Holiness is not the privilege of a few;
it is a gift offered to all.
--John Paul II
If you receive a gift and you never use it--it sits in a box in your closet--then, through your choice the gift is rendered useless.
At our baptism, we receive the Holy Spirit and all its gifts--knowledge, counsel, wisdom, understanding, reverence, strength, and piety. Then, at our Confirmation, we are sealed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (for ever and ever, Amen!). Even if you have kept these gifts in the closet sealed in a box for years and years, you can take them out. They are yours. Enjoy them! Read scripture, pray, and spend time studying your Faith: this is a good way to start. The world need not know of your intentions; they will see it in you soon enough.
Bishop Edward Cullen, of the Diocese of Allentown, once said: "Whoever or whatever owns your mind owns you."
first posted May 26, 2010