We continue the 52 week plan to grow in Catholic Manhood by becoming a better Catholic Son and Catholic Father. In honor on St. Joseph, the great earthly father of God, every Wednesday throughout the year we will look at one of Catholic Manhood habits to grow in holiness and happiness.

We begin a new major habit this wee:  Major Habit 2 – Make Union with God your Ultimate Purpose. 

Major Habit 1 can be broken down into smaller habits: so far, we’ve covered Habit 1, Habit 2, Habit 3, Habit 4 and Habit 5.

Now we turn our attention to Habit 6. 

Habit 6Seek and receive the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit

The reality of the third Divine Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Holy Spirit, was confirmed by Jesus and Jesus revealed the great blessings a man can receive through the Holy Spirit; through the powerful and life-changing Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit which are given in the Sacrament of Baptism, a man can battle against sin, successfully grow in holiness and happiness on earth, and be received into the eternal happiness of Heaven. It is only through the working of the Holy Spirit in the soul of a man can he become a saint (CCC 683) and be  received into the Kingdom of God (CCC 1215, 1274). 

The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit – While the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (CCC 1830) are given to men at their Baptism and Confirmation, when the Holy Spirit takes up residence in a Catholic man’s soul, the Holy Spirit patiently builds upon a man’s willingness to reject sin and his desire to grow in holiness, and allows His Gifts to be more fully present in a man’s life over time based on the Holy Spirit’s perfect understanding of a man’s need and readiness.

The 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit – The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are holy acts which God allows a Catholic man to routinely and consistently take in his life when he cooperates with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit; these fruits of the Spirit are signs of the eternal glory that awaits every Catholic man who seeks to become a Saint in Heaven (CCC 1832).

This week’s questions – Each week there are a few questions to help you meditate upon the habit of the week. Here are this week’s questions: 

Do I have a good grasp of the blessings of the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit?

Review the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. How might my life be different if I more fully enjoyed the Fruits of the Spirit in my life? 

This week’s commitments Making a habit a reality requires commitment to concrete action. Here is this week’s challenge:

Commit to refresh your understanding of the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit by prayerfully reading the links above.

Special note: If you have not received the Sacrament of Baptism, or have loved ones who have not been baptized, spend time in prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to God’s Will. 

Don’t forget to pray with the Daily Gospel Devotional each day.

Consider listening to the EveryCatholicMan.com Gospel Devotional podcast to be better prepared for Sunday Mass.

Daily Prayer – During the week, pray this short prayer, or one like it, to come to love and desire the great and necessary blessings of the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit:

Holy Spirit of God, thank You for being willing to reside in my soul. Thank You for Your Gifts and Fruits. Help me to be filled with overwhelming desire to recognize Your Presence in my soul and my life and give me a powerful hunger to receive all Your Gifts and Fruits. Holy Spirit, make me a holy and happy man according to the Will of God. I beg You Holy Spirit, change me. Amen.