bogged down in detail sometimes, but here is a guy who carried it to an extreme and put my meagre efforts to shame. I am thankful that I am not like Monseigneur Rowland, but, at the same time, think it is a shame not to use this incredible index and listing he created, over a few decades, of non-scriptural readings in the Liturgy of the Hours. I tested it briefly today by just searching for August 4 and, sure enough, the search led me right to today’s reading by saint of the day, St. John Vianney, who was such a good confessor that he is said to have spent 18 hours a day in the confessional.

Here is a link to his work and his personal explanation of it. 

At least read his explanation. It is a kind of personal testimony. I’m going to add this link to the page of helps in this blog so I will always know how to find it.



Living the Christian Life

Given the topic this week, our responsibilities as Christians, baptized members of the Body of Christ, I thought of this handout I used to give 9th grade confirmation students in a Lutheran Church. There were lots of words missing, and the students were asked to look up the verses and fill in the missing words. This is not an exhaustive list of verses addressing life in Christ, but seemed to cover the main points as summarized under the title below. This is not from the NABRE so some wording might be a bit different. It is probably NRSV.

What’s the Christian Life All About?
Learn – Teach – Love – Serve – Pray – Proclaim
Give Bountifully, Cheerfully, Generously
Worship – Feed – Give Thanks

Matthew 6:33-34   33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  34 “So do not worry about ________, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s _______ is enough for today. Matthew 10:7   7 As you go, ________ the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’Matthew 20:26-27  6 It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be _____ among you must be your _______…Matthew 22:37-39  37 He said to him, “‘You shall ____ the Lord your God with all your _____, and with all your ____, and with all your ____…You shall love your ________ as yourself.’Matthew 25:34-40   …I was ______ and you gave me food, I was _______ and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you ________ me,  36 I was _____ and you gave me clothing, I was ____ and you took care of me, I was in ______ and you visited me.’Matthew 28:19-20  19 Go therefore and make _________ of all nations, _________ them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the ____ ______,  20 and teaching them to ____ everything that I have commanded you…Luke 9:60  60 But Jesus1 said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and ________ the kingdom of God.”John 14:15  15 “If you love me, you will keep my ____________.Romans 12:1-2  I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters,1 by the mercies of God, to present your _______ as a living sacrifice, ____ and __________ to God, which is your spiritual2 _______2 Do not be _________ to this world,1 but be ___________ by the renewing of your _____…Romans 12:9-21   9 Let ____ be genuine; ____ what is evil, hold fast to what is ____;  10 ____ one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing _____.  11 Do not lag in ____, be ______ in spirit, _____ the Lord.1  12 Rejoice in ____, be patient in ________, persevere in ______.  13 Contribute to the needs of the ______; extend ___________ to strangers.  14 Bless those who _________ you; bless and do not _____ them.  15 Re_______ with those who rejoice, ____ with those who weep.  16 Live in ______ with one another; do not be _______, but associate with the _____;1 do not claim to be _____ than you are…If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live _________ with all…No, “if your enemies are hungry, ____ them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink…overcome evil with ____.2 Corinthians 9:5-7  …The point is this: the one who sows ________ will also reap ________, and the one who sows __________ will also reap ___________.  7 Each of you must ____ as you have made up your mind, not ___________ or under __________, for God loves a ________ giver.1 Thessalonians 5:11-22  11 Therefore _________ one another and build up each other…to respect those who _____ among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you;  13 esteem them very highly in ____ because of their ____. Be at _____ among yourselves.  14 And we urge you, beloved,1 to admonish the ______, encourage the _____ _______, help the ____, be patient with all of them…_______ always… ____ without ceasing,  18 give ______ in all circumstances…hold fast to what is ____;  22 abstain from every form of ____.Hebrews 12:28 – 13:1  …give _______, by which we offer to God an acceptable _______ with reverence and aweJames 1:27   27 …care for _______ and ______ in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.1 Timothy 6:17-19  17 As for those who…are rich…set their hopes on…God…do good…be rich in good _____, generous, and ready to share…2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a ______ who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.1 Peter 4:7-11  …be serious and __________ yourselves for the sake of your prayers.  8 Above all, maintain constant ____ for one another, for love covers a multitude of ____.  9 Be hospitable to one another without complaining.  10 Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, _____ one another with whatever gift each of you has received.2 Timothy 4:1-2  … proclaim the message; be __________ whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost ________ in teaching

July 25th – Feast of St. James, Apostle and Martyr

St. James in Sacred Scripture

All three synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke share accounts of three events in the life of St. James.

  • His call to quit fishing and follow Jesus and his response to it.
  • His inclusion in lists of the twelve apostles.
  • His presence at the transfiguration of Jesus.

Only the Gospels of Mark and Luke record the invitation of St. James to witness the healing of the daughter of Jairus.

Only St. Luke’s Gospel mentions the suggestion by James and John that fire from Heaven be called down on some uncooperative Samaritans.

Only St. Mark tells of the sons of Zebedee asking for a special favor (Matthew blames it on their mother.), questioning of Jesus about the future, and the invitation to join Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.

It is interesting that, in the Synoptic Gospels, there are nine verses in which Peter, James, and John and only those three are mentioned together.

The Gospel according to St. John does not mention St. James.

In the Acts of the Apostles, there are two mentions of St. James. He is included among those gathered in a room immediately following the resurrection, and his death at the hands of Herod is documented.

All the pertinent verses are in the table below.

Simple Summary from Franciscan Media

And All About Santiago de Compostela

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And, if you are interested in a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, there are travel companies ready to assist. Here is just one.
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Google Map of Spain showing location of Compostela

Franciscan Media Article on St. James (Simple and elegant summary of what we know from Sacred Scripture)

Wikipedia Article on St. James (Includes origin of the name Santiago as discussed by Fr. Linsky and the legends.)

Travel Company organizing pilgrimages.


Catholic Religious Orders and Where We Fit In

Catholic Religious Orders

Wow! Google “Catholic Religious Orders” and you get this impressive collection of symbols of 52 Orders and a very detailed article HERE. Long and rich histories are bound to be complicated. The neat thing is that clicking on any of the symbols at that link takes one immediately to the article on that Order.

Wednesday MPG Discussion

In Wednesday’s Morning Prayer meeting, Father Linsky was addressing Monasticism and in particular the Benedictines and the Rule of St. Benedict. You can read all 73 chapters of the Rule of St. Benedict HERE.

Here is another good LINK to information about Catholic Orders. At this link we learn that:

Original Catholic religious orders of the Middle Ages include:

Probably the most interesting links for immediate clicking and investigation are the Benedictines (Discussed by Fr. Linsky Wednesday morning), the Trappists (Mepkin Abbey), the Ursulines (Important in the history of the Basilica of St. Peter)

The Very Rev’d Canon Gary S. Linsky, V.F. Pastor

Most of the orders are designated in shorthand by initials such as S.J. for Society of Jesuits, O.S.B for Benedictines, O.C.S.O for Trappists, etc. How many Basilica of St. Peter parishioners know what the initials V.F. in Father Linsky’s title, “The Very Rev’d Canon Gary S. Linsky, V.F. Pastor” mean. It’s not a religious order but stands for “Vicar Foran,” a priest with some responsibility for other priests in a region. You can read all about it HERE.

The Main Point

But, to skip the complications and get back to the simple point: It is important for us to strive for a balance between prayer and work, prayer meaning listening and meditating as well as speaking and work meaning all our responsibilities as Catholic laymen, not just paying jobs which several of us don’t even have.