Updated: November 5, 2018
Winter Virtue Lesson – Week One
Theme: Wisdom, the first gift of the Holy Spirit
The verse for this week is taken from the Old Testament in the book of Isaiah Chapter 11, verse 2. “Him” is referring to Jesus, the long, anticipated Savior who would later come to save the world.
"The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord." Isaiah 11:2
In this scripture passage, these gifts that are described are considered ones that Jesus would and did possess. The gifts describe Jesus and His attitudes, words, and actions. The Holy Spirit reminds us of all that Jesus said and did. The Holy Spirit also helps us to better understand the words of the Lord. These gifts of the Holy Spirit we too can possess, and they help us to grow closer to the Lord. The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are: wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord.
The first gift of the Holy Spirit is wisdom. Wisdom helps us recognize the importance of others and the importance of keeping God at the center our lives. Pope Francis describes wisdom as a light inside each of us that gives us the grace to see everything with the eyes of God. He goes on to say, “It is simply this: seeing the world, situations, [bends in the road], problems, everything, with God's eyes. This is wisdom. Often, we see things as we want to see them or according to our heart, with love, with hate, or with envy. No, this is not God's eyes. Wisdom is what the Holy Spirit does within us so that we can see everything with God's eyes. This is the gift of wisdom.”
The gifts of the Holy Spirit describe the qualities that Jesus possessed and that we too can possess if we ask God for them. Wisdom is the gift of seeing everything- people, things, and situations- the way God sees them.
Closing Prayer: An athlete may read.
Holy Spirit, we call on you to bless us with the gifts of wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord. Lord, help us to use these gifts to be more like Jesus Christ, our Savior. Lord, be the center of our team this season. Give us each the wisdom to see things the way you see them. Amen.
Say the Our Father as a team.
The Gift of Wisdom, from Pope Francis’s Series of Talks on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, April 12, 2014.
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Loyola Press, a Jesuit Ministry, 2018.
Walking with Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church, by Pope Francis, 2018.
Each team that participates with the St. Susanna Athletic Boosters Ministry is asked to complete a service project. Through working on the project with their teammates and coaches we hope that each child will grow in their love for others and Jesus Christ. These projects not only help the children in acquiring the personal attributes of courage, respect, commitment and unselfishness, they also help them to be formed in the virtues of Faith, Hope, Love and Charity- thus fulfilling our promise to love and serve the Lord as a part of our Catholic Faith.
Each team picks a project coordinator (parent) to assist with organization of the project. This person communicates the team’s project information to the service coordinator as soon as the project is selected.
Find a project that is a good fit for the team! Please pick dates to include coach’s availability.
Please include: Date of project, project name, and then once completed- pictures if possible.
For questions regarding projects not listed, please contact the service coordinator and she will discuss with Father Eric for approval.
Service Project Coordinator: Julie Connell firstname.lastname@example.org