Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.
by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
John 14: 26
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The Holy Spirit is God's Navigation System. He sends us the Holy Spirit to remind us of all we have learned about being good and making right choices.
Every choice you make is proof that you are free. You are free to choose one thing over another.
Free will is one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity. To guide you in the use of this incredibly powerful gift, God has also given you reason and conscience.
reason - Reason is the capacity for logical, rational, and analytic thought.
conscience - Conscience is the inner voice that encourages you to do good and avoid evil.
God speaks to us through our conscience. Reason and conscience work together to help you distinguish good actions from bad ones. Reason and conscience work together to help you discover the best way to live.
And when we ignore the Holy Spirit and our conscience we end up making mistakes that hurt us or others. But God does not stop calling us back to him and his way of living.
Joan was twelve years old when she had a series of supernatural experiences that included visions and hearing the voice of Saint Michael the Archangel. When she was seventeen, she led her first army and enjoyed a series of spectacular military successes with the French army. The following year she was captured by the British and placed on trial for heresy and witchcraft. In 1431, at nineteen years of age Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Thirty years later she was exonerated of all charges and ultimately was canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920. Joan of Arc lived in France from 1412 to 1431. She is the patron saint of soldiers, and her feast day is May 30. Just before she died she wrote this:
“I know this now. Every man gives his life for what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing, and yet they give their lives to that little or nothing. One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it and then it’s gone. But to surrender what you are and to live without belief is more terrible than dying—even more terrible than dying young.”
Saint Joan of Arc
Are you listening to your navigation?
Discussion / Reflection
When was the last time you watched something on the TV, computer or mobile device that helped you become a better version of yourself?
Who in your life is helping you become the best-version-of-yourself?
Describe a time when you ignored your conscience and regretted it later.
Describe a time when you listened to your conscience and followed it, even though it was difficult.
Discuss these questions with your parents or sponsor OR write your thoughts in a Confirmation journal.
Activity Suggestions ...
Making Decisions - Discussion Questions
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Life is about saying yes to the things that help you become the-best-version-of-yourself, and no to the things that don’t.
list some people & things that help you be the-best-version-of-yourself - Thank God for them.
list some things that don't help you be the-best-version-of-yourself - ask God to help you deal with them.
Lord, thank you for the great gift of free will, reason and conscience. Thank you for sending us your Holy Spirit to guide us and teach us what is good and right and holy. Forgive me for the times when I choose to ignore my conscience and the Holy Spirit. Give me the courage to always do what is right. Teach me to listen and help me to hear your voice. Amen.
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This week ... Are you a good decision maker?
Do you think you make good decisions? Yes, No, Sometimes, Most of the Time
What helps you make good decisions?
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