by Sister Agnes Fischer
Come, Holy Spirit, with your gifts:
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of Your Love.
Thank you, Sr. Aggie. You are living proof of these wonderful gifts.
I consider Wonder & Awe ('Fear of the LORD') to be most basic, most fundamental, and most essential to all the rest. Wonder & Awe give birth to so much more, to all the others, including Reverence ('Piety').
Wonder & Awe are inherent within each; just look into an infant's eyes, looing back at you, and you will see it there. It is an amazing, amazing gift of the soul. It is "God-Within."
It is most imperative that we, as adults, recognize and appreciate this blessedness, so as to nurture Wonder & Awe, with all the rest to follow, within our young children, our adolescents, our teens and youth. Science is a gift in helping us. Children's naturally curious, exploratory, and adventurous nature lead the way for us. We must not squelch it; we must 'grow with it and into it' along with our children. This is 'Spirit' for me.
Understanding: so many times I will hear something & believe it without investigating the true facts.