The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit


The Paraclete is called by Ananias to restore Saint Paul's sight - by RESTOUT, Jean II - from Musée du Louvre, Paris

 

Paraclete (Latin <Consolator>; Greek <Parakletos>), an Appellation of the Holy Ghost. Variously translated "Advocate", "Intercessor", "Teacher", "Helper", "Comforter". According to St John, the Mission of the Paraclete is to Abide with the Disciples after Jesus has withdrawn His Visible-Presence from them; to Inwardly Bring-home to them the Teaching Externally given by Christ and thus to Stand as a Witness to the Doctrine and Work of the Savior. There is no reason for limiting to the Apostles themselves the Comforting Influence of the Paraclete. The Paraclete Comforts the Church by Guaranteeing her Inerrancy and Fostering Her Sanctity. He Comforts each Individual Soul in many ways. Every Salutary Condition, Power, and Action, in fact the Whole Range of our Salvation, comes within the Comforter's Mission. Its Extraordinary Effects are styled Gifts, Fruits, Beatitudes. Its Ordinary Working is Sanctification with all it entails, Habitual Grace, Infused Virtues, Adoption, and the Right to the Celestial Inheritance. "The Charity of God", says St Paul, "is Poured-forth in our Hearts by the Holy Ghost Who is given to us". In that Passage the Paraclete is both the Giver and the Gift: the Giver of Grace (<Donum Creatum>) and the Gift of the Father and the Son (<Donum Increatum>). St Paul teaches repeatedly that:

the Holy Ghost dwells in us.

from the Catholic Encyclopedia

 

Supernatural Order
( If you are in the State of Sanctifying Grace,
the Holy Ghost dwells 'in-you'
in a very Special and Personal way.
)

Human Being/Person
(A Unity (1) of Body and Soul)

Natural
Order

Supernatural
Order

Natural
Body
(Subordinate-Partner)

Natural
Soul
(Dominant Partner)

Supernatural Grace/
Infused Virtues
and Gifts of the
Holy Ghost

The Supernatural Order is the Ensemble of Effects exceeding the Powers of the Created Universe, and Gratuitously produced directly by God for the purpose of Raising the Rational Creature above its Natural Sphere to a God-like Life and Destiny.

 

 

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

by Father Nicholas Cirillo

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Only One (1) Thing is important -- Eternal Salvation. Only One (1) Thing, therefore, is to be Feared -- Sin. Sin is the Result of Ignorance, Weakness, and Indifference. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His Sevenfold (7) Gifts He Enlightens the Mind, Strengthens the Will, and Inflames the Heart with Love of God. To Ensure our Salvation we ought to Invoke the Divine Spirit Daily, for "The Spirit Helps our Infirmity. We know not how to Pray as we ought. But the Spirit Himself Intercedes for us".

The Holy Spirit came down upon the Apostles
in the form of Tongues-of-Fire
 

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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Fear of
the Lord

Under-
standing

Fortitude

Piety

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Wisdom

Counsel

Knowledge

fire1.gif (6156 bytes) The Gift of Fear

The Gift of Fear fills us with a Sovereign Respect for God, and makes us Dread nothing so much as to Offend Him by Sin. It is a Fear that arises, not from the Thought of Hell, but from Sentiments of Reverence and Filial Submission to our Heavenly Father. It is the Fear that is the Beginning of Wisdom, Detaching us from the Worldly Pleasures that could Separate us from God.

"They that Fear the Lord will prepare their Hearts, and in His Sight will Sanctify their Souls".

 

fire1.gif (6156 bytes) The Gift of Piety

The Gift of Piety Begets in our Hearts a Filial Affection for God as our most Loving Father. It Inspires us to Love and Respect for His Sake, Persons and Things Consecrated to Him, as well as those who are Vested with His Authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its Visible Head, our Parents and Superiors, our Country and its Rulers. He who is filled with the Gift of Piety finds the Practice of his Religion, not a Burdensome Duty, but a Delightful Service.

"Where there is Love, there is no Labor".

 

fire1.gif (6156 bytes) The Gift of Fortitude

By the Gift of Fortitude we are Strengthened against Natural Fear, and supported to the End in the Performance of Duty. Fortitude Imparts to the Will an Impulse which moves It to Undertake without Hesitancy the most Arduous Tasks, to Face Dangers, and to Endure even Lifelong Tribulation.

"He that shall Persevere until the End shall be Saved".

 

fire1.gif (6156 bytes) The Gift of Knowledge

The Gift of Knowledge enables the Soul to Evaluate Created Things at their True Worth -- in their Relation to God. Knowledge Unmasks the Pretense of Creatures, Reveals their Emptiness, and Points-out their only True Purpose as Instruments in the Service of God. It shows us the Loving Care of God even in Adversity, and directs us to Glorify Him in every Circumstance of Life. Guided by Its Light, we put first-things-first, and Prize the Friendship of God beyond all else.

"Knowledge is a Fountain of Life to the Man who possesses it".

 

fire1.gif (6156 bytes) The Gift of Understanding

Understanding, as a Gift of the Holy Spirit, helps us to Grasp the Meaning of the Truths of our Holy Religion. By Faith we know Them, but by Understanding we learn to Appreciate and Relish Them. It enables us to Penetrate the Inner-meaning of Revealed Truths and through Them to be Quickened to Newness of Life. Our Faith ceases to be Sterile and Inactive, but inspires a Mode of Life that bears Eloquent Testimony to the Faith that is in us; we begin to:

"Walk Worthy of God in all things Pleasing, and Increasing in the Knowledge of God".

 

fire1.gif (6156 bytes) The Gift of Counsel

The Gift of Counsel endows the Soul with Supernatural Prudence, enabling It to Judge Promptly and Rightly what must be done in Difficult Circumstances. Counsel applies the Principles furnished by Understanding and Knowledge to the Innumerable Concrete Cases that confront us in the course of our Daily Duties as Parents, Teachers and Citizens. Counsel is Supernatural Common Sense, a Priceless Treasure in the Quest of Salvation.

"Above all these things, Pray to the Most High, that He may direct thy Way in Truth".

 

fire1.gif (6156 bytes) The Gift of Wisdom

Embodying all the other Gifts, as Charity embraces all the other Virtues, Wisdom is the Most Perfect of the Gifts. Of Wisdom it is written "all Good Things came to me with Her, and Innumerable Riches through Her Hands". It is the Gift of Wisdom that Strengthens our Faith, Fortifies Hope, Perfects Charity, and Promotes the Practice of Virtue in the Highest Degree. Wisdom Enlightens the Mind to Discern and Relish things Divine, in the Appreciation of which Earthly Joys lose their Savor, while the Cross of Christ yields a Divine Sweetness according to the Words of Jesus:

"Take up your Cross and follow Me, for My Yoke is Sweet and My Burden Light".

 

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The Gifts of the Holy Spirit Perfect the Supernatural Virtues by Enabling us to Practice Them with Greater Docility to Divine Inspiration. As we Grow in the Knowledge and Love of God under the Direction of the Holy Ghost, our Service becomes more Sincere and Generous, the Practice of Virtue more Perfect. Such Acts of Virtue leave the Heart filled with Joy and Consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These Fruits in turn, Render the Practice of Virtue more Attractive and become a Powerful Incentive for still Greater Efforts in the Service of God.

 

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Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

vela-c2.gif (2466 bytes) Christ Jesus, before Ascending into Heaven, You Promised to send the Holy Spirit to Your Apostles and Disciples. Grant that the same Spirit may Perfect in our lives the Work of Your Grace and Love. Grant us:

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) the Spirit of Fear Of The Lord that we may be filled with a Loving Reverence toward You.
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littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) the Spirit of Fortitude that we may bear our Cross with You and, with Courage, overcome the Obstacles that Interfere with our Salvation;
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) the Spirit of Knowledge that we may know You and know ourselves and grow in Holiness;
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) the Spirit of Understanding to Enlighten our Minds with the Light of Your Truth;
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) the Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the Surest Way of doing Your Will, seeking First the Kingdom;
littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes) the Spirit of Wisdom that we may Aspire to the Things that Last Forever;

Teach us to be Your Faithful Disciples and Animate us in every way with Your Spirit.

Amen

 

Short Meditation on the Holy Ghost

by Father John Corapi

 

Further Meditation on the Holy Ghost

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A Ten (10) minute Homily by Father Leo Clifford
on the Holy Ghost