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  • Dr. Karen Shields Wright

Gifts of Holy Spirit: A Pentecost Directed-Retreat

Enter into studying, praying, and experiencing the Wind and Fire of the Holy Spirit for Mission

After celebrating the Risen Christ and His Ascension, the disciples came to a place of waiting for the promise of Christ to send the Holy Spirit. Today we have been given the graced privilege of having these gifts given to us in baptism, while it is up to us through His grace to grow in virtue and holiness in using these gifts.

We offer this time for you to study and reflect on the graces you have been receiving and how to ask for the grace of the gifts.

Reflection: The Book of Acts Ch 2: 1-13

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. 2 And suddenly, there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. 3 Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. 6 At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7 They were astounded, and in amazement, they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? 9 We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, 11 both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans, and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.” 12 They were all astounded and bewildered, and said to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others said, scoffing, “They have had too much new wine.”

Gifts of Holy Spirit: A Pentecost Directed-Retreat

In this Directed Retreat, you will meet with your Spirit Director to review your desires and goals for this time of study and reflection. At that time, you both decide on the frequency and number of sessions, based on if you are a novice or one with extensive experience in spiritual direction - usually 4-8, sessions depending upon what seems a fit for you:

Content covered:

  • Preparing for Your Retreat

  • What are the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit

  • Gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testament

  • The Promises of Christ

  • The Gospel of John

  • The Book of Acts

  • The Wind and Fire for the Mission

  • St. Thomas Aquinas on the Gifts

  • Five Ways of Reflection on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

  • Ignatian Discernment

  • Reflecting on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Included in the Pentecost Retreat is a 12+ page Retreat Handout for study with Scriptures and Reflection Questions to review during your sessions. In addition to more resources to follow up on.

For more information or to register for this Directed Retreat

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