The crowd of people who attended the charismatic Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mount Carmel, witnessed several of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that the Rev. Frank Karwacki, pastor, talked about that evening.

The congregation heard people praying in tongues and others prophesying, as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12. Those at the Mass experienced the "laying hands" for healing prayers and many felt the power of the Holy Spirit.

However, most of those in the congregation may not have noticed a sublimely sweet example of another gift of the Spirit of Jesus.

The choir and the congregation were singing an upbeat hymn as the Mass ended and the laying on of hands was about to begin. A joyous young woman stood on the altar. The woman, who had volunteered as an altar server, might have had a learning disability, but she had no disability when it came to her faith.

She sang along, swaying to the music and illuminating the altar with a smile of love. She was a living example of St. Therese's "little way" to God's love and mercy by doing everything out of love.

The young woman was also the embodiment of what St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 13, where he stated that the gifts of the Spirit are empty without love. He concluded, "So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love." (New American Bible)

God loves us no matter who we are or what we do. All we have to do is love Him in return - just like the joyous young lady on the altar.


When we follow a path of love,

we walk ever closer to God.