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Gifts of Holy Spirit: A Pentecost Directed Retreat

After celebrating with the Risen Christ, and His Ascension, the disciples came to a place of waiting for the promise of Christ to send them the Holy Spirit. Today we have been given the privilege of having these gifts given to us in baptism, while it is up to us through His grace to grow in virtue and holiness in using these gifts. This is a time to study and reflect on the graces and discern a plan of action for our mission to serve and grow in holiness.

The Book of Acts Ch 2: 1-13

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. 2 And suddenly, there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. 3 Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues,[d] as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. 6 At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7 They were astounded, and in amazement, they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? 9 We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, 11 both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans, and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.” 12 They were all astounded and bewildered, and said to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others said, scoffing, “They have had too much new wine.”

Enter into studying, praying, and experiencing the Wind and Fire of the Holy Spirit for your Mission.

Content covered:

  • Preparing for Your Retreat

  • What are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

  • Gifts of the Holy Spirit as in the Old and New Testament

  • The Promises of Christ

  • The Gospel of John

  • The Book of Acts

  • The Wind and Fire for the Mission

  • Notes from St. Thomas Aquinas on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

  • Five Ways of Reflection on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

  • Ignatian Discernment Discussion

  • Reflecting on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit

In this Directed Retreat, we will meet to review your desires and goals for this time of study and reflection. At that time, you decide on the frequency and number of sessions, depending upon what seems a fit for you.

Included in the Pentecost Retreat is a 12+ page Retreat Handout for study with the Scriptures and Reflection Questions to review during your sessions. Email me here.


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