This Gifts of the Holy Spirit – Latin medallion is both the ideal (and affordable) Confirmation gift as well as the perfect reminder and encouragement for every Christian, young and old. This scripturally-based, 1.25 inch, pewter medallion shows on the front the descent of the Holy Spirit as seven tongues of fire (Acts 2:1-4). On the back side are listed the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit as found in the Latin edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Sapientia, Intellectus, Consilium, Fortitudo, Scientia, Pietas, Timor Dei
A Gift Rooted in Scripture (Acts 2:1-4)
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
The Power of Fire, the Power of Love, the Power of the Spirit
Excerpt from “The Power of Love” — A Sermon by the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
for The Marriage of HRH Prince Henry of Wales & Ms. Meghan Markle (Saturday, May 19, 2018):
French Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin was arguably one of the great minds, great spirits of the 20th century…In some of his writings he said, from his scientific background, as well as his theological one…that the discovery, or invention, or harnessing of fire was one of the great scientific and technological discoveries in all of human history.
Fire to a great extent made human civilization possible.
Fire made it possible to cook food, and to provide sanitary ways of eating, which reduced the spread of disease in its time.
Fire made it possible to heat and warm environments and thereby made human migration around the world a possibility, even into colder climates.
Fire made it possible – there was no Bronze Age without fire. No Iron Age without fire. No Industrial Revolution without fire.
The advances of science and technology are greatly dependent on the human ability and capacity to take fire and use it for human good.
Anybody get here in a car today? An automobile?
Nod your heads if you did, I’m guessing, I know there were some carriages.
For those of us who came in cars, fire, and the controlled, harnessed fire made that possible.
I know that the Bible says, and I believe it, that Jesus walked on the water, but I have to tell you, I didn’t walk across the Atlantic Ocean to get here!
Controlled fire in that plane got me here!
Fire makes it possible for us to text and Tweet and email and Instagram and Facebook and socially be dysfunctional with each other!
Fire makes all of that possible!
And de Chardin said fire was one of the greatest discoveries in all of human history.
And he then went on to say that if humanity ever harnesses the energy of fire again, if humanity ever captures the energy of love, it will be the second time in history that we have discovered fire.