St Mary Star of the Sea

Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga, Ontario

Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me

This is truly a joyful time as we welcome young people fully into our parish through the Sacrament of Confirmation. It gives us the opportunity to also renew our faith and remember those gifts of the Holy Spirit that were conferred on us when we celebrated our own Sacrament. These gifts are the tools that help us navigate throughout our lives, helping us to continue our journey towards holiness.

Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of the Lord – Wonder

Cardinal Collins reminds us on the Archdiocese website that the intent of Confirmation is to:

• root us more deeply as sons and daughters of God,
• incorporate us more firmly into Christ,
• strengthen our bond with the Church,
• associate us more closely with the mission of the Church, and
• strengthen us to bear witness to the Christian faith.

While we witness the celebration of Confirmation for the young people in our parish, let’s also reflect on our own. Take this opportunity to ask the Holy Spirit to ‘fall afresh’ on us and guide us to apply these intentions to our own lives and ask whether or not we are using these gifts to grow our faith, live lovingly, and to do good in the eyes of the Lord.

There is an old hymn written in 1926 by Daniel Iverson – Spirit of the Living God. For me, its lyrics are a prayer that reminds us that the Holy Spirit was sent down from God to guide us and support us. “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26) Call out and allow the Holy Spirit to ‘melt me, mold me, fill me, use me’.

Spirit of the Living God by Daniel Iverson

Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God,
Fall afresh on me.

Father Neil

What we ask for .......
I asked for strength,

and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for wisdom,

and God gave me problems to solve.
I asked for prosperity,

and God gave me brain and brawn to work.
I asked for courage,
and God gave me dangers to overcome.
I asked for love,
and God gave me troubled people to help.
I asked for favours,
and God gave me opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted,
but everything I needed.
     From Msgr Shiels' Homily - July 5 2015

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