Hi! I am Mary from Hope Echoes checking in on the Community of Catholic Bloggers. I feel like the light weight on the "team." The Lord and I have many laughs together and I share some of those and other thoughts on my blog. I am both honored and humbled to be included in this group. I will add what I can and hope that they don't ask me to leave the room, so to speak.
I have found that one of the guiding scriptures in my life is from Romans 5:5. "...And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us." For me, the gift of the Holy Spirit has enlivened my life, has energized my faith, has brought me to where I am today and takes me on this journey of life to meet Our Lord and dance with Him for eternity in Heaven. I have hope in the resurrection and love in my heart that is filled to overflowing by the Holy Spirit. The really great thing is, it isn't just me, all of we Baptised have receive a full measure of the Holy Spirit.
I journey each day using the gifts of the Holy Spirit to grow closer to God and to bring the message of Christ to the world because of my Baptism. My Baptism was where it all began even though I was too young to know fully the gift. I am known for scheduling my posts ahead, and although I wrote this last Thursday, today, when this appears I will be on a sentimental journey taking my 90 year old mother up to a family reunion and then on to the little town where I was born and to see the church where I was Baptised. I haven't been at that church since I was 4 years old, over 50 years ago. What a tremendous gift I received there at that church--Salvation, the Holy Spirit, the light not to dwell in darkness. That day, in that church I received hope that does not disappoint because the love of God was poured into my heart through the Holy Spirit.....
Come, Holy Spirit, enter our hearts and enkindle in them the fire of your love.