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In the children's book, Counting on Faith from Divine Providence Press, the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are captured in this captivating artwork by artist Jason Koltuniak.16 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law.

Works of the Flesh

 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Manifestation of the Spirit

22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.

+JMJ+

The New Testament of Jesus Christ
Letter to the Galatians 5:16-26

© Illustration by Jason Koltuniak. All rights reserved.
From the scriptural counting book, Counting on Faith, from Divine Providence Press.

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After Jesus ascended into Heaven, His apostles waited nine days for the promise of the Holy Spirit.1 In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during 40 days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are captured in this captivating artwork by artist Jason Koltuniak.25 On Peter’s arrival, Cornelius met him, and falling at his feet, worshiped him. 26 But Peter made him get up, saying, “Stand up; I am only a mortal.” 27 And as he talked with him, he went in and found that many had assembled; 28 and he said to them, “You yourselves know that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with or to visit a Gentile; but God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean. 29 So when I was sent for, I came without objection. Now may I ask why you sent for me?”

In the Gospel of Saint John, Jesus Christ describes Himself as the vine and His disciples as the branches.1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me."

Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His Sheep. (Gospel of John, chapter 10)11 Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

Jesus said, 13 "The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. 14 But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, 15 and you killed the Author of Life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses."

In this original book illustration, by Jason Koltuniak from Counting on Faith, Jesus reveals his five crucifixion wounds to Saint Thomas the Apostle.When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them:

A triumphant Jesus rises from the dead and emerges from an empty tomb to prove that He is God.After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.

The triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem is foretold in the Old Testament in the Book of Zechariah 9:9.1 And when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, and said to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat; untie it and bring it. If any one says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” 

In his dreams, Saint Joseph was informed by an Angel of God on how to protect the Child Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary.16 Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary -- of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are 14 generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, 14 generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, 14 generations. 18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way...