Signs of the Holy Spirit

Beloved Parish Family In Jesus Our Risen Lord,

Can we know if the Holy Spirit has anointed us?

What are the signs of the Holy Spirit?

When the Holy Spirit comes upon us we receive His Gifts and we can see the Fruits of His coming to us.

There are 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit and there are 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
The names of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit are:

Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience,
Benignity, Goodness, Long-Suffering, mildness,
Faith, Modesty, Continence, Chastity.
(Galatians 5:22-23)

With the inspiration of the Holy Spirit we receive the graces we need to perform good works. The Holy Spirit brings us all that is really good, He makes us truly happy, and He helps us to be pleasing to God and to all those we meet.

Think about the Fruit of Charity. It is a perfect love. With this good Fruit of the Holy Spirit we love God disinterestedly and not for rewards we hope to receive. When charity reaches a certain degree of maturity, we come to experience the First Fruit of the Holy Spirit, the joy of loving.

There are so many holy ones now in heaven who devoted their lives to loving God with no motive what so ever. What about the humble hermit of Lebanon, St. Sharbel. He lived his life with only one desire, to give everything to God. Of the many testimonies that show us proof of the Fruit of Charity in his soul I think of what he did immediately after he celebrated his daily Liturgy. His Mass took him a long time to pray in the solitude of his hermitage and then when he finished he stayed close to the altar to thank God. God was so good to call him to be ordained a Priest and then allowed him to offer the Divine Liturgy and so God was worthy of an unselfish thanksgiving. His thanksgiving was so pure and his love for God so pleasing that God granted him the extraordinary reward of preserving his lifeless body for so many years after burial. God gives exceptional rewards to those who do not look for any rewards. Thank you St. Sharbel for your good example.