The Gifts of The Holy Spirit In Context. ( Part two of three articles). The Seven Gifts Of The Holy Spirit.
The Seven Gifts Of The Holy Spirit -What We Should Aim For
Too often in these times, we see a world out of control. So much corruption, addictions, crime, misunderstanding, greed, immorality. It appears humankind has lost its noble character as well as its sense of dignity as the values that reflect the image of God.
We cannot live without being blessed by God. Virtue then is not an old-fashioned word. Virtue is the perfect balance between the human and the divine. God entrusts every grace to those who work and pray toward growing in virtue.
Catholics believe that the baptised, receive all of the graces. As we grow in our Christian faith, these God’s grace begins to manifest more deeply in our life.
Confirmation means that we are personally acknowledging our belief in the triune God. To help us grow in virtue and make a correct decision in life, the Holy Spirit releases within us the seven gifts fear, piety, fortitude, knowledge, understanding, counsel, and wisdom.
1) The ‘gift of fear’ really means a profound reverence for God. This gift fills us with a sense of deep love for God so much so that we do not want to displease Him.
The gift of fear or (deep reverence) helps us to desire and try to live up to a Christian standard, so it helps us perfect the virtue of temperance. According to Scripture, it is also the beginning of wisdom.(Proverbs 9:10).
2) The gift of piety inspires to respect and love others. It fills us with a loving affection for all things Godly as well as for God. It transforms religious practice into joyful service to God. The gift of piety helps us grow in the virtue of justice.
3) Fortitude means courageous endurance especially in the face of adversity. It strengthens us against our natural fears. Fortitude provides us with the energy and resolves to endure every tribulation in life. It perfect in us the virtue of courage.
4) The gift of knowledge perfects the virtue of hope. This gift enables us to see created things for what they are and place them in proper relation to God. When we know the true value and worth of created things we are better able to use them for their true purpose.
5) The gift of understanding perfects the virtue of faith. Understanding is necessary if we are to discover more profound meaning in our faith transforming it into a compelling testimony to the world around us.
6) The gift of counsel perfects the virtue of prudence (cautiousness) ) This gift helps us to make proper judgements. It also enables us to apply the gift of knowledge and understanding to circumstances that confront us in our daily life.
7) The gift of wisdom is the highest and most perfect of the seven gifts. It brings enlightenment to mind and directs it toward God. The gift of wisdom strengthens faith, fortifies hope, and perfects the virtue of love.
Next Article we will discuss the Charisms Of The Holy Spirit, Their Purpose.