Earlier this month, we celebrated Trinity Sunday, and the previous week, Pentecost. It’s the day when the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit so they could boldly proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. We’re all familiar with the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are iterative – that is, one leads to another, and then the last one leads back to the first. We can think of the seven in this order: Awe (or Fear of the Lord), Reverence (or Piety), Fortitude, Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom, and Counsel. When we start with a being in awe of the greatness of God, we then can revere his Holy Name and the great things He has done for us. So that we can continue to persevere with fortitude to love and serve Him more fully, we then come to have knowledge, which leads to understanding, which leads to wisdom in order to provide counsel to others so that they too can know the greatness of God and experience the awe that comes with being a child of God.
Keeping this in mind will be very important in the coming days, rather than just looking for easy answers to the questions we’re facing. Remember that every decision making process starts with prayer to allow the Holy Spirit to enter in to the discussion. There are always three options – two extremes and “the messy middle.” The answer is usually somewhere in there, and for humans, it’s, as Scripture tells us, impossible. But, with God, all things are possible.