Updated: November 12, 2018
Winter Virtue Lesson – Week Two
Theme: Wisdom, the first gift of the Holy Spirit
These scripture verses come from the letter of James Chapter 1 verses 2-5.
“Consider it all joy, my brothers [and sisters], when you encounter various trials [or hardships], for you know the testing of your faith provides perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks WISDOM, [you] should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and [you] will be given it.”
We learned that the first gift of the Holy Spirit is wisdom. Wisdom helps us: (1) recognize the importance of others and (2) shows us the importance of keeping God at the center focus of our lives. Wisdom is the grace to see everything with the eyes of God. As in the scripture verses above and in many other places in the Bible, we are told that God who is all knowing and the wisest of all will grant us this gift- the ability to see as He sees- if we only ask!
There was a man who lived over 1600 years ago who- despite a very faithful devout Christian mother- lived his early life in sin. This was St. Augustine of Hippo. He was born in the year 354 AD in North Africa. He was known for drinking and partying and being greedy. His mother, now known as St. Monica, was a devout Christian and she prayed and prayed that his eyes and heart would be opened and he would see the truth about God and see others with the eyes of God. Finally, after long years of prayer, Monica’s son Augustine saw the divine truth about God and the Savior Jesus Christ. He was baptized, became a priest, a bishop, a famous Catholic writer, founder of religious priests, and one of the greatest saints that ever lived. He became very charitable and dedicated much of his life to the poor. On the wall of his room he had the following sentence written in large letters: "Here we do not speak evil of anyone." St. Augustine is known as being one of the wisest Christian preachers and writers that ever lived and is considered a doctor of the Church. He overcame a life full of pride and sin through the prayers of his mother and also a fervent request for his eyes to be opened to God. St. Augustine died in 430 AD.
A great example of a Christian man with the gift of wisdom is St. Augustine. Living first a life of sin, he had to ask God to receive this gift. Only then were his eyes opened to the Lord.
Closing Prayer: An athlete may read.
Come Holy Spirit into our hearts. Give us the gift of wisdom that teaches us to see with God’s eyes, to feel with God’s heart, and to speak with God’s words. Help us to be wise in our words and actions.
Pray this prayer of St. Augustine with your team:
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may be all holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.
St. Augustine of Hippo, Catholic Online
St. Augustine, Catholic News Agency Online
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 email@example.com